Update your home WiFi network to WiFi 6 with the latest Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 router.
WiFi 6 is the wireless standard used in all new PC desktops, notebooks, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and smart TVs, and if you haven’t updated your home WiFi network, it is now clearly time to do so, because, with the greater data demands from your smart devices, your existing home WiFi networks is probably maxed out. With this in mind, Linksys recently launched the Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 router in Singapore, a simple solution for you to upgrade your WiFi network to enjoy the benefits of WiFi 6.
WiFi 6 has more new features than previous generations of routers, including an expanded frequency range to avoid the crowded bandwidths that you will find at most apartment complexes in Singapore, and the inclusion of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and improved MU-MIMO for multiple data downlink and uplink enables simultaneous transmission of data to multiple devices, with each Linksys Velop AX4200 router able to support up to 40 devices.
For this review, Linksys sent us an MX8400 bundle, which has two Velop AX4200 WiFi 6 mesh routers, each with 9 internal antennas and powered by an energy-efficient 1.4GHz quad-core processor backed by 512GB Flash storage and 512GB RAM. The router has a WPS button located at its base, plus four ethernet ports (1 WAN, 3 LAN) and a single USB 3.0 port located on the back, which enables users to connect to non-WiFi enabled devices, like a NAS, or use the USB port to share data from a USB thumb drive onto your home wireless network.
If you have an existing Linksys Velop or MR Mesh WiFi network, integrating an AX4200 router is very simple, just use Linksys App to add the router to your mesh network, which takes less than ten minutes on your smartphone, and you can set it as a replacement parent node, or a child node to expand your network. I’m actually using a Linksys MR series WiFi network with an MR9000X router as a child node, so found the improved coverage from switching to the AX4200 quite interesting, with the Ookla Speedtest app on my Apple iPhone 12 Max Pro (a WiFi 6 device) registering 200 Mbps faster download speeds at a range of about 30 metres from the child node, which makes Zooming from my living room balcony a lot smoother experience.
If you’re not familiar with the Linksys app, it makes setting up a Velop mesh network quite simple and provides the basics, such as the ability to prioritise devices and set parental controls, while the use of WPA3 personal encryption standard, while more technically advanced users can use the router’s web interface.
The Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 router was launched in Singapore in early March, and available in single, double or triple router bundles, though the MX4200 single pack (usual price S$399) is exclusively available at no extra cost for StarHub customers who sign up for or renew their StarHub 2Gbps Fibre Broadband plans. Other StarHub Fibre Broadband customers can purchase this router at S$0 upfront cost on an instalment plan from as low as $12 monthly.
The MX8400 (2 pack) and MX12600 (3 pack) bundles are available from Challenger and Hachi.tech.
Linksys Velop MX8400 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 AX4200 (2 Pack) S$799
Linksys Velop MX12600 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 AX4200 (3 Pack) S$1,099
Rating 4.5 stars
With the Velop AX4200, Linksys has created a powerful and more affordable way for consumers to upgrade the home networks to WiFi 6.
Technical Specifications (AX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router)
Key Features: 4×4 MU-MIMO, Mesh, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, dynamic backhaul
Wi-Fi Speed: AX4200 (574 Mbps, 2.4GHz + 1201 Mbps, 5GHz + 2402 Mbps, 5GHz)
Wi-Fi Bands: 2x 5GHz and 1x 2.4 GHz (simultaneous tri band)
Ports: 3x LAN, 1x USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Processor: 1.4GHz Quad Core with 512MB RAM, 512MB storage
Dimensions (LxWxH): 114.3 x 114.3 x 243.84 mm