The router provides a dedicated wireless link between each router in addition to the two required for devices to connect to it - alongside the option for a Ethernet-based wired backhaul and dynamic channel selection, which minimizes interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks.
The 2 Gigabit ports can be used as either LAN or WAN ports. The router provides Wi-Fi speeds of up to 2200Mbps (867 + 867 + 400Mbps).
Velop's Tri-Band technology dynamically changes to ensure and deliver fast, seamless Wi‑Fi to all devices for the ultimate in Wi‑Fi freedom.
A package of three mesh devices sells for $449, single nodes retail for ~$150 ea. currently.
The Linksys App provides the freedom to access and control your Wi‑Fi from home or remotely. Velop's intuitively easy setup will give you whole-home Wi‑Fi freedom in minutes.
The router is designed to be managed through a mobile app, the web interface is obscured and takes a few steps to view:
1. Navigate to the router's IP via a web browser (typically 192.168.1.1), or the web page: linksyssmartwifi.com
2. Click on the text in the middle of the page that says "Linksys Velop Whole Home WiFi"
3. After logging in with your Velop credentials, you will notice a little "CA" link at the bottom of the page, use that to get to the admin interface.
Despite its obscured web interface, and somewhat steep price point, the Linksys Velop is one of the best mesh WiFi systems currently on the market. It offers both wired, and dedicated wireless backhaul, and it is a truly mesh system offering redundancy, and advanced features such as parental controls, device prioritization, port range forwarding/triggering, VPN passtrough, etc. that are left out of some other home mesh offerings.
Linksys Velop supports bridge mode (beta,unofficial). What this means is, you can set the units as wireless mesh access points, and keeping your existing main router to handle NAT, DHCP, etc. You do lose some advanced features in this mode, however, it is preferred in some existing/larger networks. This only seems to be available with the Velop and the Eero mesh systems at the time of this writing.
Note: To setup the Velop in bridge mode, from the main node's web interface, navigate to the connectivity tab -> Internet Settings -> click "Edit" next to "Type of Internet Connectivity" and choose "Bridge Mode" (make sure it is connected via Ethernet, do not choose "Wireless Bridge").
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