Literally every day of working from home is a struggle with WiFi connection and internet speed. With three people almost always connected to the net, it’s no surprise that this is also becoming one of the most talked about spots at home. In the last few months, I’ve even installed a second broadband connection at home to resolve the issue. However, it’s still a question of which is the best connection on any given day.
This is where Motorola’s MH7020 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System wants to make a difference. And it’s not just the speed problem that this system solves.
Motorola’s MH7020 can be purchased as a single unit or with one or two satellites depending on the type of home you have. I received the single unit for review. I was initially a little skeptical as some of the WiFi systems I reviewed earlier were quite complicated to set up. In contrast, the MH7020 is simply plug-and-play with a LAN cable connecting the unit to the router. Also, keep in mind that this is not a modem per se and will still need to be connected to your existing Wi-Fi network.
The unit has a Motorola LED logo on the front that lights up bright green if your connection is successful. And this is the last time you will see unity because all the magic of this product is nestled in its application.
The MotoManage app, or the MotoSync app in India, might at first seem a little intimidating, but it’s actually pretty straightforward and all you have to do is follow the instructions. You first add your unit to the app – satellite too if you use them – and then you can manage everything.
The next thing to do is move your devices to the WiFi link to the Moto signal using the unit’s password, which you can change again if needed. The MH7020 made the connection much more stable and strong. In fact, the pockets of the house where I had to switch from WiFi to the mobile network were now receiving much better signals.
A good thing about the MH7020 is that it uses the cloud to identify each device that connects to the unit. It actually tells you what kind of device it is – from my son’s Nintendo Switch to a OnePlus 9 Pro review unit – and instead of just showing mac addresses like we’re used to. .
Another cool feature is the built-in speed test which tells you what download speeds you’re actually getting and what it’s for.
On all devices connected via the MH7020, you can activate additional layers of protection. For example, you can turn on filters for ad tracking, malware, and adult sites. For households with young children in the home, this provides an extra layer of confidence. Motorola uses open source resources for the same if you are not using a premium plan. Interestingly, for Indian users, the MotoSync app will offer all premium features for free.
There is more when it comes to keeping your kids safe. On the app I could create a profile for my son’s devices – my old MacBook Air which he uses for online lessons and for watching YouTube etc, his Nintendo Switch for games and a smartphone for playing games. calls when home alone. Now with the MH7020 I could set rules for all of these devices on a schedule and take them offline on a 10pm to 8am schedule.
I can also pause all devices with one touch and even block particular sites if it is that. Also, on all profiles I can see usage patterns to investigate which areas – this doesn’t always show specific sites – more time is spent.
I couldn’t have asked for more to play Big Brother for my son. While this gives you enough information to keep an eye on younger users, Motorola has also made sure that the privacy of others is not threatened by not offering too many details about browsing habits etc.
Priced at Rs 7,999 for a single unit, the Motorola MH7020 is a must-have for homes with WiFi issues, multiple devices, and more than one user. The two and three packs cost Rs 13,999 and Rs 19,999 respectively. I get at least the single pack for sure.
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