REVIEW: Linksys Velop Whole Home Wifi 🍏

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Every home, store, public area, … let’s say “place” has wi-fi. We all know the experience of a slow internet connection, waiting for that webpage to load. A YouTube video that will only play in 360p and if you change it you can play it for 10 seconds before it starts buffering again. And these are only examples of slow internet speeds. Most homes have dead spots (no wi-fi connection at all) and the solutions for a solid wireless connection can give other problems. (such as sticky clients, …)

Linksys promises to undead the dead spots and give you the most reliable mesh network on the market. Do they?

Linksys Velop, what is it?

It isn’t your standard router or access point and it definitely isn’t your average mesh setup.
Linksys Velop is an easy to install, manage and update smart wi-fi system. It tries to solve all network problems for you without any troubleshooting.

Install, personalize and enjoy.

Mesh explained short

A mesh wi-fi network means that all your access points are wireless connected. In case of the Linksys Velop mesh only 1 node is wired to the modem. The others make the connection over wi-fi to the one access point that’s connected to the modem.linksys-velop-coverage-02

Ease of use

We can make a list of all the features it has but that wouldn’t make clear what’s special about it.

Ok, good back to “ease of use”. I’m not at all a “mister know it all” if we are talking about networking. I know the very basics but not enough to troubleshoot every problem possible. Velop makes it very easy to set-up, change settings while you know what you are doing and try to fix problems.

To start using Linksys Velop you only need the Linksys app. I wont go thru the whole set-up process because it is to easy: follow the steps on-screen.
When your Velop network is installed you have the Linksys app to make changes.

What if a nodes disconnects? Well no big problem! It’s a smart system so when a node disconnects from your network the others try to take over as much as possible. This means that if node A is the base, and node B disconnects from it, the third node (let’s call it C) makes the connection from A to B. So it is “self-healing”.
This is the same for you devices! The Velop system will analyse the usage and connection speed to all your devices. This results in an optimised network where all connections are reliable! And you don’t have to do anything at all.

We can talk about specs a lot more in detail but I’m more focussed on the advantages for the customer. For example, Linksys Velop has “MU-MIMO”. This technology makes sure that multiple devices can receive/send data at the SAME time. (disclaimer: short explanation, not detailed or technically accurate)

The last feature I want to explain to you is the “one main network” slogan that Linksys Velop stands for. If you use multiple older routers/access points you can feel a lot of disadvantages. Few examples are sticky clients (where the devices stays connected to a further access point with slower connection),  difficult expandability, …
Because this Velop network is smart you can easily move thru your home. It will know what connection is the best for you and automatically switch you between access points. You will always have the best possible connection!
Not enough coverage? No problem, every individual node is compatible with a network. You can buy an extra node and add it in your network using the Linksys application.

Wired connection but no ethernet cables wired at your home? Well even that is solved with Velop. Every node has 2 ethernet ports so a wireless connection is easily converted to a wired connection using Velop.

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Short: Linksys Velop will make your wireless home internet experience a whole lot easier without even thinking about it.

The Linksys app

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In the application you can see all connected devices and a list of offline devices. For the connected devices you can see which band¹ they use (2.4GHz or 5GHz) and which node they are connected to.

The Linksys app gives you the possibility to prioritize 3 devices. Those will get the most efficient connection. This does NOT mean that other devices will have slow/unreliable internet! The system will balance everything out, but give those prioritized the best it can get.

Parental controls

Every device can be controlled individually. The most easy function is “block access”. Yes it will block internet connection 100% (duh). If the user would try to go online the device would show that their access is denied by Linksys parental control.

Linksys also gives the possibility to block access during a certain period. You can create a schedule for every device.

As a parent you have the power to decide which website is off-limits. For the moment being you can only block specific websites. This is also a setting regulated per device!

Later users will have the possibility to block category’s. This will follow after an update.

Guest Access

A simple setting! You can set-up a second network specific for guests! Imagine having a party and all your friends devices are in your “devices” list. This alone was for me enough to set-up the guest network. You can choose the name and password yourself, again easy to use.

Velop Administration

A short one: your nodes and information about them. For example: online or not.

If one might be offline, the app will help you troubleshoot so you can fix it fast without any background knowledge.

My verdict

The Linksys Velop Home Mesh wi-fi network works wonderfully. It was the perfect solution at my home for solving dead spots and slow wi-fi without any other problems such as sticky clients. The speed is great (average of 150 mbps in my house) and reliable! The ease of use makes it very easy to change settings and manage problems perfectly!

I think it could solve a lot of problems in many homes. Although I’m sure that in some cases other solutions are as good, if not better.

 

 

¹ Bands are the frequencies at which your router talks with your devices. Most WiFi routers send out two frequencies. The first is 2.4 GHz, which is great for mobile devices like iPhone and iPad. 2.4 GHz also has the best range of the two bands. It will reach farther but (usually) only has half the speed of the 5GHz band. The 5GHz is best used for computers or an tv for example. It has, I stated before much higher speeds, but this speed comes with a drawback, which is the range. What makes the Velop so special is it’s third 5GHz band. It let’s your devices talk through the normal 2.4 and 5.0GHz bands and reserves the third 5GHz band only for the communication between each other.

 

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