Linksys MX10600 Velop

The Linksys MX10600 Velop is one of the mesh networking systems you can turn to if you need a serious Wi-Fi upgrade at your home – technically speaking it's two of the Velop MX5300 units combined together to blanket your entire property in super-speedy Wi-Fi 6.


It doesn't affect the speed of the broadband coming in – that's between you and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) – but it can make sure that the Wi-Fi signal stays stronger for longer and further away from your main router (max speeds of  5.3 Gbps are possible).

Linksys says the two-pack system is good for 525 square metres of coverage (that's 6,000 square feet), and it's perfect for removing dead zones around the home, as well as connecting up dozens of different devices to the same Wi-Fi network without issue.


Wi-Fi excellence needs plenty of space to work in, and these units are chunky affairs – they measure 114.3 mm x 114.3 mm x 243.8 mm (4.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 9.6 inches), and tip the scales at 1.58 kg or 3.48 lbs. These devices are functional rather than fashionable, so bear that in mind when you're weighing up how they're going to fit in your house – you can't position them with quite as much flexibility as you can something from the Eero or Google Wi-Fi ranges.

The mesh nodes are basically big, white plastic blocks, but we do like the rubber fixed to the base that helps to keep them in place, and adds to a feeling of stability when they're on your desk, floor or wherever you want to position them. We also like the four Ethernet ports you get on each unit – if you want to wire up a particular device (such as a games console) for faster speeds, then it's very much possible.

Setup couldn't be much more straightforward, and is handled through the accompanying app for Android or iOS. You plug one of the nodes into a spare Ethernet port on the router that your ISP has given you, and place the other node somewhere else in your home – both of them will need a mains power connection as well, by the way. The app will guide you as to the best position for each node in your living spaces.

The app is also helpful in terms of keeping you updated on the status of the network, how many different devices are currently connected to it, and so on. It's not the most polished or intuitive in the world, but it's easy enough to find your way around, and it comes with a few basic features that are worth exploring – including the ability to prioritise devices that you always want to have a fast connection.