|Wireless Type||5.8 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Portal Mesh Wi-Fi Router – Reliable, high-performance wireless ready for gaming. Unique DFS Spectrum usage to eliminate congestion. Advanced Mesh Wi-Fi covers whole home.
|Frequency Band Class||Single-Band|
|Wireless Type||5.8 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
|Number of Ports||7|
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- ZeroWait ZWDFS technology for lag-free gaming and streaming
- Dual-band ultra-fast speed (AC2400 Wave-2)
- Improved signal, reception and mesh network coverage
- Highly secure and private
- Connect up to 2 Portal WiFi Routers for range up to 6,000 sq. ft
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Portal WiFi Router
Portal WiFi Router features patented multi-channel ZeroWait ZWDFS technology, which utilizes four radar-protected channels, FastLanesTM*. With multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) streamlining the search for a network signal and beamforming focusing on data reaching your device, you get better signal and reception for your devices. 9 internal antennas also provide 3,000 sq. ft. of coverage. By connecting to an additional unit, Mesh 2.0 technology extends coverage for stable connectivity. Together with a wireless connectivity of up to 2.4Gbps, WiFi speed is kept ultra-fast. Secure admin features ensure privacy is prioritized and protected always.
Only for compatible devices.
- iOS and Android App
- 4 Certified DFS FastLanes
- Multi-User MIMO for faster streaming and gaming
- Connect to 2 Portal WiFi Routers for range up to 6,000 sq. ft.
- Highly secure and private
Multi-Channel ZeroWait ZWDFS Technology
Modern routers promise fast connectivity, yet are always slowed down by nearby users. Thanks to patented multi-channel ZeroWait ZWDFS technology, you now get access to FastLanes that bypass airwave congestion. So, while everyone else is trudging along in heavy WiFi traffic, you can effortlessly zip past the jam.
*Only for compatible devices.
Multi-User MIMO, Beamforming & 9 Internal Antennas
Portal WiFi provides drastically improved signal and reception for your devices. Multi-User MIMO connects with multiple devices simultaneously to get you on a network faster, while beamforming targets network traffic solely for your device. And with 9 internal antennas that provide 3,000 sq. ft. of stable coverage, you stay effortlessly connected.
With AC2400 dual-band, enjoy ultra-fast and reliable throughput on performance and an overall better experience when playing games or watching movies.
Mesh 2.0 Technology
Mesh 2.0 technology lets you link an additional unit for extended WiFi coverage that covers up to 6,000 sq. ft. This ensure foolproof coverage—even in the most obscure parts of your home.
Secure Admin Control
Keep your network completely secure and private. Secure admin control is solely accessed via a Bluetooth paired smartphone, so you’ll never have to worry about unauthorized intrusion.
iOS and Android App
Explore easy setup and management with a dedicated iOS and Android app. Set up in minutes, discover all the built-in support you need, and unlock advanced features like parental controls and guest network management.
Designed for tough urban environments. WiFi devices all share the same airwaves, and just like an old highway with not enough lanes, your internet slows to crawl whenever there are too many people and devices bottle-necking the same slow channels. Crowds also crush your range and coverage. Portal uses patented technologies that give your devices more WiFi bandwidth on exclusive fast channels to avoid speed-sucking range-crushing congestion; the result, consistently fast reliable internet, lag-free gaming and smooth ultraHD video streaming anywhere in your home. And Portal works with your existing network and all your favorite WiFi devices today.
- Patented Multi-Channel Zero-Wait DFS enables exclusive use of special radar-protected channels, 3x more spectrum than conventional routers
- Powerful split-intelligence processor and innovative network self-optimization algorithms ensure consistent and reliable high-speed and wide area coverage.
- 10x state-of-the-art radios (802.11ac 5GHz, 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth Smart)
- 9x powerful, high-gain, power amplified, conformal antenna for maximum range and coverage
- 4x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Ports + 1x Gigabit WAN Port
- 2x USB 2.0 Ports
- Compatible with all IEEE 802.11 compliant devices
- Android and iOS application for smart configuration and setup
- Secure WebUI for traditional PC-based configuration and setup
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With this product, my bandwidth and connectivity problems are solved - I am now alone on uncontested 2.4 and 5Ghz channels with Wifi speeds equivalent to wire straight of the cable router.
The app does need a bit more robustness by the manufacturer, but I am sure this will be remedied with time (worried when crashes occurred on Android phone several times during setup - but all turned out well in the end)
I highly recommend this product. (just don't tell my neighbors as I like to see my SISD sitting out on its own away from everyone else's WiFi).
This review was submitted wirelessly @ 37 Mbps on a line provisioned @ 30 Mbps - well done team Portal.
Setup: This was really easy to understand. It comes with simple instructions and then you download the app after it's connected to complete the process. I had no issues with the app or the router connecting to my modem.
Speed: I did a speed test on my computer before and after connecting to the router. Download speed went from 9.80 Mbsp to 68.5 Mbsp...I'm not super knowledgable about routers but that seems pretty good!
I can't really speak to the range of the router. My apartment isn't very big so I was mainly purchasing it for the speed boost. Overall, and for what my needs are, this router is great and I'm glad I bought it. If I experience any issues I will update my review but so far so good!
I used an Ookla speed test to measure the differences in speed that I achieved just by plugging in the Portal router and connecting to the Portal FastLane WiFi network instead of my previous network. My download speed increased from 15 mbps to over 50 mbps! The Fastlane allows you to access frequencies that were previously only available to radar systems to boost speed at peak times. If you want a faster WiFi speed, this product is for you!
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#1 - I have noticed that I have two different devices that refuse to connect to the second mesh unit even if I place the mesh unit right beside them. Both my Teckin smart plugs and Logitech Circle 2 cameras will not connect to the closer Portal and attempts to contact technical support for proper help and how to obtain warranty have been frustratingly fruitless.
#2 - There is litetally no support and development appears to have ceased so I would only recommend buying these if you can get them for dirt cheap and you don't mind having any type of warranty.
*** Original unmodified review below ***
In search of better wifi and a desirable mesh setup, I picked up two of these guys during Christmas of 2019 to try out. Originally a kickstarter funded project back in 2016, the Portal's claim to fame was that it offered DFS (dynamic frequency selection) channels on part of the 5 GHz spectrum that are not licensed to be used by other wifi routers. In English, it means that the router is able to broadcast its wifi signal over areas of the spectrum that have less congestion thus delivering better wifi performance. This is especially beneficial for people who live in areas with a lot of wifi signals, such as an apartment building.
I read a bunch of reviews before making my purchase and the common theme for these early reviews was that the hardware was great, but that the software was lacking. Granted those reviews were from 2017, I assumed that the gripes about the software should mostly be addressed, and we'll get to that later.
Setup was relatively easy and required nothing more than downloading the Portal app from the Play Store or iOS App Store and following the instructions. Setting up the second unit for mesh was also painless and again, just following instructions from the app. The Portal guys definitely get high praise here for making it easy for everyone to follow which is great, because there are no detailed instructions or manual included in the box on how to configure this thing.
Performance wise, I compared a single Portal unit to my a trusty old Netgear Nighthawk router and was surprised to find that the Nighthawk offered better range on the 2.4 GHz signal, but the Portal was better over 5.0 Ghz. Testing was not very scientific by any means and simply involved looking at the network connection speed listed on my cell phone (measured in Mbps) while moving around to different parts of the house as well as comparing the signal strength bars on fixed indoor and outdoor cameras around my home. Adding the second unit in mesh meant I would drop down to AC1200 speeds between both units, but I was after signal strength and AC1200 performance was still plenty fast enough for what I need.
Mesh performance is effective at extending range and watching the handoff happen between the two units using my cell phone when moving around the house shows it working nice and smooth. The unit also supports a wired backhaul which allows all units to operate at their full AC2400 speeds when in mesh. The downside here is only 2 units are supported in mesh and thus the third unit I purchased I ended up having to return. I read on the forums that someone was able to configure a third unit as a bridge using a wired backhaul and giving it the same SSID name, but running wires to my portal units was not something that I was interested in doing.
Although the unit is getting close to 4 years old at the time of writing, the unit has aged well. Its curvy white design still looks great in any decor and although Wifi-6 (AX) is out now, Portal's AC2400 speed is still respectable especially considering that it'll still take some time before the vast majority of devices in our homes are AX capable.
The Portal guys have continuously improved the software since inception, but from my experience, neither the webgui nor the mobile app are fully baked. The app is fairly basic compared to the webgui and does not offer as many settings changes which is understandable, but I don't quite understand why the webgui is disabled by default since the webgui is required for making common changes such as parental controls and guest network isolation, as well required for performing more advanced setup such as static routing and DHCP/DNS reservations. It would be nice to have those aforementioned settings added to the app and hopefully they'll do that in the future.
The webgui should be able to manage all functions of the router, yet it is missing the ability to set up a second unit in mesh. The webgui also has the ability to configure a guest network on the 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz channels, but a guest network configured on the webgui can not be seen or managed from the app even though the app has the ability to add and manage multiple guest networks.
Conversely, guest networks added from the app can not be managed at all from the webgui, and even more infuriating is that neither the app nor the webgui will show any devices connected to guest networks that are configured using the app. This is a serious oversight as you'll never be able to tell what devices are connected to guest networks created from the app, so if you want to have guest networks and be able to monitor all of your devices connected to all networks, only use the guest network that is configured from the webgui.
Power users won't be too happy to know that there is also no ability to manually select which channel the router is using which is disappointing if the channel that it automatically picks for you is congested. For example, I can tell that my area has a lot of neighbours using channel 1 on the 2.4GHz spectrum, yet the router decided it was best to use channel 1.
Thankfully, the router is competitively priced as two units can be had for around $160 CAD at the time of writing which makes them a bargain and makes the software gripes I mentioned more forgivable.
Having a mesh setup at home provides better coverage than the single router I had before and even though there are still some bugs in the software, I would not consider any of them deal breakers.
If you're looking at into a mesh setup, picking up two of these at less than what it costs to buy a half decent router makes this one of the cheapest mesh setups out there and I think most people will be happy.
* Nice design that goes with any decor and doesn't scream "I'm a router!" with tons of antennas sticking out of it.
* 9 internal antennas configured 4x4 on 5Ghz and 3x3 for 2.4GHz
* Router has access to an area of the 5GHz spectrum that is less commonly used, thus ideal for use in areas with many wifi signals such as apartment buildings.
* Very easy to set up. Just download the Portal app and follow the instructions.
* Pricing is competitive.
* Mesh handoff works really well.
* Supports wired backhaul.
* Supports bandsteering, beamforming and MU-MIMO.
* Ethernet ports are gigabit.
* Software is buggy and there is a disconnect with the app and the webgui with guest network configuration.
* Mesh only officially supports 2 units.
* No ability to manually set the router to use specific wifi channels.
* 2.4GHz single router range was not as good as my older Netgear Nighthawk
Setting up the router was extremely easy. It comes with a leaflet and a quick start guide that explains what you need to do. Basically, once you plug in the router, it will update and will eventually turn green (the 'O' in the Portal logo on the device). Once that is done, you can configure it easily from the app or through the Web-based GUI.
Wifi speeds match what is provided by my ISP so these are definitely an improvement over the older 802.11n devices I had. To be fair, these follow the newer 802.11ac specification so comparing it with the old devices is a bit unfair to my older Apple Airport Extremes.
Each device is supposed to cover 1500 square feet however, I found this to be a little misleading. The truth is that your actual speed and coverage will depend very heavily on the construction and layout of your home. In my case, one router didn't reach the far extremes of my apartment (and the apartment is close to 1500 sq. ft.) so I ended up creating a mesh network with two (at opposite ends of the apartment).
Creating a mesh is relatively simple - you can follow the instructions provided online (via Portal's website). One thing to note is that as soon as you plug in the router (either a single one or when creating a mesh), it tends to update the router's software. This is good but not explicitly mentioned in the support pages. I waited for all the updates to be completed before I unplugged the router and moved it to the final location in the apartment. In my case, it took about two updates before the routers turned green. One more note... when creating a mesh, you need to plug in an ethernet cable from the LAN port of the first device into the WAN port of the second device (this is explained in the video on Portal's support page). However, in my case, I had the two devices quite close to each other when doing this so the app was not able to pick up the second router as first. You can avoid this problem by spreading the routers out a bit or bringing your mobile device very close to the second router.
If you want to perform advanced operations on the router (like port forwarding, disabling SSID broadcast etc.), you will need to go through the web-based admin (myportalwifi.com). By default, the password is just "password" so you absolutely should change this as soon as you can. The app is helpful but basic - it does show which clients are connected to your network and is good for quickly checking the status of your device. Finally, the web UI seems to get enabled by default when you reset the router or unplug it. Make sure you either disable the WebUI from the app or change the password for the web admin when you reset or re-plug your router.
Overall, the device seems to work as expected. I am happy with my purchase. If there are any issues I come across, I will update my comment here.
UPDATE: I ended up returning these. Nothing wrong with the devices themselves. However, since the second portal can only be configured by linking it to the first, changes in the topology can only be done by disconnecting all my devices from the second device, making changes to the first device and then reconnecting the second to the first one (via the WAN/LAN ports). Granted, this is better for security and you are not likely to make changes on a regular basis, I found this process to be a bit cumbersome for me. I don't have any complaints about the device though, I just need something that is easier to configure.
Note: Don't forget to set these devices in bridge mode if you plan on using your ISP's router. That was the configuration change I needed to make. If you don't have an ISP's router or you have disabled the router features on your ISP's router, you can use this device as-is (since it defaults to a router).
60mb de bajada y 6mb de subida, los obtengo, siempre y cuando me conecte a 5ghz, siendo así aprovecho al máximo mi conexión.
No da buen desempeño de velocidad a 2.4ghz, las pruebas que realizo no pasan de 40mb de bajada y 5mb de subida.
Le falta actualizar su interfaz, por cierto, algunas opciones no son muy intuitivas, ej parental control y el Q.O.S. está algo limitado, aún así, funciona de maravilla en un Roku al querer mostrar Netflix, casi instantáneo el cambio de serie ó película.
Se pueden crear redes para invitados, dándoles un password que uno mismo puede generar al momento.
Se puede manipular por medio de su app, por el celular, y/o por medio de su interfaz web.
Los juegos tienen muy buen desempeño, aunque en ocasiones da un ligero lag.
Mi casa ya tiene cobertura en todos lados, gracias a que adquirí 2 equipos, y se forma una red mesh sólida.