We can't say that we are especially surprised by this announcement, but that doesn't mean that we are not elated to hear the news. Linksys is jumping into the mesh Wi-Fi arena with a bold entry of its own, competing directly against the likes of Google Wi-Fi and Netgear Orbi. They're calling it the Linksys Velop and we've got our hands on one of the first units to roll off the production line... and when I say units, I mean three units, because they all communicate with one another to create one seamless Wi-Fi network. That's the power of mesh.
Setup is accomplished through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The wizard-based interface is easy to follow, even for people who may not be very technically inclined. Your phone or tablet will temporarily connect to each node via Bluetooth to configure the settings, then it rocks out the Wi-Fi to blanket your home of up to 6,000 square feet (with three nodes) in seamless coverage.
The full details are outlined in the official product video and press release below. Each Velop unit boasts WiFi AC2200, simultaneous tri-band technology (one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz radios), beamforming, 716 MHz quad core processor, 4GB flash memory, 512MB RAM, and six antennas and high powered amplifiers. Pricing starts at $249.99 CAD for a single unit. The 3-pack as highlighted in our unboxing video retails for $649.99 CAD. They'll become available for purchase on January 15 at select retailers.
Stay tuned for the full written review to follow soon, as well as much more news from CES 2017.