You may never have heard of Vilo, but other major issues aside, I think it’s a name you’ll be familiar with in the future. The company just announced a new mesh Wi-Fi system – a boring subject, except for one detail: the Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system costs just $ 20 per node (plus shipping) and $ 60. Dollars for a pack of three. It may not support the latest Wi-Fi specs, but that is a crazy Price.
Vilo’s mesh Wi-Fi system isn’t Wi-Fi 6E or Wi-Fi 6, just Wi-Fi 5 / ac, and it’s not the fastest router you can get, but for the price it has decent specs . Each node is designed to cover up to 1,500 square feet and supports WiFi speeds of up to 867 Mbps over 5 GHz and 300 Mbps over 2.4 GHz. These are theoretical highs, so the real numbers will certainly be lower with a number of devices on the network, but most of us don’t try to saturate a gigabit connection to a single point – and that’s just again $ 20 per node. For comparison: The highly rated eero 6 is rated at up to 500 Mbit / s and is $ 200 for a three-pack, not $ 60, although this model supports Wi-Fi 6, which has other advantages.
Vilo’s software is a little more limited when you come from something super powerful like DD-WRT, but it’s about the same for most user-friendly mesh systems. You can configure things like PPoE and static IP, and the app-based management makes it easy to see what devices are connected, set up parental controls or a guest network, or keep things up to date.
Another great benefit of the Vilo system is the set-up process, which is largely automated. Many (if not most) mesh systems require you to connect to and pair each node so that everyone can talk to each other, which is a bit of a hassle to connect to different temporary APs, but this is not the case with the Vilo. Once the primary is online, you basically just plug in the satellite units and they’ll see it and configure themselves. Granted, you should only do this once, but it’s the fastest setup process I’ve personally seen on a mesh system.
The physical design isn’t too flashy, although it is larger and taller than some mesh WiFi systems. That makes it a little harder to hide in sight (as you should for best performance – no cabinets or shelves). It also uses a barrel connector, not a Type-C port like some newer mesh systems do.
The port selection is pretty good: each satellite has three gigabit ethernet ports so you can plug in a couple of devices, although I’m not sure if all three will work as outputs or if one is a dedicated input, we’ll have to do a few extra ones Perform tests.
With that in mind, we are in the middle of a review of the villo right now so keep an eye out for our more detailed review but I have no problem setting out my preliminary thoughts. While we had a few issues with the early pre-release firmware, the company ironed out any issues I encountered in subsequent updates, and the performance was reasonably good in our limited testing so far.
The sale is now open at Vilo’s side, and shipping costs vary, but it starts on the steep side: $ 8 for a unit or $ 10 for the three-pack. Between the aggressive upfront price and the higher than expected shipping costs, we get some Wyze vibes. Keep an eye on our upcoming review to see how they play out.