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Covr is a self-contained system that does not rely on a companion cloud service. While you can set it up and run it from the D-Link Wi-Fi iOS or Android app, you don't have to. I installed the Android app, gave it a brief look and found it has a setup wizard. But since it provides access to only a subset of router features, I used the web interface for all my time with Covr.

Logging into the Covr router takes you to the Home screen shown below. The admin interface is similar to what we first encountered on the DIR-880L. The DIR-890L emulator is similar enough to get a feel for the features offered.

D-Link Covr web admin - Home

D-Link Covr web admin - Home

The Covr router could stand alone as a AC2600 class router, given its feature set. Here's a quick rundown.

  • WAN IPv4
    • DHCP (default)
    • Static
    • PPPoE
    • PPTP
    • L2TP
    • DS-Lite
  • WAN IPv6
    • Auto Detection
    • Static
    • Auto Config (SLAAC/DHCPv6)
    • PPPoE
    • IPv6 in IPv4 tunnel
    • 6to4
    • 6rd
    • Local only
  • DHCP reservations, range and lease time settings
  • IPv4 port forwarding (static single and port ranges, no triggered ports, schedulable rules)
  • UPnP disable (default enabled)
  • IPv4/IPv6 Multicast enable (default disabled)
  • DMZ
  • IPv4/IPv6 Firewall w/ schedulable access rules for each
  • Deny/allow URL filtering (not schedulable)
  • Dyndns,dlinkddns DDNS support
  • Static routes
  • Quick VPN server (L2TP over IPsec)
  • WAN port speed control
  • Priority based QoS: Highest (1 device); High: (2 devices); Medium (8 devices)
  • Guest network

But the wireless settings remind you that Covr is a Wi-Fi system that takes control of most wireless settings, as shown below. Although the specs say Covr supports Airtime Fairness, there are no controls for it. There are also no controls for "seamless" roaming, band steering and AP load balancing that are all supported. D-Link says Covr supports the full suite of IEEE roaming standards, 802.11k,v and r.

D-Link Covr web admin - Wireless

D-Link Covr web admin - Wireless

You can even log into the Covr Extender, but there is not much you can do.

D-Link Covr extender admin

D-Link Covr extender admin

Covr is the only Wi-Fi System I've tested so far that supports USB storage sharing. It even includes a UPnP media server. Unfortunately, I could not get Covr to mount either my standard Startech USB 3.0 eSATA to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station (SATDOCKU3SEF) or a WD My Passport Ultra drive.

D-Link Covr USB support

D-Link Covr USB support

The last two pieces of info you should know are Covr can't bypass its router and run as an AP system and it doesn't support Ethernet backhaul between router and extender. D-Link said it plans to support Ethernet backhaul in a future firmware release, but said nothing about AP only support.

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