While an increasing number of of devices are becoming dependent on wi-fi technology, wireless routers have become bigger with more antennas than you can count all in order to keep up with wireless demand. The results have been mixed to say the least, but Linksys is taking a leap into home wi-fi with a new wireless router.
In the past, the typical route for upgrading an expensive wireless router has been to use wireless extenders. While a quick and easy fix, this path can result in juggling multiple wireless networks and reduced network speeds. Mesh networking provides a much easier solution for handling the modern device arsenal.
Last June, a representative for Linksys said that the company didn’t think that mesh networks were quite ready for consumers. Apparently, the technology has made quite a bit of progress in just a few months. The company has announced its first home wi-fi solution called Velop. These access points provide a sleek minimalist design that encourage you to proudly display these little guys around your home, rather than tuck them behind your dresser.
Each of the Velop nodes functions as a tri-band, AC 2200 wireless router with MU-MIMO technology, to ensure that network access for one device isn’t affected by another device’s network use. The technology allows wireless networks to handle multiple devices connecting to the same network, has been around for some time, but Linksys’ inclusion of mesh networking capabilities, the new Velop system will provide a massive boost to your network connectivity.
The streamlined Velop setup process helps to ensure that no mobile device is left behind, providing recommendations on node placement in your home. To further ease the setup process, the first node is assigned a network name and password, and any additional nodes added to the network are automatically configured correctly.
I think we’re all pretty well aware that wireless technology don’t come cheap. A single Linksys Velop node will set you back $200, but you’ll want to invest the extra money for additional nodes in order to see the Velop’s full ability. A pack of two nodes is priced at $350 while a three-pack is priced at $500.
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