Geeks | 2021-07-26
Consider you have a large office (or home) and the router your provider gave you simply doesn't cut the proverbial mustard for coverage. When you finally grow tired of spotty wireless in your building, what do you do? You find a new router that'll fit the bill. Or, better yet, you find a mesh solution that includes multiple nodes that can easily cover up.That solution is the Linksys Velop.
Let's walk through the setup of the Velop system, so you can decide if this mesh network is the right one for you. Obviously, you'll need a Linksys Velop package. You can purchase single nodes or packages of three. You can't connect more than three nodes to a Velop mesh, so if you buy more than three know that you'll be creating more than one network. You'll also need an available ethernet port in your modem, router, or switch. Finally, you'll need the Linksys app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Initial setup:The first thing you must do is plug in one of your Velop nodes. Connect both power and network cables and the light on your node will turn blue. the node is booting, install the Linksys app on your mobile device. After the app is installed, open it, tap the Launch setup button as on picture, and the app will search for its first node. Once the node light is purple, the app should immediate locate the device.
Tap Next and you will be prompted to create an account to associate with your mesh network.
In the next screen, you get to name your wireless network and create a password. At this point, I highly recommend opening up your password manager app and have it generate a strong password for your network.
Now you need to give the node a name. Base this name on the location of the node. If none of the default options fit, tap Name it something else and give it a unique name.
That's it. Your first node is set up. When prompted, tap the Next button and, in the next screen, you can either add another node or be done.
If you opt to add another node, you simply have to place it, plug it into power (not network), tap Add Another Node, and walk through the wizard. This time around, Velop does all the heavy lifting. All you have to do is let it know when the node light is purple and then (when prompted) give the node a name. The primary Velop node will transfer the configuration to the second and third nodes. Within about 15 minutes, you'll have a three-node mesh network up and running.
The performance of the Linksys Velop was pretty impressive. It had a larger range, but allowed (via the Linksys app dashboard - Figure) to prioritize nodes, grant guest access, configure parental controls, get notifications, and more.
You can add up to two Velop Nodes in your home that will also broadcast WiFi. Now that your Velop network has been established, adding another node is simple and can be done at any time from the Linksys app.
From the Linksys app, select Menu in the top-left corner.
Select Set Up a New Product.
Select Add Nodes.
Place the node in an open area, then select It's In the Open.
Your smartphone will talk to your new Router, and start setting up your Internet connection for you.
The light on your Velop Node will turn purple. Select Next once it's changed.
Select a name for this Velop Node, or enter one, then select Next.
Your node is setup and ready to use! Select Next.
Note: You can repeat this process any time you want to add a new node to your Velop system.