Belkin rolls out HomeKit support to Linksys Velop Tri-Band mesh routers

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in General Discussion edited September 2020
Belkin has finally started to roll out a firmware update for its line of Linksys Velop Tri-Band mesh routers that enables support for HomeKit, allowing users to closely manage which devices can communicate with the wider Internet.

The Linksys Velop app will show if HomeKit is enabled for the router.
The Linksys Velop app will show if HomeKit is enabled for the router.


Rolling out to Linksys Velop Tri-Band mesh routers, the update aims to make the already secure HomeKit smart home platform even more secure, by managing access. Belkin confirmed HomeKit support was arriving on Tuesday, with a phased rollout taking place across the United States with a limited number of users, before a later rollout to other territories.

Specifically, the update allows users to manage the communications of HomeKit-enabled devices across the network, including whether they can access the Internet or if they are limited to just the home network itself. This also includes being able to firewall HomeKit accessories to prevent them from communicating with other Wi-Fi devices on the home network.

Users will see the support enabled within the Velop iOS and iPadOS app once the router has been updated. Users will have to give permission for Linksys to use Apple Home data to connect with HomeKit-enabled accessories.

Belkin has been relatively slow to bring out updates for its Velop router line that enable HomeKit support. In February, it was claimed to be preparing to issue updates to a small number of routers, but the then-imminent release was denied by Belkin.

Linksys Velop routers compatible with HomeKit

  • A03
  • A0301
  • A0302
  • A0303
  • WHW0301
  • WHW0301B
  • WHW0302
  • WHW0302B
  • WHW0303
  • WHW0303B

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Now if they could only get them to work properly... Mine were so plagued with issues I ended up throwing them in the trash.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    I had our first version replaced under manufacturer warranty and the second edition replacement appears to be working fine
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Scot1 said:
    I had our first version replaced under manufacturer warranty and the second edition replacement appears to be working fine
    Was that the tri-band? I had bought it based on glowing reviews that rated it the best around. Worked OK for a couple of years, with nodes randomly dropping off occasionally. One day it just conked out. Out of warranty of course. I will never buy Linksys again that’s for sure.
    MacQuadra840avwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Now if they could only get them to work properly... Mine were so plagued with issues I ended up throwing them in the trash.
    Totally!  I had the 3-node Velop and the WiFi range was not that great for an 1,800 sq foot two-story house.  Routinely dropping nodes and having to reboot the system.  Their app was lousy and the only way you could really configure it was by using the web interface.  So HomeKit won't add any value.

    I sold mine after about 6 months and replaced it with the far superior Netgear Orbi.  I was able to get the Costco version with the 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports on each node.  The Netgear uses a separate band for the nodes to communicate, unlike the Linksys that mixes it in with regular internet traffic.  My streaming devices are wired Ethernet to the nodes for much faster performance, eliminating each device's built-in Wi-Fi.  I get much better and stronger range with the Netgear.  I would not recommend the Linksys to anyone.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Comment Section: “Lets b***tch about how terrible (we think) Velops are” 

    3 Velops here and never have issues. 

    Talking about the actual subject: It’s good that they finally implemented HomeKit I thought they abandoned the project after a few months without news. 

    Now HomeKit support from the router is just 1 part then the accessory manufacturers have to assigned the websites the accessories will communicate with. If they dont includes these websites then HomeKit at the router will mean nothing (unless you used restricted mode to hub only) so far my smart home accessories that have updated the websites the accessories can communicate with are Phillips Hue, Belkin (Wemo plugs).

    Eufy, Eve and Logitech not so much in order to secure those you have to use restricted mode in stead of automatic. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 11
    @Apple_Bar, everyone has a right to post their opinion. 

    I have not yet invested in a mesh router. I opted for the Netgear Nighthawk instead. However, I will soon be looking into setting up a good WiFi network and if that needs a mesh network, the opinions posted here about Linksys help me in getting a perspective. 

    watto_cobracommand_f
  • Reply 7 of 11
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 439member, editor
    Apple_Bar said:
    Comment Section: “Lets b***tch about how terrible (we think) Velops are” 

    3 Velops here and never have issues. 

    Talking about the actual subject: It’s good that they finally implemented HomeKit I thought they abandoned the project after a few months without news. 

    Now HomeKit support from the router is just 1 part then the accessory manufacturers have to assigned the websites the accessories will communicate with. If they dont includes these websites then HomeKit at the router will mean nothing (unless you used restricted mode to hub only) so far my smart home accessories that have updated the websites the accessories can communicate with are Phillips Hue, Belkin (Wemo plugs).

    Eufy, Eve and Logitech not so much in order to secure those you have to use restricted mode in stead of automatic. 
    I'm kind of shocked too. Ive been using the Tri-Band since launch without any issue. And that includes stacking them up against the Ubiquit, Eero, Netgear, Synology, and other mesh routers I've tested. I actually run two networks in my home, one with the standard tri-band then the new WI-FI 6 mesh.
    watto_cobracommand_f
  • Reply 8 of 11
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 2,939member
    Apple_Bar said:
    Comment Section: “Lets b***tch about how terrible (we think) Velops are” 

    3 Velops here and never have issues. 

    Talking about the actual subject: It’s good that they finally implemented HomeKit I thought they abandoned the project after a few months without news. 

    Now HomeKit support from the router is just 1 part then the accessory manufacturers have to assigned the websites the accessories will communicate with. If they dont includes these websites then HomeKit at the router will mean nothing (unless you used restricted mode to hub only) so far my smart home accessories that have updated the websites the accessories can communicate with are Phillips Hue, Belkin (Wemo plugs).

    Eufy, Eve and Logitech not so much in order to secure those you have to use restricted mode in stead of automatic. 
    I'm kind of shocked too. Ive been using the Tri-Band since launch without any issue. And that includes stacking them up against the Ubiquit, Eero, Netgear, Synology, and other mesh routers I've tested. I actually run two networks in my home, one with the standard tri-band then the new WI-FI 6 mesh.
    Dang! Streaming party at Andrew’s house!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Tri-Band Velops work fine here. Solved the not-spots from when I was using AirPort Extreme (now honourably retired). You do need to think about placement so that there is a decent WiFi propagation path between the units, then they each offer a whole new WiFi bubble. That said, I put them where I wanted them and they reported that to be fine so they're not exactly finicky.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 439member, editor
    MplsP said:
    Apple_Bar said:
    Comment Section: “Lets b***tch about how terrible (we think) Velops are” 

    3 Velops here and never have issues. 

    Talking about the actual subject: It’s good that they finally implemented HomeKit I thought they abandoned the project after a few months without news. 

    Now HomeKit support from the router is just 1 part then the accessory manufacturers have to assigned the websites the accessories will communicate with. If they dont includes these websites then HomeKit at the router will mean nothing (unless you used restricted mode to hub only) so far my smart home accessories that have updated the websites the accessories can communicate with are Phillips Hue, Belkin (Wemo plugs).

    Eufy, Eve and Logitech not so much in order to secure those you have to use restricted mode in stead of automatic. 
    I'm kind of shocked too. Ive been using the Tri-Band since launch without any issue. And that includes stacking them up against the Ubiquit, Eero, Netgear, Synology, and other mesh routers I've tested. I actually run two networks in my home, one with the standard tri-band then the new WI-FI 6 mesh.
    Dang! Streaming party at Andrew’s house!
    With fiber and 5 nodes I better be able to stream that crispy 4K HDR content with ease!
    tnet-primary
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Scot1 said:
    I had our first version replaced under manufacturer warranty and the second edition replacement appears to be working fine
    Was that the tri-band? I had bought it based on glowing reviews that rated it the best around. Worked OK for a couple of years, with nodes randomly dropping off occasionally. One day it just conked out. Out of warranty of course. I will never buy Linksys again that’s for sure.
    Yes it was the tri-band and one important thing I learned was to create one Wi-Fi network and let the smart devices figure out whether it was the 5G or 2.4 G. The only device that hasn’t worked well is my Ecobee for which I was told I needed a guest network (Tec from ecobee) meaning  2.4g end it would not automatically connect to the tri-band otherwise. 
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