Linksys Velop review: WiFi via mesh

With mesh-technology you bring WiFi everywhere



We extensively tested Velop in a real environment. Our WiFi-test environment is being redeveloped, because the Hardware.Info test lab moved to Amsterdam earlier this year. Because of this, we were unable to perform tests the same way as you are used to seeing from us.

The tests have been done in a house from 1994, consisting of a ground - and first floor. It is important to add that this is a house that does not receive full coverage when using a traditional router. In order to measure the installation we used iPerf3. A tool that is also particularly suitable to perform tests yourself. You need two stations, one of them being a server that is running the iperf3-software in server mode (iperf3 –s).

In our case we chose a laptop with a gigabit-connector, that we directly connected to the router of the Velop-system. We also used a tablet (HP Elite X2) with an Intel 8260 802.11ac-adapter with a maximum throughput of 867 Mbit/s. We ran iperf3 on this machine in client-mode iperf3 –c –w 1M –i 1 –P4 –t 60 –R. Based on that we were able to measure the throughput.

On the router downstairs we managed a throughput of 506 Mbps or 63.25 MB/s. This is pretty good and better than what we saw on the Netgear Orbi router. Of course we were very curious about the performance on the top floor of the house. Here, the bandwidth was still 94.8 Mbps or 11.85 MB/s. Considering you need 25 Mbps for 4K Netflix, this is more than sufficient. However, the Velop does perform worse than the Orbi which manages a better throughput thanks to the wider backhaul. The system presumably dialed back to 2.4 GHz during the test.

With these measurements we verified that our client was connected to the satellite. You can do this with the commando [netsh wlan show interface]. By placing the third node you can easily increase the coverage in your house, covering a larger surface area. The speed of the third node was about the same as the second one during our test. 


three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Linksys Velop 1-pack

Wireless, 802.11ac, 400 Mbit/s, 1734 Mbit/s

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices


Avg. £191.39
4 shops, 3x stock

Linksys Velop 2-pack

Wireless, 802.11ac, 400 Mbit/s, 867 Mbit/s

Specifications Prices


Avg. £457.04
1 shop, 1x stock

Linksys Velop 3-pack

Wireless, 802.11ac, 400 Mbit/s, 867 Mbit/s

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Avg. £329.98
4 shops, 3x stock

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