The app of the mesh system has numerous functions to offer. Worth mentioning are the push notifications, which are sent directly to your smartphone if you lose your connection. A child protection function allows you to create a usage schedule for each device or to block specific pages that contain content that is harmful to minors or inappropriate. The app also offers a device prioritization function and various forwarding options. These include port forwarding and port range forwarding as well as port range triggering. Not to forget the WLAN MAC filter. This will provide you with an increased level of security when approving additional devices that wish to join your network.
There is also a speed test function that measures both the upload and the download speed. So you always know exactly how fast you are on the net and whether your hardware is set up optimally. The speed is influenced by various factors, such as the number of connected devices, but also by the external signal. Therefore, this function is primarily used to correct errors that have a negative effect on the speed.
In addition, the Linksys Velop Mesh system offers Alexa integration, but with some questionable features. For example, the guest WLAN can be activated by voice command. The login data of the main WLAN can also be queried via Alexa. This means that your password will simply be passed on. Neighbors and unauthorized persons can easily access your password by simply asking Alexa. Therefore you should definitely disable this function. How Linksys will fix this bug in future updates remains unclear.
When using the app via the Vodafone mobile network, I unfortunately encountered problems. So I couldn’t log in to the app at times, the cloud service was supposedly not available. When switching to the local WLAN, however, this worked without any problems. I was also logged out of the app by chance after a short time.
New Update: The Linksys Velop Mesh System gets a web interface
At the end of our test, Linksys released an update that finally makes the mesh system manageable from the browser. This is available both locally and via the Internet. The following additional features are available via the browser interface:
- DHCP server access for automatic assignment of IP addresses to devices newly added to the network. This makes it easier to connect to mobile devices that are often removed from the network and added back later.
- DNS configuration for linking host names, e.g. assigning a Web address to a specific IP address.
- troubleshooting: device table, router report, ping/trace route, protocols. These features provide additional insight into network performance.
- Security: Firewall, VPN passthrough, DMZ settings. Users can use these settings for network security management.