Linksys announces a newer and cheaper Velop mesh router line

Doris Richards
January 9, 2018

According to Linksys, this is done in partnership with Rivet Networks.

At CES last year, Mesh routers were all the rage and this year Linksys have added a new model to their Velop line of mesh networking devices with a dual-band version. While you're connecting all of your devices, the new Linksys router will automatically detect when you have an Xbox One connected to the network.

After getting passed all of the features that are specific to the Xbox One, the router isn't too different from the original device, the WRT32X. That means you won't suffer almost as much lag from your partner watching Netflix or your roommate torrenting terabytes of increasingly weird porn (we all know about it, Gregory) on the same network.

The router features a 1.8 GHz dual-Ccore ARM CPU, 802.11ac Wave 2 dual-band 3 x 3 wireless radio, 256MB flash and 512MB of DDR3 memory and a5-port SOHO-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch with TCAM. Other users who aren't gaming might notice more slow-down instead of you, but they're not the ones who dropped three Benjamins on a spiffy new router, am I right? The Linksys WRT32XB is coming in February for $299.99, complete with official Xbox branding - right down to the big green band and Xbox logo at the top. Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Linksys for the new dual-band Velop mesh router, but as soon as information comes to light before its spring 2018 launch, we will keep you updated as always.

For casual gamers and enthusiasts, this seems to be an item you're better off giving a pass on unless you have $300 extra just lying around.

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