Linksys has announced its latest Velop Dual-Band Series WiFi mesh system is launching in Canada on June 8. The new system is designed as “the world’s first mass-market flexible WiFi System,” at a more affordable price and smaller form factor, compared to its older tri-band offerings.
Available in a 2-pack or 3-pack nodes, each unit is a powerful dual-band AC1300 device (2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO radios) that can act as a parent or client across your home for expansive Wi-Fi.
“Velop is now the most flexible whole home mesh WiFi system on the market,” said Justin Doucette, senior director of product management at Linksys, in a statement to iPhone in Canada. “We have a Velop offering that fits any home or small business environment as well as options for different broadband service packages to deliver the best WiFi experience for all the devices on the network. Our new Velop Dual-Band provides the price for performance that customers are looking for plus all the intelligent software and security features that continue to be updated for real time access to the latest enhancements.”
Velop Dual-Band will include the Linksys Intelligent Mesh Technology, which learns and adapts to deliver the best and fastest connection automatically to your devices, while the Linksys app allows users to easily setup their Velop in a few steps.
Velop works with Amazon Alexa, has automatic software updates and is interoperable with Velop tri-band systems on the same network. The system also self-heals, which means if one unit is accidentally unplugged, other units pick up the slack.
According to Linksys, pricing will start at $249 CAD for the 2-pack and $359 CAD for the 3-pack, starting next month from select retail and online stores in Canada. With Apple ending its AirPort base station line up, it’s great to see more options are coming to the market.