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Linksys Velop Pro 7 MBE7002 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 7 Router Review – A Blazing Fast Network Solution

The Linksys Velop Pro 7 is a powerful mesh WiFi router system that boasts the latest WiFi 7 technology. This translates to supercharged speeds, wider coverage, and improved efficiency for your home network.

Unboxing and Setup
The Linksys Velop Pro 7 comes in a 2-pack configuration, though 1-pack and 3-pack variants are also available. The 2-pack and 3-pack variants are ideal for larger homes. Each node is sleek and stylish, featuring a minimalist cylindrical design that blends seamlessly into most modern home aesthetics. The packaging is clean and informative, clearly outlining the contents and system specifications.

Setting up the Velop Pro 7 is surprisingly straightforward. Gone are the days of complex router configurations. All you need to do is download the Linksys App. This app serves as the central hub for the setup, management, and monitoring of your network. Next, connect the main node’s WAN port using the provided ethernet cable, to your modem’s LAN port. Power on both the modem and the main node.

Next, follow the in-app instructions – launch the Linksys app and create an account or log in if you already have one. The app will guide you through a step-by-step process, including naming your network, creating a password, and configuring guest access.

Next, position the satellite node(s). The app will recommend optimal placement for the satellite nodes, considering factors such as signal strength and potential interference. Ideally, place the node(s) throughout your home to ensure comprehensive coverage. Power on the satellite nodes and follow the on-screen prompts within the app to connect them to the main node wirelessly. This process typically takes a couple of minutes per node.

The entire setup process can be completed within 15-20 minutes, making it user-friendly even for those less tech-savvy. The app offers clear instructions and helpful visuals throughout the process, which is a plus point.

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Performance
The true strength of the Linksys Velop Pro 7 lies in its performance. WiFi 7 technology allows it to deliver speeds up to 4.8 times faster than its WiFi 6 predecessor. This translates to seamless 4K and even 8K streaming, lag-free online gaming, and ultra-fast file downloads. With more bandwidth, the Velop Pro 7 can efficiently handle a multitude of connected devices, making it ideal for smart homes with numerous appliances or families with heavy internet usage.

The 2-pack configuration typically covers up to 550 square meters (roughly 6000 square feet), eliminating dead zones and providing a seamless internet connection in every corner. For even larger homes, additional nodes can be purchased to further extend the reach.

We tested the Velop Pro 7 in a real-world scenario with a variety of devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. The results were impressive. Speed tests conducted throughout the house yielded consistent results that far exceeded a typical WiFi 6 setup. Streaming 4K content on multiple devices simultaneously was flawless, and online gaming was lag-free.

Key Features
Beyond its blazing-fast speeds, the Linksys Velop Pro 7 boasts a plethora of features to enhance your home network experience. The mesh networking system ensures blanket WiFi coverage throughout your home. The Velop Pro 7 features a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gigabit WAN port for wired connections that significantly outperforms standard Gigabit Ethernet ports.

This is ideal for users with high-speed fibre optic internet plans. Additionally, each node features four Gigabit LAN ports for wired connections. Setting it up is also a breeze. The Linksys app guides you through the process, which involves connecting the main node to your modem and then placing the satellite nodes strategically around your house. The app also offers handy features for network management, parental controls, and guest network creation.

Verdict
While the Linksys Velop Pro 7 is a stellar performer, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the price point is on the higher end. Secondly, WiFi 7 is a new technology, and there aren’t many devices that can currently take full advantage of its blazing-fast speeds. However, future-proofing your network for upcoming WiFi 7 compatible devices is a definite advantage.

The Linksys Velop Pro 7 is a top-of-the-line mesh WiFi system that delivers exceptional speed, wide coverage, and a plethora of features. If you have a large or multi-story home with many devices, or you simply crave the fastest possible home network speeds, the Velop Pro 7 is an excellent choice.

Price: AED 1999

Linksys Velop Pro 7 MBE7002 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 7 Router AED 1999
  • Final Rating
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Summary

The true strength of the Linksys Velop Pro 7 lies in its performance. WiFi 7 technology allows it to deliver speeds up to 4.8 times faster than its WiFi 6 predecessor.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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