Connect every corner of your home to the internet with this Linksys Velop wireless Wi-Fi system. Each formidable tri-band dual-stream AC2200 router has two 5GHz bands and a 2.4GHz band for a blazing fast experience. This modular Linksys Velop wireless Wi-Fi system includes two identical units, which you can distribute evenly to ensure your wireless signal always stays strong.
Velop’s Intelligent mesh TM Technology
Adapts to your WiFi needs, so you’ll always be on the fastest path to the internet.
Dynamic Tri-Band Wireless-AC technology
Features the MIMO smart antenna design for improved range while eliminating drops and dead zones.
2.4 GHz and two 5.0 GHz wireless frequency
For fast data transfer speeds.
Enjoy the freedom of a single Wi-Fi name and password
The system operates as one network and continuously searches for your connected devices. This ensures a 100% seamless connection as you move throughout your home.
Subscription service that uses your existing Intelligent Mesh WiFi network to sense motion without the use of cameras or additional hardware, ensuring privacy and convenience throughout your home.
Protect Your Family's Connected Life with Linksys Shield* and have greater control over your network while being protected against online security risks.
Lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices.
Create networks for guests and restrict access to specific users.
Up to 4,000 sq. ft. of coverage
This system is modular and performs well within every home type, situation and footprint.
Works with Amazon Alexa voice commands
Use Alexa to control your home network, turn the guest network on and off or verbally request the Wi-Fi networks passwords.
Manage and monitor your Wi-Fi from anywhere
The Linksys app provides the freedom to access and control your Wi-Fi from home or remotely.
Easy to set up
Intuitively easy setup will give you whole-home Wi-Fi freedom in minutes.
* Linksys Shield is a paid subscription available for additional cost.
** Linksys Aware is a paid subscription available for an additional cost.
Linksys Velop AC2200 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 5 System (2-pack)
Power adapter (2 pcs)
Wi-Fi Mesh System
Number of Wi-Fi Satellites Included
Number Of LAN Ports
2200 megabits per second
Velop AC220 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 5 System (2-pack)
Number Of Connected Devices
Number of Antennas
2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
Number of 2.4Ghz Streams
Number of 5.0Ghz Streams
Wi-Fi Mesh System
Number of Wi-Fi Satellites Included
Number of Wi-Fi Satellites Supported
Certifications & Listings
ENERGY STAR Certified
Number Of WAN Ports
Number Of LAN Ports
2200 megabits per second
Gigabit Ethernet Speed
Auto Speed Sensing
Internet connection with modem; mobile device with Android 4.4 or iOS 8 and higher, Bluetooth preferred
Outstanding Tri Band Router, Superior Wi-Fi Speeds
App, Range, Set up
This router was introduced by Linksys in CES 2017 with Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi feature.
It came in a excellent box with 3 nodes. The packing is excellent. Velop is designed for high-performance Wi-Fi. Each Velop features a beautiful, sleek design that can be placed in open spaces, and away from obstructions to provide the best in-home Wi-Fi experience. Compact in size, Velop node is easy to place throughout the home and features an 88% smaller footprint than that of a traditional router. Its tower design supports vertical antenna placement, which enhances Wi-Fi dispersion throughout your home. Additionally, Velop features a cable management system designed to hide connected cables and keep your home clutter-free.
The setup was very easy. Please note that setup can be done only by Android or iOS app. I have connected the first node and able to connect to the internet in less than 2 mins. I have placed other two nodes in two different locations (first and second floor) in my house and followed the steps to configure the nodes. All nodes connected successfully to internet less than 10 mins. The cool feature is during setup it will check and tell you whether nodes are in ideal spots to get max Wi-Fi speeds.
I switched over from the Netgear Orbi. I was facing slow speeds, Wi-Fi disconnects at my home and this router resolved all the issues. Linksys Velop is a high-performing modular Wi-Fi mesh system of nodes built to provide exceptional Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. It sets up in minutes and delivers a flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal.
Featuring with Dynamic Tri-band technology, this router outperforms the competition by providing faster speeds through its combination of three Wi-Fi radios, each tuned for optimal Wi-Fi load balancing to ensure peak Wi-Fi performance throughout the home. Whether you're streaming 4K content, gaming, or video chatting, Velop delivers exceptionally fast Wi-Fi to ensure optimal performance even when multiple Wi-Fi devices are connected.
Each Velop node is a powerful Tri-Band connection point offering up to 2,000 square feet of coverage and with velop's modular design it will perform well in any home type. This router mesh system operates as a singular network that works to ensure a 100% seamless connection as you move throughout your home
I was able to configure with Amazon Echo and it is working flawlessly to tell your guest network password, wifi password etc. It is a nice feature. However, I have disabled this feature due to security reason.
With the Linksys App, you can closely monitor and manage your home Wi-Fi remotely using a smartphone or tablet.
Parental Controls: Ensure a safe Internet experience for your kids--even when you're away from home. Reduce online distractions during homework, family or dinnertime. Restrict access to inappropriate or distracting content, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the Internet.
Guest Access: Generate a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password via text.
Device Prioritization: Prioritize devices that need the most speed.
Auto-Fix: Automatically select the best channel for your device and eliminate congestion with the push of a button.
Speed Test: Easily test and monitor your Internet connection's speed to make sure you're getting full speed from your provider.
Notification : Enable notification to alert if any of the node is not working.
I was able to setup the port forwarding in Linksys iOS app for my Plex Server and Plex Server connected for remote access without any issues.
I am extremely pleased with this purchase and router performance. It is one of the most innovative and fastest router in the market with many great features. If you are looking for faster internet and longer Wi-Fi range, Please buy this router without any hesitation. You will not be disappointed with your purchase.
This system is specifically designed for someone that wants to supply Wi-Fi throughout their house without having a gaudy looking, “alien like” router being the center piece of it. The design of each node is like a small vase or one of those Glade automatic air fresheners, with wires easily guided behind it and hidden underneath, too include a very “modern looking” power adapter. The Linksys Velop is directly aimed at someone that wants a simple method to set it up and a simple way to manage it. With the Linksys app it walks you through the process step by step and works its “magic” as it displays during setup. Managing the system is simple and straight forward through the app which is only available on iOS (8.0 or later) and Android (4.0.3 or later). The app allows you to control each devices access, enable/disable guest networks, and manage other technical aspects of the network. Using three nodes you can seamlessly cover a large area without ever needing to understand how it works. With the two Ethernet ports on each node you can also provide wired Ethernet connections to remote devices while wirelessly connected back to the internet. In my case my son’s room has always been a weak Wi-Fi spot and his old computer has just remained off the internet for years now. With this system he now has excellent Wi-Fi coverage and his old computer is connected via Ethernet cable to a wireless network. The Linksys Velop is an easy, simple and elegant way to provide a single hi-speed Wi-Fi network throughout a large area.
On the flip side though, I am a tech nerd and I like to have much more control over my devices. For instance, you cannot control these network devices with a computer. Unlike other Linksys devices that you can use the Linksys app for, you can usually use the computer to get even more refined details, such as separating the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands into separate networks or setting times to restrict access for parental controls. With the Linksys Velop you must use the app, even after the network is set up. If you attempt to log into the main node via IP, it will remind you that you must use the app. The other side effect to the app is that it is only available on iOS and Android devices that must already have an internet connection, because you have to download the app before you even start setup. So, if you only have an old device (earlier than iOS 8 and Android 4.0.3), or a Windows based phone, and don’t already have Wi-Fi or data services on your device, you will not be able to set this system up.
During the set-up process, though simple and guided, there were several times that I was on a waiting screen with no feedback other than a pinging blue circle or a rotating blue ring and the statement telling me it will take some time or please wait. After waiting over 15 minutes, two separate times, I restarted everything and it only took about 5 minutes to complete setup of the first node. The second node was even quicker and the third node required a hard reset of holding the reset button for 10 seconds, as directed by the app, though it installed after that with no issues. I just feel that the app should realize that after about 5 minutes of being on a single screen that something may be wrong and suggest restarting.
The Wi-Fi connection is truly seamless. Going from node to node is not noticeable unless you are looking for it and that is where I noticed that it only changes nodes over when it is at near loss of the previously connected node. For instance if connected to node 3 and you walk to node 2, you will not switch over to a stronger signal unless the other signal is so weak that you may lose connection anyways. Due to the size of my house, my devices only switch once I was at node 1, which was in my basement. This is a good thing, as it prevented actual loss of connection, but to me did not seem like the best option as the signal is stronger and most likely faster if I am a few feet from node 2 as opposed to 20 feet from node 3 or 1. The speed of this connection also ran between 80 and 100Mbps, which is good enough for my internet connection, but not the fastest local network speed.
Overall, Linksys Velop is a great looking system and works as intended. If you are looking for a simple and kind of discreet way to provide Wi-Fi throughout your house, this is the way to go. If you are like me and want more control over your home Wi-Fi, you might want to consider something like the Linksys WRT3200ACM.
The Linksys - Velop Tri-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System (3-pack) is packaged in a beautiful & functional box with magnetic closure - it exudes quality! Each Node is protected individually. Just looking at the box, you expect a premium, esoteric product... & Linksys delivers that & more in spades! The shapely Nodes are beautiful & blend with any decorating style.
Simple set-up via the Linksys iOS or Android App. Within minutes, you are ready to go online.
As shown in attached photo, I have 90 wireless devices utilized over 5,000 sq feet / 3 floors: this is a challenging application for high speed Wi-Fi that includes: connected major appliances; BAS ceiling fans & Haiku Wi-Fi connected lights; Wi-Fi Thermostats; Netatmo Wi-Fi Weather Station; 65 Hue Lights; Connected exterior door locks; Wink Wi-Fi connected devices; connected iDevices, Nest & Arlo cameras; iPads; iPhones & computers. Finally, Streaming from 4) Apple TV's; Nixplay Wi-Fi Photo Frames.
And now the Results:
Velop delivers the fastest Wi-Fi speed I have ever experienced and does so consistently! The attached screen capture shows 349 Mbps Download / 23 Mbps Upload. These are WIRELESS speeds!! I pay for 300 Mbps Download / 30 Mbps Upload & our internet service provider generally delivers 300 - 360 Download & 22 - 32 Upload.
Velop is the only Wi-Fi System I have found to date that actually delivers this sustainable speed and does not randomly disconnect the many devices.
High power Wi-Fi requires a high current source. Each of the 3) square white power supplies produce 12 Volt, 2 Amp output! 24VA (Volt Amps) is the highest output of any router I have tested. Better yet, the cable that plugs into each Velop is perfectly angled at the plug so the wire routs neatly through the cable management feature at the base. Brilliant design!
1- Fastest Wi-Fi Speed
2- Easy approximate 10 minute Set-up per hub
3- Velop Nodes are very attractive & blend with any architecture
4- Robust infrastructure yields dependable performance
5- 24/7 Support
6- 3-Year Warranty
7- Easy to use App with great diagnostics
8- Wire Management at the base is excellent & offers a wire free appearance.
9- Three Velop Nodes establish fast Wi-Fi speed across the house on any floor.
10- Expandable: Add an additional Node any time you prefer.
1- IP Address range cannot be changed from: 192.***. My 2) existing Apple Time Capsule / Routers had IP addresses of 10.***, but they can be set to different ranges. A different IP Address range requires individually resetting a few devices that previously connected to the other range. For example, each Nixplay connected frame had to manually "Forget" the old Wi-Fi name of the previous SSID, then set up the same name with Velop, even though the Wi-Fi name and password are the same. On 13) Apple Airport Express devices, I had to power down each device to reset it from 10.*** to 192.***
2- IPv6 is not supported as of product release. This is surprising, as my three year old Apple Time Capsule / Router supported IPv6.
3- The first unit set up in under 10 minutes; however the remaining two hubs froze at the same exact place midway every time during set-up. After 6 failed attempts, I held each Node horizontally and kept my hand around it. Surprisingly, this procedure resulted in a virtually immediate set-up! Then I set each Node vertically & it continued to work great.
4- Only one Node can connect to the internet via ethernet. The other Nodes connect to the first Node via wireless mesh connection. I would prefer the option of connecting each Node to a wired ethernet connection. Linksys Technical Support indicated this may be added later as a software update. This would prove beneficial because the Nodes must be located fairly close together (my tests showed less than 40 feet apart at most).
CONCLUSION: My search for the "Ideal" Whole Home Wi-Fi System that consistently delivers 300 Mbps over 5,000 square feet with 90 devices ends here!! I am THRILLED with Velop & give it my highest recommendation!! It has proven to be the BEST ROUTER available for 2017!
We are glad to know that you are enjoying the performance of our Velop product. The IP address of the node can be changed and we would love to have one of our Escalation Engineers walk you through the process. As for the IPv6 connection, it should be able to pass-through and work as long as proper configuration is set on the modem.
We'd also like to take this chance to know the error messages you've noticed during the setup process so that we can figure out which part needs improvement. Please do email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your phone number and the link to this post for our reference or call us anytime at 800-986-0518.
Irish Linksys Support
App, Range, Set up
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Consumer mesh Wi-Fi needing a big software update
App, Range, Set up
Easily blends into any part of the house allowing placement based on need instead of aesthetics
Offers true mesh technology with automatic routing
Separate backhaul channel to help keep speed between nodes higher
Ports are universal so you don’t need to understand wan versus LAN or uplink versus bridge
Device Prioritization (very basic QoS) has issues with higher internet speeds.
Built in speed test can’t achieve the speed resulting in a low number. Subscribed speed cannot be manually entered to compensate
No way to configure via a Windows computer of any sort. No website or app.
Antennas seem weak as speed between nodes was not consistent.
Only offers two ports per node
Configuring via the app is slow. Between 12-15 minutes per node
Limited advanced functionality (Port forwarding is offered but only device based prioritization)
Antiquated, extremely basic, parental controls. You must manually enter URLs per device.
No category based internet filtering. You are the parental controls
No log to see what sites your kids are accessing to block easily
No way to name the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands differently for legacy compatibility
DHCP cannot be configured in any way or even turned off.
Valid DHCP range not showing without using less than official means.
LAN network address IP configuration is not adjustable without calling support. Stuck as 192.168.1.x.
No option for reserving static IPs on the network
Nodes cannot hardwired to allow faster speed and redundancy like a corporate mesh system.
Unlike regular mesh Wi-Fi, Velop cannot be used as just Wi-Fi while still being a mesh. This means in my case I have one unit sitting in closet in a less than ideal location. Corporate mesh Wi-Fi has an access point mode allow you to place the access points where they are needed most.
The Linksys Velop system is intended to address one of the biggest problems old fashioned Wi-Fi systems encountered as internet speeds have increased and people start doing more online streaming. In a conventional system, Wi-Fi speed and strength drops the further you get away from the place where your internet comes into the house. By having multiple of what Linksys calls nodes spread throughout your house that work together the signal can be evenly spread everywhere allowing full strength and speed. This is a concept that has been around in the business sector for many years but was far too expensive and complicated for home use and the Velop intends to address this. Make no mistake, any consumer mesh Wi-Fi system today is going to be around $300 and up so you if you want good coverage and speed, regardless of manufacturer, you are going to have to spend more money. The best place for Wi-Fi is also out in the open so a traditional box with ugly antennas and wires won’t be tolerated. Just like many other solutions these nodes are designed to be placed in the open with minimal wiring and a more attractive design.
Starting with setup things are different. You get three nodes that come with just a power cord. You get one Ethernet cable for your main node but that is it. If you need a local connection the bottom of each unit comes with two multi-purpose ports. They are not specifically designated and the system seems to know whether you are connecting the port to the internet, your network, or local device. It’s very convenient. If you have a fair number of wired devices you will need to purchase switches. In order configure your network, the process has been simplified. You install an app and just let it walk you through configuring and labeling each node. It will allow you to define where you put them, if the placement is ideal for signal, and then make sure the software is up to date on the node. There is one name for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks and you can also define a guest network. Oddly, there no way to configure a separate name for the different bands so those of you with older Apple devices might run into trouble.
The app is available for iOS and Android. Strangely, there is no way to configure this with a Windows computer. This is strange because devices such as Velop are often offered by computer consulting companies to small to medium business as a cheaper alternative to more expensive corporate equipment. These companies also typically do not want staff to have client information on their personal devices so not having a way to configure via their work computer is quite odd. This also leaves out anyone who opts either to have a different smartphone or has no smart phone. Not all hope is lost though as Linksys is open to customer feedback and I already asked to be added to the list of people asking for a Windows universal app. I can even imagine if they offered a Windows Universal app playing on the Xbox One and just telling Cortana to have Velop prioritize my Xbox One or even shut down access to all other devices so my gaming is not affected by anyone else. So many unique possibilities not being utilized. For now, this a glaring omission and my Xbox One and my Surface Pro have been rendered useless for this. It is software so maybe Linksys could think more outside the box and see the potential.
Instead of traditional QoS (Quality of Service) this has what is called Device Prioritization. You can choose a device on your list and give it high priority but that is it. There are no options for prioritizing based on service or port. To activate device prioritization, you must run the integrated speed test which brings up a bug in the administration. If you have a higher internet speed, mine is at least 400Mbps, the speed test will not be able to give a full read of your internet speed. This means if you turn on the device prioritization it will artificially cut your speed down. In my case, it took my 400Mbps connection, read it multiple times as 150Mbps and limited my max speed to 150Mbps for any device. Turning off prioritization caused my speed to jump up to 315Mbps but node to node speed was inconsistent leading to tests showing speeds from 180Mbps to 330Mpbs. This replaced a competing mesh product that just came out recently, placed in the same area, that always produced consistent node to node speeds up near 400Mbps. Velop was unable to achieve full speed even with device prioritization off. Linksys Support is aware of the device prioritization issue and hopefully in the coming weeks and months a solution for this will be put in place. Ideally the speed test system should be upgraded but it would be even better if you could manually enter your internet speed for times like this when the integrated system just can’t keep up. I have already received a callback so Linksys is very keen on improving this.
Normally with any Wi-Fi, including corporate mesh systems, you can configure your Wi-Fi as either the control for everything or just serve only as a mesh Wi-Fi access system. In the case of the Velop, it’s all or nothing. If you want to use Velop, you are going to have to make this your one and only system. There are no options to turn DHCP on or off or configure any static IPs. In fact, even under the advanced settings it doesn’t have anything about switching the address range used on your internal network. This presents a problem since many modern ISPs have their modem configured to use range 192.168.1.x, just like Velop. This causes routing problems as well as a security threat as the system has no way to know what is inside or outside your network. A call to support uncovered a less than official way to do this but the point is I shouldn’t have to. They are also aware of this and hopefully future updates will change the setup.
If you are a gamer, looking for a mesh Wi-Fi add-on, want to have comprehensive parental controls, want QoS controls, need to have a different internal network besides 192.168.1.x, run internal static systems such as servers or NAS, or want to have a way to configure and administer the system via your computer then you are best to look elsewhere. It is an odd combination trying to cater to people who don’t want to mess with their Wi-Fi and want max speed and yet the people most likely to spend the money on the high-speed internet packages will most likely want much more control. Of course, this is a new system and these adjustments and abilities could be added in later versions of the software but currently, about the only thing this system offers is broad Wi-Fi coverage in an attractive package.
Advanced users, gamers, and power users might want to look elsewhere or check back after future updates. It has A LOT of potential but the software is still extremely basic even when compared to basic routers.
Who is this system most suited? If you mainly use Wi-Fi, want a system to cover your entire house regardless of size, and don’t care that there are almost no controls of any sort then this might be for you. Setup is about as simple and basic as it can get and for such people I recommend this product.
We appreciate your detailed review of the Velop system. Your observations are helpful for future updates with the Linksys app and the unit. It's good to know that you are already working and receiving updates from our Technical Support team. If you need any further help, give us a call at 800-986-0518 or you can send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com.
Kristine Linksys Support
App, Range, Set up
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
There's a New King of Mesh Wi-Fi
App, Range, Set up
Mesh Wi-Fi systems seem to be the hot new thing in home networking. Linksys may not have been first out of the gate with the Velop, but it has delivered a stylish and blazing-fast system that should make it stand out against the competition. Here's my take:
SETUP AND MANAGEMENT:
- Amazing first impressions. If you enjoy the unboxing experience of new electronics, you won't be disappointed. From the sturdy box to the minimalist packaging and layout, there is no doubt that this is a high-quality product.
- Sleek, understated design. Each of the three towers or "nodes" is slightly shorter than an Amazon Echo. There is only one tiny LED status light at the top of each node. The Velop system should seamlessly blend into any home decor.
- Incredibly easy setup using the Linksys iOS or Android app. Simply plug in a Velop node, open the Linksys app, and follow the instructions. Once you've set up the first node, place the other two nodes where you want them and repeat the process. Within ten minutes, I had setup all three nodes throughout my house (one in the home office, one in the kitchen, and one upstairs) and my Wi-Fi network was ready to go. It doesn't get much easier than this.
- The Linksys app provides an overview of all devices that are connected to your network. It also has options for Guest Access, Parental Controls, Device Prioritization, and some other advanced network settings.
- My previous setup consisted of a Linksys EA7500 router and a range extender. This worked well, but speeds were noticeably slower when connected to the range extender. The Velop system eliminates this problem by reserving one of its three wireless bands for backhaul -- the communication between the main node and satellite nodes.
- I calculated throughput on each of the three nodes: the main node in the home office as well as the two satellite nodes (kitchen, ~20 feet away from main node; and upstairs, ~45 feet away from main node). Keep in mind: these results are not my Internet speeds. They are the speeds at which I transferred a large file between computers on the Velop Wi-Fi network, averaged over 5 tests.
- Standing just a few feet from the main node (home office), throughput averaged 462 megabits per second (mbps). At the kitchen node, throughput averaged 386 mbps. The farthest-away, upstairs node averaged 264 mbps. All things considered, these results are incredible and allow me to max-out my Internet speed of 150 mbps from anywhere in my house. In comparison, throughput on my old range extender typically maxed out at around 100 mbps.
- Perhaps most importantly, there are no longer any dead spots in my 3,200 sq. ft. house. I've conducted speed tests from every corner of every room, and I've maxed out my Internet speed every time.
COULD BE BETTER:
- The wall plugs are oddly shaped and might take up a lot of space on your wall outlet or surge protector.
- Setup and configuration can only be done from the Linksys smartphone app. There is no way to access the Velop system's settings from a computer or web browser.
- There aren't many advanced networking settings offered in the Linksys app, so if you're a power user who needs to fine tune every last detail of your network, you might be left wanting more. (For example: you are unable to create separate SSIDs for the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands.)
- Only two ethernet ports on each node. On the main node, one of those has to be used for your cable modem, which leaves only one ethernet port to connect a desktop computer, home security system, or other device that you would prefer to have hard-wired. If you want more ports, you'll have to connect an ethernet switch.
- No USB ports for those who would like to create a network storage solution.
The Velop is perfect for the average user who wants to eliminate any and all problems with Wi-Fi. The system provides and easy and seamless solution to whole-home Wi-Fi coverage without the need for any advanced configuration. Other systems like Google Wi-Fi and Eero lack the tri-band technology which makes the Velop really fly when connected to the satellite nodes. It might be a bit more expensive than other options, but the Velop delivers the best overall throughput performance and range of any Wi-Fi system I've ever used. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
My six year old wireless router was beginning to show its technological age. It could not keep up with my family's growing consumption of online content. To make matters worse, I live in a three level condo where I had to use a wi-fi range extender to receive a wi-fi signal up to the third floor. Needless to say, I was quite interested to see how the Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-fi would perform.
The system I received has three identical rectangular columns each measuring 7.25” in height and 3”x3” at its base. The three little towers, or nodes as Linksys calls them, resemble scale model white colored skyscrapers, much like how you would see in architectural models. This sleek, stylish, and contemporary look can easily blend in as a decorative piece in your home.
But enough about how it looks. Inside the nodes are actually wireless routers with three bands – a 2.4GHz band, and two 5GHz bands. There are six vertical antennas. The system will automatically select the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band for your device for optimum wi-fi performance. On the underside of each node there are two ethernet ports, a power switch, a reset button, and connector for power. The nodes communicate with each other to create a wireless wi-fi mesh to provide the entire home with a strong, full strength wi-fi network. The wi-fi throughput does not degrade, which is a limitation of wi-fi range extenders which cuts the wi-fi throughput by one-half each time the signal is extended. Depending on the size of your home and your coverage needs, Linksys offers single node, two node, and three node options.
Linksys makes the set-up very easy. The box does not come with a detailed user guide. Instead, there is a set up card that directs you to go to the Google Play or Apple Store to download the Linksys app to your smartphone or tablet which will guide you through the entire set up process. When I went to the Google Play store to select the Linksys app, I noticed there were two apps – a “Linksys Smart Wi-fi” app and a “Linksys Connect” app. Which one to install? I'll save you the trouble of trying to figure out which one is the correct app. Download and install the “Linksys Smart Wi-fi” app. The Linksys app holds your hand through each step, making it one of the easiest wi-fi set ups I have ever experienced. They should win an award just for being so consumer/user friendly. Please note that you will need to turn on your phone or tablet's bluetooth in order for the app to communicate with the node.
It's a simple five step connection process. Step 1 – Disconnect your existing router, Step 2 – Connect the base node (they're all identical, so just choose one of the three nodes to be your base node) to your modem via the supplied ethernet cable, or you can use an existing ethernet cable, Step 3 – Let the app search for the node and make the automatic wireless connection, Step 4 – Personalize the Wi-fi network by creating a name and password, and Step 5 – Add additional nodes or exit if you have no other nodes to set up. As additional nodes are added, the app analyzes the location of the node to determine if the placement is adequate to create the wi-fi mesh.
I placed a node at each of my three floors and was good to go. Perfomance wise, I noticed the improvement immediately. It was like I just came out of the wi-fi stone age and sprinted to the 21st century. No more buffering of video content while multiple devices were connected to the wi-fi network. Web pages load smoothly. My household has over a dozen devices connected via wi-fi, and there were no hiccups downloading and uploading content. This has everything to do with the multi-user, multi-input, multi-output (MU-MIMO) that Linksys has built into its whole home wi-fi. It is a robust system allowing multiple devices to simultaneously receive content. Furthermore, I could walk up the three flights of my condo and the wi-fi signal remained at full strength, and there was no longer a need to connect to a separate wi-fi network like I had to when I used the range extender.
The app is also easy to use. You are able to personalize the names of each node such as naming them “kitchen”, “living room”, etc. whatever will make it easy for me to remember which node was which.
There are also Parental Controls to allow you to manage internet access to your kids, Guest Access to share your internet without having to expose the rest of your wi-fi network, and Device Prioritization to allow up to three devices for priority usage of the internet. For advance users, there are Advanced Settings to allow customizations for Internet Settings, Port Settings, and Wi-Fi MAC Filters.
There is only one negative that I see. There is no usb connection on the node for connections to hard drives.
In summary, here are the Pros and Cons:
-Easy to set up
-Stylish looking nodes
-Fast full strength wi-fi for each node
-Eliminates the need for range extenders
-No USB port
The Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-fi impressed me with the quality packaging, aesthically looking nodes, seamless set up, and blazing MU-MIMO wi-fi performance that is able to create a wi-fi mesh to provide full strength internet. I have no hesitation recommending this system as an upgrade to an existing router and range extenders. The Linksys Velop has the advantage of enabling a uniform and continuous wi-fi network for the whole house without degradation of the wi-fi signal. For those looking to create a wireless whole home network but aren't confident in their abilities to set one up themselves, the Linksys Velop is the perfect solution as the app virtually holds your hand through the set up.
The Linksys Velop is a great Wifi mesh network system that people with big and/or multi-story homes should definitely purchase.
It has a cool, modern design, the nodes blend in well with the environment, the setup process is very easy to perform via the Linksys smartphone app, the Wifi coverage area is EXCELLENT, and the speeds are pretty good.
The Linksys Velop is my second experience with a Wifi mesh-type network system (first was the Google Wifi) and my experience with the Velop has been positive. The initial setup procedure was completed with the Linksys smartphone app and it was easy and simple. The time it took to setup each node, though, wasn't fast. It took maybe 15 to 20 minutes total.
As for the range, there are no complaints. Every single corner of my home plus outside of my house are washed in great Wifi signal quality and reliability.
If there was one disappointment, it was the top download speed. I purchase 50 Mbps broadband and doing a Speedtest on my front porch, the max download I'm able to get is ~33 Mbps. With Google Wifi at the same location, I was pulling down above my 50 Mbps limit and getting 69 Mbps.
Despite not achieving the same top DL speed as Google Wifi, I prefer the Velop because the connection speeds are more consistent and even. When my devices used to be connected to Google Wifi, my Youtube resolution would often drop down to 480p and even into 240p despite my device located within 3 feet of a node. When I changed the resolution to anything higher, it would simply drop back down to 240p or 480p. That was UNACCEPTABLE. With the Velop, I'm not experiencing such degradation issues.
Overall, I'm highly satisfied and happy with the Velop and give my full recommendation.
Here are the different sections of the review
The Device came in a beautiful package, the package itself looks expensive and the 3 node routers neatly arranged with minimal paperwork.
You will need a smartphone or a computer with bluetooth for the setup. easiest is to setup using your smartphone. its so easy that even a 10 year old can setup. the app for the smartphone is very user friendly and has a nice interface. I was very impressed. I connected one of the nodes first and turned on the bluetooth in my phone and installed the app and it was just clicking "next" "next" and following the instructions.
Connectivity & Speed
Only one node
With just one node, it will be able to replace your existing router. I had the ASUS AC-1900 router which is a fairly powerful router, i think by just using 1 node, i can replace the router easily.
I did a speed test with the speedtest app and measured the speeds by placing the router in the living room and went to the basement to test the speed. Check my picture for the speed with just 1 node.
Adding a node
Then i added a note to the grid. adding a node again was very very simple. just connect the node to power and use the app to set it up. you will need to go to my account to add a node, again very simple
You can see that after adding a node, the speed is same as as if i was sitting in the living room, that good!
Now to summarize the Pros and Cons
1. Easy Easy setup
2. Excellent speed and reliability
3. Very Small, yet powerful.
4. its beautiful, will go with your room decor and people wont even notice
5. Excellent App to setup, you can control everything using the app
6. Guest network setup
7. Excellent coverage with all 3 notes, easily covered by 3000 sqft home.
1. Cannot individually control 2.4 vs 5Ghz. this is automated
2. Some folks might need a USB for file sharing but this router does not have one
A:AnswerYes it does, but you have to configure the system initially with only one wired "parent" node, and two wireless "child nodes. Once they are connected and talking to each other, you can connect them to a wired Ethernet connection. If you try to wire them first, you will confuse the system and it won't work.
A:AnswerNo you won't be able to drop your internet. These are Wi-Fi routers. You have a modem in your house that brings internet into your home. So when you use Time Warner they are delivering the internet through a modem. Only the modem actually has internet. In order for the whole house to have internet you need a Wi-Fi router attached to the modem. That is what this product is, it attaches to your modem and makes the Wi-Fi a wireless connection of internet that is now available throughout your house. Without the wireless connection you can probably only have internet on one device at a time which would be the device directly plugged into the time Warner modem. This product is good because it extends the range of the wireless throughout your house because it has 2 towers. One that plugs directly into your modem. The other tower you plug in for power and it bounces of the signal wirelessly. So keep the time Warner or get different internet.
A:AnswerI had one node downstairs and a second node on the second floor and they saw and talked with each other fine. The signal upstairs fluctuated between 4 and 5 bars with the second node installed, which surprised me. I expected 5 bars as the node was 3-4 feet away from the smartphone I was using. That phone showed a solid 4 bars for the original node before I connected the second one.
Check for interference where the first node is installed. Make sure it is "out in the open" as Linksys recommends, rather than buried behind other things. The app also has an advanced setting (sorry, I stumbled on it while experimenting and do not remember where it is) that will examine the network and adjust the channels the nodes are using, if needed, to optimize the signal. Personally, I was surprised that was necessary as I presumed te setup process would have already done that.
A:AnswerYou are exactly correct. 6600 Mbps is a misrepresentation by 3 X 2200 Mbps. I personally saw a max speed of 348Mbps. Please read my review; this router is incompatible with select devices, including BAS Fans & Lights, as well as DropCam Pro (Nest Cam).
A:AnswerThis carries very well outside. It has band forming technology which means the signal goes around corners as well as through walls better than older tech. You would have to disconnect your old WiFi to get rid of it. If you have a router modem combo you could turn off that router and plug these into the LAN connection. That would give you the best signal option. Do not try to use these as WAP as it will diminish signal and speed.
A:AnswerIt could. I would recommend that you test the speed by plugging a laptop directly to your century link router. Do a speed test, then you know what the internet speed would be with out any loss in speed due to your WIFI network. After you do that, do the same speediest on the same laptop using a WIFI network in the areas that are bad for you. It is a good way to know if it is your network or your internet provider that is creating the issue. It sounds as though you are losing a lot of signal due to walls and other things that maybe weakening your signal in your house. Velop should help with that.
A:AnswerI got it to work after much experimenting:
1. Reset all of your Velop Nodes by pushing the reset button for 10 seconds.
2. Run Setup for one node.
3. Once it is set up, go to your ATT gateway's (Mine is a BGW210) Home Network/IP Allocation tab.
4. Find you Velop node and click on allocate.
5. Go to the Firewall/IP Passthrough Tab
6. Change Passthrough Mode to DHCPS-fixed.
7. Choose you Velop from the Device List. (It will populate the Manual Entry Field)
8. Set the Passthrough DHCP Lease. I set mine to the maximum allowed: 99:0:0:0
9. Add your other Velop nodes.
10. Turn off the gateway's wireless channels. You have to do each one separately.