For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Linksys Velop Dual-Band Whole Home Mesh WiFi system. It’s the latest system in Linksys’ Velop mesh system, they previously had released a tri-band version but this dual-band is smaller and cheaper.
Design & Hardware
Each of the nodes for the Linksys Velop Dual-Band system (AC2600), has a plastic build and white design with the Linksys logo on the front. On the back is where you’ll find the two ethernet ports and power.
You can buy the Linksys Velop Dual-Band as either a single node or in a double or triple pack. You can also interchange the tri-band Velop nodes with the Linksys Velop Dual-Band system.
The nodes have quad-core processors, 256MB of flash storage and 256MB of RAM per node. The Linksys Velop Dual-Band supports 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi radios (one 2.4 GHz and one 5GHz) as well as 802.11 g/n/a/ac protocols.
Each of the Linksys Velop Dual-Band nodes has beamforming and are designed to deliver the best network range and fast Wi-Fi speeds. When you set up two or more nodes, they’ll be able to talk to each other to create a single, unified wireless network.
Also, the Linksys Velop Dual-Band comes with Spot Finder Technology which will help you identify the optimal location for each node to help reduce latency.
The Linksys Velop Dual-Band starts at $249 CAD for a two-pack or $359 CAD for the three-pack.
The three-pack (which I tested) is designed to be used in homes that are up to 4,000 sqft and the house I live in is fairly large around 3500 sqft. So I set up all three nodes in the Linksys Velop Dual-Band system I got and I found that some nodes, mainly the two upstairs would get weak or lose signal.
App & Performance
To set up the Linksys Velop Dual-Band, all you’ll need is the Linksys Connect app which is available for Android and iOS. One you download the app, you’ll be prompted to create a Linksys account and set up each node (depending on how many you want to setup).
Setting up each node in the Linksys Velop Dual-Band system is fairly straightforward but you’ll be waiting a good 2-3 minutes for each node to fully set up.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to control all aspects of your wifi network from the app. You can set up your own guest network, add more nodes, do a speed check, parental controls, device prioritization. The app will also let you know if one of your nodes loses connection.
You can even as Alexa to turn your guest network on/off and give your guest the passwords to log in.
In terms of speeds, the Linksys Velop Dual-Band was able to give me download and upload speeds close to what I pay for. I pay for 75 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up. I got around 50-60 Mbps down and 8-10 Mbps up on wireless.
When I connected my laptop directly to one of the nodes via the ethernet port, I got 75 Mbps and more for downloads and 10 Mbps for up.
I did notice some slow down issues occasionally, but nothing too worry some.
The Linksys Velop Dual-Band is a great mesh Wifi system since it’s cheaper than it’s tri-band counterpart and other similar systems. However, I did have some issues with the nodes getting a weak signal and speed slowdowns.
- Easy to setup
- Linksys app allows to you to control all aspects of your system
- Cheaper than tri-band Velop system
- Each node has two ethernet ports
- Can be used interchangeably with the tri-band nodes
- Great performance & speeds
- Nodes tend to get a weak signal
- Some speed slow down issues
- Can take a while to get the system up and running