• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice, but some initial speed problems

    • Written by Steven W. K from Calgary

    My Airport Extreme recently died, and since Apple has decided to get out of this market I went looking for a good replacement. After much reading I decided on the Linksys Velop system. This 3-pack was also a perfect choice for me as I have three floors in my house and put one (wired) on each floor of the house.

    The setup and configuration definitely wasn't as easy as advertised, it certainly wasn't as easy as my previous network of an Airport Extreme with two Airport Expresses extending to the other floors. In fact it took me most of the afternoon, in part because I lost power to one of the Velop nodes while it was upgrading its firmware. Kudos to Linksys that it did recover from that, although it took nearly an hour to get it back to a stable state. (Since then it has not shown any problem.) On the whole, while it wasn't as easy as the earlier Apple offering, it was a far cry better than the Cisco routers I've had to deal with at former jobs. So I would consider its setup as acceptable.

    My one main complaint is with the network cable that is supplied with the box. I have a very fast internet (300+ MBPS download) but the best I was getting through the Velop system was 10 MBPS. I spent quite some time (about an hour beyond the afternoon spent initially setting things up) fiddling with Media Prioritization, IPv6 settings, moving network switches in and out, but all without success. As a final measure I tried what I had probably should have tried first - I replaced the pathetic little network cable provided by Linksys with a proper cat-6 cable and my speeds came back to full.

    So I'm deducting a star due to Linksys "cheaping out" on the cable. (It alway annoys me when a hardware manufacture sells a very expensive product, and then "cheaps out" on something trivial.)

    But other than that, it is a great product.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Velop installation & Operation

    • Written by Tom L from Naperville

    I bought bought and installed 6 Velop nodes. I set cable modem/gateway/router to bridge mode and set up the first Velop to be my router - easy. I then had problems with the nodes since the setup process must be done wirelessly versus cat 6 which I have. I could have set at my kitchen table and set all up then, unplug the power and connect to cat 6 and power up. So installation took longer that needed and firmware updates added a lot of time. My speed is way better. I would say the 2000 sq ft coverage is true if there is no walls and no interference.

    Some of the reviews dinged the product since it only has two RH45 ports and no USB for a printer. No issue for me, my printers are wireless and if I need more ports, I will buy a micro switch/hub.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity is excellent but the system is glitchy...

    • Written by Markus E from Boston

    The WiFi performance of the Velop network is excellent; the connection speed is fast throughout my apartment and the handoffs are seamless. The glitch I have fond is mostly when printing over the network as the the node plugged into the printer frequently goes off line. The solution is to unplug the main node to restart the network.

    That being said, overall I’m really pleased with the systems performance...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Assessment

    • Written by Joe M from Grosse Pointe Park

    I am very pleased with my system. I just wish there were option to obtain longer cords for the main unit so I can better place the extender component.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Truly Plug & Play but still pretty great

    • Written by Samus B from Bacliff

    It took me some time to set my mesh system up. The app is well designed and straight forward but I still had to contact customer support and perform a few resets and firmware updates before I was up and running. Customer service was great and well trained. Now that it’s all set up it’s working great and provides me with a stronger WiFi network than my AirPort Extreme did.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Big improvement over the legacy airport extreme

    • Written by John C from Brooklyn

    Big improvement over the legacy airport extreme
    The system has worked out really well for me. Very easy to set up and intuitive. I wish there was a functioning USB port. Also wish there was a way to more quantitatively determine position of each node with respect to signal strength.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product if you don’t have to put it in bridged mode

    • Written by Joshua H from Nashville

    This product has great coverage and works well. Easy setup with simple app. Web interface is accessible for more complex configuration. If you have to put the system in bridge mode meaning that you have another device that assigns IP addresses it disables most all of the features that make the product great.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    velop three review

    • Written by Norman H from Huntington beach

    the set up took time ( a little longer than expected) as with all technology products , but the rep from Linksys worked with me until it was up and running . The the other day had another problem with my modem from spectrum and changed a wore configuration and has to re- setup entire velop system again from the beginning. keep your fingers crossed that it stays up and running . Coverage seems to more than enough to cover my entire house which is two story about 3200 sq ft.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Well Across Wide Distance

    • Written by Zane C from Valley Glen

    Surprised at how great the distance is on these bad boys!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Linksys Velop

    • Written by jeff S from Plano

    I have always been an Apple guy But with Apple getting out of the router Business it was time to make a change.
    I am happy with my Velop System. It was easy to set up and I have a better signal throughout the house.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fuzzy math used in claims, but overall, satisfied with WiFi coverage

    • Written by Robert K from OWENS CROSS ROADS

    Setup via iPhone or iPad was simple, but placing the nodes only 30 to 60 feet apart left me scratching my head as to how I could get 3000 square feet of coverage from 3 nodes. Previous setup used a last-gen Airport Extreme, two Expresses and a Belkin range extender. Coverage was present, but signal strength and speed exponentially decreased the farther the clients were from the Airport Extreme. With the Velop Mesh system, node distances from each other and placement orientation were more critical than the Airport system. But, once they could "see" each other and were close enough to maintain the "mesh", the signal was strong enough to maintain impressive speeds throughout the house. That took a lot of trial-and-error finding the sweet spots in the house, but the invested time was worth it. My only question now is what to do with the weaker but otherwise functional Airport Extreme, Expresses, and WiFi extender, as they are reportedly not compatible with the mesh system in a wireless capacity.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprised

    • Written by R P from Carbondale

    My previous Netgear Nighthawk was not able to push the WiFi to distant corners of the home and kept dropping attached devices, Despite several months of failed attempts to resolve the problem the solution was a mesh router system.
    My decision to purchase the Linksys Velop was based on previous reviews and a decision to step away from the Netgear brand.
    The brief period the Linksys Velop has been operational has exceeded my expectations. Excellent and easy setup process. WiFi to every corner of the household and no dropped WiFi devices. WiFi speeds are comparable to my previous product even to those distant areas that were not previously covered.
    The only negative is the 2 Ethernet ports per pod that is mildly offset by the auto sense feature.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast, strong but buggy

    • Written by Robert A from Minneapolis

    This is a huge upgrade from a wireless router—I am getting very fast WiFi (240 MbPS, the service I subscribe to) and it is consistent through my home and yard. The setup was a bit challenging and the documentation in the package is really poor—had to go online to get the answers I needed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good replacement for Apple Airport Extreme/Express

    • Written by John F from ALEXANDRIA

    We were increasingly frustrated by weak signals from our aging Airport Extreme and several Airport Expresses. All my research kept pointing to the Linksys Velop. And Apple's endorsement (Linksys is the only other option on their website at the time of this review) sealed the deal. The three Velop units were easy to install and provide strong wi-fi coverage to our entire house. It took an additional hour or so to reset and reconnect Apple TVs, stereo components, blu-ray player, Wemo plugs, and other things around the house to the new network.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great overall solution for HomeKit devices

    • Written by Nestor O from MABLETON

    This unit works as planned. Although if you set the nodes up to far apart and the app tells you to bring them closer, do yourself a favor and bring them within 5 feet of the main node. Then place it back where you want it, ( within the specified 35 to 49 feet ). It will save you phone calls to the support dept. This system supports wired backhaul also and is preferred if your distance between nodes is not optimal ( like mine ). The router does lack advanced features and some basic ones like adjusting power output of the radios. I wish it had the option to adding devices to a specific frequency and that it would change between nodes a little faster.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dreams instead of Nightmares

    • Written by David S from Clovis

    Previously the home network consisted of multiple SSIDs and a mix of wired and wireless connections with spotty coverage and difficulties using printers from some devices. Now, one SSID seen everywhere in the house and yard, all resources available from anywhere, also able to manage the children’s access to undesirable sites, and general internet access from all their devices (Xbox, Wii, phones, tablets, and other devices). Biggest issue was finding the right spots in my home for the three nodes. Household much happier with the network with the caveat that the kids are less than thrilled with the improved parental controls.
    The installation process was reasonably painless. The new network has been up and running for a little over a week, it remains to be seen how well it will work over the long haul.
    One other change of note, our internet speed improved after the switch.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great coverage, setup was harder than expected in my old house

    • Written by Wil S from San Francisco

    I’ve been using Velops instead of a mish-mash of Airports in my house for about a week now. Initial set up wasn’t as easy as it could have been because the Velops *really* want to be able to talk to each other wirelessly, and my house has thick old walls. I tried hooking all of them up using ethernet but that didn’t help — they just had to be closer together.

    Unfortunately the process of finding out a Velop can’t talk to its sisters involved waiting up to 30 minutes for it to try and try, and then finally resetting it and starting over in a new spot, so the whole setup took me quite a few hours instead of a few minutes.

    But ever since getting it set up it has been a dream.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall good product

    • Written by Brandon V from Atlanta

    I purchased the Velop system to solve a few problems. One, my house has dead spots and this allows me get the internet to those zones. Two, I started buying a bunch of home automation devices and I started overloading the garbage router you get from your provider. For the most part this has solved this issue, and offering a dual 5/2.5 ghz band one area doesn't drag the entire service down. I've only had a few issues. I lose nodes once a week, and have to restart the system. Once its back up everything is back to normal. One thing I'm am frustrated with, I can't assign certain devices to specific nodes. Again, I could just not know how, but I have devises in my basement that's surpassing two nodes to go the node in my upstairs office.

    Set up was really easy, so if you are having internet issues, I would recommend.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Velop Review

    • Written by Karl S from Honolulu

    The Velop system appears to work well in our home. We previously had spotty and insufficient wifi in our home, the Velop has improved on that situation. The major difficulty we experienced was syncing our modem with the Velop system. Our Velop app could not link to the modem. It took a half hour to get the system on wifi.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    so far so good!

    • Written by Susan P from PORTLAND

    There were some hiccups in set up and I did need to talk to customer service, who was awesome, by the way. I am really happy with the quality of coverage of this new set for my very busy building with a very long hall. Thumbs up!

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