Linksys - Velop Tri-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System (3-pack) - White
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Each access point provides a maximum data transfer speed of up to 6600 Mbps. With this Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi System you receive stable and fast Wi-Fi network.
Features the MIMO smart antenna design for improved range while eliminating drops and dead zones.
For fast data transfer speeds.
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.
Lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices.
Create networks for guests and restrict access to specific users.
This system is modular and performs well within every home type, situation and footprint.
Use Alexa to control your home network, turn the guest network on and off or verbally request the Wi-Fi networks passwords.
The Linksys app provides the freedom to access and control your Wi-Fi from home or remotely.
Intuitively easy setup will give you whole-home Wi-Fi freedom in minutes.
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Blazing Speed, Best In Class Performance!January 11, 2017
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 ResponseJanuary 15, 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.
There's a New King of Mesh Wi-FiJanuary 13, 2017
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
Best Mesh System AvailableJanuary 14, 2017
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
Outstanding Tri Band Router, Superior Wi-Fi SpeedsJanuary 10, 2017
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
Good for really, really big homesJanuary 14, 2017
I was really hoping that this was finally the product that would give us consistent wifi throughout the house. Our home is around 2,000 sqft but it's 3 levels. The internet comes into the house in the basement which is where the Fios box and router are. So the problem has always been a weak signal on the second floor, and bad spots on the first floor. I thought a mesh network would finally solve this problem. The main unit could be in the basement and provide good wifi to the basement and most of the first floor, while another node on the 2nd floor, on the opposite side of the house, would fill in the gap and cover that floor plus the spots on the floor below it that receive a weak signal due to walls/pipes/insulation, etc. The problem is that you need a really, really big house to make this work properly. The nodes are powerful and I don't doubt Linksys's claim that each one will cover 2,200 sqft. I ran a long cable and set one up on the first floor of the house all by itself. It provides a full signal to most of the house, but again, there are spots where it drops way down due to the construction. But, going back to the original setup, no matter where I placed the other nodes, I could not get devices in the house to connect to anything other than the primary node in the basement. You can't manually select which one you want to get the signal from. This means that a chromecast or wemo switch on the 2nd floor is still getting it's signal from the basement and on the linksys app it shows up as a weak signal. I ran a speed test on my phone upstairs and it's coming in at 32mbps vs 83mbps when I'm standing down near the main node. The reason for the dropoff in speed is because I can't switch nodes. So my phone auto switches to 2.4Ghz instead of using the 5Ghz band. The 5Ghz is the faster band but I can't use it except within a short distance of the basement node because it doesn't travel through walls well. Again, if I could manually select which node I want stuff to connect to, and if I could use the Linksys app to specify that I want to use the 5Ghz band so that my phone would switch between nodes as I moved around the house, that would be perfect. That's what I expected from a mesh network and it's not what's happening. So for me, it's a nice looking router but for someone in an average, 2,000sqft house, don't bother getting more than 1 unit because you'll never be able to get away from the main node, even if the wifi drops off a bit and you get pushed to the slower 2.4Ghz band. It provides a good signal but nothing that blows away other routers and the inability to select the 5Ghz band is a weakness. It's too bad because I was really excited to finally have a solution for our home but it looks like I'll have to keep searching.
I would recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseJanuary 19, 2017
The Velop’s performance could have been affected by its configuration and location in your home. As for the speed, the Velop system has been tested to work with gigabit internet. Please allow our Escalation Engineers take a closer look at your networking environment and ensure that it’s performing as its best. We'd be happy to hear from you at 800-986-0518 or via email at LinksysCares@linksys.com anytime.
Good looking, excellent speeds!January 10, 2017
They came in a big box! Each wifi point are really good looking and there is no need to hide them. I have them out in the open. Setting them up was easy, however, there were a few hiccups during the process where the app (android linksys app is required to set them up) would just stay either searching or stuck on a step, however it was easy to solve with just going back the previous step and resuming. It definitely needs some work as some not too tech savvy people may have issues here. Other than that, the coverage is incredible and the speeds are amazing. I set them up on my living room, main hallway that connects my living room with bedrooms (this area has been always a dead spot) and my master bedroom. I get full speeds on my furthest point (master bedroom), as if I was connected directly to my previous router via Ethernet directly, this is amazing! Pros: +Full coverage on large homes. +Amazing speeds +Easy to monitor via the android/ios app. +Very good looking design, can be used as decoration. +Each point has 2 Ethernet ports, so you'll have 5 in total (on the point connected to your modem, one port is used to connect to it). Cons: -Setup could be better, some bugs on the app, however updates can solve this. -Some bugs either on the firmware of the router or the app, i.e. sometimes it shows some of my devices as offline, however they are connected and working fine. Since the router just came out, expect some bugs, that should be squashed via future firmware updates. -No IPv6 support. I have emailed their support, and they responded right away, saying feedback is always welcome, and may be added in the future.
I would recommend this to a friend
Looks Good, But feels like I was Beta testingAugust 23, 2017
First node went fine, second node went fine, third node acted up. Once I got it going wirelessly, set it up to use Ethernet per manufacturers instructions. This worked but I noticed major drops in speed and node switching was almost non existent. This happened while it was set up wirelessly as well. App is useless, showed devices connected to wrong nodes, and wouldn't show some devices that were connected, I could ping these using the app, but wouldn't show them connected. This makes parental controls useless. Some forums are telling people to ignore the app....What? Linksys pushes the app from the get go, and makes the user hunt for the web interface, which doesn't seem to have all the same features as the app. This system was supposed to replace a well functioning Linksys EA9500. The app for that works fine. This app for this system, not so much. I would log in and it would show 10 devices connected, close the app and restart immediately and it would show 18 devices connected. It would report node disconnection when there was none. One node would get bypassed altogether by every device even if it was right next to it, the only way to get something to connect to it was to force it by shutting wifi off on the device and then turning back on. Even then after a few moments it would disconnect and move to any other node. These were not placed in a bad spot, was told by set up app that placement was,"just right". I even ordered three more nodes thinking I got a bad batch, and was planning on returning the first three. I tried every configuration for an entire weekend. Reset to factory settings, reinstalled, etc. etc., but no go, same issues as the first three. I really wanted this to work. When You look at the forums you will see that every problem I ran into, is listed and talked about, These are not new problems. This is a very competitive market for mesh systems and it seems like Linksys rushed this out for people to buy and they would fix the problems as they came in. A very Microsoft way of during things. For the price that's charged for these, you would think they would have tested this a little more thoroughly. I like Linksys, I have only used Linksys routers and switches but this product for me is a HUGE fail. I packed all six up nodes and returned to best buy. Unpacked my EA9500, which I had already set to factory settings to sell, and hooked it back up using the smart wifi app. Was up and running in 6 1/2 minutes...yes, I timed it. I would recommend holding off buying this until these issues have been addressed. Do your own research and you'll see.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseAugust 23, 2017
We appreciate your taking the time for sharing your detailed experience with the Velop system. There are a few steps that could help us figure out your challenges with the product but we understand that you've already returned it. Should you decide to give it another try or for assistance with your EA9500 router, please know that you can reach us anytime via LinsksyCares@linksys.com.
***BEST mesh Wi-Fi system available***January 12, 2017
Although it's a timely process, set up is easy and has to be done with an app on a smart phone or tablet. The app has a great walk-through set up with pictures of every step. One node will need to be by your modem. And the rest placed throughout your home. The app will let you know if you placed one to close or to far away from each other. This makes getting not only Wi-Fi to long ends of your home but FAST Wi-Fi. With 3 nodes I now have full signal strength in every room. They are made to be placed out in the open and will work best this way. Fairly small in size standing just under 7 1/2 inches tall. This system is a easy way to get Wi-Fi in every room of a large home by just adding nodes. So far every thing have been working good.
I would recommend this to a friend
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