Linksys has announced its first mesh router system with support for Wi-Fi 6, the new Wi-Fi standard that is optimized for the increasing number of devices with internet connection in our homes. The Velop WiFi 6 is available as a standalone router for $ 399, or you can get a package of two for $ 699. Linksys says that each node can cover an area of around 3000 square feet and that the system connects more than 50 devices must be able to process at the same time.
This announcement from Linksys comes a few months after its main rival, Netgear, announced a similar Wi-Fi 6 update for its Orbi series mesh routers. The version of Netgear also costs $ 699 for a two-pack with devices, with the aforementioned ability to process connections from more than 100 connected devices. Although Google and Amazon Eero have issued updates to their mesh lineouts in recent months, they are both limited to the older 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) standard.
If you opt for the Velop WiFi 6 from Linksys, you will find four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the router (plus one input), along with a USB 3.0 Type-A port designed for storage over a network. Internally, the routers contain a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and offer a maximum theoretical speed of 5.3 Gbps. (Although, as always, your actual speeds are likely to be much lower.) Overall, Linksys says the system should be four times faster than its previous Velop hardware.
Unless you have recently replaced all your devices with internet connection, it is unlikely that many of them will be able to take advantage of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, and you will be better served by one of Linksys' much cheaper 802.11ac systems, which start with a discount $ 199 for a two-pack or $ 129 for a single router. However, if your devices are excessively up-to-date or if you are simply interested in making your house future-proof, the new Linksys Velop WiFi 6 is available for pre-order as a one-pack from today or as a two-pack , they are now being sent.