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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

Sessions

 

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Basically, with this test, I'm looking to see if the router will lock up if enough sessions are pushed through the hardware. Starting at 32 sessions, the Velop has no issues starting out at 921 Mbps.

 

Moving through 128 sessions, we stay in the 850 Mbps range and continuing through 512 sessions, we drop to just 654 Mbps. At 1000 sessions, the Velop did not crash, but only offered 44 Mbps.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Back at the end of 2016, I reviewed the Amplifi HD from Ubiquiti. That being my first look at Mesh Wi-Fi, it blew me away at the promise this technology holds. To this point, I have now tested three additional systems, and honestly, the Linksys Velop is right up with the Amplifi HD in my mind. Starting with build quality, I'm happy with the Velop; the plastics feel quite durable, the mesh lets a bit of heat through, and they have a matte finish.

 

 

The performance was a bit different to test with the band steering feature locked on so we have a lot of details on the 5GHz performance but nothing on the 2.4GHz. Going by specifications, it's not a very high-performance band at 400 Mbps, but you could reasonably expect to see a good deal of range from it. With that said, LAN performance was topping out at 936 Mbps, and 5GHz wireless throughput took over top honors at 569 Mbps.

 

In our mobile throughput testing, our iOS device did slightly better at 545 Mbps while the Android did 334 Mbps. Lastly, we did a bit of throughput vs. range with the 5GHz band and found the Velop to do quite well out to 20 Ft holding most of its throughput with 30Ft dropping off slightly to 322 Mbps.

 

Adding to this experience is the app. I believe this is only the second solution I have tested that hasn't had a WebGUI, and so far, both experiences have been good. Linksys has brought a lot of their Smart Wi-Fi control to the app so you get the dashboard to see what your router is doing and all the controls for devices, ports and controlling what your kids are doing are there at your fingertips.

 

Adding to all of this is the system's flexibility. You don't have to go all in at $500 to get Velop. You can start small with a single node and work your way as your network grows or as your budget allows.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality95%
Features95%
Value93%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: With its overall quality, flexibility, and solid performance, it's rather hard to look past the value in the Velop Mesh system from Linksys.

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