At our meeting October 21, the question was asked,"Can I use VELOP Mesh networking with my existing router?"
According to Linksys Support the answer is "Yes."
The practical effect of this is that you can set up a VELOP Mesh and test it without altering your current router configuration. Then, if the coverage meets your requirements, you can disable bridge mode and replace your existing router.
Calvin says, "Backup Now, not after you lose your data."
First is more devices to manage.
Second is no fancy VELOP features "including Parental Controls, Device List, Speed Check, Device Prioritization, and Wi-Fi MAC Filters."
What do Wi-Fi MAC Filters do?
I left mine in bridge mode as my existing router was consistently faster than using the Velop as a router. I’ll try it again after the next firmware update
You can never go wrong by doing the right thing.
There are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who are about to — backup your Mac!
MAC address filters are used to limit access via WiFi, Ethernet, or other media to a particular connection point. By filtering for all MAC addresses of your equipment, you can keep other users off your network. (Until they discover and mimic an allowed MAC address.) It keeps out the lazy intruders.
Generally, using WiFi MAC address filters is excessive work for minimal benefit. Use of strong WPA2 (and soon WPA3) passwords provides much more robust access security.