The Linksys Velop mesh networking system was announced at CES 2017 earlier this year, and now it is finally available in Singapore.
Mesh networking is the latest buzzword in home networking and it is touted to be able to effectively eradicte Wi-Fi dead spots in homes. To put it briefly, a mesh network is a wireless distributed system that can be expanded by adding additional nodes to the network.
It differs from traditional range extenders because all range extenders do is amplify the signal. This explains why range extenders typically don't work so well – amplifying a weak signal just gives you a stronger version of that weak signal.
Mesh networks, on the other hand, expand Wi-Fi coverage by passing data through various nodes at Wi-Fi speeds.
In the case of the Linksys Velop, these nodes communicate with each other using one of the Velop's three broadcasted networks. Since each Velop unit is effectively a tri-band router, each unit broadcasts a single 2.4GHz network and two 5GHz networks and it is intelligent enough to be able to pick out the best network for backhaul transmissions.
In the case of the Velop, Wi-Fi speeds refer to 867Mbps on the 5GHz network and 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz network. And since the 5GHz network provides more bandwidth, the Velop typically uses the second 5GHz network for backhaul. This also explains its AC2200 rating.
Linksys designed the Velop to fit into households and it certainly looks quite pretty. It is also significantly more compact than most of today's monster routers.
According to Linksys, each node expands Wi-Fi coverage by around 2,000 sq ft. Each node also comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be used to connect to other devices like your TV, NAS, or even gaming console.
Expanded Wi-Fi coverage aside, the Velop was also designed to be easy to setup and use. For example, it provides a seamless networking experience, meaning users need not switch networks or SSIDs as they move from one node to the other and they will not experience sudden dropouts. All of that is taken care of automatically.
The Linksys Velop will go on sale from 12 April exclusively on Hachi.tech. For Challenger members, the single pack Velop is priced at S$339, while the 2-pack and 3-pack Velop bundles are priced at S$589 and S$719 respectively. Furthermore, if you happen to be one of the first 50 purchasers of the 2 and 3-pack Velop bundles from Hachi.tech, you stand to get additional $50 and $80 off respectively.
Wider availability will happen on next day on 13 April, where the Velop will go on sale at all Challenger stores. Again, if you happen to be one of the first 50 purchasers of the 2 and 3-pack Velop bundles, you stand to get additional $50 and $80 off respectively.
On 22 April, the Velop will be available at all Singtel stores. And finally, from 12 May onwards, the Velop will go on sale at all Atlas showrooms, all Newstead outlets, selected Popular outlets, and all authorized resellers.
The regular price of the single pack Velop is S$349, while the regular prices of the 2-pack and 3-pack Velop bundles are S$599 and S$749 respectively.
This article was first published on Hardware Zone.