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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
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Linksys

Management GUI

 

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The Velop Mesh system uses an Android or iOS app. There is no WebGUI for this solution.

 

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Setup starts with the above screen. We first need a Linksys account.

 

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Once we have an account, we move on to actual setup with the app acting like a wizard to guide you through.

 

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Gather everything that came in the box and set it up where you want it. I set up all three nodes in my kit but only plugged the one with the modem connection into power at this point.

 

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Moving through the setup procedure, the app will ask you where your nodes are located.

 

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Once you push through the setup of the first and main node, the Velop system will ask if you want to add other nodes. If you bought a multi-node kit, this is where you will add those extras into your network.

 

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The dashboard in the app gives you a glimpse of what's going on in your network.

 

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After setup, you can run through channel finder as seen above to optimize channels for each node.

 

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Here we have all the connected devices. It's worth noting you won't get many wired devices with Velop unless you add a network switch.

 

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The built-in speed test takes a short amount of time to run but is needed if you decide you want to use QoS.

 

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Parental controls are included in the app and can be changed on-the-fly.

 

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As mentioned, device prioritization (or QoS) is included as well.

 

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The admin panel allows you to configure each node individually along with firmware updates as needed.

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