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Phone: Galaxy S8, Moto G4, Moto G5+, Alactel A30, Huawei Ascend 5W
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While not something sold by Republic, given the focus on Wifi and the desire for a good wifi calling experience, I wanted to share my experience with the Linksys Velop Mesh Wifi system. I’ve recently implemented the 3 node system in my home, and it is massively impressive.
The Velop system is a tri-band system (1 x 2.4GHz and 2 x 5GHz), with a dedicated 5GHz radio for connecting the nodes to each other. It is configured via an Android App and if you want to use the defaults (which are quite good) you could get 3 nodes running in well under 30 minutes.
My configuration: 3 nodes, 1 deployed on each floor of my house.
The real test is performance. First, calling. I started a call on wifi on the main floor of my house. I walked to the basement, back to the main floor, up to third floor, and back to the main floor. My call stayed on wifi the entire time and there wasn’t a single hiccup in call quality. As reference, the same test on my previous system (xfinity router with linksys repeaters) caused drops in quality or call drops (or handoffs if cellular was on) every single time I tested (and despite HOURS or configuration/tuning).
With a speed test, I downloaded a file from my file server which is ethernet attached to my main Velop node, while walking around the house. For this test I used my laptop which has 802.11ac connection to the Velop system. I saw a steady 450Mbps throughout my house. Remarkable as when connected to my repeaters previously I rarely broke 50Mbps. The system has band steering where both bands transmit a single SSID and the system determines how to best serve your client.
Overall, with little/no configuration, the system works flawlessly. (As an added note, SIP ALG is by default DISABLED on the system. Thank you Linksys).
For the tinkerers – These are FAR more configurable than something like Google Wifi. You can add static routes, change DNS settings, and generally configure like any other router.
The big con with this mesh system is cost. I got lucky and got a manufacturer refurbished for $150 off the Amazon price on Woot. Otherwise, it is expensive, but if you have a large home, it really is a next generation wifi experience.