Mikrotik recently released a new wifi router that can extend your network reach through the power network already installed on your premises.
The unit has one ethernet port and a 802.11b/g/n 2.4Ghz wifi radio. The unit also has the ability to connect to other PWR-Line products via the power grid. It is especially useful in homes with thick walls, where you can extend Wi-Fi coverage to those rooms, where signal is poor, without having to re-wire your house.
Since the units run the same Mikrotik operating system (RouterOS) that all Mikrotik devices use, the options that you can configure is almost endless.
The unit ships with a default easy setup that is almost plug and play, but the RouterOS combined with web-access and Winbox allows setup of firewall, queues, DHCP, DNS, virtual access points to name but a few.
If your main router on premises is also a Mikrotik you can also implement the CAPsMAN access point manager feature to manage it from the main router.
Up to eight units can be connected to a network, making the possibility to extend your network quite vast and will suite the biggest of houses or office buildings where wiring is tough.
Specifications (as per Mikrotik Specsheet)
|CPU nominal frequency||650 MHz|
|Size of RAM||64 MB|
|Memory||16 MB Flash|
|10/100 Ethernet ports||1|
|Wireless||Built-in 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n, dual-chain|
|Wireless regulations||Specific frequency range may be limited by country regulations|
|Antenna gain||1.5 dBi|
|Antenna beam width||360°|
|Wireless chip model||QCA9533|
|Supported input voltage||100 V – 240 V|
|Dimensions||50 x 68 x 33mm|
|Operating temperature||-20°C .. +60°C|
|Max power consumption||7W|
|Power plug type||Type C (commonly used in Europe, South America and Asia)|