Mercku took its M2 Wi-Fi router and M2 Hive Wi-Fi system to IFA 2018, ahead of its global launch. The company recently shipped its first systems to its Indiegogo backers, and is currently making the system available to U.S. customers through Amazon and the b8ta 13-city retail store network.
Alex Qi, Mercku co-founder and CEO, explained that the system works to reduce noise and improve Wi-Fi transmissions throughout a home.
The M2 Hive includes an M2 router and four extenders, called Bees, that together, cover up to 5,000 square feet and, according to the company, will offer connection speeds that will eventually support multiple 8K streaming devices. Each of the Bees plugs into outlets to form the mesh network, and Qi said installation takes all of 10 seconds.
Everything is controllable via the M2 Wi-Fi app, currently available for iOS and on the Google Play Store, which keeps tabs on speeds in and out of the router, helping to locate bottlenecks and via a function called Blacklist, allowing management of users, with extensive guest and parental controls in place.
Mercku will make system updates available that will add port forwarding, dynamic DNS, heightened security algorithms and more; soon to come is a new feature allowing guests access to the private network without having to share the Wi-Fi password.