Linksys Releases New and Cheaper Velop Mesh Router
Linksys will be updating its lineup of mesh routers with the introduction of a new Velop router. The new version will be notably cheaper, but will also only support dual-band instead of the triband capability found in the more expensive Velop products.
The mesh routers are equipped with 802.11ac with mu-mimo technology. Of course, in order to create a mesh network, you’ll need at least two of these routers. The nodes support 2×2 mu-mimo and maximum speeds of 867 Mbit/s via the 5 GHz connection.
The lack of a third band means that the cheaper Velop routers only have one 2.4 GHz band and a single 5 GHz band. The 2017 models of the Linksys Velop products supported two 5 GHz bands. In the previous mesh routers, the additional 5 GHz band was used for the nodes to communicate with each other. The lack of a specific band will likely result in slower performance in some circumstances compared to the 2017 triband versions.
The new Velop routers will release on May 15th. A single mesh router will cost $129, but the company will also release a two-pack for $199 and a three-pack for $299. The newer routers have a smaller enclosure compared to their 2017 predecessors, and will initially release in white. A black version of the new Linksys mesh routers should hit the market shortly afterward.