Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Home Mesh System

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The Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Mesh Networking System extended Wi-Fi signal coverage throughout my home. According to the Linksys website, “A mesh Wi-Fi is a series of interconnected nodes that provides complete signal coverage to all of your devices. With Intelligent Mesh technology, it goes one step further, concentrating Wi-Fi signal strength -Fi based on your current location in your home.” The mesh is where you have a Wi-Fi base station connected to your modem, then you can install additional base stations throughout your home to improve signal quality. These additional base stations could move device connections away from the source base station.

The variant I purchased was a two-pack system representing two base stations or nodes. Each node is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router that simultaneously delivers much-needed seamless bandwidth for streaming, gaming, and even video calling to over 30 devices with coverage of up to 251 square meters per node. Powered by the Velop Intelligent Mesh, it comes with dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard to deliver true Gigabit Mesh Wi-Fi speeds throughout your home, up to 5.4Gbps with connectivity at 6 streams. According to Linksys, 160 MHz access unlocks the true power of Wi-Fi 6 technology – the least congested channels in the 5 GHz band that deliver incredibly fast connectivity.

I thought upgrading my Globe At Home Fiber plans to support faster 600Mbps speeds would improve my home office Wi-Fi coverage. After my four-year-old AirTies mesh recently failed, I noticed the dramatic drop in signal quality in my downstairs home office. Being near the modem on the second level, my husband felt no drop in internet speed in his office.

Installation is child’s play. You will need to enable Bluetooth on your phone and create a Linksys account. Node setup is mostly done through the Linksys app on your smart device, and it does all the heavy lifting for you. Just enter your network name and password and it will guide you to the next step. Instructions for installing the primary node and then adding the second node are all displayed within the app. Feature administration is available without having to descend to a more technical level, which is ideal for the average user. You can still adjust the settings through a web browser. It gives you that control if you are a more advanced admin user. Most home users won’t need it, and they’ll be perfectly comfortable using the app for everything.

I placed the main node in my husband’s office on the second level where the modem is. With the second node positioned in the living room downstairs, the app confirmed that each node was receiving a strong signal. It took about 20 minutes to create the mesh Wi-Fi network with two nodes.

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Dead zones are reduced. The consistency of the speed is impressive. With mesh systems, speed fluctuates when a device is connected to an extension node, rather than directly to the main node. I saw this problem in my previous AirTies mesh. Before the upgrade, I was only getting 9-50 Mbps download speed. Sometimes no connection at all. With the Linksys Atlas Pro, my Apple ecosystem download speed ranged between 332 and 388 Mbps at 20 feet from the second node. I always wonder why I never get the real speed of 600 Mbps from my subscribed plan. But this is another story.

Globe At Home subscribers with a Unli Fiber 70Mbps plan and above can avail the Atlas Pro 6 AX 5400 Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (2-Pack) (MX5502) at the official online store for P1,099 per month for 24 months, which is billed on top of their bill. You can also get it for a one time payment of P19,995. I did not receive any response from the Globe store, so I ordered from the Linksys Philippines store on Shopee for P20,995, but with a discount, the final price was P20,045 with a three-year warranty. If you’re having connection issues for your video meetings or if many of your Wi-Fi-connected smart home devices are having trouble responding, consider a mesh networking system.


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