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Wall Mounting a D-Link COVR AC1200 Mesh Node

Or rather, how not to

July 11th, 2018

To get better wi-fi coverage at home, I recently started looking at getting a mesh system. With mesh, two or more units are placed around your house and then they will magically work together to produce perfect coverage everywhere. Each node typically also has a couple of RJ45 ports for connecting wired network equipment. I ended up betting on the affordable AC1202 kit by D-Link (same as AC1203 except with two nodes instead of three). I had originally planned to wall mount one node, and the guy in the shop told be this would be easy because they come with mounting holes - which turned out to be inaccurate. Read on for a simple method endorsed by no one.

Disclaimer (of course)

It goes without saying that suspending expensive equipment by the cables is not recommended! Please don't blame me if a node comes crashing down.

How to

What you will need: A cable tie mount with screw holes. This one also has an adhesive back, but I really recommend using screws instead.
What you will need: A cable tie mount with screw holes. This one also has an adhesive back, but I really recommend using screws instead.
What you also will need: A cable tie. The cable tie simply loops through like this.
What you also will need: A cable tie. The cable tie simply loops through like this.
The back of the unit. It has no mounting holes and no obvious way to mount it on a wall. Two ethernet cables can be connected to the unit. This is the primary unit, meaning one cable is connected to the
The back of the unit. It has no mounting holes and no obvious way to mount it on a wall. Two ethernet cables can be connected to the unit. This is the primary unit, meaning one cable is connected to the "Internet", and the other one can be used for other cabled equipment. Even though I only need one cable, I still use two so that it will hang straight. Hint: The middle cable is for power.
The cable tie mount on the wall.
The cable tie mount on the wall.
On the wall. The unit is now suspended by the cables. Make sure to tighten up that cable tie! Also, I like cable management just as much as the next guy, but it does not mean I am particularly good at it!
On the wall. The unit is now suspended by the cables. Make sure to tighten up that cable tie! Also, I like cable management just as much as the next guy, but it does not mean I am particularly good at it!

Conclusion

The unit has now stayed up on the wall for a couple of weeks and it is doing just fine. However, there might be a reason why the units don't come with mounting holes. If I ever found out, I will post it here - until then, at least I have decent wi-fi that stays mostly out of sight.

The COVR AC1200 by sunset.
The COVR AC1200 by sunset.

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Erik Moberg  2018