Sure they can. They still need a power source though.
- Answered by Jennifer K
- May 9, 2018
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My Airport express has an RCA jack. I don't see one on the Linksys device.
Put your time capsule in bridge mode and turn networking off. Then connect it via ethernet to the Velop. That way it just acts as a server for your backups. You won't want the time capsule to do any of the networking.
For example I have various Wi-Fi devices including Windows laptops, Wireless HP Printer, Wireless TCL/ Roku TV and of course an iPad, iPhone. So more specifically can I connect all my Wi-Fi devices to this router for Internet access via my ISP?
Yes, to my knowledge, the Linksys Velop mesh system is compatible with most if not all WiFi using devices, and is most definitely not limited to just the Mac or Apple products.
On the other hand, if you are also wondering about other network devices, the answer would generally be no, though you can continue to connect and use an Apple Time Capsule as a backup device to your Velop network if you alter the TC's settings according to instructions posted on Apple's website.
Yes, Linksys Velops Mesh WiFi system works fine with Air Play. We use Air Play frequently and have had no problems.
Yes, the Linksys Velop WiFi Router system is backwards compatible with all the older WiFi standards and thus will work with your mid-2010 MacBook Pro 17.
I have 4 running sweetly. They are all wired (although it was pretty good when I had only 3 wired). Wired speed is 350-ish. Wireless goes from 80 to 190!! Pretty good
As answered elsewhere here, the Linksys Velop WiFi Router system competes with and would therefore replace the Apple Airport Extreme rather than be used in addition to the Apple Airport Extreme. That said, Apple never emphasized or promoted it, but their Airport Extreme/Time Capsule Tower series has a built in Mesh functionality if used with more than one, the difference being that the Velops can do it efficiently without interconnecting the multiple Velop units with ethernet cables whereas multiple Apple Airport Extreme and Time Capsules will build a wireless mesh but fare better if you interconnect them with ethernet cables.
My current SP router is located in the study which has concrete walls - most of the rooms in the house are bounded by internal concrete walls which has caused me internet connection problems when employing the normal router-extender technologies - internet is sporadic
Will this solution, combined with my Airport Router, solve my existing problems?
No, only one of the nodes needs to be connected to your Internet Service provider's modem, gateway or whatever your service provider calls it. That's the whole point of Mesh WiFi basestations like the Linksys Velop, that is, they create a continuous expanded bubble of WiFi signal by talking amongst themselves via a back channel.
That said, they can also be inter-connected with an ethernet cable between nodes which takes over that back channel role with certain advantages. However, the majority of buyers of Mesh basestations do so because they want the convenience of not having to string ethernet cables between nodes. I'm one that did but I'm sure I'm in the minority.
By the way, I would not consider buying just one Mesh device as your question infers you might be considering. Plan on Buying 2 or more depending on the area you're trying to cover.
In short, No. If you want to extend an Airport Extreme, add another Airport Extreme. If you can connect the two (or more) Airports Extremes with an ethernet cable, they'll automatically operate as a Mesh system though alas Apple never promoted their Mesh capabilities. Alternatively replace your Airport Extreme with two or more Mesh devices like the Linksys Velop.
I love the ease of use of the Airport Utility. Is it compatible with non-Apple routers?
Unfortunately it does not. The Airport utility only sees apple routers. It's a shame that Apple is letting these routers go their sysstem for set up and managing is second to none. I used to have Linksys routers and getting them to work with even their own brand was a pain. So I will try to buy a few airport express to have as back up for when one fails :(
Can these create a new time capsule like environment for Time Machine to access storage over the network?
I almost sure it doesn't. There are two Ethernet ports and a power input. No USB. (I'm hedging because maybe someone knows how to use the Ethernet port to connect.)
I am using my AirPort as the router (FiOS connects to AirPort via an Ethernet cable) and the "main" Velops connects to the AirPort via an Ethernet cable. I have a hard drive connected to the AirPort. TimeMachine is backing up to the drive. And I can see the drive in the Finder>Shared>"My AirPort">8GB Seagate
If you have to use a cable router, you can probably connect an AirPort to that and then the Velops. This gets to be more connections and possible confusion than one would want. And it assumes you already have an AirPort.
This Linksys Velop WiFi Mesh system does not interfere with VOIP service provided by a standard VOIP modem where the modem's phone output port is connected to the home's telephone wiring and one of modem's ethernet output ports is connected to the primary Velop in the normal manner.
Likely not. Your FIOS is a modem, in that it should have a coaxial cable input on the back. The linksys is a router, that is, it pushes wifi out to devices and has no coax input.. I have an Airport Extreme, and connect from my modem to the router via ethernet.
Sure they can. They still need a power source though.