Linksys - Velop Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System (2-pack) - White

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.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Ethernet cable
  • Linksys Velop Tri-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System (2-pack)
  • Owner's manual
  • Power adapter (2 pcs)
  • Printed documentation

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2894 out of 3127)

Features


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.

Parental controls

Lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices.

Guest networks

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.


Overall customer rating

4.6
93%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blazing Speed, Best In Class Performance!

    Posted
    gadgetguy11
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    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! PRO's: 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. CON's: 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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Gadgetguy11,

      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.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    There's a New King of Mesh Wi-Fi

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    ryanmcv
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    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. PERFORMANCE: - 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. OVERALL: 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Benefits few/Failures many

    Posted
    Arjay67
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    Expectations - I began with high hopes of the Linksys Velop system and was quickly disappointed. There was a lot of buzz generated at CES this year regarding Linksys’ entry into the mesh WiFi world. Promising better coverage in large and/or multi-level homes. I found the improvements to be few, and the disappointments to be many. With it being the latest and greatest I also expected data rates to be as good or better than my current situation. For comparison, I current have an ISP supplied gateway (ATT) and for the upper level of my home an Apple Airport Extreme/Time Capsule (APETC). Design - The design certainly seems to take cues from the industry. Tall, slender and white with ventilation holes running along the top and two of the four sides. All ports, switches and buttons are located in a recessed well on the bottom of the unit. There is a reset button, power switch, power port and two ethernet ports. The latter is used to supply the primary unit with internet connectivity. Unboxing - On opening the box, you find the three Velop access points. Under the setup guide (a card instructing you to download the app) you find the supplied ethernet cable and then the three power adapters. The ethernet cable tends to “pigtail” due to it’s memory so it can be a nuisance if you want things neat and tidy as I do. Setup - Here starts the trouble. The only way to perform setup or changes in the configuration is through the Linksys Smart WiFi app. While this simplifies the setup and design, it severely restricts the ability to make any important configuration changes. It also locks these into whatever support is provided by Linksys. If they discontinue the product in the future, then you will be left with three doorstops valued at $500.00. On my first attempt, I could not get the app to establish communication over Bluetooth. So on my second attempt I choose the option to configure over WiFi. This was wrought with problems that caused the app to freeze at multiple points of configuration. Each time I would have to shutdown the app entirely, relaunch and sometimes it would pickup where I left off. But sometimes it would skip a step. I wound up with two separate SSID’s being broadcast and unreliable connections. So I performed a factory reset, a step only documented deep down on the website. On my third attempt I was able to get the BT connection started. One important note, only on the website documentation does it explain that you must wait until the light glows purple before you can establish a connection. So you must wait 2-3 minutes after plugging in to be able to begin the setup. While setting up under BT, there was also one time when the app froze and I had to start over. After I was able to complete the setup of the base unit, setting up the other two were quite easy. It’s a bit of a slow process, but the app seems to do some extensive testing to assure that you will have a quality connection in the location that you have selected. When you’re done, you have three wireless AP’s meshed neatly and operating under one SSID. I live in an 1800 sq.ft. townhouse. I placed the primary Velop in the basement where it connects with the ATT gateway. The second was located on the ground floor in our living room. The third unit I placed on the second floor in the office where the the APETC currently resides. Operation - The single status light on the top of the Velop provides indication of startup, setup state, operation and loss of connectivity by way of different patterns and colors. When setup and operating in a well lit room, you barely even notice it. But in a darkened bedroom there are sporadic flashes that can be annoying. I would suggest that you consider this carefully when planning the placement on each node. The most disastrous result of this mesh network was the loss of all other networked resources. All shared printers and drive volumes were completely inaccessible when connected to the Velop from any computer or mobile device in the house. The only way to access those resources is to enable a wired ethernet connection. In my option, this makes the Velop useless. Other issues remain with the app itself. Not only are you unable to change many important settings, but the functions of the app often fail. They include a “speed test” portion. In my attempts the speed test would fail 80% of the time. Sometimes presenting an error immediately and other attempts it would seem to finish the download test and then error on the upload. Performance - One would think that spending a premium on a mesh network would bring data rates better than other devices on the market. Ping times (something that seems to be especially important to gamers) rose dramatically. From an average of 19ms when using the APETC or ATT, to 30ms or more on the Velop. My internet is rated to be 24Mbit/sec down, 5Mbit/sec up though I frequently see higher downloads due to over provisioning. So in theory, the Velop should get me to the max on downloads with the bottleneck being my upstream connection. For the most part, speeds were on par with my previous arrangement. I saw an improvement in the first floor bedroom, but all other areas were about the same. Granted, the previous arrangement required me to manually switch between AP’s to obtain the best reception and throughput for each location. But the previous setup also afforded me greater configurability and access to networked printers and drives. I would like to have compared the transfer speeds on my internal network. This would be a true test of the speed capabilities of the Velop. But this was not at all possible. When connected to the Velop, I could not access any other resources that are shared on the network. No shared printers, drives, ANYTHING! That’s a deal breaker for me! Pros: * Simple setup when you have accurate instructions * Mesh coverage for large areas or multiple levels Cons: * Unreliable app * No web-based configuration available * Average performance * Not suited for gamers * No access to shared network resources * Pricey Verdict: If you need mesh coverage; and don’t want/need to do much configuration; and don’t mind paying a premium; and don’t mind waiting until the app issues are resolved; and don’t need access to shared printers or drives; and are willing to take a gamble on longevity of support then this might be a good choice. Otherwise, check out the competitors and see if their options may be better for your situation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Arjay67,

      Setting up the nodes should flow smoothly and easily. We'd like to know the part of the setup process you encountered some challenges or prompts so that we can identify what has caused the interruptions and find ways to improve it. As for the status light, it should remain in solid after successfully setting it up. Allow us to have this looked into by our Escalation Engineers and assist you not only with setting up your shared drives, and optimizing the settings to make sure you are getting the performance you expected. Please email us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com with the link to this post or call us anytime at 800-986-0518.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Tri Band Router, Superior Wi-Fi Speeds

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    Selva
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Consumer mesh Wi-Fi needing a big software update

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    CraigB
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    Pros ________ Compact 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 Cons ________ 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, CraigB,

      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.

      Regards,

      Kristine
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speed and Coverage, but inconsistent

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    HarvickFan
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    So I've been using the Linksys Velop 3 Node whole home system for about 5 days now and I feel that I'm in a good spot to give it an honest review. I have been using a mesh Network system currently, the Netgear Orbi and prior to that I've used a host of high-end routers and range extenders to try and get coverage across our home which is about 4000 square feet. Let me start with my quick Likes and Dislikes: Likes: • Build and design is solid and small footprint • Connection and range are excellent • Setup is very easy • Triband system Dislikes: • Mobile app only administration – no web utility • Mobile app is very buggy (Android) • Only 2 Ethernet LAN ports per node • Node handoff and device prioritization by 2.4 and 5 GHz bands is inconsistent • Most all advanced router functionality is removed Now what I love about the Velop system is that like the Netgear Orbi it's a tri-band system and what that allows it to do is communicate the backhaul with itself over a dedicated 5 GHz band while continuously providing bandwidth and range across the other two bands and never sacrificing speed or range like you would get using the traditional router and range extender. I will say that if you need or like to configure very specific router Administration functions, the system may not be for you as it has primarily stripped away most advanced router administration tools and settings and is built predominantly for easy setup, mesh network coverage range and speed and ease of use. All of the setup and configuration is done through their Linksys app available for IOS and Android and I must say using a router that has no web-based utility to access tools and administration and settings is a bit odd. I think over time I can get more used to it however the app right now is very buggy, at least on Android. The startup and configuration of the nodes can hang up and if that happens you simply need to power down, recycle and start again. I did try a couple times and I will say when it works the way they designed it the setup is extremely fast and easy starting with the first node and then configuring the additional add-on nodes all through the app. The app also doesn't tend to show me all of my online devices. I can be on one two or three devices and the app will show them as offline. The speed test that they give you in the app to natively test your ping and speed has never worked for me so short of uninstalling and reinstalling the app and trying again the app definitely right now has some major bugs which I'm sure Linksys will address with an update. Now our home is 4000 square feet and I figured having a three node system would be slightly overkill but I was looking forward to that thinking that I'm just going to soak the house in coverage and eliminate all dead spots and have maximum bandwidth in all corners of the house. So I started by using all three nodes throughout my home; one on the far East Side one on the far west side and one in the center of our two story home. Initially for the first day or two I was quite disappointed because I didn't seem to get the same amount of speed and range that I was getting with my Netgear Orbi which only has two modules. So I tried everything I could think of - power cycling, changing what settings I could in the app etc. and nothing I did seemed to get me the speed and coverage that I was used to. So what I ended up doing was removing one of the nodes from the loop. I simply uninstalled one of the nodes from the network and left the two on the far sides of the home connected and what I found is my speed and coverage immediately came back and has even shown improvements over the Netgear Orbi. So having all three nodes configured and running was a detriment in my home, which again is about 4000 square feet. So I'm not sure if my devices were unsure of which node to connect to or I'm not sure if the device prioritization within the node software could determine the best path and bandwidth and speed for all my devices but once I removed one of the nodes my speed and coverage has been fine. I'm seeing improved throughput on all of my devices compared to the Netgear Orbi. However with that said I have had some trouble with the Velop system prioritizing my devices across the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. There have been plenty of times where my phone or iPad or some other 5 GHz device is only connected to the Velop on the 2.4 gigahertz band. Now what the Velop tries to do internally via its software is determine the best possible band across all the devices to optimize both speed and range so it tries to automatically set the device to the appropriate band so that everyone maintains speed and connection. And this is something that you cannot set within the administration tools, what channel certain devices should connect to. With the Netgear Orbi I've never had that problem all of my 5 gigahertz devices remain connected to the 5 gigahertz band however with the Velop system I notice that maybe 60% of the time my devices will be on the 5 gigahertz band and then I think especially when I'm roaming the home or when the device needs to switch from one node to the other it takes the system a very long time to complete the handoff and then reconfigure on the new node what band my device should be on. There have even been times where I've needed to turn off Wi-Fi on the device turn it right back on reconnect to the nearest node and that generally gets does the trick, but it’s annoying to have to do that, so something I think Linksys really needs to look at is the node to node handoff and the band prioritization. In fact I would love it if they added that as an Administration tool that you can set what devices should be set to which bands manually so that you're guaranteed certain devices will always remain on the 5 gigahertz band or the 2.4 gigahertz band if you so choose. So when everything has been working as expected I am quite pleased with the range and the speed that I get from the Velop system and that's with having one node taken out of the loop. So before you buy, I would really look at your own environment and try to decide if you need a single, two or three node system. You can always add nodes if you need them, and the retail price of the whole home 3 node system is pretty steep. In terms of hardware the system seems very well built, the construction feel solid they do have a smaller footprint than most high-end routers and even the Netgear Orbi. They are even smaller then apples AirPort Extreme or time capsule in which they share a common cylinder type aesthetic. The connections are all made in the bottom of the unit. Each node has two ethernet Lan ports, a reset button and the power button. In terms of ethernet Lan connections, this is really the only other negative that I can see to the system. Most if not all routers today come with a minimum of 3 or 4 LAN ports, some can give you 8 etc. and so for the main node that would replace your main router, only having 2 ethernet Lan points can be a problem especially since one of them needs to be the ethernet connection to your modem. So essentially you're only getting one additional Lan port on one of the nodes. For me that was troublesome because I have a desktop Apple Mac connected LAN to my router as well as a security system router as well as a network hard drive. So with the Linksys Velop system I could not hook all of those devices up at the same point in the same place that I could say with my Netgear Orbi. If you don't use a lot of ethernet connected LAN devices then this shouldn't be an issue for you but if you do then you definitely need to consider would this system work for you knowing that the nodes only have two ethernet Lan ports on them and for at least the one that connects to your modem, you only have one additional. What I would love Linksys to do is build the node system where at least one the main node that you would use to connect to the modem includes more ethernet Lan ports to it or potentially at least add one dedicated LAN port for the modem and still give the user two available LAN ports for devices if they needed it because this could potentially be a problem for me long term. All in all the system is very nice. Range and speed are great, improved over what I’ve been using in the past. If you are looking for a simple to install system that doesn’t include all the bells and whistles of a high end router, but soaks your home in coverage and speed, then I would definitely take a look at the Linksys Velop. Once Linksys irons out some kinks with the mobile app and software bugs, this system is going to be king.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great coverage hindered by a subpar mobile app

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    cjd2112
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    For the past few years I've solely used Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Stations in all my homes and have numerous current generation models bridged and running well. As Apple has officially announced leaving the networking market, I began researching mesh networks. I decided on the Linksys Velop system as it's the only alternative Apple currently sells and endorses, thus it should be a perfect fit for my homes as my computers are Mac's (with a few Windows systems) and my mobile devices are iOS based (iPad Pro 10.5's and iPhone X's). I also have numerous HomeKit smart home devices from smart locks, lighting systems, garage and gate openers, thermostats, etc. and servers in my Berlin and New York homes. If Apple supports it, then it should be a perfect fit, especially as I use some of my servers for Time Machine. I haven't dealt with non-Apple routers in my home in years, so I was a bit trepidatious as my previous experiences with Linksys were far from great. The nodes are small and contrary to what some others have stated they aren't eyesores. In fact, I found the black nodes to be the perfect size, shape, and they blend in with their surroundings. I tested this unit in my 5,000 sq ft home which has two current generation Airport Extreme Base Stations (one in bridge mode). Either node can be the main node connected to your modem. The mobile app walks your through the setup process which was very easy and quick. After the first node is setup, simply follow the instructions to place the second node (and third if you have more). After the nodes were placed, the system ran tests to ensure each node was in the best location, then scanned your network for devices and analyzed your setup proper optimization. The two nodes cover 5,000 sq ft well, which saved me from having to purchase the three node system (and you can always add more nodes). My only issue with the nodes are the limited ethernet ports (two for each). As this is a mesh system, wireless connectivity is its main priority although you can connect the nodes with ethernet cables should you have them already placed. Simply setup the nodes wirelessly first, then connect each node to your wired setup. Unlike traditional routers which broadcast 2.4GHz and 5GHz as separate networks, these systems broadcast both under one wireless network name and use the 5GHz band by default, automatically switching to the lower ranger 2.4GHz depending on device and/or range. Each node's processors constantly evaluate the signal strength of each device in order to ensure the everything on the network has the best connection. Essentially, it's akin to an easy to setup bridged network system with intuitive and seamless device prioritization. The "Channel Finder" feature in the app evaluates connected devices and node placement should you wish to check that the system is properly functioning, however this is done automatically in the background. The speeds were slightly than my current AirPort Extreme Base Stations even though each utilize the same protocols. Trio-Band mesh networks are superior in this area as they are constantly adjusting to your needs. I tested this on my 300 Mbps down and 30 Mbps up system and found wireless speeds to be faster and more consistent, especially in area's that seemed to struggle maintaining a connection. The downside is the mobile application necessary for setting up and monitoring the system (although the desktop browser portal is a much better method as it allows for more fine tuning such as port forwarding, device prioritization, security options, etc). The iOS app UI seemed extremely basic and disappointing. In fact, it turned me off so much that I'm on the fence whether or not I should keep this system or sell it online. It's very limiting especially with naming and categorizing devices (the icons are not only hideous and generic at best, they are limiting as only a handful of devices are listed). Port forwarding allocation is archaic and my Synology servers did not recognize the systems UPnP or NAT and many manufacturers have been slow in developing proper mesh system support. Port Forwarding and DHCP Reservations are the only way to ensure LAN and external connectivity, which I normally do for all my systems. Unfortunately I experienced a handful connection issues over the 2-3 weeks in which I used the system. Sometimes a node would drop its connection, requiring the system to search for the node and ensure it was properly functioning. I had to restart it a few times as well, which I rarely had to do with my Apple wireless routers. At the end, a windstorm came in and the power flickered yet was never lost and my equipment is attached to server grade UPS's, etc. Yet the entire system lost all the settings. As there is no way to save your configuration to your computer as you can with other systems such as Apple's Airport Utility, this meant I had to setup the entire network from scratch. At this point, I packed up the system and reconnected my AirPort Extreme Base Stations and in a few minutes was back online. Pros: Speeds, coverage, seamless adaption Cons: Terrible mobile app necessary for setup and usage, lack of ethernet ports (although a simply switch remedies this issue), no dedicated desktop apps, no way to backup your system configuration should it fail

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Mesh System Available

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    mikeheel
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    Mesh wifi systems are all the rage now. And it makes sense. A mesh system promises ease of use, high-speed connections, and broad coverage. The Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi System delivers on these promises better than any other mesh system on the market as of January 2017. When you first open up the Velop system, you'll notice that even the packaging is impressive. That's not especially relevant to a review of the function of the system, but it's worth pointing out. The packaging was high-end and shows the level of attention Linksys has given the details of presentation. The positive impression continues when you unbox the system. The nodes are attractive and easily blend into most decors. A quick scan after the initial impression begins to reveal some of the few flaws in the system. First, there are no USB ports. That's not a big deal for 99% of users, but for the other 1%, it's a needless deal-breaker. Power systems include a number of USB ports. Second, there are only two ethernet ports per node. This means your "primary" node (the one connected to your router) will have only one ethernet port open. Again, for most users, that is not an issue. For others (here's looking at you, fellow gamers), that could be a significant problem. And the power plug is bizarrely huge. If you're plugging this into a surge protector (and you should be), then the plug may create a problem. I really can't fathom what Linksys was thinking with this plug. Initiating setup reveals the few other flaws. For one, there is no web interface. Setup is available via app from iTunes or the Android Play Store. Sorry, Windows Phone fans (I know there are still a few of you out there). But even with my Android, I'd like to have the option of a web interface. Linksys has a great web interface but chose to not use with the Velop. And, as might be expected with an app-based setup, options are limited. Linksys takes the position that you don't need to disable your SSID broadcast on the theory that hackers can still find your network, even when hidden. True, but it takes just that much more effort to find when you're "cloaked," and mobile hackers tend to go for low-lying fruit. I'd like to have the option to disable my SSID, please. That's mostly it for complaints, and most people won't care at all about those complaints. As for positives, there is a lot to like. When you open the app, it guides you through an easy setup process. I may gripe about the lack of a web interface, but the Linksys app is also excellent in and of itself. I've used another high-end mesh system, and the Linksys Velop was far faster at setup and did everything right the first time. The app walks you through each step. The app also does offer more detail and options than other router band apps I've tested. Each "node" is exactly the same. Technically, the box with three nodes contains three separate routers. Each node covers roughly 2000 square feet with a strong signal. So, if you had any reason to, you could use each one in a separate home with a separate modem. But then you'd miss out on the value of the mesh system. I have a 2600 square foot home. With one Velop, I had coverage throughout that was as good or better than most decent routers. But connection speed dropped to about 60% at the furthermost points of the house. I ended up putting one node upstairs connected to the modem and another downstairs in our primary family room. Connection speed improved to 100%, even in the most remote parts of the house when I added the second node. The third node seemed entirely unnecessary for me at this time, but I'm sure it would be very handy in a larger home or a home with concrete walls, I appreciate the fact the Velop includes MU-MIMO functionality. This basically allows the system to create a special channel for each connected device, so that each device gets the full benefit of your top connection speed. The default security is WPA2. So, even if you don't know anything about how to secure your network, the Velop will take care of that for you. Again, you can't turn off SSID broadcast, but your network would at least be secure. FWIW, the Velop also automatically updates over the air. This should mean it will stay current and adapt to any necessary changes. Linksys obviously is confident in the Velop, given that they include a 3-year warranty (very strong by industry standards), so it seems they wanted to also make it as future-proof as possible via automatic updates. The beauty of the mesh system is that each node communicates with the others on the network to ensure your device gets the optimal connection at all times. This will work beautifully with your newer wireless devices, but I've seen some talk of older devices struggling a little with it. The only device I had that struggled at all was one of my Nest thermostats, which seemed to have a hard time holding onto the best signal. But the other 10,000 wireless devices we have in the home (that's a slight exaggeration) worked perfectly with the Velop. At the end of the day, if you want a simple-to-use system that offers excellent speed and throughput and don't mind spending a bit of money, I can strongly recommend the Velop - especially for large homes that need extended range. If ports and power-user features are more important to you, then I recommend you skip the Velop and stick with something more like the Linksys EA9500 (my primary router of choice). Mesh systems are the new wave, and I really think the Velop is the best in class. If the features of a mesh system are helpful in your household, get a Velop.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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