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Linksys is joining the rapidly growing collection of mesh Wi-Fi devices with Velop—and unlike Google Wifi, Plume, and Ubiquiti, it's coming to the UK and Europe (and the US too).

Unfortunately, Linksys will charge you a pretty penny for the privilege. Velop, which is aimed at Wi-Fi novices, is available in three different packs, starting with a single unit that functions just like any other wireless AC router for £199/$199. A double-pack costs £349/$349, while a triple-pack costs an eye-watering £499/$499. That's a lot of money to spend on improving your Wi-Fi signal, particularly as our friends in the US can pick up three Google Wifi routers for a mere $299.

Still, Linksys claims the extra cost is justified. Unlike all its competitors (with the exception of Orbi), Velop's mesh network is a tri-band 802.11ac MU-MIMO system. Where a typical mesh Wi-Fi network uses a dual-band system, with one of the bands doubling up as the wireless link between each router (in theory, at a performance cost to the user) Velop includes a dedicated third band to prevent any bottlenecks. Each Velop router also includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, should users prefer to connect them together via cables.

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