Velop with Intelligent Mesh™ technology is a modular family mesh Wi-Fi system created to work seamlessly together. Mix and match nodes with different speeds to customize performance or interchange colors to coordinate with your home style. Regardless of shape, size or wherever your Internet comes in, Velop can be customized to your home. It provides seamless Wi-Fi everywhere and continuously optimizes to find the fastest path to the Internet. Unlike traditional routers with range extenders, each node provides a powerful Wi-Fi signal throughout your entire home. And as your home and family expands, you can easily add more nodes. It works with all Internet service provider supplied equipment and speeds, and its simple app-based setup will get you up and running in minutes
Backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.
Velop’s Intelligent mesh TM Technology
Adapts to your WiFi needs, so you’ll always be on the fastest path to the internet.
Works with all Internet service providers
Enjoy flawless Wi-Fi with all Internet service provider supplied equipment and speeds.
Gets better all the time
Velop self-heals and optimizes to consistently deliver fast and flawless Wi-Fi.
Automatic software updates keep your system up-to-date and secure.
Keeps your family safe
Easily block content for safety and pause the Internet for family time.
Designed to fit anywhere
A beautiful design fits with any home style and conveniently comes in both white and black.
Linksys Velop AC1300 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 5 System
I've used the Linksys Velop Dual Band System for about a week now. I originally came from an aging DLink DIR-655 Extreme N Router that I have had for almost 10 years. I haven't had any issues over the last week using the Mesh system, and I have been happy with its performance. My house is 1700 sqft split between 2 stories, and an attached garage. I have gone through and performed a couple of network benchmarks and random tests to see how the new network performed over the old. But first:
The Dual Band Velop Mesh System (3 pack)
The system comes with 3 separate nodes, hence the 3 pack. Each node is an AC1300 router (867 Mbps @ 5GHz, 400 Mbps @ 2.4GHz) with simultaneous dual band radios and MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO allows multiple WiFi users to communicate with the router simultaneously without taking the performance hit - this is the latest and greatest router technology until 802.11ax gets released in 2019. Each node packs 3 antennas and amplifiers, as well as 2 ethernet ports (for WAN or LAN use). Along with the nodes the pack comes with a single ethernet cable (its not marked, so I assume cat5e) and power adapters.
Setup is pretty straightforward. You need an Android or IOS device to download the Linksys app to do the setup. I followed the quick setup guide in the box, and from there the app gave me instructions going forward. I ran into 1 issue with each node. For whatever reason each node had to be reset (with the button on the bottom) before the app would pair with it and setup. I can't imagine this is the intended operation for setup. The app eventually will suggest that you reset the node, but only after failing to pair several times. Once the first note is setup and connected to your router, you add your next node. Wash, rinse, repeat. Once they are all setup the mesh network forms one contiguous wireless field that has a single Wifi name and password. You seamlessly switch between nodes as you move about your house with your device. There's no drop in coverage before the next beacon picks you up. You can also add additional nodes to this system - you are not limited to just the 3 that come in this kit.
I initially setup the other 2 nodes as completely wireless beacons and tested their speeds. I now how them connected as wireless backhauls (connected with ethernet and linked back to the main node through a couple of gigabit switches). I already had the ethernet cabling ran to the places I deployed the nodes so these config made more sense to me.
Old vs. New
The first big change I was hit with the lack of LAN ports available on the nodes. My DLink had 4 LAN ports available. With the router eating up one port I had to add a gigabit switch in order to service my 4 LAN branches. This isn't the end of the world - I added in a TP Link TL-SG1005D ($15 on bestbuy.com), and that was the end of it.
The next thing I found was doing my first wired speed test (I ran the Ookla Speedtest). I have Spectrum 200 Mbps (supposedly). With the DLink I consistently got around 130-135 Mbps. With the Velop I am only hitting 110-115 Mbps. Not the worst hit, and the kit does say its for internet plans up to 100 Mbps. The Velop tri-band nodes are made for higher speed plans (300 Mbps). While the DLink did hit higher max speeds, I could easily overwhelm it with a sustained max speed download and some mild internet traffic. I have 3 devices (PC, laptop, and Xbox - all wired) all downloading 100GB games right now, and they are clipping along at 85-95Mbps sustained. This would have been impossible on my old router.
Wireless internet speed tests were almost pointless on the DLink. The best I got was 55 Mbps standing 5 feet from the router, but where I normally sit in my living room it was 18-22. With the Velop at 5 feet I hit 106 Mbps. The lowest I have managed to get in my house is 93 Mbps (and that was in my garage). I know my house falls well below the square footage for this setup (4500 sq ft). I ended up disabling 2 of the nodes and tested again. I still had pretty good coverage but with the lowest in the house being around 40 Mbps, but I had very little coverage in my garage so it dropped down to about 18. With 1 node disabled (the one closest to the garage) my house coverage was perfect and the lowest speeds were in the 80's (garage bumped up into the 50's). All of these speeds are with my system setup up as the wireless backhaul, but their coverage
I wanted to test the performance of the nodes so I booted up LAN Speed test from Totusoft and performed some dummy file transfers between my computers. My transfers went from a computer with NVME ssd to a computer with a mechanical HDD (I tried to get my other laptop with an NVME drive working but it wasn't cooperating). In wireless backhaul mode with everything on a wired connection my max speeds were 124 Mbps (writing to hdd) / 423 Mbps (reading back to SSD). With both PC's wireless I hit 101 / 314. I do get limited by the HDD speeds, but it still it gives me a good benchmark to go off of. With everything in the same position, and the nodes and PC's fully wireless I ran it again (no backhaul). The PC's were connected to 2 separate nodes that are about 35ft (and a couple of walls) from each other. I hit 95 / 202 with this setup. That's a pretty big drop from each successive test, but I expected that. The backhaul setup with wireless PC's has one less wireless transfer than the full wireless setup [PC <-wireless-> node <-wired-> node <-wireless-> PC] vs [PC <-wireless-> node <-wireless-> node <-wireless-> PC]. This is still excellent performance. I have used a WiFi bridge in the past to boost my signal, and the throughput drop was substantial (>60% with a doubled range boost).
At the heart of the Mesh system is its ability to self heal if a node goes down. As long as the node connected to the router doesn't drop you shouldn't lose internet and your WiFi network. I have kept a system uptime logger going on my PC and it has been 100% for the last week. Not a long sample, but my old router experienced 18 min of downtime in a similar span of time. I played around with power cycling the nodes to see how quickly they would reacquire the mesh - it was usually around 30 seconds. I would also get a notification through the app that a node went down.
The app interface is pretty slick and simple to navigate. This is no longer the router configuration of the old days. Some networking pros may cringe and the simplicity, but most folks just want their router to work without much effort needed. I have no issue looking at what devices are connected, what nodes they are connected to, and setting QoS rules.
Overall, I am very pleased with the performance of this Mesh system. It's not maxing out my internet connection, but if I need to I can add a tri-band node to the mix. I am very happy with the ease of setup and the app interface. I think It's really well thought out and easy to use. The design of the nodes is a little modern, but I think they look cool. They fit right in with a google home device or any other IoT device on the market these days. So if you have a large house in need of better WiFi coverage, check out the Velop Mesh System.
I've been looking to replace my old WiFi network since I've added a whole lot of networked devices over the past decade. Linksys hasn't failed me, so I stayed with this brand, and I am glad I went with the mesh system. The mesh system was recommended by a colleague who works in IT and I have not had any problems with it since I started everything up. With one node in the office and the other between the kitchen and living room, the whole house is covered. The app allows you to manage the network via your phone, but I've also found you can still manage it through your PC as I could with the previous Linksys router. Best part is, if you need to, you can add additional nodes. Definitely great for anyone who wants WiFi for the whole house.
Do not buy this. It is difficult to manage and any of the nodes will go offline every so often for no apparent reason. I find my device will link to the node farthest away when a there is a node available close by and there is no way to reassign the device to the closer node. This means the device has a weak Wi-Fi signal because it is accessing the node in my basement (2 floors away) and not the one on the same floor. When you view your devices in the app, the details say that my Samsung Smart TV is an "MacBook Pro" running on "macOS Mojave". The details for my HP printer say that it is an "iPad mini" running on "iOS". There is no way to tell the app that the details are wrong (and I have tried removing each device and reinstalling them) and although I am not certain this effects its performance, I do know the system is very user unfriendly, inefficient and contributes to a slower internet than what you pay for. I have had this Wi-Fi system for a year and have regretted it ever since. Unless you are a member of the Geek Squad and can overcome these obstacles, I believe you too will regret your purchase. At >$300, I can hardly just go out and afford a new system.
You can try to use the channel finder to optimize the Linksys Velop Dual-Band Mesh System, and toggle node and client steering to see if that will make any difference. For further assistance, please share more details at LinksysCares@linksys.com with the link to this review for our reference.
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I didn’t know much about WiFi mesh. I needed for working from home and having only 50mb this system makes stable and better bandwidth. I really recommend this item to anybody.
The Linksys Velop AC3900 set is the company’s (slightly) lower priced “whole home wi-fi” (aka mesh wi-fi) system targeted for 3-4 bedroom homes with internet plans below 100 Mbps (there is a much more expensive Velop AC6600 system for larger homes that is capable of handling premium internet plans up to 300 Mbps). What you get is a powerful trio of cooperating units that establish a large area of continuous wi-fi to prevent the inevitable dead spots that arise from a single, centrally-placed unit. One node connects directly to your router or cable modem and the two other nodes work independently as satellites to provide a large seamless network. Each unit has two ethernet jacks on the back to connect non-wireless devices (see picture).
Linksys claims these units can cover an area up to 4500 ft.² which is way larger than my house but it erased all my problem areas (and my wi-fi remains very strong in the houses of my neighbors on either side of me). Setup requires a smartphone to get the units setup/synchronized - there’s an easy to use Linksys app for that - and the app allows you to establish a guest network, provides a speed test, and allows you to prioritize your devices. These units have a small footprint - each one is about the size of a soda can. This is a solid system!
First time using a mesh wi-fi system this is the best I was going to go with the Google but when I got to Best Buy's I told him what I needed and this is what they gave me and it works awesome wouldn't go no other way I recommend Steve anybody that needs wi-fi in different spots of their house or in the backyard very good reception and it really boosts your Wi-Fi
The Linksys Velop Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi system is very easy to set up using the Linksys App. The units are small and fit in with just about any décor with a modern, but not too modern look. My wife even allowed me to place one in the kitchen so that was a plus for the design in my book. The three nodes easily provide coverage throughout my 2300 sq ft. house and the entire back yard area, front yard, and garage. They are well packaged, and the presentation of the devices is top notch. Something I have come to expect from Linksys. I easily connected up the main node via the RJ-45 cable that was included in the packaging and just followed the set-up procedures in the App. I didn’t have to update the firmware, but I have read that others had to right out of the box, so your mileage may vary on that one. If you do have to do that, you will probably be waiting a bit for the upgrade to complete. My cable modem speed is 100mb down and 13mb up. I am seeing speeds faster than that in the times that I have checked. I have not noticed any slowdowns or buffering while multiple devices are streaming in our house either. I tried to max it out by streaming Netflix on both TV’s, and YouTube videos on three tablets and two phones. No issues to report there. I did have a node status light turn orange and another one turn red at one point and I simply turned those ones off and then back on and they came back with a blue light. I will keep monitoring them for continued issues. Linksys provides a 3 year warranty with these so I am sure I will have no problems. These also give you the ability to set up a guest Wi-Fi and you can toggle it on or off using Alexa. My guests have been impressed with that feature. Also, each node has two ethernet ports that can be used for wired devices near those locations. The only node that you can’t use both ports is the main node that has to connect to your ISP (internet service provider) with one of the ports. Over-all, I am very impressed with the speed and ease of use so far with these.
The Linksys Velop system replaced my outdated Apple Router. To date I can’t be more pleased with the performance and features of this product. The base station and nodes allow me to hardwire critical home automation and media devices for the fastest downloads. All other wireless devices have excellent signal strength throughout our home. Setup was easy using the Linksys app and I especially like being able to keep track of each device within the app.
A:AnswerHi. The Velop dual-band has a lower wireless technology, which is the AC1300 per node. While the tri-band is an AC2200 per node. But their speeds are almost same.
Another difference is the coverage. While the Velop tri-band can cover an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 square feet, the Velop dual-band is only up to 4,000 to 4,500 square feet.
A:AnswerOur home is a 2400 square foot ranch. We have the main node close to one corner, another node closer to the center and a third node in the lower level. We have full coverage including to the garage camera.
A:AnswerYes, I got this working with FIOS. There's some great tips and advice on reddit for setting up MESH WiFi with FiOS. You need to setup FiOS as a MOCA bridge. This guide is a good place to start. https://www.reddit.com/r/Fios/comments/7xb9yz/new_to_fios_can_you_confirm_this_setup_with_moca/
A:AnswerThe great things about mesh WiFi systems is you can just keep adding nodes. You can have 2,5,8, whatever you need - then next node just needs to be withing range of the previous one. So even if you have a 10,000 sq ft home, you could have 10 nodes strategically placed all over!
A:AnswerAt least one of the Linksys nodes will need to be directly connected to your cable modem in order to receive Internet access. All your other nodes from there wirelessly connect and do not require any type of ethernet connection. The Linksys app will help you along this type of set up as well. Also, Linksys has included concierge services to help you get your network up and running, 24/7 and free of charge.
A:AnswerThis is one node. You activate it via the Linksys app & a smart phone. The numbers AC1200, AC1800 etc refer to square foot coverage ie. signal strength. Single nodes are available through Best Buy or direct.