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Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System

Offering exceptional speed, coverage, and capacity, the Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System is the next generation of WiFi. This WiFi router/extender combines Velop's Intelligent Mesh technology with WiFi 6 to deliver true gigabit WiFi speeds-up to 5.3 Gbps-to every corner of your home, including outdoor areas. Capable of sending and receiving multiple streams of data simultaneously, WiFi 6 has four times the capacity of WiFi 5 technology. The Linksys Velop MX5 system can handle as many as 50 devices, so laptops, televisions, smart-home systems, and more can all operate simultaneously with ease. Featuring BSS technology, this WiFi router/extender minimizes congestion by eliminating interference from nearby wireless networks in order to deliver a strong, clear wireless signal to your home. The MX5 is part of Velop's modular system, which means increasing your coverage is as simple as adding another node. And with the Linksys App, setting up your system is fast and easy, so you can enjoy the next evolution of WiFi in a matter of minutes.

Makes Your Current WiFi Feel Like Dial-Up

WiFi 6 technology delivers true gigabit speeds throughout your entire home, with up to 5.3 Gbps and 12-stream connectivity. Next-generation OFDMA (orthogonal frequency-division multiple access) increases efficiency in high-density scenarios, delivering high-speed WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously.

Woman enjoying WiFi in her liviing room
Diagram of Velop node providing WiFi coverage to the entire home

Increased Coverage Range

Velop's Intelligent Mesh Technology, combined with WiFi 6, delivers gigabit WiFi speeds to every corner of your home, including outdoor areas.

Supports Even the Biggest WiFi Hoarders

With 4x the capacity of WiFi 5, WiFi 6 provides enough bandwidth for as many as 50 devices. And MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology allows downloads and uploads on eight devices simultaneously.

Man on his laptop with speed blur effect

Eliminates Interference from Nearby Networks

WiFi 6 BSS (Basic Service Set) Coloring technology eliminates interference from nearby WiFi networks, so you always have a strong, clear signal for all your devices.

Advanced Security

Safeguard your network with wireless WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access 2) encryption and an SPI (stateful packet inspection) firewall.

Three quarter view of the Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System
Back of the Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System

USB and Ethernet Ports Offer Versatile Connectivity

Equipped with four Gigabit-Ethernet ports, the MX5 supports wired connections up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet. And thanks to the ultra-fast USB 3.0 port, you can easily connect shared storage devices.

Backed By 3-Year Limited Warranty and Tech Support

Velop is backed by both a three-year warranty and a three-year tech support guarantee. This premium level of support also includes a dedicated phone support line.


Linksys Smart Wi-Fi


With the Linksys App, you can closely monitor and manage your home WiFi remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

  • Parental Controls: Ensure a safe Internet experience for your kids--even when you're away from home. Reduce online distractions during homework, family or dinnertime. Restrict access to inappropriate or distracting content, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the Internet.
  • Guest Access: Generate a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password via text.
  • Device Prioritization: Prioritize devices that need the most speed.

A WiFi Mesh Network in Minutes

Velop creates an efficient mesh WiFi network with all Internet-service-provider-supplied equipment and speeds. The simple, app-based setup will guide you through the process in minutes.

Step 1 Download the Linksys App

Download the Linksys App

Linksys App on iOS Get Linksys App on Google Play
Step 2 Connect to your modem

Connect to your modem

Step 3 Name your WiFi & create password

Name your WiFi & create password

Step 3 Place nodes throughout your home

Place nodes throughout your home


Technical Specs
  • Wi-Fi Technology:
    AX5300 MU-MIMO Tri-Band Gigabit, 1147+2402+1733 Mbps
  • Key Features:
    • Easy Setup Easy Setup
    • 4x Better Performance than an AC Router
    • Tri-Band Dynamic Backhaul
    • 4x4 MU-MIMO
    • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
    • Next-Gen OFDMA Technology
    • Advanced Security
    • USB 3.0 Port
    • Control from the App
    • Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Network Standards:
    • 802.11a
    • 802.11b
    • 802.11g
    • WiFi 4 (802.11n)
    • WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
    • WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Wi-Fi Speed:
    AX5300 (1147+2402+1733 Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi Bands:
    2.4 GHz + 5GHz (x2)
  • Wi-Fi Range:
    Large Homes
  • Number of Ethernet Ports:
    • 1 Gigabit WAN
    • 4 Gigabit LAN
  • Other Ports:
    • USB 3.0
    • Power
  • Antennas:
  • Processor:
    2.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Memory:
    Flash: 512MB; RAM: 1GB
  • Wireless Encryption:
    up to 128-bit
  • Easy Setup:
    • Simple and secured App based set-up
    • Required for set-up: (1) Internet connection with Modem. (2) Mobile device with Android 4.4 or iOS 9 and higher, Bluetooth preferred.
  • Dimensions (LxWxH):
    4.5" x 4.5" x 9.6"
  • Weight:
    3.5 lbs
  • Security Features:
    • WPA2
    • WPA2 / WPA3 Mixed Mode
  • Power Supply:
    Input: 100-240V, 50-60Hz; Output: 12V/4A
Rated 1 out of 5 by from FRUSTRATED!!!! MX5 arrived 11/22/19. Installed and since that time has had intermittent connection. Performed ALL trouble shooting and still issue. Called Linksys Support - call back took over an hour of waiting - only to be told they don't support the MX5 and was transferred. After being on hold 1 hour 38 minutes, hung up. What a waste of time!!!! Returning this piece of JUNK and going back to my old router that has MUCH better signal strength, coverage, and connectivity and doesn't cost and arm and a leg!!!!
Date published: 2019-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy setup and good features Connecting and setup of router was easy! Have the router for about 3 weeks and it has been extremly easy to add new systems to the network. Easy to view connections and users attached to network. I've been having issues with phone coverage around the house. It appears I will need to add one or two devices to get better reception for my 2100 square foot home. Need to try two to three devices to see if that helps.
Date published: 2019-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Looking Router I received a single Velop MX5 AX5300 from Linksys in return for an honest review. Here are my findings: Pros: I like the design. It is aesthetically appealing and goes well with the family room décor. There is no array of blinking lights, just a single LED whose color indicates the status. Setup was fairly easy with no big surprises except that a smartphone or tablet is the preferred device for setup. There is a web interface available which I used after the initial setup. The device to router speeds along with better range are a welcome improvement over my old Wi-Fi router. Cons: There are a few things I like to do in terms of network management. I have about 30 home automation devices (plugs, light switches, personal assistants, etc.) which I prefer to be on a separate network. With my old router, I accomplished this by setting up a second guest network to segregate these devices and I specified this network to operate on the 2.4GHz band. The MX5 allows only a single guest network and one cannot specify what band(s) it is allowed to operate on. With the web based app, the Icon and Device Name can be changed for easy identification of devices on the non-guest network. However, neither one can be changed on the guest network. This makes identifying my 30 home automation devices nearly impossible when using the web interface. All you get are things like “Network Device” along with a generic Icon. Oddly, using the Android mobile app, the guest network Icon can be changed but still cannot change the device name. When the Icon is changed using the mobile app, the change appears in the web app. Go figure. A call to the Linksys customer service confirmed this functionality is correct!? There is no backup and restore function for the router settings. The mobile app for managing the router is a bit buggy in places but functions properly for the most part. Final Thoughts: I would like to see an option for a black colored one. This would fit my décor even better. On the first day of operation after I completed my setup, all of my home automation devices dropped offline within an hour. Rebooting the router brought them back online but they dropped offline again a little while later. I rebooted the router once again to bring them back online but within an hour, they all dropped offline again. At that point, I reverted back to my old router. My experience with devices dropping offline seem to be shared by many on the Linksys Community support page. I think I will wait for a few firmware update cycles along with some indication that the devices dropping offline problem has been fixed. At that point I will give it another try.
Date published: 2019-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Router Yet I received this router about a week ago. Before setting up this router, I used my cell phone and did speed tests all around my house and also outside in my yard. I then set this router up and did the same speed tests in the same locations. WOW...I couldn't believe on how much better this router performs than the old one. I thought the old router was doing fantastic, but this new one totally blew my mind. Even wired, it out performs my old router. This router covers my entire house and also my yard. I have never had a router that performed this good. I don't have any products that will connect at the AX speed, but that doesn't matter, this router outdoes any other router I have ever had, even before the AX devices start being popular. When they say Whole Home, they really mean Whole Home and outside too. Thank You Linksys for building such awesome products...They are totally worth the money.
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best extender This is a great product.i have gigabit internet 20 + devices and now everyone in the household has superfast connections. I would recommend at least 2 units for a bigger house. Its important to follow online instructions for a seamless setup
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! I have had an Apple Airport Extreme for years but didn't have a good signal in my backyard. The Linksys system gives me a GREAT signal everywhere including down the block.
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very advanced WPA3 and WiFi 6 ready Pros: 1. Stable 2. Solid build 3. Familiar GUI 4. Simple Setup (minor hickup) Cons: 1. Size 2. No Status lights except 1 RGB ontop 4. WPA3/WPA2 Mixed mode doesn't play well with WPA2 devices. 5. Gigabit Ethernet only (it supports 5.3 Gbps wirelessly but only 1 Gbps over Ethernet? When I unpacked the MX5 AX5300 ROUTER I was impressed with how solid and heavy it felt! It was a bit to talk to sit where my WRT1900acs was I have to find it a new home because of it's size! It seems to have to sit vertical for cooling, I had issues with putting it in WPA2/WPA3 mixed mode my devices only hit 40-50 Meg's in WPA2/3 Mixed mode in WPA2 they hit 200-250 Meg's!! I don't think the new WPA3 Standard is ready for prime time! There are no Devices I Know of that support WPA3 WiFi 6 yet becides a few routers? That will change soon it's good to be ready!! I think Linksys will fix the speed issue with the mixed mode soon with a firmware update! The lack of 10 Gigabit Ethernet is a drawback since the 5.3 Gbps is only between wireless devices! When we have faster Internet this will be a bottleneck. Becides the size and lack it lights for the ports I love it!
Date published: 2019-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Lag time! Was easy setup and when my family watches streaming services now there is no lag time for program to load.
Date published: 2019-11-25
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*As compared to client devices connecting to an AC 2x2 router that does not support 160 Mhz.