Despite what they put in the manuals, technical features, assembly instructions and even some reviews, the perfect Wi-Fi with 100% signal maintenance does not exist. That said, there are solutions that significantly improve wireless signal coverage, both in increasing range (more space) and quality. The virtues of these systems can be appreciated when at least two nodes are installed (there are kits of one, two and three nodes. The one we have tried is the latter).
One of those solutions is Linksys Velop. It groups practically all the technologies currently available to achieve the utopia of transmitting 100% of the signal received from the modem throughout the house without losses. Mesh technology, six internal antennas, triple AC band (867 + 867 + 400 Megabytes), 5 Gigahertz (x 2) and 2.4 bands.
The basic difference of systems with mesh technology is that communication is not established from one node to others that function as slaves, but that they create networks between them.In this way, not only the loss of signal is minimized, but it could even solve the fall or malfunction of one of the nodes, a kind of synapse: the system is recomposed since the nodes recognize each other and create a route signal alternative.
As mentioned above, we have been testing the kit with three nodes. We think it is, in large areas or complicated spaces where you can better appreciate the advantage of the system and from two nodes is when it shows its power. In fact, since the first node must be physically connected by Ethernet cable with the access modem, it would only serve to replace the wireless router function of the latter (The modem is responsible for converting the signal that is received from the outside, either copper or fiber cable, in digital, this way you can transmit voice and data, but it is also responsible for outputting that signal either through Ethernet cable, copper line for voice or wirelessly creating Wi-Fi networks).
Apart from seeking better coverage, the need to replace the router(s) is evident when the speed of the contracted network is increased. It is a common movement of telephone operators and internet providers: like, whether you want it or not, at some point, we will raise the rate, I upload the speed of 100 megabytes to 300 or 300 to 600 megabytes per second. That is what enters through the fiber, but then you have to distribute it. Sometimes the routers are oversized and are capable of giving more than what we initially had and do not need to be changed, other times the limitation can be overcome by firmware updates (so it should be turned off and on from time to time), but sometimes, they do not give more of themselves and should change the physical equipment.
How was the experience?
We have tried other Linksys systems and the configuration is very simple.The first node is physically connected (anyone can be chosen, all are equal) to the modem-router with a supplied Ethernet cable and to the plug (the power supply is in the plugs themselves), the Linksys application is downloaded and the steps are followed.When you finish configuring the first node, it will suggest adding another one or finishing.In total, in a quarter of an hour, the three nodes are working.
In terms of coverage, quality is substantially improved. We have achieved peaks of more than 450 megabytes and all the measurements we have made in different parts of the house have been above 200 megabytes per second.
However, it’s not just about speed anymore. These systems are accompanied by a series of functions that can be adjusted through the application. The most common are parental control, where you can set hours without internet access during study or rest hours or block access to certain content; the creation of an independent network with its own password for guests (up to 50); Automatic selection of the least congested channel at any time and give preference to devices that require faster data transfer. For more information go to Linksys Router Login.