Do you have the best home internet subscription but your house is still full of dead spots? Are you tired of slow internet caused by the numerous Wi-Fi extenders you have installed?
If yes, then it’s time you invest in a Wi-Fi mesh network system. Unlike regular Wi-Fi extenders, these systems are more reliable and cover wider areas. Most importantly, they are easy to install.
However, shopping for the best Wi-Fi mesh network system is the elephant in the room. You’ll find split opinion; some will say the Linksys Velop is the best while another bunch will pick the Netgear Orbi. To settle the debate, we have reviewed these two Wi-Fi systems to see how they compare and consequently see which one is best, and why?
Linksys Velop Tri-band Whole Home WiFi Mesh System
- Very small footprint design
- Impressive working range (90 feet)
- Covers an extensive area (2,000 sq. ft./node)
- Use a maximum of 6 nodes (12,000 sq. ft.)
- Good ventilation
- Use single or multiple Wi-Fi names
- Any node can be used as the main router or satellite
- Allows device prioritization
- 3-Year warranty and reliable support
- Very expensive
- Slow speed compared to Orbi
- No USB port for modem
- Only dual band – no dedicated backhaul
Not only is this router ideal for residential homes and apartments. I know an office and a gas station with a busy eatery that has this kit installed too. The good thing is that you can always expand the infrastructure by buying additional nodes to a maximum of 6 if need be. For those with Smart Homes, the Linksys Velop will be a great purchase as it is compatible with Alexa, has Bluetooth and is supported by the Linksys Smartphone App. It also features Parental Control, Guest Access, Speed Test and so many other great features for easy management.
Netgear Orbi Triband Whole Home WI-Fi Mesh System
- Easy set up – no accounts required
- Dedicated backhaul
- Easy wall-plug satellites
- Smartphone App and Alexa integration
- 100% signal and speed strength
- LED signal strength indicator
- Device prioritization
- Guest network and Parental Control
- 4 LAN ports and 2 USB ports
- Large main router design
- Uses a single Wi-Fi name
- There’s one dedicated main router
What Sets Orbi apart from Velop?
These two gadgets are known to be the best Wi-Fi mesh network systems. They share a lot in common including Alexa integration, Smartphone App compatibility, 2×2 triband stream, 6 antennas, device prioritization and so much more. However, there are also some differences which in fact are instrumental in making a decision on which is the best Wi-Fi coverage solution that will clear dead spots regardless of your type of house;
It is so obvious that these two kits must have different designs. First, with Velop, any of the nodes can serve as the main router or as a satellite. They all have the same size and specifications. On the other hand, Orbi has a specially designed main router that is quite large and two small wall-plug satellites.
Definitely, as a router, these network systems have ports; whether for LAN or modem. The Velop is lacking in this area as it only has LAN ports – two. It lacks a USB to directly connect your modem. When it comes to Orbi, Netgear equipped it with 4 LAN ports and 2 for USB.
3. Wi-Fi Name
Netgear was so rigid when it comes to how the Wi-Fi was named. Unlike the Velop which allows you to use single or multiple Wi-Fi names, Orbi uses only one name. It would have been better at least to help make sure that devices connect to the nearest node for better performance and also to prevent overload.
Installation is very similar to these two gadgets. You first have to download the respective Apps. It’s here that their difference sets in; the Velop will require you to set up an account but with Orbi, no account is required.
Velop vs. Orbi: What’s the Best Choice?
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Do you have either of these Wi-Fi mesh network systems? What’s your experience? Tell us in the comments section below!