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Linksys Velop Mesh Whole Home Wireless System Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Mar 16, 2017 3:15 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Linksys

Tyler's Router Test System Specifications

 

 

 

Wired Throughput and Range

 

The Tenda AC9 was the last router I tested with the old Z170 platform. With our new test system, we re-ran it through testing to have it on our new charts.

 

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Starting out, the Velop did quite well, bringing in 936 Mbps over LAN. WAN wasn't rested as there is no specific WAN port.

 

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With the Velop being a band steering solution, the charts are slightly different. I was unable to get my PCE-AC88 to connect to the 2.4GHz band, so there is no comparison for 2.4GHz here. However, with 5GHz, the Velop did perform quite well, reaching 570 Mbps.

 

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In mobile device throughput, I could get a good amount more out of the iPhone 7 Plus than our Android counterpart, topping out at 545 Mbps.

 

 

Wireless Range

 

Our next test for this new setup sees how range affects performance. With this we start at 10Ft and move out to 30Ft, after we reach the end we move to a location again at 30ft but with two walls between us and the router. Routers are tested in their default configuration for this part; the client device is the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

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For this to be a fair comparison with standard one node routers, the Velop was tested with a single node. At 10 ft., the Velop started at 552 Mbps moving out to 482 Mbps at 20 Ft. Adding another 10Ft to bring us to 30 Ft., the Velop offered 322 Mbps. Adding a few walls into the mix, we dropped to 313 Mbps.

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