The Meshforce M7 Tri-Band, As you may have gathered from my previous reviews, I only appreciate products that are simple to assemble, and I’ve grown accustomed to the plethora of easy-to-assemble options available today. Just like other mesh WiFi systems, the Meshforce M7 is no exception.
The Meshforce M7
Even though it’s convenient, I’m also a little finicky about it. There are a lot of good things about the Meshforce M7 system, but I think it’s lacking in functionality and options.
This system has an elegant appearance with five-by-five-inch identical circular nodes, so it can go practically anywhere. Each node has a silver decorative disc on top and an LED indicator on the front. The Meshforce M7 logo lights up green if you’re connected to the internet.
You may change the date and time, add additional mesh nodes, and set up port forwarding rules by clicking the settings button at the bottom of the page. The wireless settings only allow you to change the SSID password.
I really wanted to be able to change the encryption level and the channel. You can’t, for example, split the WiFi radio bands. Pre-sets for games and video streaming are missing, and parental controls are nonexistent.
There’s a brief overview of the system on Amazon.
There are four internal antennae and an 802.11ac/802.11ac circuitry that allows MU-MIMO (simultaneous data streaming), beam forming (direct client data transfers), and band steering in each node (the router decides which bands to use).
With potential data speeds of up to 867Mbps on each of the two 5GHz bands, this is an AC2100 system. Wireless backhaul uses one of the 5GHz bands, but if you use cable backhaul instead, you may free up that band.
The My Mesh mobile app is available for download and works nicely on my iPhone; others have reported similar success on their Android devices. It displays a network map and information about upload and download speeds on your My WiFi screen. To check which customers (at work) or family members (at home) are connect, tap any node on the map and read information like connection quality, online status, IP and MAC addresses, and firmware version.
In order to get your M7 Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System up and running, you’ll need to view the video that comes with the instruction booklet, or follow the written instructions.
So, connect one of the nodes (which are powered) and use your internet connection to download My Mesh. Enter your password and press Setup in the app. I simply did this on my iPhone WiFi (although it’s probably best done on your PC). As soon as the programme has identified your internet connection, just press Next to proceed.
I renamed and password-protected the network. After a few minutes, the connection is established. The location of your other two nodes should be decided. To see if they could communicate well, I placed them quite a distance apart. Did they?
I joined each node one by one to the system, patiently awaiting the all-clear. As I waited for each node to glow green, I moved the node to a little different place on my phone if I didn’t see the green glow (so I knew there was a reliable connection from the node).
Despite my enthusiasm for the Meshforce M7 Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, which performed well in the throughput test, it fell short of the high standards set by its competitors.