We were very taken with the strong performance and ease of use of Linksys’ Velop AX4200 tri-band mesh system. The new Atlas Pro 6 is therefore intended as a more affordable option for people who want to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6. Its top speed of 5.4 Gbps is even higher than the Velop’s 4.2 Gbps, although the price is kept down by opting for dual-band Wi-Fi 6 rather than the Velop’s more expensive tri-band option.
Linksys states that the tri-band Velop is the better option for homes with many connected devices – i.e. 30 or more – but for most homes, the dual-band Atlas Pro 6 still provides the performance needed. Somewhat confusingly, Linksys has dropped the Velop name for this model, although the Atlas Pro 6 looks just like all the other Velop models, with the same white mini-tower design.
The three routers are identical, 185mm tall and 86.5mm wide and deep, so they’re small enough to fit on any shelf or table. Each router has five internal antennas to ensure good Wi-Fi signal transmission, as well as four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back. One of these Ethernet ports can be used to connect the router to an existing broadband modem or router, while the other three can be used for a wired network connection for devices like laptops or gaming consoles.
The Linksys app is easy to use and offers useful features such as the ability to set up a guest network and prioritize up to three devices that need smooth and reliable Wi-Fi performance, such as a game console or smart TV. You can pause Internet access for each device when you want to gather the kids for dinner, and create a schedule to limit kids’ Internet access to specific times during the day.
The first router to connect to your existing modem or router is called the “parent node”, while the other routers are “child nodes”. All you need to do is create an account name and password to protect your settings within the app, and then create a name and password for your new mesh Wi-Fi network.