LAS VEGAS, NV — Belkin has come out with a trio of updates at CES 2018. While two are related to their Linksys offerings, their home automation / IoT division, Wemo, is also coming out with new hardware.

Linksys Velop

Mesh networking has seen rapid growth in the Wi-Fi market over the last couple of years. This led to all the router vendors putting out mesh offerings to complement their traditional routers and range extenders. Netgear's Orbi is very popular, and, in order to widen their market base, they came out with a AC2200 RBK30 as a lower cost alternative to the initial AC3000 RBK50 kit. Linksys came out with their mesh networking kit, the Velop last year. It was a tri-band solution, with one 5 GHz radio for the backhaul, and a 5 GHz and a 2.4 GHz radio for the clients. Compared to the Orbi's 4x4 backhaul, Velop went in for the more economical 2x2 option.

In a bid to drive down the costs further, Linksys is bringing out a new dual-band offering in the Velop line-up. The kits still contain the mesh networking features (client steering by node, appropriate backhaul configuration etc.), but each AC1200 kit component looks more like a traditional router or access point from the hardware perspective. The Velop lineup will also be receiving new firmware features (including parental control improvements and network security monitoring) later this spring. Pricing for the new dual-band kit has not been announced, but we expect it to be cheaper than the current tri-band version.

Linksys WRT Gaming

Router vendors have started to put more focus on the gaming market. At CES 2018, we are seeing a number of models specifically targeting this segment. Linksys launched the WRT32X at CES 2017, working in conjunction with Killer Networks to deliver higher QoS (bring down lag spikes and reduce ping times) for gaming-triggered network traffic. This year, a follow-on, the WRT32XB, is being introduced. It is being branded as a gaming router for the Xbox One. The new router is essentially the same as the WRT32X (AC3200, with a Marvell SoC for the network processor).

The main updates seem to be on the software side (which will be coming as firmware updates to the WRT32X also), and a free three-month membership to Xbox Game Pass.

The key aspect of the new firmware is that the router is specifically able to address the Xbox as a gaming client and treat it similar to the Killer NIC-enabled devices in the network. The pricing remains the same as that of the WRT32X at launch - $300, shipping in February 2018.

Wemo

Wemo has been around for a few years now, and we are definitely happy to see Belkin taking a slow wait and watch approach to this market segment. The brand is now its own division and no longer tagged as 'Belkin Wemo'. At CES 2018, they are introducing a new bridge to bring Apple Homekit support to the Wemo devices. The bridge will start shipping this week in the US for $40.

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  • milleron - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    What in the world does "appropriate backhaul configuration" mean in regard to Velop? Is backhaul wired (as in the original Velop) or wireless? Reply
  • ganeshts - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    Both. The firmware choose the appropriate backhaul based on which one would be better in that particular case. Reply
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  • Shierly - Monday, September 03, 2018 - link

    Expanding on the generally mainstream Velop Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi Line, Linksys is presenting the Dual-Band measured Wi-Fi framework which remains around two inches shorter than the Velop Tri-Band arrangement making it simple to put for all intents and purposes anyplace you require Wi-Fi availability. Know more about the Linksys router issue and solution by visiting here https://www.linksysroutersupportnumber.com/linksys... Reply
  • jems-ford1 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    Linksys Router is the good router. This type of Router is specially used in the Mess Networking. You can buy the Linksys Gaming Router in the Amazon. You can also use the Belkin router. For instant support related to the Belkin Router, please visit https://www.belkinroutersupportnumber.com/belkin-n... Reply
  • Netgear router support - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - link

    The time a brand new netgear router is purchased it is already configured with its default factory data setup. For an un-altered newly bought netgear N300 router the admin user ID is set as “admin” and password is as “password.” It is recommended to change the default user ID and password of Netgear router as a security measure for preventing unauthorized access to Netgear WiFi network. You can yourself change the user ID and password for Netgear admin account by following few simple steps. At present if you have bought a Netgear router and are looking to change the default admin ID and password for it then here we have a netgear router support procedure for making the changes. Reply

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