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Linksys Velop Wireless Mesh System Review – Whole Home Wifi System vs. Google Wifi


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00:25 – Hardware overview
02:46 – Speed test: Close connection to main hub unit
03:28 – Speed test: Connecting through remote node
03:59 – Latency test on remote node
04:16 – Using ethernet to connect remote nodes
05:12 – Mobile app overview
06:28 – Parental controls
07:50 – Port forwarding, routing options
08:16 – Lack of remote node connection status info
09:31 – Channel searching issues
11:04 – Conclusion – is it better than Google Wifi?


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I have tested a number of different mesh systems, including Google Wifi and Unifi’s Amplifi product. For the money I think you’re much better off with the Google Wifi.

For $300 Google provides three nodes vs. two on the Linksys product currently listed for $50 more. The Google app is faster and more responsive and a little more intuitive as compared with the relatively spartan interface of the Linksys.

Performance on the Linksys system is better on remote nodes. I found my speeds to be around 200-300 megabits per second with an iPerf test back to the main node and onto a computer plugged in via ethernet. This is almost double the performance on the Google Wifi product through its remote node. The base unit itself performed about the same as the Google Wifi base module did.

The system was easy to set up and was consistent with other consumer mesh systems I’ve used. Linksys also allows the nodes to be connected to ethernet vs. wirelessly to get better speeds back to the base station. If you have ethernet jacks around the house I’d suggest connecting the nodes to those ports for the best performance. You can also use your cable television wiring as a “backhaul” with a set of MOCA adapters.

So why does it get three stars? Usability. Specifically:

1. The system doesn’t break down which users are connected to which nodes. It makes it difficult for troubleshooting purposes.

2. There does not appear to be any way to monitor connection strength of remote nodes after the initial set up. This makes fine tuning the nodes difficult and time consuming as the set up procedure is the only way to get signal strength measured.

3. If a node goes down it does not appear to reconnect itself to the mesh automatically, action needs to be taken in the app to get it back online. Nothing complicated but it feels unnecessary.

4. My initial performance issues came from the fact that even after the “channel scan” feature was implemented Velop still put itself on a saturated Wifi channel. It should have chosen a different channel to run itself on. This could be an issue for people living in denser population environments.

5. The wall plugs are rather large and wider than most other consumer electronics devices.

I may update this review as I continue testing but I do think the Google Wifi system is the better value comparatively. And if you really want to save some money skip this mesh stuff and look at the Unifi AC Lite system. It’s a little more enterprise oriented but doing a little extra configuration will save some money in the end.

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  1. Hi there. What do you mean by "no one is reviewing this content before it iss posted"?

  2. Also, Orbi is tri band and has a dedicated band just for communicating with the satellites. Is one of the fastest if not the fastest mesh on the market. It also has 4 Ethernet ports on each satellite.

  3. From the benchmarks I have seen, the netgear orbi is the fastest when not using an Ethernet backhaul, due to them going with a 4 stream 802.11ac radio dedicated to just the backhaul. Only issue is that it is insanely expensive for what it offers, as with most of these devices when you consider just how much money some people are putting in, just to avoid getting running some Ethernet cable. especially when you consider that you can get a 500 foot spool of Cat6, A cheap crimping tool, and a 100 pack of RJ-45 plugs for about $50, and have your wired networking needs taken care of for many years.

  4. hey I have a Google wifi and I was hoping you could recommend a switch for me that won't diminish my speed too much or bottleneck my speed! thanks! great videos love tuning in!

  5. The size of the power brick looks like a British plug. Maybe they only wanted to make one housing?

  6. Hi Lon, your videos are the best. If I could make a suggestion, I would suggest that you put product information in text in the video. This would help viewers of non-English speaking countries to be sure of the specifications. Sometimes you speak very fast, and that would make easy for a lot of people. Thanks for your great reviews and transparancy.

  7. Hello Lon, love your videos! I share your concern about the inability to determine which node a device is connected to. Is it possible to connect via the node IP address and view connected devices? The Linksys wifi extender allows this, perhaps the Velop system does also.

  8. Can you set this up from a browser or Windows or Mac? Or do you need iOS or Android? The latter seems the case more and more these days. A very bad sign for Windows.
    As for which router – at the same price or cheaper Google has a security model which makes it the one to buy for most people I think. Very few are going to take advantage of the increased bandwidth.

  9. I submitted a full english translation for this video and im wondering what happens afterwards, have you seen it? I know you have to approve it first

  10. hey do you think the Linksys Velop is better than the google wifi for using multiples devices at the same time?

  11. Hey Lon,
    When connecting the nodes through ethernet cables, do you plug them into your modem or into another node?
    Maybe it's a dumb question but I'm new to all this.
    Thanks for the help!

  12. I have 2 nodes, one is the main one connected to my modem and the other is 35 ft away in the living room. I have a 100 ft ethernet cable le in the wall but when I try to set up it asks me to do it wireless and I don't know how it's done via ethernet any help would be highly appreciated. thanks for the video.

  13. thank you for your reviews. you're one of the only reviewers using iPerf and testing actual throughout for networking equipment, and not your ISP speed.

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