Back at CES 2017, Linksys announced its new line-up of Velop routers, which had mesh networking capability. Now, they’re back at CES this year with a second model that is smaller and cheaper, while also being a tad bit slower than the flagship device.
Mesh networking is a way of connecting more than one router around someones home, office, or other areas to obtain a bigger and stronger network that delivers a faster and more reliable internet connection than that of a single router can do.
The first version of the Velop, alongside most of its competitors, have a tri-band system, meaning that they use three lines of wireless connection that they could use to talk to other routers and connected devices in the given area. However, because of how expensive that technology can get, most routers come with a dual-band system, and that is true with the cheaper Velop router.
As stated earlier, the cheaper Velop is a bit smaller than the outgoing model, which stood at 7.3-inches tall. Linksys has not stated pricing and availability details as of yet, but that could be coming within the next few months.
Linksys is going to include parental controls and some other software features when the device launches to improve stability and speeds, for those who are worrying about the slower speeds and ability to handle large numbers of connected devices.
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