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The missing link in home Wi-Fi

New wireless solution from Linksys wants to ease wireless bottlenecks.

Khan says Velop gets rid of all the features customers did not want.
Khan says Velop gets rid of all the features customers did not want.

Linksys is on a mission to solve an enduring frustration of home networking-intermittent Wi-Fi across the entire home.

A study by Linksys earlier this year identified poor speed, range, and reliability as the chief sources of frustration for wireless users, notes Amanullah Khan, managing director, Linksys, META.

As a result, consumers are forced to introduce more technologies into their home environment, which include s additional routers and range extenders. This then raises the headache of stamping out dead zones, managing multiple network identities, and degenerating Wi-Fi signals. For most users, the pain is exacerbated by the increasing number of devices tethered to the network in the typical connected home.

Linksys recently launched Velop in the Middle East, a Whole Home mesh Wi-Fi system meant to ease the limitations of traditional Wi-Fi that fail to adequately cover whole households.

Velop is a Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system consisting of one to three units, or “nodes”, which can be installed in various mesh configurations for faster and more reliable Wi-Fi to the edge of a home network, Khan explains.

Each Velop node is a Tri-Band AC2200 device that serves as router, range extender, access point, and bridge, designed to provide users with a future proof solution as they bring new and more devices into the home.

All the nodes form a single network, with a single SSID and password for the entire system. “All the nodes work as a system. Your devices move from one node to another without any interruption,” Khan says.

Routers tend to be unwieldy, their odd shapes exaggerated by protruding antennas. That’s why most routers are tucked behind doors. But Linksys wants the Velop out in the open, and design was a key consideration during the manufacturing process. “Velop is a much subtler device, taking as much as 88% less space than traditional routers. Its six antennas are built into the tower and its white colour will blend into the home décor,” says Khan.

Velop seeks to solve configuration headaches with a simpler app-based installation process. Each node is configured during setup by the accompanying Linksys app (available for iOS and Android), which provides an easy setup process via Bluetooth to securely communicate between the mobile device and each node.

Velop incorporates Linksys accumulated experience in networking technology. “We removed all the features customers did not want and focused on what they wanted,” says Khan.

Velop promises to helps users get the most out of their broadband subscription by delivering 100% of their Internet speed.