This morning, Linksys announced the Velop Tri-Band whole home Wi-Fi system ahead of CES 2017. Each of the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO units can work as a router, range extender, access point, and bridge, in the same style as the Netgear Orbi.
Linksys notes that their new router can hit speeds up to 2,200 Mbps (although, good luck finding THAT kind of service provider).
The Linksys Velop also works with Amazon’s Alexa platform, and there is already a skill that will allow users to turn on/off guest WiFi with his/her voice. What’s more, the company notes that the network will dynamically adjust itself so that you’re always getting the best WiFi speeds possible with your current setup.
The form factor of the devices look almost like a square version of the Amazon Echo Dot, and undoubtedly, your home visitors will have no idea what it is at first glance. So, you know, prepare for questions about “what this doohickey does?”
The Linksys Velop price is set at $200 per single unit, $350 for two units, or $500 for three units, and they’re available right now.
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