Enjoy Wi-Fi 6 speeds if you have the device and money.
The Linksys Velop MX10600 brings the best of mesh networking in a sturdy and easy to configure the device. The speeds are impressive especially on Wi-Fi 6, but only if you have a compatible device for it and the price isn’t for everyone.
If you’re looking to upgrade your home network to current Wi-Fi standards, the Linksys Velop MX10600 could be the best option. The MX10600 is actually two MX5300 units bundled together to give you Wi-Fi 6 speeds in your home or office.
While internet speed is still dependent on your Internet Service Provider, the MX10600’s aim is to keep that internet speed consistent no matter how far you are from the main router. The two-pack MX10600 can reach speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps and is good enough for homes covering 525 square meters that should be able to eliminate any dead zones in your home.
At 3,359 AED though it’s not cheap. But the Linksys Velop MX10600 has enough power to bring your home Wi-Fi network to Wi-Fi 6 speeds – that is of course you have the devices that can support it. Wi-Fi 6 is still a fairly new standard, and you can only take advantage of this speed if the device you’re connecting also supports Wi-Fi 6. Most of the new smartphones released in the past year already support Wi-Fi 6, so make sure your devices support before spending this much.
Back to the MX10600, it looks fairly larger than the first Velop device, measuring 114.3 x 114.3 x 243.8 mm. It’s heavy as well, weighing less than 2 kilograms. The mesh nodes are made of the same white plastic, with a rubberized bottom to keep it from moving around. Each node has one USB and five Ethernet ports (one WAN and four Gigabit), letting you enjoy wired connections whenever necessary.
Setting up is a breeze since you only need to install the Linksys app (free on iOS and Android) to configure it. In my case, I simply plugged in my main internet line to the MX10600 and configured it in just a couple of minutes. You can also use the app to configure the other node to extend the coverage of your Wi-Fi network.
The Linksys app also has all the functions and information that you would need about your network. You can see which devices are currently connected to restricting internet traffic on some devices. You can even prioritize which device will get the most bandwidth.
Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, brings faster and larger bandwidths to your devices. The tri-band system has maximum speeds of up 1,147 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 1,733 Mbps on the 5GHz band, and 2,402 Mbps on another 5GHz band. MU-MIMO 4×4 technology also allows more devices to be connected at once (Linksys says more than 50 devices can connect), the most I’ve connected is 20 and I didn’t feel any hiccups on the connection.
Comparing it to my current mesh set up at home using a first-generation Google Wi-Fi, file transfer speeds were noticeably faster, especially on Wi-Fi 6 compatible devices. File transfers that normally take around 2 minutes to complete for 1.4GB now complete in less than 30 seconds.
What’s more, internet speed has also been consistent. We have a 256Mbps line at home and while there are times when I would get around 199 Mbps on the farthest areas of the house, on the MX10600 I got a consistent 256Mbps speed. The rest of my older devices still worked well, but of course, it couldn’t take advantage of the speeds offered by Wi-Fi 6.
Overall, the Linksys Velop MX10600 has all the functions and features you would need from a Wi-Fi 6 router, but unless your gadgets are Wi-Fi 6 ready and you’re ready to spend 3,359 AED then I suggest you look for an alternative.
+ Excellent Wi-Fi 6 speeds
+ Easy to configure and setup
– Larger design compared to the original Velop
Final Rating: 4/5