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CES 2017: Linksys Reveals Mesh Network Gear In Effort To Compete With Netgear

As tipped by ChannelNews Linksys have moved to take on Netgear with a modular mesh wi-fi system that looks a simple oblong box.

Called the Velop, it’s a tri-band Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi solution that can be installed in various mesh configurations within a home network.

Designed around achieving both technical performance and aesthetic elegance, each Velop node is small and can be placed anywhere in your home.

Each Tri-Band node acts as a router, range extender, access point, and bridge for data traffic around the home. Working in tandem, Linksys claims that they will offer network speeds of up to 2200 Mbps, the only problem is that those speeds are not available in Australia for the average home.

It’s the kind of wireless offering designed for users who have upgraded to the National Broadband Network, with Linksys’ ANZ Country Manager Greg Morrison saying “If you are upgrading to the NBN broadband network, then you want to make sure you get that speed in every corner of your house.”

Linksys say the Velop’s mesh system ensures the optimal path is always selected to ensure the fastest speeds to each device, while delivering 100% speed to the edge of the home.

In comparison, other Tri-Band modular systems cannot operate in multiple mesh configurations without suffering from a bottleneck effect that results in slower speed.

According to Chet Pipkin, Founder and CEO of Belkin International “Linksys has always been pioneers in home networking and I knew this was the team that could innovate and deliver the ultimate Wi-Fi experience.”

“Velop is a union of performance, design, and ease-of-use and provides what everyone wants – seamless, reliable Wi-Fi.  Linksys has set the bar for true mesh networking systems,” he says.

It also comes bundled with a 3-year warranty and 24/7 consumer support.

The Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi will be available in Australia in April as a 1-pack ($299.95), 2-pack ($589.95) and 3-pack (749.95).

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