- Very high powerline speed
- Good WiFi performance
- Mesh functions
- Easy setup
- Powerline struggling
- Somewhat high power consumption
- Incompatible with many common adapters
Powerline adapters are already a practical thing: They send the data over the power line and thus enlarge the home network. That is why they have no problem with thick walls, unlike WLAN repeaters, for example. However, other factors have a negative impact on performance, such as the length of the power line and the number of devices plugged into the line. If you buy a Powerline adapter in this country, you often end up at Devolo, the small plugs are the specialty of the Aachen manufacturer. In 2018, a new model series was added to the well-known dLAN series: thanks to the latest chips, the adapters in the Magic series are significantly faster, but not compatible with older dLAN devices. In the last comparison test by COMPUTER BILD, the top model Magic 2 WiFi took the top position and gave the competition no chance with its rapid powerline speed. Now there is an improved version of the test winner: Can the Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Next trump its predecessor?
Powerline speed of the Magic 2 WiFi Next
The Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Next theoretically manages up to 2,400 megabits per second (Mbps) on the power line. Current powerline chips with the G.hn standard enable this high speed, but make the adapter incompatible with devices that use the more common HomePlug AV standard, including Devolo’s older dLAN plugs. In the test, the Next model was a whole lot faster than its predecessor, ideally reaching up to 688 Mbps and setting new standards! Although it was more difficult to measure than the “normal” Magic 2 WiFi, it still made faster pace even with power sources. According to Devolo, the further development of the software is primarily responsible for the higher speed.
Also better in the WLAN speed in the test
The Magic 2 WiFi Next transmits via WLAN in parallel in the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz frequency bands with nominal data rates of up to 300 Mbps with WLAN-n and up to 867 Mbps with WLAN-ac. Since there is a new WLAN chip inside, the connector was also able to achieve higher data rates than the previous model in WLAN measurements. The Magic 2 WiFi Next achieved up to 211 Mbps in sending and 284 Mbps in receiving via WLAN-n and up to 585 Mbps in sending and 446 Mbps in receiving via WLAN-ac – a good, but not outstanding, performance.
Mesh, WPA3 and connectors
All adapters from Devolo’s Magic series have mesh functions that optimize WLAN management. You can use the Fast Roaming function to automatically connect devices to the next adapter. The Next is a little bit smarter: It also masters access point steering. Here the connection change is less dependent on the decision of the device. Even stubborn smartphones always get the best connection. In addition, thanks to the multi-user MIMO, the adapter sends in parallel to several suitable devices. The new encryption standard WPA3 ensures more security for WLAN connections. Older Magic adapters can be retrofitted using a firmware update. There are two Gigabit-speed LAN connections on the Magic 2 WiFi Next.
Setup, operation, power consumption
Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Next in the test: conclusion
Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Next: price and release
Devolo Magic 2 WiFi Next is already available in stores. The starter kit with two adapters costs 194 euros, the multiroom kit with three devices costs 288 euros (all prices as of August 14, 2020). A single adapter can be retrofitted for 127 euros over the counter.