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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."
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Bridge mode allows you to add your Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh WiFi System to an existing Wi-Fi. For example, if you have an existing router or modem router (gateway) and you want to continue using it as your router, you can add a Velop system to increase its Wi-Fi coverage.

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The dashboard should display Your Velop is in bridge mode to indicate that you have successfully set your Velop system to bridge mode. Once the node is in bridge mode, the primary node must always be connected via an ethernet cable to your existing router. The secondary nodes can be connected wirelessly or with an ethernet cable.

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.

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Jim,
if the coverage meets your requirements,
do you really have to disable bridge mode
and replace your existing router?

What would be the downside to leaving the
Velop in this bridge mode configuration?
 
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What would be the downside to leaving the
Velop in this bridge mode configuration?

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."
 
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What do Wi-Fi MAC Filters do?
 
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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


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What do Wi-Fi MAC Filters do?

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.
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A media access control address (MAC address) of a device is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (NIC) for communications at the data link layer of a network segment. MAC addresses are used as a network address for most IEEE 802 network technologies, including Ethernet and Wi-Fi (Wikipedia)

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.

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