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30% Off Any Linksys Router : Linksys Velop ($350) -- Linksys EA9300 ($210) -- Linksys EA8300 ($130)

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Given how expensive a router system can be, this is a huge deal. For a Velop system which sells at $500, this amounts to savings of $150!

The Linksys EA8300 router has DFS, a feature which allows it to use channels that most residential routers are not able to access! This is great for urban apartments where the wi-fi spectrum can be crowded. It's ranked the #6 router on SmallNetBuilder (see review below).

Note: Unclear when the coupon code expires, so act fast! This deal was found through PerksAtWork, although I don't believe it requires an account. (https://www.perksatwork.com/offer...rid/764015)

https://www.linksys.com/us/p/WHW0303/

Review for Linksys EA8300 (#6 router on SmallNetBuilder)

"The EA8300 ranked #6 out of 13 routers tested with the latest Revision 10 process. That's notable because it's the only two-stream router in the Revision 10 ranker and beat out both three-stream NETGEARs (R8000 and R8000P). It also beat its more expensive three-stream EA9300 sibling.

When looking at the ranking performance details below, keep in mind the ranker algorithm weights average wireless throughput and range scores significantly higher than peak and maximum benchmarks. The four-stream two-radio NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S remains the #1 ranked router, albeit at $40 more as I write this.
EA8300 Router Ranker Performance Summary

So while it has decent wireless performance, the EA8300's real value will be for two different buyers. For folks who have good coverage, but are having trouble keeping up with the demands of too many wireless streamers in the household, the EA8300's second 5 GHz radio will add bandwidth capacity for less money than more expensive three and four-stream alternatives. The extra bandwidth can be used by wireless devices, or to link up a wireless bridge with its own bandwidth supply.

For coverage-challenged buyers, the second 5 GHz radio can be used as a dedicated backhaul link to a second EA8300, or a tri-band extender like NETGEAR's EX8000, or Linksys' $60 cheaper RE9000. This makes a lot more sense than spending about the same, or more, for a four-stream AC5300/5400 tri-band router with all its radios stuck in one spot."

(See more at:
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33163-linksys-ea8300-max-stream-ac2200-tri-band-wi-fi-router-reviewed?limitstart=0​ [smallnetbuilder.com] )
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When i think of linksys routers, I never thought they would be priced this high.

What special channel are they claiming to use that my Asus 5ghz routers aren't using?
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This should go front page if it doesn't sell out. Velop for $350 is great.
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Good question! So DFS stands for Dynamic Frequency Selection. Basically, there are a host of services like weather radars that the FCC has designated spectrum for to prevent interference. However, weather and airport radars aren't actually close to many people, so the FCC allows routers to use this reserved spectrum if they agree to constantly scan for the presence of a preferred radar user. If this happens, they have to jump to another non-occupied channel. The standard non-DFS channels are 36-48 and 149-165 (a total of 28 channels). DFS allows you access to 56 more channels, giving you 3x as many channels as you have today (DFS covers channels 52-64 and 100-144). The vast majority of routers do not support DFS. If you're unsure if yours does, then there's a 99% chance it doesn't.

TLDR: Without DFS, there are only 2 non-overlapping 80Mhz channels on 5Ghz. This means if you're in an area with more than two routers in range, your signal is getting crowded quickly. With DHS, there are 6 non-overlapping 80Mhz channels. In an area where you aren't competing with neighbors or several routers (you open the wifi picker on your phone and see just your network), then there isn't a benefit to getting these extra channels. However, if you are in the 80% of people globally who live in urban areas, this may be one of the best improvements to your wifi network. If you are sharing a channel with 3 neighbors, the best thing you can do to improve your wifi is to get on an empty set of airwaves.

FAQ from SmallNetBuilder:
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/i...annels.jpg
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Should I add the Velop 2 pack or keep using my ATT router with my fiber connection? Right now router is downstairs and upstairs I got a speed of 241 down/209 up. Wondering how better the signal would be with the Velop over the stock ATT router
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Where are the links for the other products?!?!
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This is definitely YMMV since you need a perksatwork account. While they are "free", you can only register if you have a company email address that they recognize.
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Nice, got the 2-pack Velop for $209.99 pre-tax. Thanks!
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is this better than the 3pack google wifi????
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The two pack is a better deal @210 AC and a unit price of $104 before tax.
Remember, this is for increasing coverage/simultaneous client count, not for increasing speed to your ISP.
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I was between the Netgear Orbi vs the Velop, I guess at this price I might as well go for the Velop.
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This is definitely YMMV since you need a perksatwork account. While they are "free", you can only register if you have a company email address that they recognize.
no, just go to linksys and use the promo code
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This is definitely YMMV since you need a perksatwork account. While they are "free", you can only register if you have a company email address that they recognize.
You don't
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Should I add the Velop 2 pack or keep using my ATT router with my fiber connection? Right now router is downstairs and upstairs I got a speed of 241 down/209 up. Wondering how better the signal would be with the Velop over the stock ATT router
What's your speed based on your plan with Att? 1000mbps?
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