The Linksys Velop Triband AC4600 Intelligent Mesh WiFi Router Replacement System designed for easy use, but the least expensive and most complete competitors offer a better price.
A recent addition to the Linksys Velop family, Velop Plug-In ($ 399.99) is the company’s first Wi-Fi system to use the plug-in (rather than a tablet) to bring Wi-Fi to every corner of your home.
It is a tri-band program that uses Linksys’s Intelligent Mesh technology to select the best band for data transfer and customer performance. It’s easy to set up and provide a usable mobile app and web-based management, but it can’t be compared to the versatility and functionality of our less expensive Editor’s Choice, TP-Link Deco M9 Plus.
Should I get it Linksys Velop Triband AC4600?
I don’t find a reason why Velop should have it, at least for now. This is a faster Wi-Fi operating system than Google Wifi, not just $ 200 better. And compared to the $ 400 Netgear Orbi – which does not require an account with Netgear to operate, it has many network ports, fast speeds, and all the features and settings you can expect on a standard route – Velop’s only saving grace is its integrated design.
Belkin told me it works to add some features and improvements (including the issues I mentioned here) with firmware updates. That said, I suggest you wait for those updates to appear, and for the price to go down before you get yours. But if you don’t care about the cost and just want to have a solid system to deliver your fast broadband connection, Velop will do the job, with flying colors.
Complaining about the lack of features and settings on Google Wifi, Velop is too bad. The velop-enabled home network is not possible in the way you wish, if so. For example, you can’t change the IP address of an application, and you can’t customize any Wi-Fi network settings, without changing its username and password. Most buyers will not miss those setup options, but for those who often dig into their home network configuration, this shows the ease with which we have found many of these new mesh options.
Currently, Velop has only two key features, namely parental controls and bandwidth prioritization. And it is not perfect or it worked well in my test. Parental control, for example, only allows you to manually block one item at a time from certain websites, or completely block its internet access. No time to set up or block a group of devices. What’s worse is that websites appear to be blocked only when accessed through a browser, so if you block a mobile phone on Facebook, the Facebook app on this device can still access as it did in my experiment.
Connect and play
The Velop Plug-in system comes with the main router and two nodes that connect to the wall outlet. This gives you the power to place them anywhere in your home with a socket without having to worry about unsightly wires.
The router is the same small tower used in the first Velop version we reviewed back in 2017. It is 7.28 inches long and measures 3.07 by 3.07 inches at the base and 2.6 by 2.6 inches at the top.
There is one LED indicator on the top of the tower that illuminates the blue at first, glows blue when connected, turns red when the internet connection is lost and turns purple during setup. There are two gigabit LAN ports on the base, as well as a reset button, a power switch, and a power jack. As among those primary Velop, there exist no USB ports.
The router is an AC2200 tri-band Router that can reach speeds of up to 400Mbps on a 2.4GHz band up to 867Mbps on each 5GHz band. Powered by a 716MHz quad-core CPU, it has six domestic aerials plus appears up to 2,000 squared feet. It supports concurrent MU-MIMO data communication, direct-to-client signal transmission (beamforming), and automatic band directing (Linksys Smart Connect).
The plug-in nodes measure 4.7 by 3.0 by 2.1 inches (HWD) and have a dual rear plug that you plug into a wall socket, an LED indicator on the front, and a reset button at the bottom right. The LED display has the same blue, purple, and red lights as the router but also has a yellow light that lets you know when your internet connection is weak.
There are no LAN or USB ports on the nodes, which are dual-band AC1300 devices that use three internal antennas to provide 1,500 meters of cover. It is powered by a 716MHz CPU and can reach a maximum speed of 400Mbps in the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps in the 5GHz band.
Beautiful, But She’s Basic
The Linksys Velop Plug-In makes it easy to build a network with spaces that will cover your home via Wi-Fi. It’s windy and can be controlled from your phone with a well-designed mobile app or from a PC using a traditional web-based console. However, its effectiveness is only moderate, and you will have to pay extra to get strict parental controls and malware protection tools.
For about $ 100 less, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Mesh Wi-Fi System offers better performance, robust free parental controls, and malware protection for up to three years, and doubled as a home automation hub. It is always preferred by our editors on Wi-Fi systems.
Easy Setup, Mixed Function
I had a Velop Plug-In program and it worked in minutes. To start, I connect the router to my modem using the installed LAN cable and connect to the power adapter. The LED started blinking blue and within 45 seconds turned purple, indicating it was ready to be set.
I downloaded the app and chose to set up the launch at the bottom of the screen. Within five seconds the app has detected the router. I contacted Next to verify my internet connection, created an account, named my new Wi-Fi network, and gave it a password.
I named the main node (office), touched Add Another Node, and followed the app instructions to place the second node outside the two rooms at a distance. I installed it and waited about a minute before it started, and another two minutes to join the network, at which point the app informed me that the location was OK.
Given the name (living room), I proceeded to the third node (lower) and repeated the process without being uninstalled. I updated the firmware, which took about five minutes per node and was completed.
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I tested the functionality of the Velop Plug-In system with Smart Connect band steering enabled. Results mixed: 420Mbps router school in nearby SU-MIMO test (same room) went much slower than Linksys Velop Dual-Band, D-Link Covr Dual-Band, and TP-Link Deco M9 Routers Plus, but it offers solid distance performance at 30 feet with 181Mbps points, beating Velop Dual-Band and Cover Dual-Band. Deco M9 Plus led with 230Mbps points.
The Velop Plug-In node class of 132Mbps in the private test did much quicker than that Velop Dual-Band node, but we could not keep up with the Cover and Deco M9 Plus node. At 30 meters, the Velop Plug-In node collected 118Mbps, hitting the Velop Dual-Band node, but not the Cover and Deco M9 Plus nodes.
The Velop Plug-In app is installed and operated using the same Linksys mobile app (iOS and Android) used to control the Linksys Velop Dual-Band Wi-Fi system, and also provides a web-based control console based on a PC. The mobile app opens on the Dashboard screen showing the status of the Internet (online, offline) number of connected devices, and the name of the network. There are also guest contact buttons, parental controls, and prioritization of device items.
The Guest Network feature allows you to grant network access to guests but restricts access to files and printers, and device preferences allow you to pre-set bandwidth on up to three devices. Indigenous parental controls are basic: You can create access schedules for each device and restrict access to certain websites, but if you want strict controls you’ll have to subscribe to the Linksys Shield, designed exclusively for Tri-Band Velop systems.
For $ 4.99 per month or $ 49.99 per year, Linksys Shield offers the right baby, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Adult setup.
Child reset blocks block websites with adult themes and ads and provides limited access to political and religious sites, purchases, downloads, social media, and chat rooms. Pre-youth setup also blocks adult content and ads but provides limited access to downloads and political and religious but also provides full access to social media, news, and shopping malls.
With teens, you get limited access to adult content, ads, and downloads, and the adult set offers full access. All pre-configured sites block sites known for malicious content, spyware, phishing scams, and spyware.
TP-Link’s HomeCare program offers the same paternal curbs and malware security for their Deco M9 Plus Wi-Fi performance, but unlike the Linksys Shield program, it’s free for three years. Following this, you will have to sign up for a recommendation.
Asus offers outstanding transactions through their security system: it’s free as long as you own your own router or Wi-Fi system and introduces malware protection, age-appropriate parental controls, and infected device detection. Back in the Dashboard, tap the three-bar icon in the top left corner to access each device’s settings, where you can allow parental controls and controls, check your IP address, and see which device is connected to it.
Wi-Fi settings allow you to select a security type (WPA2 Mixed, WPA2 Personal, None) and scan the channels for efficiency, and Notifications allow you to receive alerts when a node goes offline. There is also a Speed Check option to see how fast you can download and download content online.
In Velop Administration settings, you can update the firmware, view IP addresses for each node, change passwords, and report issues to Linksys. In the Advanced Settings menu, you can configure port deployments and MAC filter options, adjust Internet settings, and view Local Network details such as IP addresses and widths, and DNS settings.
Good The Linksys Velop delivers fast Wi-Fi speeds over a large area. Its computer hardware is well-designed, and the system is generally easy to use.
Bad System is expensive and lacks basic settings and common features. An account is required for its mobile system to work and for its parental control feature to be poorly built.
Finish Line: Velop is an active Wi-Fi router, but it has no competitive edge due to its high cost and limited setting features.