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This system features Dynamic Tri-Band technology offering a single 2.4 GHz frequency and dual 5 GHz frequencies with a complete wireless data throughput of up to 2200 Mbps. System supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi network standards and covers a range of up to 2,000 square feet. -johnny_miller

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While it is $100 cheaper than anywhere else I would be very hesitant about this. Unless you have a home where your router sits all the way in the basement and you have to go two floors up, I would pass on this and get a really good 4x4 single router which you can thank me for later.

This system uses a 2x2 (only difference compared to other mesh systems) configuration which pushes only 2134Mbps theoretically so that big AC6600 number is to throw you off its real performance which is equivalent to a AC1300 setup. This ranks second on small netbuilder compared to the orbi after they fixed their throughput issue with firmware upgrades sorry forgot they fixed that already. The Tenda Nova I posted last week had better performance if I recall correctly and cost under $150, which I think is still available. So unless you really like Linksys save your money.
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This is an outstanding mesh system—we got one for our place (older house with thick walls) and have a great connection with blazing fast speeds everywhere.

Can't go wrong with either the Velop or Orbi
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Bought the two unit pack at BB for about 330 OTD. This is a good deal.
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This is an outstanding mesh system—we got one for our place (older house with thick walls) and have a great connection with blazing fast speeds everywhere.

Can't go wrong with either the Velop or Orbi
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While it is $100 cheaper than anywhere else I would be very hesitant about this. Unless you have a home where your router sits all the way in the basement and you have to go two floors up, I would pass on this and get a really good 4x4 single router which you can thank me for later.

This system uses a 2x2 (only difference compared to other mesh systems) configuration which pushes only 2134Mbps theoretically so that big AC6600 number is to throw you off its real performance which is equivalent to a AC1300 setup. This ranks second on small netbuilder compared to the orbi after they fixed their throughput issue with firmware upgrades sorry forgot they fixed that already. The Tenda Nova I posted last week had better performance if I recall correctly and cost under $150, which I think is still available. So unless you really like Linksys save your money.
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Been using this for a year now, no issue, fast and reliable. It's a must have.
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While it is $100 cheaper than anywhere else I would be very hesitant about this. Unless you have a home where your router sits all the way in the basement and you have to go two floors up, I would pass on this and get a really good 4x4 single router which you can thank me for later.

This system uses a 2x2 (only difference compared to other mesh systems) configuration which pushes only 2134Mbps theoretically so that big AC6600 number is to throw you off its real performance which is equivalent to a AC1300 setup. Surprisingly even with the 2x2 design this has one of the worst throughput's of any mesh systems which make no sense. The Tenda Nova I posted last week had better performance if I recall correctly and cost under $150, which I think is still available. So unless you really like Linksys save your money.
Can you elaborate please. I'm new to this and what setup would you suggest?
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Just bought Google WiFi 3 pack from B&H. Would this be ok for a 1,500sq home? Heard good reviews or should I pay extra on velop wireless
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While it is $100 cheaper than anywhere else I would be very hesitant about this. Unless you have a home where your router sits all the way in the basement and you have to go two floors up, I would pass on this and get a really good 4x4 single router which you can thank me for later.

This system uses a 2x2 (only difference compared to other mesh systems) configuration which pushes only 2134Mbps theoretically so that big AC6600 number is to throw you off its real performance which is equivalent to a AC1300 setup. Surprisingly even with the 2x2 design this has one of the worst throughput's of any mesh systems which make no sense. The Tenda Nova I posted last week had better performance if I recall correctly and cost under $150, which I think is still available. So unless you really like Linksys save your money.
We went with a 4 node setup in a brick apartment complex (reaching up to the 3rd floor). The main reason I looked into Velop is that each node has a tri-band dual stream (2x2) router, basically two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz band. One of the two 5GHz band is used for backhaul thereby it minimizes signal loss. In my tests with different routers (Google Wifi, Netgear Orbi) the Velop performed the best and therefore I stayed with it. I have a few family members opting to set up a similar system but I couldn't suggest any good options, the Tenda Nova system you referred to above may fit this bracket of budget mesh WiFi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Can you elaborate please. I'm new to this and what setup would you suggest?
First off this is a great system if you want a wifi system that will cover a large space. Also I forgot they fixed this, but the Velop had one of the worst performances out of the box when originally tested. It was later fixed with firmware updates and moved to second place behind the Orbi 2x2 systems. Even though this is great at covering a large amount of the space if you want something that will handle huge bandwidth with multiple/large number of devices what you want is a router thats 3x3 or 4x4(what I got asus AC5300 last week slick deal). A really good single router of that type if put in the middle of the first floor in a standard 2 floor/1 basement setup is more than enough to cover 3000+ square feet. Even with some heavy construction material and channel interference. It future proofs you for game streaming, 4k streaming, downloading, and playing games all at the same time on multiple devices. As most router reviewers will tell you the name of the game now for the future is the number of bands the router carry's not the overall brute bandwidth/throughput capabilities, I happen to have the best of both with mine.

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Just bought Google WiFi 3 pack from B&H. Would this be ok for a 1,500sq home? Heard good reviews or should I pay extra on velop wireless
This is way better than the google system, officially one of the lowest performers in mesh systems. The tenda nova outperforms it and is under $150.

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We went with a 4 node setup in a brick apartment complex (reaching up to the 3rd floor). The main reason I looked into Velop is that each node has a tri-band dual stream (2x2) router, basically two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz band. One of the two 5GHz band is used for backhaul thereby it minimizes signal loss. In my tests with different routers (Google Wifi, Netgear Orbi) the Velop performed the best and therefore I stayed with it. I have a few family members opting to set up a similar system but I couldn't suggest any good options, the Tenda Nova system you referred to above may fit this bracket of budget mesh WiFi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I think that's what fixed the throughput numbers in the firmware updates that increased performance, originally the 5ghz was not handling the back haul properly in this system which is why its original reviews bombed. It has been upgraded to second place behind the orbi 2x2 systems. The tenda might be perfect for them if they have multiple stories with the main device in the basement. Also pretty low cost of entry and if they dont like it should be a easy amazon review.

Original review comparing wifi performance.

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/w...ed?start=3

Reset with new firmware against the Orbi.

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/w...ksys-velop

Tenda Nova review if your looking for a 3 piece system for cheap.
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/w...m-reviewed
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Just bought Google WiFi 3 pack from B&H. Would this be ok for a 1,500sq home? Heard good reviews or should I pay extra on velop wireless
I have Google Wifi in a 1500 house and no issues what so ever. I love it and super easy to set up.
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This is an outstanding mesh system—we got one for our place (older house with thick walls) and have a great connection with blazing fast speeds everywhere.

Can't go wrong with either the Velop or Orbi
We also have an older home and the Velop 3 unit system just would not get it done in our modest size home, tried so many different things. Switched to the Orbi with 2 units and it has been working flawlessly. So I guess YMMV with these systems. Either way, these mesh systems are awesome once you have them up and running!

Edit - Issue with my Velop system may have been due to the earlier faulty firmware, as PeteyTheStriker mentions above. Wish they had it straightened out to begin with, would've saved me a bunch of trouble.
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been in market for whole house mesh wifi, been using netgear for 10+ years, hows linksys compare to Orbi?!

(i got a 6000 sq ft house nor cal built in 2002)
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I have Google Wifi in a 1500 house and no issues what so ever. I love it and super easy to set up.
That is because you live in a 1500sqft house and dont need a mesh router to begin with.
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That is because you live in a 1500sqft house and dont need a mesh router to begin with.
Basement is not included in sq ft chief
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