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Linksys Velop

details: Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System
hardware type: Mesh Wireless
date added: 2017-04-17
updated: 2017-04-18
Velop is modular and available in a one, two or three pack. This gives you the freedom to place additional nodes to reach difficult spots like the basement or backyard for flawless Wi‑Fi everywhere.

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").

 
 
 
 Velop Features
 General
 SG Editor's Choice: yes
 Availability: currently available
 List price: $150
 Warranty: 3 year(s)
 LAN / WAN Connectivity
 LAN ports: 2
 LAN ports type: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
 LAN ports auto cross-over: yes
 Router
 NAT routing: yes
 Multihomed: yes
 Port forwarding: yes
 Port forwarding of ranges: yes
 Port triggering: yes
 DHCP server: yes
 DHCP client: yes
 QoS: yes
 MAC Address clone: yes
 MTU configurable (WAN): yes
 Wireless
 Maximum Wireless Speed: 2200 Mbps (1733ac+450n)
 WiFi standards supported: 802.11b (11 Mbps)
802.11g (54 Mbps)
802.11n
802.11ac
 Wifi security/authentication: WPA2 (AES)
Wireless MAC Address filtering
 WiFi modes: Access point
 internal antenna(s): 6
 WMM (QoS): yes
 WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup): yes
 MU-MIMO: yes
 Beamforming: yes
 Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz): yes
 Simultaneous Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz): yes
 Ethernet wired backhaul: yes
 dedicated wireless backhaul: yes
 VPN
  IPSec
 IPSec passthrough: yes
  L2TP
 L2TP passthrough: yes
  PPTP
 PPTP passthrough: yes
 Firewall
 Filtering: IP Address filtering, keyword/content filtering
 Device Management
 Default IP address: 192.168.1.1
 Alternate Admin URL: http://linksyssmartwifi.com
 Administration: Mobile App
 Firmware upgradeable: yes
 Configuration backup/restore: yes
 Misc hardware info
 RAM: 512 Mb
 Flash Memory: 4096 Mb
 Links
 Product page: http://www.linksys.com/us/velop/
 Datasheet: http://www.linksys.com/resources/docs/VE...
 Manual: http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/u...

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