Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, AC2200 tri band Pack of 2 @ £199.99 at Costco
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Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, AC2200 tri band Pack of 2 @ £199.99 at Costco

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Found 29th May
Looking for a router to replace my superhub3 as I have been told it can't cope with my ever increasing number of devices using the wifi (22 and increasing).

Was going to buy the Nighthawk R7800 as it was 129.99 in my basket but it has now increased to £149.
amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B4X503S

But because of the increase was told mesh routers are the way forward and Linksys Velop seem to be a good solution.

£229.99 on Amazon (sold by Amazon)
amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NBRI59E

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Wi-Fi Bands:
Simultaneous Tri-Band (2.4Ghz + 5GHz + 5GHz)
Number of Ethernet Ports:
2x WAN/LAN auto-sensing Gigabit Ethernet ports

MU-MIMO

Works with Alexa

Antennas:
6x internal antennas and high powered amplifiers

Processor:
716 MHz Quad Core

Memory:
4 GB Flash and 512 MB RAM

Dimensions (LxWxH):
3.1" x 3.1" x 7.3" per Node

Additional Information:
Bluetooth 4.0/LE for secure and easy App based set-up

Beamforming:
for 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands

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27 Comments
Ratio of Kids to WiFi devices?
There's 2 different versions. AC 1300 (Dual Band) and AC 2200. This is the AC 2200 (Tri band) version. You should add it in the title. Good for bigger houses with multiple devices.
AC 2200 each node so this pack is advertised as AC 4400.
Edited by: "Ag2014" 29th May
bought huawei b618 ..with my virgin sim it works over my expectations.. recommend to everyone
Title updated.

I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still undecided on this or the Nighthawk. So many reviews out there. But to spend £200 is it worth it?

Or even the BT Home?
Huawei A1
Tplink deco M5
Netgear Orbi
Google WiFi.....
I have 5 of these, picked them up for £350 from Maplins in their closing down sale (3 pack for £200 and a twin pack for £150). They work really well in our long and 2 storey stone cottage, since having them have seen a great improvement in speed and connectivity. They get my vote!
extrachewy200318 m ago

Title updated. I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still undecided on this …Title updated. I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still undecided on this or the Nighthawk. So many reviews out there. But to spend £200 is it worth it?Or even the BT Home?Huawei A1Tplink deco M5Netgear OrbiGoogle WiFi.....


There's a Netgear R6400 AC1750 on offer today (£39.99) Link. Try that first before going for expensive ones? It might be good enough for your devices. Amazon allows 30 days returns anyway. You'll probably have to pay postage for return if you didn't like it.
Edited by: "Ag2014" 29th May
extrachewy200356 m ago

Title updated. I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still undecided on this …Title updated. I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still undecided on this or the Nighthawk. So many reviews out there. But to spend £200 is it worth it?Or even the BT Home?Huawei A1Tplink deco M5Netgear OrbiGoogle WiFi.....


I bought a single Ubiquiti access point for less than £90 from Amazon to replace 6 BT Whole Home WiFi devices. Just saying.
Ag20141 h, 7 m ago

There's a Netgear R6400 AC1750 on offer today (£39.99) Link. Try that …There's a Netgear R6400 AC1750 on offer today (£39.99) Link. Try that first before going for expensive ones? It might be good enough for your devices. Amazon allows 30 days returns anyway. You'll probably have to pay postage for return if you didn't like it.


Just might do that.

They should have info on max/recommended no of WiFi devices for router. Do they? I've never looked for it.
ianlash50 m ago

I bought a single Ubiquiti access point for less than £90 from Amazon to …I bought a single Ubiquiti access point for less than £90 from Amazon to replace 6 BT Whole Home WiFi devices. Just saying.


I’m looking into getting a mesh setup and was considering the amplifi hd from Ubiquiti; how is the access point different to this? Is it just a single unit
I have been doing a bit of research, I am not tekkie and don't want to spend hours and hours
maybe days configuring the box and going on forums etc,

So I have decided to get the Google Mesh, looking for the 3 instead of 2 meshes,

Prices will fall and I don't really want to pay more than £160.,
Maybe I'll have to wait till the end of summer, I've waited this long and I'm sure I can wait a little longer.
Edited by: "Fox_meister" 29th May
With super hub 3 you put into modem mode?
r8sso1 h, 6 m ago

I’m looking into getting a mesh setup and was considering the amplifi hd f …I’m looking into getting a mesh setup and was considering the amplifi hd from Ubiquiti; how is the access point different to this? Is it just a single unit


I’ve tried Netgear R8000 paired with an R7000 as an additional AP, Linksys Velop 3 Node, TP-link Deco M5 5 units, BT HHub5 & HHub6.

Now with Ubiquiti lite APs I have full coverage through the house. Initially used them direct to the Homehub. Now gone full Bore and got the Universal Gateway and Controller. Along with a Linksys 8port PoE switch to power the Access points using my 5e cabling.
Edited by: "Oneday77" 29th May
extrachewy20031 h, 36 m ago

Just might do that. They should have info on max/recommended no of WiFi …Just might do that. They should have info on max/recommended no of WiFi devices for router. Do they? I've never looked for it.


"NETGEAR home routers can accommodate up to 32 clients per wireless band. If your router is dual band, the total wireless clients your router can handle is 64 (32 for the 2.4GHz and 32 for the 5GHz)" Netgear. R6400 is dual band so should be able to handle a lot of devices.
Heat added for the post,seems very appealing.
I’m tempted to go in for the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD. Got a Nighthawk R7000 but not set it up yet. Ubiquiti seems to have quite good reviews too.
Oneday778 h, 21 m ago

I’ve tried Netgear R8000 paired with an R7000 as an additional AP, Linksys …I’ve tried Netgear R8000 paired with an R7000 as an additional AP, Linksys Velop 3 Node, TP-link Deco M5 5 units, BT HHub5 & HHub6. Now with Ubiquiti lite APs I have full coverage through the house. Initially used them direct to the Homehub. Now gone full Bore and got the Universal Gateway and Controller. Along with a Linksys 8port PoE switch to power the Access points using my 5e cabling.


Does it take a certain type of Ethernet port to power an AP, would the back of my homehub3 do it? In layman’s terms, does this mean providing I can get an Ethernet to the AP I don’t need to put it next to a power point? I like the idea of that flexibility. APs sound very similar to MESH setups, struggling to see the difference. Maybe for my simpleneeds they just both do the same.
r8sso9 h, 42 m ago

I’m looking into getting a mesh setup and was considering the amplifi hd f …I’m looking into getting a mesh setup and was considering the amplifi hd from Ubiquiti; how is the access point different to this? Is it just a single unit


Yes, it’s a single unit but you can add more if you really need then, but would need one of their switches if using more than one. They use power over Ethernet, so only need an Ethernet connection, but this obviously isn’t as convenient as putting in a mesh. My single unit covers my large 4 bedroom house. It is on my landing ceiling. They are similar to what businesses put in. All my geeky mates at work use them.
Edited by: "ianlash" 30th May
r8sso30 m ago

Does it take a certain type of Ethernet port to power an AP, would the …Does it take a certain type of Ethernet port to power an AP, would the back of my homehub3 do it? In layman’s terms, does this mean providing I can get an Ethernet to the AP I don’t need to put it next to a power point? I like the idea of that flexibility. APs sound very similar to MESH setups, struggling to see the difference. Maybe for my simpleneeds they just both do the same.


Yes and no. PoE requires a specific type of switch. However the AP comes with an injector. You run an Ethernet cable from your Homehub to the injector, then from the injector to the AP. You also plug a supplied power cable into the injector.
That way the Ethernet to AP caries both signal and power.
On the r7800 can I install VPN and select which websites machines go through Vpn
ianlash13 h, 10 m ago

I bought a single Ubiquiti access point for less than £90 from Amazon to …I bought a single Ubiquiti access point for less than £90 from Amazon to replace 6 BT Whole Home WiFi devices. Just saying.


Can you explain what you did? I've looked into it and it seems you really need to know your stuff to set it up and it's not like the home stuff where you can plug and play.


amazon.co.uk/Ubi…iti


Would this be a better option as price-wise it's not to pricey. Would I only need this for my Virgin SH3? I see mention of a gateway router required?? and or cloud key??

It has gone over my head so I need to do some more research...
extrachewy200331 m ago

Can you explain what you did? I've looked into it and it seems you really …Can you explain what you did? I've looked into it and it seems you really need to know your stuff to set it up and it's not like the home stuff where you can plug and play. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ubiquiti-Networks-UAP-AC-LITE-Access-Point/dp/B016K4GQVG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527671550&sr=8-1&keywords=ubiquitiWould this be a better option as price-wise it's not to pricey. Would I only need this for my Virgin SH3? I see mention of a gateway router required?? and or cloud key?? It has gone over my head so I need to do some more research...


I went for the Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR as it has a slightly longer range. The only other thing I needed to buy was a long Ethernet cable, which happened to be Cat 7 but a lower spec would be fine. The Ubiquiti comes with the power supply and the power over Ethernet adapter, so just plug the adapter into your existing hub (mine is a Plusnet hub same as a BT Homehub), plug the supplied power adapter into the power over Ethernet adapter, plug the Ethernet cable into the power over Ethernet adapter too and plug the other end into your Ubiquiti access point. Finally, download and install the free controller software and leave that running on a Windows, Mac or Linux machine. Use that to configure it, using the wizard, which can be simply giving it a name and password. You can configure so much more, but you don’t have to. It doesn’t have to run all the time, but I think it needs to be there if you ever reboot the access point. There is a phone app too.

Sit back, relax, and have great WiFi.
ianlash4 h, 32 m ago

I went for the Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR as it has a slightly longer …I went for the Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR as it has a slightly longer range. The only other thing I needed to buy was a long Ethernet cable, which happened to be Cat 7 but a lower spec would be fine. The Ubiquiti comes with the power supply and the power over Ethernet adapter, so just plug the adapter into your existing hub (mine is a Plusnet hub same as a BT Homehub), plug the supplied power adapter into the power over Ethernet adapter, plug the Ethernet cable into the power over Ethernet adapter too and plug the other end into your Ubiquiti access point. Finally, download and install the free controller software and leave that running on a Windows, Mac or Linux machine. Use that to configure it, using the wizard, which can be simply giving it a name and password. You can configure so much more, but you don’t have to. It doesn’t have to run all the time, but I think it needs to be there if you ever reboot the access point. There is a phone app too. Sit back, relax, and have great WiFi.


Is it really that simple, just plug n play as they say. Very tempted now. I have synology nas running so I can put it on that? Cheers.
Buy BT home disks unless you have specific needs.
Edited by: "FunkiestMonkey" 31st May
extrachewy20035 h, 28 m ago

Is it really that simple, just plug n play as they say. Very tempted now. …Is it really that simple, just plug n play as they say. Very tempted now. I have synology nas running so I can put it on that? Cheers.


Depends which one you have. This might help icttipsandtricks.com/201…-6/
FunkiestMonkey18 h, 16 m ago

Buy BT homehub unless you have specific needs.


I’ve had the Homehub 5 & 6. A terrible recommendation unless it is had for free. Even then the signal won’t be good enough for some.
extrachewy200318 h, 36 m ago

Is it really that simple, just plug n play as they say. Very tempted now. …Is it really that simple, just plug n play as they say. Very tempted now. I have synology nas running so I can put it on that? Cheers.


You can configure the APs from a phone App. They then store all the config you need.
The controller is optional but give much finer control if wanted.
Oneday7724 m ago

I’ve had the Homehub 5 & 6. A terrible recommendation unless it is had for …I’ve had the Homehub 5 & 6. A terrible recommendation unless it is had for free. Even then the signal won’t be good enough for some.


I have amended my misleading post. I meant their bt home wifi mesh solution.
Ubiquiti is the techy/pro way, and will end up being cheaper and more configurable. But needs some knowledge and time.

I've been using this Velop (the 3pack version) for half a year, and it works well. I have a three storey townhouse, 180sqm, 5 bedrooms, and placing two on oppoosite ends of the ground floor and one on the top floor gives coverage everywhere.

Some niggles:
- occasionally one of the nodes lose connection, and has to restart. I've encountered this about 3 times in the last 6 months (and who knows how many times its restarted when I'm not using my device)
- The passing of signal from Velop to Velop has alot to be desired, sometimes it still stays connected to a Velop with much lower signal, even when I'm in the same room as another Velop! But I think it is also a function of the OS and your receiving device - if it doesn't want to give up the connection to the weaker Velop, there's nothing the Velops can do.
- There's parental controls, and also through the app you can manually switch off connections (and also set times I believe)
- Throughput is good. I have around 70mpbs BT fibre. When my laptop gets full wifi signal to my Velop, I get around 60mbps speeds downloading.
- I don't game, so can't comment on the lag
- My three Velop setup is handling about 11 connected devices pretty good
- I use an ethernet backhaul for all three Velop. My setup is the BT HomeHub, the 3x Velops, and a neatgear 16-switch.
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