For the last few days I've been looking for a new router for my house, and after a long and arduous search I ended up buying a Huawei Q2 Pro, a solution that offers Wi-Fi and wireless connection to the rest of the house.
A few weeks ago I moved in and started living with some good friends. The floor was nice, but it had a big problem, and that's the solution they had it was bad. We had a great router and PLC connected to a router that connects Wi-Fi from the passenger to the rooms.
Although this remedy was acceptable, for my present day it has always been martyred. The speed of connection that reached my computer, where I worked and played, was overflowing and unstable, with occasional drops and latency problems, something that made me unable to play properly. I needed a solution, and I found one from Huawei which I found very interesting.
Huawei Q2 Pro: Technical features
- Base: 112.0mm x 73.3mm x 183.5mm.
- Satellite: 75.0mm x 46.3mm x 103.0mm.
- Base: 1 x GE WAN, 2 x GE LAN.
- Satellite: 1 x GE LAN.
- 802.11ac 2 x 2 (2.4 GHz) and 802.11n 2 x 2 (5 GHz) IN MIMO, 1167 Mbps.
- PLC: Up to 1 Gbps with Huawei PLC Turbo.
- Features: 802.11v and 802.11s protocol, WAN PPPoE / DHCP / static IP address connection, Wi-Fi time, Guest Wi-Fi, device speed limit, MAC address filter, parental control, VPN pass , virtual server.
- Security features: Brute Force algorithms, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK Wi-Fi encryption, firewall, DMZ, PAP / CHAP, protection against DMZ / DoS attacks.
- Physical buttons:
- Base: H-button for pairing one key and WPS compatible. Reset
- Satellite: reset button.
- Satellite compatibility: up to 15 satellites.
The minimalist and reserved aspect of the street
When using the Internet at home I am a person with certain needs, not so much for having the highest speed, but for the best fitness. No matter how much Wi-Fi connection comes from, I'm one of those primary computers (on which I write these lines) that continue to connect to the ethernet cable.
The fashion solution is networks Wi-Fi Mesh, networks made up of multiple access points that interact with each other to provide maximum coverage through the same network, solving a recurring traditional problem. The problem I see on Mesh networks is that in order for them to work properly you have to do some research on where to place them in order for the communication to be effective.
This is one of Huawei Q2 Pro's biggest strengths. The model I bought has a base with two satellites, which are repeated to communicate with the base. The workload is shared between them, which connects e ach Wi-Fi device to a good location for unified access. Imagine moving from the living room to the kitchen, because once you have become better integrated into a laptop, mobile, tablet or computer it automatically changes without even knowing it.
So far the definition fits in the mesh network, but the interesting thing about Q2 Pro is that communication between devices is done through an electrical network. You connect the base to your router network and connect it to an electrical network. Then you go to points in the house where you want to expand your network and connect to satellites. After the initial setup, they will talk to each other on their own.
This brings advantages and disadvantages compared to the traditional magic network. On the one hand you do not have to make sure that the Wi-Fi connection at each entry point is complete, while on the other hand, when working with an electrical network you will need to provide a specific plug on each device to avoid interruptions.
This is how the router lights up when the connection is active (the light can be turned off in the application).
This technology, known as cord o The PLC also allows wireless communication from anywhere in the house (for example, the main router in the living room and the computer in my room is cordless. on the quality of electrical installation in your home.
A quick comparison in my room with the PLC + router (left) vs Q2 Pro (right).
However, it has improved with our previous configuration. It is more suited to the Huawei for its electrical installation difficulties, since this same PLC in my mother's house worked surprisingly well.
And by the way, we have a Wi-Fi connection that works all over the house. By connecting to the same network, the router itself controls whether it can offer 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, depending on the compatibility of the phone.
A very complete app
Huawei has two applications available on Google Play to configure and control the router, and they both have the same quality of functionality. The first one is Huawei HiLink (specific to computers) while the one I just finished using is Huawei AI Life, an app with a modern design and compatible with most Huawei devices that you have (to me, no, but you never know).
A preview shows us the router, satellites, current traffic usage and device shortcuts, parental controls, diagnostics, or guest Wi-Fi network. The moment we connect to devices we can rule ruthlessly
For some tasks we also have the option of managing the signal intensity in power-saving mode or the possibility of handling updates (the default is between 3 and 5 am when no activity), turning off individual device lights or switching to the most suitable Wi-Fi station.
I didn't expect it to be that good
The Huawei Q2 Pro was a product that from the first time I saw it pleased me, but I took the information with tweezers. Would it really be good to be the right home solution?
I tend to be skeptical of these kind of slogans, but this is Huawei Q2 Pro it is very good.
The model I bought is that base with two satellites. I bought it refurbished by Amazon WareHouse, an option that guarantees lower prices for a product not to be brand new, but it always works well.
The Huawei Q2 Pro is not perfect, but it is one of the easiest solutions to stop and work.
If you own a small house, a model with a base + 1 satellite costs 99 euros on Amazon (and currently, 70 at Amazon WareHouse) while a model with a base + 2 satellites climbs to 172 (112 at Amazon). By looking at the possibilities of having a network connection with PLC, we found it to be a product very competitive And I hope to keep the quality of Wi-Fi and PLC in my house for a long time.
- Huawei Q2 Pro Base + 1 satellite:
- Huawei Q2 Pro Base + 2 satellites: