The Linksys Velop has redeemed itself a little with this retest. If you’re not after the fastest performance across the board, the £249.99 two-unit Velop pack is great value for providing decent coverage across an entire house. It’s worth noting that even a super-fast standalone router like the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 R9000 was not able to reach the 15m distance in our test like the Velop (or Orbi) can, so there is a clear benefit to these mesh networking multi-packs over the single router approach. The new features recently added also address a couple of our criticisms in the earlier review.
However, if you want performance and coverage, the NETGEAR Orbi is still the king. You’re paying £100 more for two units, but the 802.11ac performance is significantly better. The lack of USB on the Velop, and the limitation of having only two Gigabit Ethernet ports on each unit, remain problems too. Velop wins on value, Orbi wins on speed.
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- Extended WiFi range compared to a single router.
- Easy step-by-step setup via smartphone.
- Smartphone access to advanced settings.
- Attractive, unobtrusive styling.
- Great value in two-unit pack.
- Performance still eclipsed by NETGEAR Orbi.
- Only two Gigabit Ethernet ports on each unit.
- No USB ports.
Kitguru Says: With just two satellites, the Linksys Velop is much quicker in a normal-sized house than with three, and the price is very competive, but NETGEAR’s more expensive Orbi is still the king of 802.11ac coverage.