The good guys from Nokia, or Nokia’s latest department Nokia WiFi, have sent us the Beacon 3 for a test and a review. The Beacon 3 is the simple recipe for WiFi that works. If you have a problem with your internet provider’s router than Beacon 3 could be an excellent solution for a stable and without any interruptions home WiFi network. One Beacon is enough to cover 185 m2 of space, but Nokia sent us three, so we can test the mash that Beacons can create.
So, first things first. Let’s unbox the package that came directly from the assembly line. It has three beacons inside, but I think that the commercial box for three beacons is somewhat different.
Of course, you don’t have to buy all three beacons, one is quite enough for a home with not so many supporting walls. In the box, you get Beacon, a rather bulky adapter, and an Ethernet (RJ45) cable.
When I saw the first promo renders for the Beacon 3, I thought it was a large device, but it is quite elegant with dimensions of 160x94x94mm. It has AC3000 WiFi that could support wireless combined theoretical bandwidth speed of 3000Mbps. It also supports 3X3 2.4 GHz and 4X4 5GHz WLAN. At the back, you have 1 WAN port where you’ll be connecting your internet cable, and 3 LAN ports if an extra connection over cable is needed.
The Beacon can be easily set up over the Nokia WiFi app, which is available on Google Play store and Apple play store. Since this one wasn’t prepped by Nokia with special firmware, the initial setup lasted a bit longer since the Beacon needed to update. But, it was all done in 5 minutes. I was amazed by how simple the setup process was. The app is leading you through several steps so you could get your Beacon up and running. The whole process is a plug and play. Even the registration of Noki WiFi account is quick and simple. By the way, they need to fix that Nokia logo in the app.
Funnily, when I connected my Nokia 7 Plus, the Beacon didn’t recognize it. Luckily, you can edit the names of the connected devices later so that everything is neat and tidy.
After I connected everything, I tested my network and finally achieved its full speed. I would usually get around 80 or 100 Mbps, so this is really great and I can finally use my WiFi to the full potential. So, one Beacon is up and running. I’ll be testing the Beacon(s) 3 in the coming days to see what it can do.
If you have any question about the Beacon, just leave it in the comments section. I’ll be glad to answer them.