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Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC6600 Whole Home Wifi Mesh System 2-pack Amazon $299.99

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As Netgear Orbi slashed its price to $329.99, Linksys is throwing the same deal from $338.87 to $329.99 then throwing $30 coupon on top for its 2-pack, resulting final price of $299.99. Pretty good deal if you're eyeing for one.

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I just received my orbi and it's still unopened. Is this a better product?
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I've been looking at it, along with the Orbi, Eero, Google Wifi, Netgear Nighthawk Quad Band, etc..

Honestly, I have no idea what to buy.

I have learned this: my issues are network speed, bandwidth, and controlling which devices get the most & the least. I do not have any issues with "coverage" in terms of square footage and "blanketing my home with wifi".

Mesh routers/networks address COVERAGE & not speed, bandwidth, allocation management, etc..

There's an excellent article with detailed measurements and comparisons here:
https://www.google.com/amp/www.ma...e.amp.html


And here:
http://m.thewirecutter.com/review...king-kits/

https://www.cnet.com/products/lin...em/review/


Let me know what you think after reading those.
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After reading reviews, this my conclusion.
Orbi: Only one with Wireless Backhaul, only need one satellite to cover most houses regardless of walls. Satellites have 4 LAN ports.
Eero: Not as fast as others.
Google wifi: Speeds drop off if satellites are far away but has wired backhaul.
Nighthawk: Super strong antennas. Perfect for small houses/apartments.
Linksys: Expensive. Until this deal came along. Limited features.

I went with the Orbi. I needed the LAN ports so I didn't need to connect a switch. Wireless Backhaul is a plus because my house isn't wired. My second choice would have been Gwifi if my house was wired.
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Seems like the price dropped again. I got it for $270...after the $30 clip coupon.
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Seems like the price dropped again. I got it for $270...after the $30 clip coupon.
Jet.com is offering the 2-pack for 199. Could be had for $169 with promo code.


https://jet.com/product/Linksys-W...1a9dd5dfa1
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Jet.com is offering the 2-pack for 199. Could be had for $169 with promo code.


https://jet.com/product/Linksys-W...1a9dd5dfa1
Its showing 299 for me...

Edit: once added to cart shows up for 199$
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Its showing 299 for me...

Edit: once added to cart shows up for 199$
yeah, but tax for me dammit
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I don't recommend this at all. It's really bad at picking wifi channels (so if you live in a city or suburb surrounded with houses, your wifi will still suck), does not utilize it's tri-band backhaul to it's advantage (mesh nodes do not provide fast connections at all), and is so simple of a system that you can't even change DNS settings (say to google's public DNS instead of your ISPs), bandwidth usage of each device or overall network bandwidth usage(which is useful now that basically nationwide comcast has data caps), nor do you get any information about signal strength of the connection between the root gateway node and mesh nodes.

I asked support if DNS settings is in the upcoming firmware pipeline and the response was "No. Not right now."

It's so cheap right now though (With discounts. But i guess you get what you pay for.).

Viewing from full MSRP, compared to eero or ubiquiti Amplifi, whose engineering teams actually have a social/support presence and you can ask them what's in the update pipeline/provide feature requests and they actually take your feedback or respond with why they're not implementing it. Linksys has no such presence. You have no idea if it's going to be gaining features or if they're going to move onto building a new mesh system and leave this as is. Buy with caution.
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Its showing 299 for me...

Edit: once added to cart shows up for 199$
Wow...you are right. At $199 is FP material.
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I don't recommend this at all. It's really bad at picking wifi channels (so if you live in a city or suburb surrounded with houses, your wifi will still suck), does not utilize it's tri-band backhaul to it's advantage (mesh nodes do not provide fast connections at all), and is so simple of a system that you can't even change DNS settings (say to google's public DNS instead of your ISPs), bandwidth usage of each device or overall network bandwidth usage(which is useful now that basically nationwide comcast has data caps), nor do you get any information about signal strength of the connection between the root gateway node and mesh nodes.

I asked support if DNS settings is in the upcoming firmware pipeline and the response was "No. Not right now."

It's so cheap right now though (With discounts. But i guess you get what you pay for.).

Viewing from full MSRP, compared to eero or ubiquiti Amplifi, whose engineering teams actually have a social/support presence and you can ask them what's in the update pipeline/provide feature requests and they actually take your feedback or respond with why they're not implementing it. Linksys has no such presence. You have no idea if it's going to be gaining features or if they're going to move onto building a new mesh system and leave this as is. Buy with caution.
What do you think about AmplifiHD ? I have a 2200Sqf 2 story house and the signal is hit or miss on the second floor opposite from the router (which due to wiring is on thre 1st floor opposite side). Will only the AmplifiHD router cover the whole house or do I need a 2nd unit? If I'll get a second unit it will be the router (can be run in extender mode) not the extender for the ethernet ports.
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Looks like the jet deal is back to $299 when the item is added to the cart.
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Had it in my cart from yesterday , so it still had the 199 price less the 30
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Up to $349 at Jet now and no discounts apply. Might be a good thing I didn't buy them based on the comment above. Thanks for the info. But it's frustrating since I thought there was finally a solution to my crap wifi reception back in the bedrooms. I read about these in CR and they raved. Back to square one...
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I actually purchased the velop from Amazon when it was advertised for $299. I've seen drastic improvements in wifi speed. Setup was a bit cumbersome. The 2nd node wasn't recognized right away (had to place it within the same room of the router node). That and the limited advanced configuration is a bit frustrating (haven't been able to get my POE security cameras working on the network). Overall I have mixed feelings about the product. Tempted to try the netgear orbi in its place. But the netgear orbi isn't really a true mesh system. Hence my hesitation.
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