WiFi router

Linksys VELOP (standalone)

Linksys VELOP (standalone)
Performance Class (Standards Compliant):
  • N300 in 2.4GHz (SU-MIMO 2x2:2)
  • AC867 in 5GHz (MU-MIMO 2x2:2)

Linksys VELOP (standalone)
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • Your Wi-Fi problems, gone - Powerful Tri-Band Wi-Fi system distributes 100% Internet speed to your home Wi-Fi without signal degradation if a unit is moved farther away.
  • Wireless-AC technology - Utilizes the MIMO smart antenna design to deliver improved range while eliminating drops and dead zones.
  • Up to 2200 Mbps data transfer rate - Tri-Band technology dynamically changes to ensure and deliver blazing fast, seamless Wi-Fi to all devices.
  • MU-MIMO and 256 QAM - Give every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.
  • WPA2 personal wireless encryption - Protects your network against hackers and eavesdroppers.
  • Parental controls - Lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices.
  • Guest networks - Create networks for guests and restrict access to specific users.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa voice commands - You can use Alexa to control your home network, turn the Guest network on and off or verbally request the Wi-Fi networks passwords.
  • Enjoy the freedom of one Wi-Fi name and password - The system operates as one network and continuously searches for your connected devices. This ensures a 100% seamless connection as you move throughout your home.
  • Up to 2,000 sq. ft. of coverage - This system is modular and performs well within every home type, situation, and footprint.
  • Linksys mobile app - With the Linksys app, you can closely monitor and manage your home Wi-Fi remotely using a smartphone or tablet.


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Linksys VELOP (standalone) Test Review (methodology)

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 72.9%
Whole Home Average: 72.9%
1st Floor Average: 97.5%
1st Floor Average: 97.5%
2nd Floor Average: 48.3%
2nd Floor Average: 48.3%
analiti @1: 97.3%
analiti @1: 97.3%
analiti @2: 97.9%
analiti @2: 97.9%
analiti @3: 97.4%
analiti @3: 97.4%
analiti @4: 35.8%
analiti @4: 35.8%
analiti @5: 21.5%
analiti @5: 21.5%
analiti @6: 87.5%
analiti @6: 87.5%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 95.8%
Whole Home Average: 95.8%
1st Floor Average: 99.2%
1st Floor Average: 99.2%
2nd Floor Average: 92.4%
2nd Floor Average: 92.4%
analiti @1: 99.7%
analiti @1: 99.7%
analiti @2: 99.7%
analiti @2: 99.7%
analiti @3: 98.1%
analiti @3: 98.1%
analiti @4: 97.8%
analiti @4: 97.8%
analiti @5: 79.9%
analiti @5: 79.9%
analiti @6: 99.4%
analiti @6: 99.4%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -57dBm
Whole Home Average: -57dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
2nd Floor Average: -62dBm
2nd Floor Average: -62dBm
analiti @1: -45dBm
analiti @1: -45dBm
analiti @2: -53dBm
analiti @2: -53dBm
analiti @3: -61dBm
analiti @3: -61dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @5: -66dBm
analiti @5: -66dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -60dBm
Whole Home Average: -60dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
2nd Floor Average: -64dBm
2nd Floor Average: -64dBm
analiti @1: -47dBm
analiti @1: -47dBm
analiti @2: -54dBm
analiti @2: -54dBm
analiti @3: -64dBm
analiti @3: -64dBm
analiti @4: -55dBm
analiti @4: -55dBm
analiti @5: -67dBm
analiti @5: -67dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 319Mbps
Whole Home Average: 319Mbps
1st Floor Average: 548Mbps
1st Floor Average: 548Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 90Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 90Mbps
analiti @1: 781Mbps
analiti @1: 781Mbps
analiti @2: 521Mbps
analiti @2: 521Mbps
analiti @3: 341Mbps
analiti @3: 341Mbps
analiti @4: 101Mbps
analiti @4: 101Mbps
analiti @5: 45Mbps
analiti @5: 45Mbps
analiti @6: 124Mbps
analiti @6: 124Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 279Mbps
Whole Home Average: 279Mbps
1st Floor Average: 477Mbps
1st Floor Average: 477Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 81Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 81Mbps
analiti @1: 627Mbps
analiti @1: 627Mbps
analiti @2: 510Mbps
analiti @2: 510Mbps
analiti @3: 293Mbps
analiti @3: 293Mbps
analiti @4: 87Mbps
analiti @4: 87Mbps
analiti @5: 37Mbps
analiti @5: 37Mbps
analiti @6: 120Mbps
analiti @6: 120Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 99%
Whole Home Average: 99%
1st Floor Average: 99%
1st Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
analiti @1: 98%
analiti @1: 98%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @5: 98%
analiti @5: 98%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 44.0ms
1st Floor Average: 43.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 44.5ms
analiti @1: 45.3ms
analiti @2: 42.6ms
analiti @3: 42.4ms
analiti @4: 43.9ms
analiti @5: 47.8ms
analiti @6: 41.8ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 68.8ms
1st Floor Average: 65.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 72.3ms
analiti @1: 89.3ms
analiti @2: 54.3ms
analiti @3: 52.3ms
analiti @4: 67.7ms
analiti @5: 97.3ms
analiti @6: 52.0ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 6.4ms
1st Floor Average: 6.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 6.7ms
analiti @1: 9.6ms
analiti @2: 4.6ms
analiti @3: 4.0ms
analiti @4: 6.0ms
analiti @5: 9.6ms
analiti @6: 4.6ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 99%
Whole Home Average: 99%
1st Floor Average: 98%
1st Floor Average: 98%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
analiti @1: 96%
analiti @1: 96%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 96%
analiti @5: 96%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 54.6ms
1st Floor Average: 54.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 55.0ms
analiti @1: 55.4ms
analiti @2: 53.6ms
analiti @3: 53.9ms
analiti @4: 55.6ms
analiti @5: 58.0ms
analiti @6: 51.3ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 87.3ms
1st Floor Average: 84.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 90.4ms
analiti @1: 99.7ms
analiti @2: 69.3ms
analiti @3: 83.3ms
analiti @4: 84.3ms
analiti @5: 126.0ms
analiti @6: 61.0ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.5ms
1st Floor Average: 8.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 8.6ms
analiti @1: 9.3ms
analiti @2: 7.8ms
analiti @3: 7.9ms
analiti @4: 9.3ms
analiti @5: 11.3ms
analiti @6: 5.2ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.5ms
1st Floor Average: 3.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 13.7ms
analiti @1: 2.6ms
analiti @2: 3.4ms
analiti @3: 3.6ms
analiti @4: 15.6ms
analiti @5: 20.9ms
analiti @6: 4.7ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 23.1ms
1st Floor Average: 5.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 40.4ms
analiti @1: 4.7ms
analiti @2: 5.3ms
analiti @3: 7.0ms
analiti @4: 48.3ms
analiti @5: 62.3ms
analiti @6: 10.7ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 5.8ms
1st Floor Average: 1.6ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.0ms
analiti @1: 1.3ms
analiti @2: 1.7ms
analiti @3: 1.7ms
analiti @4: 12.3ms
analiti @5: 15.5ms
analiti @6: 2.3ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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