Towards the middle to end of January, I was contacted about Velop, Linksys' entry into the Mesh Wi-Fi space, a week or so later it was in house, and I set it up to begin testing.
Velop, like many Mesh systems, allows for expandability. You can start with a single unit and add on as you grow or your home grows. The technology inside Velop allows each node to essentially be an AC200 Router, Extender, Access Point and Wireless Bridge all wrapped into one package.
This starts with the base of the platform, a 716MHz quad-core processor. Onboard storage for the firmware sits around 4GB with 512MB of DDR3, and each node houses six antennas along with a Bluetooth 4.0 radio. Velop is an AC2200 class solution, meaning we have a 400 Mbps 2.4GHz radio and two 867 Mbps 5GHz radios.
The actual specification sheet given by Linksys doesn't make mention of any of the details of the wireless network. Instead, not to confuse any potential buyers, we have the model number followed by switch ports speed up to 1000Mbps, two listed radio frequencies and the number of internal antennas. Each unit does have a power and reset button along with an RGB LED that helps with placement and setup.
The MSRP of the Linksys Velop three node kit comes in at $499.99 with a three-year warranty.
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