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Linksys Velop Dual-Band AC3900 Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Network Adapters in Networking | Posted: May 1, 2018 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Linksys

Final Thoughts

 

I've had the Velop Dual Band in house for about a week so I'm not fully versed in how the unit is going to operate over long periods of time but in the week that I have had it, its been the backbone of my entire home network.

 

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Like many of you I stream all of my content including Live TV through PS Vue and my daily catalog of content on YouTube, Netflix and Hulu. Through all of that this platform has done quite well, with only a few times where YouTube had issues buffering.

 

Looking at our benchmarks of this platform, the Velop Dual Band does quite well in LAN throughput reaching 915Mbps and Mobile throughput with our iPhone X at 514Mbps. Wireless throughput had low performance with 2.4GHz likely due to the adapter used for testing, that said Linksys uses one SSID for both bands so there is no easy way to choose the band you want to connect to.

 

With that the Dual-Band reached 56Mbps in our 2.4GHz testing. Moving over to 5GHz we saw numbers on par with previously tested Mesh platforms, the Dual-Band reaching 535Mbps. That said the wireless backhaul between nodes is significantly lower at 426MBps presenting a possible bottleneck in the system if used completely wireless.

 

 

The Linksys app for iOS does a superb job of aiding the setup process but even more the dashboard gives you a quick overview of internet connectivity and devices connected. Parental controls are right at your fingers tips and the ability to give priority to three devices is a great addition. After all of that my favorite feature is certainly the Wi-Fi Channel Scanner that automatically optimizes your connection along with the built in speedtest.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance81%
Quality87%
Features90%
Value91%
Overall TweakTown Rating87%

The Bottom Line: With performance on par with many Mesh platforms currently on the market, the Velop Dual Band offers a low cost of entry for consumers on the fence.

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