In this article we’re pairing two products that can enhance your internet experience at home. If you want to have an extensive, secure, and fast Wi-Fi network at home, without compromising your privacy or sacrificing networking features and settings and at an affordable price, you’ll probably run into these products.
Thanks to Linksys Velop and Asus Lyra Trio, building a home network with great quality and zero interruption has been made very easy. You don’t need an extensive knowledge on networking to set these up. Your entire house will be covered with great internet connection and you don’t have to worry about a single thing. But, which one of these products should you get? We’ll get into details soon.
Linksys Velop Review
Linksys Velop Tri-Band is the newest addition to the Linksys Velop franchise and priced at $279. It’s the company’s first mesh Wi-Fi system to use plug-in rather than tabletop nodes to deliver home Wi-Fi connection to every corner of your house.
Linksys Velop is very easy to setup and comes with good mobile app and web-based management. With Linksys’s Intelligent Mesh technology, it can choose the best band for backhaul and client-data transmission. Read also: Netgear Vs Linksys
The system comes with a main router and two nodes that plug in to a wall outlet. You can place them anywhere you want, as long as there is an outlet nearby. You don’t have to worry about cables with Linksys Velop. The tower is 7.28 inches tall and only 3.07×30.7 inch at the base. There is an LED indicator on the top that flashes blue during startup, when connected, turns red when the internet is disconnected and turns purple during the setup process. On the base of the tower there are two gigabit LAN ports, a reset button, a power switch, and a power jack. Unfortunately, there are no USB ports.
Linksys Velop is an AC2200 tri-band router that can achieve up to 400Mbps speed on the 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps on each of the two 5Ghz bands. On the inside, it’s powered by a 716MHz quad core CPU, 6 internal antennas that can cover up to 2.000 square feet. Linksys Velop is capable of MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, direct-to-client signal transmissions or beamforming, and automatic band steering thanks to Linksys Smart Connect.
You can check your internet status with the mobile app and you can also access the native parental controls too. The speed results are mixed, Linksys Velop scored 420Mbps on SU-MIMO close range test which is slower than other routers. But at long range, it scored 181Mbps, beating other routers such as Velop Dual-Band and Cover Dual Band.
Overall, Linksys Velop helps you create a mesh network without all the hassles. You can easily cover your entire home with Wi-Fi network. It can be managed from your phone or PC. But the performance is average and you’ll have to spend extra for strong parental controls and malware protection tools. There other cheaper alternatives such as TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Mesh that you can get for $100 cheaper.
Asus Lyra Trio Review
Asus Lyra Trio is a three-piece home Wi-Fi system designed for multilevel residences up to 5.400 square feet and is priced at $259. The system consists of three nodes, one which serves as a primary router, that use mesh technology to communicate with each other and provide seamless internet experience at all times. The whole system can be installed and managed using an intuitive mobile app and comes with anti-malware tools and parental controls.
Asus Lyra Trio looks really cool and can enhance the look of your house. Each node is equipped with three internal antennas that meet at the top, it looks like a pyramid on the outside. With a semi gloss pearl finish and blue trim, Asus Lyra Trio will always stand out anywhere in your house. The nodes measure at 3.1×5.5×5.1 inch with two LAN ports, a power jack at the back and a pairing button on the base.
Setting up is pretty easy and flexible, you can connect the nodes using one of the LAN ports with Ethernet cables or wirelessly. Each antenna has LED lighting that will light up white when the system is ready for setup, light blue when everything is up and running, red when the nodes have lost connection to the primary router node, and yellow when the internet is lost completely.
Asus Lyra Trio is powered by a Qualcomm 750MHz CPU, 128MB of RAM, and 32MB of flash memory. Asus Lyra Trio is an AC1750 system which can achieve 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 1.300Mbps on the 5GHz band. Asus Lyra Trio doesn’t support MU-MIMO technology, but it supports beamforming technology which sends Wi-Fi signals directly to a client.
During tests, the primary router scored 543Mbps on the close-range test, which is better than other routers such as TP-Link M5 Deco and Linksys Velop Dual-Band System. At a distance of 30 feet, Asus Lyra Trio achieved 106Mbps, again beating Linksys Velop Dual-Band by a close-margin but lost to TP-Link M5 Deco.
Overall, Asus Lyra Trio looks really good, it’s functional and can act as a great decoration for your house. It has no problem covering your entire house with Wi-Fi connection and can be easily installed and managed. It also comes with good anti-malware tools and parental controls, but it doesn’t support MU-MIMO data streaming.
Linksys Velop vs Asus Lyra Trio
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Both routers can perform like it’s advertised and can definitely cover your entire house with home Wi-Fi network. But we noticed some key differences here. Asus Lyra Trio is both cheaper, slightly more powerful and definitely looks better. Asus Lyra Trio can cover a wider area, if you own a big house, Linksys Velop might not be enough. And with Linksys Velop, you’ll need to spend more money to enjoy its more powerful malware controls and parental controls. On this match up, we have to choose Asus Lyra Trio as the winner as there is really no reason to go with Linksys Velop with the price difference.