Getting 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 most recent ax customary, also called Wi-Fi 6. That’s not an enormous deal contemplating you could improve all of your units to allow Wi-Fi 6, however it could’ve been a pleasant addition for future-proofing. Security-wise, it does not use the most recent WPA3 protocol, however WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) as a substitute. Like Wi-Fi 6, WPA3 remains to be comparatively new, so this is not shocking. But it does make passwords tougher to crack and connections to units with out screens simpler and safer, so it’s an improve you ideally need.
Each router has 4 inner antennas and helps multiuser, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO), which permits it to raised deal with a number of units connecting to the router concurrently. There’s additionally beamforming to focus the wi-fi sign towards units.
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 machine, however each seem as the identical community identify. This can create issues when establishing sensible dwelling units. My Nanoleaf light panels, for instance, join solely to 2.4 GHz but additionally want the cellphone that’s setting them as much as be related to the identical band. Thankfully, Vilo permits you to toggle band steering off, so you may break up the bands, which I did briefly to arrange just a few units 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 a fantastic job of spreading accessible 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 app is slick, however it may be gradual to load or replace after you make modifications. Sometimes it takes a couple of minutes to replace with the present standing. Even after you’ve efficiently modified one thing, it will possibly take some time to indicate up accurately.
During setup, to keep away from reconnecting my multitude sensible dwelling units, I deliberate to provide the Vilo system the identical identify and password as my earlier Wi-Fi community. Unfortunately, it refused to just accept the password and did not work. The excellent news is that this turned out to be a bug the corporate swiftly mounted by way of a firmware replace.
There’s additionally no method to pressure a connection to a particular router. This isn’t often an issue, as a result of units hook up with the closest choice for the very best velocity, however my desktop PC saved 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 sometimes connects to the router upstairs.
Since the corporate is so new, it is regular to see just a few kinks like this, nevertheless it’s good to see Vilo lively at addressing them shortly. Hopefully, that continues all through the router’s shelf life.