Linksys Velop AC1200 vs Google Mesh Wifi System
Following its success with Linksys Velop three band mesh wifi system, Linksys introduces more economical model with Linksys Velop two band version. We’ll see how good this product is compared with Google mesh wifi system.
What this product does
Unlike the first generation of Linksys Velop that comes with three band, Linksys introduces Velop two band based on wireless AC1200 network segment speeds of up to 867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz.
Same as the first three band model, Linksys Velop two band supports MU-MIMO technology to allow system to deliver to multiple MU-MIMO based clients concurrently, not one by one like traditional non MU-MIMO clients. This will eliminate lagging in video streaming or online gaming.
With the absence of one of the two 5Ghz bands as applied to the three band model, Velop two-bands offers speeds of up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band plus up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz band for total of 1200Mbps instead of 2200Mbps @three band model.
This configuration is almost the same as those two band model mesh wifi system such as TP-link Deco, Eero and Google mesh or new model of Asus Lyra trio mesh system, or any other two band in top 10 mesh wireless routers.
Except the number of concurrent radio bands both Velop mesh routers can support, all other features are the same between the models of Linksys Velop.
The price of the two band model is cheaper, that’s fair right, the less bandwidth the less number of band the less bucks to spend.
- Wireless AC1200 dual band mesh wifi router
- Speed up to 867Mbps @5Ghz plus 400Mbps @2.4Ghz
- Intelligent Mesh technology for self organize, self optimize and self healing
- MU-MIMO and 256 QAM technologies
- 3x internal antennas and high powered amplifiers
- Single SSID network name
- Auto firmware update
- Spot finder mesh system for best placement
- Support Alexa
Linksys Velop two band provides you good network coverage up to 4500 sq ft area to blanket all home sizes with the same SSID name roaming seamlessly within rooms of your home. To understand more details click the link below including current price in Amazon:
Linksys Velop two band is to compete with those mesh wifi routers that are tagged with more economical price in the market, however you might find that the first generation of Eero whole home wifi system is tagged higher price than others.
Linksys Velop vs Google
When you compare Linksys Velop two band with Google mesh wifi router you may find that both products have nearly the same features. See the following spec comparison table as a reference for head to head spec comparison between the two models.
Google mesh wifi system is already designed based on wave 2 wireless technology which is ready for gigabit wifi speeds. Few mesh wifi models have been ready for the wave 2 wifi technology including new version of Eero three band mesh system and Tenda MW6 Nova (try this cheaper model of mesh wifi router so far).
Many people think that wave 2 is not a matter since your network speed is only up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band. That makes sense, however with the same opinion you might think that DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem such as Surfboard SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem is useless when you only subscribe 300Mbps service plan while your modem can speed up to 1.4Gbps. in the real world the performance of the modem is better than standard 8×4 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.
Having ready with the future of technology is better than similar product with today’s technology.
Table 1 Linksys Velop vs Google mesh
|Model||Linksys Velop Two band||Google Mesh|
|Wifi network segment||AC1200||AC1200 2×2 wave 2|
|Wifi speeds||~867Mbps @5Ghz band plus ~400Mbps @2.4Ghz band||~867Mbps @5Ghz band plus ~400Mbps @2.4Ghz band|
|Antenna design||3x internal antennas and high powered amplifiers||Internal antennas|
|Coverage (3 pack)||~ 4500 sq ft||~4500 sq ft|
|Operation modes||Wireless router, bridge and wireless bridge||Mesh wireless router|
|Ethernet ports||1x Gigabit WAN port, 1x Gigabit LAN port||1x Gigabit WAN port, 1x Gigabit LAN port|
|Protection||Standard parental control with firmware auto update||Standard parental control, guest network|
|Other features||MU-MIMO, 256 QAM, guest network, spot finder, auto wifi channel, Amazon Alexa supports||MU-MIMO, beamforming, QoS by device/ application, location assistant, Alexa|
|Price (three pack – Jul 2018 in Amazon)||$245.00||$259.00|
To learn more spec, manufacturer description, current price and rating for Google mesh in Amazon click the link below:
For network protection against any internet threat you may also like new Gryphone parental control mesh system. For gamers in mind, you may like this Netgear XR500 and Asus AC5300 wireless gaming router.
For extending the wireless range see also Linksys RE9000 and Netgear EX8000 wireless range extender.