Apple’s favorite is an easy-to‑use and super‑fast system
Linksys’ Velop is, as far as we’re concerned, the top home mesh network on the market today — it’s no wonder Apple has started selling it through its own storefront. The individual nodes are elegant and don’t take up too much surface space, the setup process is flawless, and the app, despite offering relatively few controls, is perfect for what Velop aims to achieve: utter simplicity. It also manages to top the rest of the networks on offer, bar the business-class Orbi Pro, in terms of range and power, coping with whatever we could throw at it.
That’s not to say Velop is without its flaws. Its relative lack of Ethernet ports could be a curse if you’d rather keep your smart home bridges in one place, although a cheap Ethernet hub would solve that problem in a flash. While we love the look of the individual nodes, many of its rivals manage to be less conspicuous. There are also cheaper mesh networks and, as our final scores below show, there’s surprisingly little to be lost by investing less.