Apple Adds New Products to Online Store, Including Linksys Velop Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Routers With HomeKit Support

Apple recently added several new products and accessories to its online store, including the Linksys Velop AX4200 mesh Wi-Fi 6 system, with one node priced at $249.95, a two-pack priced at $399.95, and a three-pack priced at $499.95.

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Mesh technology offers whole home Wi-Fi coverage that is easily expandable by adding additional nodes, with Wi-Fi 6 offering faster speeds with lower latency compared to Wi-Fi 5, which was previously known as 802.11ac. HomeKit support, which rolled out with a software update last week, allows the AX4200 nodes to be managed through the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, complete with improved network security options.

Apple is also now selling Logitech's trackpad/keyboard case for the fourth-generation iPad Air, with key features including Smart Connector pairing, an adjustable kickstand, auto-adjusting backlit keys, and a cutout for charging the second-generation Apple Pencil without removing the case. The keyboard is available in gray for $199.95.

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Nanoleaf, known for its range of smart lighting panels, recently launched new HomeKit-enabled "Elements Wood Look" hexagon lights with a wood grain veneer designed to offer a more natural lighting experience that blends in better with home decor and creates a cozy ambiance in the room. Apple is now carrying these lights for $299.95.

Other accessories added to Apple's online store include various protective cases and sleeves for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and AirPods Pro, as well as Belkin's wall-mounted Wemo Stage Scene Controller that allows you to control smart lights, shades, thermostats, door locks and other HomeKit-enabled accessories.

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bag99001 Avatar
6 days ago at 09:40 am
Why the heck doesn't Apple buy TP-Link or Linksys or something and rebrand this as airport devices? I loved my Airport Extreme...so much easier to configure and reliable than the other routers at the time. They could totally charge "Apple Prices" for this too and most would willingly pay if the support and easy of use is there (maybe that is the issue! Routers are "tricky")?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BGPL Avatar
6 days ago at 09:47 am
I'm still running multiple Airport Extremes (wifi 5, 802.11ac) that are sharing from Ethernet.... and I never drop off and as long as they are faster than my Internet connection, I won't be updating. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nycgeo Avatar
6 days ago at 12:57 pm

[IMG width="251px"]https://images.macrumors.com/images-new/macrumorsthreadlogo@3x.png[/IMG] ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/07/19/apple-online-store-whats-new-july-2021/')

Apple recently added several new products and accessories ('https://www.apple.com/shop/accessories/all/whats-new?page=1&s=newest') to its online store, including the Linksys Velop AX4200 mesh Wi-Fi 6 system, with one node priced at $249.95 ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HPN22LL/A/linksys-velop-ax4200-wifi-6-mesh-system'), a two-pack priced at $399.95, and a three-pack priced at $499.95.



Mesh technology offers whole home Wi-Fi coverage that is easily expandable by adding additional nodes, with Wi-Fi 6 offering faster speeds with lower latency compared to Wi-Fi 5, which was previously known as 802.11ac. HomeKit support, which rolled out with a software update last week ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/07/14/linksys-velop-ax4200-homekit-support/'), allows the AX4200 nodes to be managed through the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, complete with improved network security ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210544') options.

Apple is also now selling Logitech's trackpad/keyboard case for the fourth-generation iPad Air ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/06/24/logitech-combo-touch-keyboard-4th-gen-ipad-air/'), with key features including Smart Connector pairing, an adjustable kickstand, auto-adjusting backlit keys, and a cutout for charging the second-generation Apple Pencil without removing the case. The keyboard is available in gray for $199.95 ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HPNF2ZM/A/logitech-combo-touch-keyboard-case-with-trackpad-for-ipad-air-4th-generation').



Nanoleaf, known for its range of smart lighting panels, recently launched new HomeKit-enabled "Elements Wood Look" hexagon lights ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/06/03/nanoleaf-elements-smart-lighting-panels/') with a wood grain veneer designed to offer a more natural lighting experience that blends in better with home decor and creates a cozy ambiance in the room. Apple is now carrying these lights for $299.95 ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HPPM2ZM/A/nanoleaf-elements-wood-look-hexagons').

Other accessories added to Apple's online store include various protective cases and sleeves for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and AirPods Pro, as well as Belkin's wall-mounted Wemo Stage Scene Controller ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HPPN2LL/A/belkin-wemo-stage-scene-controller') that allows you to control smart lights, shades, thermostats, door locks and other HomeKit-enabled accessories.

Article Link: Apple Adds New Products to Online Store, Including Linksys Velop Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Routers With HomeKit Support ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/07/19/apple-online-store-whats-new-july-2021/')
The AX4200 routers *DO NOT SUPPORT HOMEKIT*!!! I have tried multiple times, even resetting the routers completely after the updates (supplied by Linksys) and it consistently tells me I "need to reboot the routers" and no, thats not it!

Linksys needs to get back to work on this one, and dont hype features that dont work!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
6 days ago at 12:58 pm

The AX4200 routers *DO NOT SUPPORT HOMEKIT*!!! I have tried multiple times, even resetting the routers completely after the updates (supplied by Linksys) and it consistently tells me I "need to reboot the routers" and no, thats not it!

Linksys needs to get back to work on this one, and dont hype features that dont work!
Maybe this is why Apple dropped out of routers.
It's too frustrating to support HomeKit correctly!

Who makes Homekit?

Oh....crap..
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
6 days ago at 09:35 am

Going to be needing this Wifi-Router for iPhone 13. WIFI 6E. But it's so expensive :(
Those routers aren't 6e
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scaramoosh Avatar
6 days ago at 09:36 am
I had these routers and they kept randomly restarting all the time... I put a fan on them and they stopped doing it :/ So obviously overheating, their forums have so many people complaining about it..... build a fan in them next time Linksys.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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