Linksys Velop

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.

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