It is not a direct novelty of Apple, but it is one of those things that come directly recommended by the company after the decision to stop selling the AirPort Extreme range. Linksys has presented the evolution of its Wi-Fi Mesh Velop routers with what in theory is the new generation of wireless networks: Wi-Fi 6. The difference between a traditional router and Wi-Fi Mesh Router is that the latter is installed in a pack of 3 or more to cover the entire house, which they are really efficient in.
On the other hand, a traditional router will cover the certain distance beyond which you will be experiencing dead spots. To lighten those spots, you will have to get a Wi-Fi extender, which will add up to your cost. Whereas a mesh Wi-Fi router doesn’t need any extender or repeater to prolong the signal. When it comes to mesh Wi-Fi routers, Linksys Velop is the flag barrier according to many experts because it has everything that they think a mesh Wi-Fi router should include.
For those who do not know, Wi-Fi 6 (or Wi-Fi 802.11ax if we take into account its non-abbreviated designation) is the new network protocol after 802.11ac (or Wi-Fi 5). Thanks to it, we can have theoretical speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps in optimal conditions, winning Gigabit Ethernet cables from the street, staying behind the 10 Gbps cables.
Wi-Fi 6 coverage is also greatly expanded: Linksys says its new Velop covers almost 280 square meters per node. That is why they will no longer sell a pack with three issuers as before and will sell a maximum of two, with which they would already cover a total effective area of 560 square meters. And to do it efficiently, each of the Velop nodes has a quad-core 2.2GHz processor.
At the moment, the main obstacle for you to have all the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 networks at home is the price: the two-node pack of Linksys Velop costs a whopping 700 dollars (and a single node costs 400 dollars). We assume that as time goes by and this standard becomes popular, prices will drop, after all, only the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro support it.
Remember that you can review our analysis of the Linksys Velop with Wi-Fi 5, which is still Apple’s official recommendation for efficient Wi-Fi in our homes. If you have any doubts regarding Linksys Velop or need help with the installation of it, then you can assistance from our experts by logging onto Linksys Velop Support webpage.