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Affordable Linksys mesh router gets HomeKit support

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HomeKit integration adds security to Linksys' mesh router system.
HomeKit integration adds security to Linksys' mesh router system.
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Linksys has rolled out support for Apple’s smart-home platform, HomeKit, in a firmware update for its flagship  affordable Wi-Fi router system. Now users can enjoy high-speed internet access throughout the house with a little extra peace of mind.

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The company said Wednesday that its Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System, also called the Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Tri-Band, will integrate with HomeKit for the first time since the hardware came out in late 2020.

The Linksys mesh router system is designed to deliver fast internet access over an area up to 8,100 square feet, supporting up to 120 devices.

Linksys mesh router with added security of HomeKit control

The integration adds a layer of security to smart home accessories. It enables a great degree of control over them and their in-home and internet communications. The user just sets some parameters using the Home app on iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Using a router integrated with HomeKit, users can dictate smart home accessories’ level of access to the network. That is, they can set devices for local, in-home communications only, if they want. Or, they can allow communications with approved servers online for software updates and other functions. Or they can allow total network access.

That level of control can help ensure some device on the network doesn’t become the entry point of a hack.

You can pick up the Linksys mesh router system for $249 for one node, or $449 for three nodes.

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