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Vilo Mesh Router Overview: Dust Low cost and Dependable

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Moving into the weeds of its specs for a minute, the Vilo routers assist IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. There’s no assist for the newest ax customary, also called Wi-Fi 6. That is not an enormous deal contemplating you must improve all of your gadgets to allow Wi-Fi 6, however it might’ve been a pleasant addition for future-proofing. Safety-wise, it would not use the newest WPA3 protocol, however WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Entry 2) as a substitute. Like Wi-Fi 6, WPA3 remains to be comparatively new, so this is not stunning. Nevertheless it does make passwords more durable to crack and connections to gadgets with out screens simpler and safer, so it’s an improve you ideally need. 

Every router has 4 inner antennas and helps multiuser, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO), which permits it to raised deal with a number of gadgets connecting to the router concurrently. There’s additionally beamforming to focus the wi-fi sign towards gadgets. 

The Vilo system has band steering turned on by default, which suggests it picks the band (2.4 GHz or 5GHz) it thinks is suitable for every gadget, however each seem as the identical community title. This could create issues when establishing good house gadgets. My Nanoleaf mild panels, for instance, join solely to 2.4 GHz but in addition want the telephone that’s setting them as much as be linked to the identical band. Fortunately, Vilo means that you can toggle band steering off, so you possibly can break up the bands, which I did quickly to arrange just a few gadgets earlier than turning it on once more.

Your mileage will fluctuate relying in your setup. The limitation for me is the web velocity coming into my home, however the Vilo system does an incredible job of spreading out there bandwidth, and I haven’t had any random disconnections in three weeks of testing. That’s to not say I haven’t had any points.

The Catch

The app is slick, however it may be gradual to load or replace after you make modifications. Generally it takes a couple of minutes to replace with the present standing. Even after you’ve efficiently modified one thing, it might take some time to point out up accurately. 

Throughout setup, to keep away from reconnecting my multitude good house gadgets, I deliberate to offer the Vilo system the identical title and password as my earlier Wi-Fi community. Sadly, it refused to simply accept the password and did not work. The excellent news is that this turned out to be a bug the corporate swiftly fastened by way of a firmware replace.

There’s additionally no solution to power a connection to a particular router. This isn’t normally an issue, as a result of gadgets connect with the closest possibility for the absolute best velocity, however my desktop PC stored connecting to a router farther away on the two.4-GHz band as a substitute of the closest on the 5-GHz band like I’d anticipate. A firmware replace improved this too, although it nonetheless often connects to the router upstairs. 

Because the firm is so new, it is regular to see just a few kinks like this, nevertheless it’s good to see Vilo energetic at addressing them rapidly. Hopefully, that continues all through the router’s shelf life.   

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