Linksys is introducing Velop, part of its Whole Home Wi-Fi product line. Velop is a Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations providing fast and reliable Wi-Fi to the edge of a home network.
Velop is designed for performance as well as elegance; it's small enough to be placed anywhere with a clean and attractive look. Each Velop "node" is a powerful Tri-Band AC2200 device that serves as router, range extender, access point, and bridge which provides users the future proof technology they need as they bring new and more devices into the home.
Each node is configured during setup by the accompanying Linksys app (available for iOS and Android), which leverages Bluetooth to communicate between the mobile device and each node. After setup is complete, the Linksys app serves as a Wi-Fi management tool with useful features, such as guest access, parental controls, device prioritization, and more.
Velop is available in 3-pack, 2-pack and 1-pack options. Linksys is launching Velop globally.
The platform combines three Wi-Fi radios with mesh capabilities. With traditional router and range extender combinations or dual-band modular mesh systems, the Wi-Fi speed is cut in half with each "hop" from one access point to the next. This results in users receiving only a fraction of their broadband Internet speed at the edge of the network. Velop uses the three radios dynamically to determine the optimal path from the modem and "parent" node to each "child" node to ensure the fastest speeds to all client devices, regardless of which node they are connected to.
Dynamic channel scanning algorithms evaluate the unique conditions of the wireless environment to select the best band (either 2.4 GHz or one of the two 5 GHz radios on-board) as well as the channels within each of the bands to improve performance between nodes and client devices. Velop can then operate in a number of different mesh topologies and leverage all three radios for inter-node and client communication. Velop can also use an Ethernet connection for inter-node communication.
Linksys is also announcing that Velop works with Amazon Alexa for a voice-activated experience. Three new skills will be available at launch including turning guest access on and off, obtaining the guest Wi-Fi name and password, and getting the main network credentials.
Linksys used a highly integrated System on a Chip from Qualcomm, the first of its kind that incorporates a 716 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, three Wi-Fi radios (one 2.4 GHz and two 5.0 GHz) and two auto sensing LAN/WAN Gigabit ports. This is complemented by 4GB of flash memory, 512MB DDR3 memory and a Bluetooth 4.0/LE radio. Velop contains six antennas and high power amplifiers. Each node is a Tri-Band AC 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO radio configuration with combined speed up to 2200 Mbps.