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Linksys EA6500 Dual Band AC1750 Gigabit Wireless Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • Up to 1.75Gbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2 USB ports to simultaneously share printers and storage
  • Access and optimize your home network from anywhere through a mobile app or browser
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Model

Brand
Linksys
Model
EA6500

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Security
64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Ports
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 1.75Gbps
Modulation
802.11b: CCK, QPSK, BPSK
802.11g: OFDM

802.11a: OFDM

802.11n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
6 total, 3 internal antennas per each 2.4GHz & 5GHz radio band
Receiver Sensitivity
2.4 GHz:
802.11b: -87 dBm maximum @ 11 Mbps
802.11g: -77 dBm maximum @ 54 Mbps
802.11n (20 MHz): -70 dBm maximum @ MCS23
802.11n (40 MHz): -66 dBm maximum @ MCS23

5 GHz:
802.11a: -74 dBm maximum @ 54 Mbps
802.11n 20 MHz: -67 dBm maximum @ MCS23
802.11n 40 MHz: -64 dBm maximum @ MCS23
802.11ac 80MHz: -51 dBm maximum @ MCS9
Interface
USB 2.0
Power Adapter
12V, 3.5A
Wireless Adapter included
No
System Requirements
PC: Wi-Fi enabled PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, or Windows 7

Mac: Wi-Fi enabled Mac with CD or DVD drive, running OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or later, or Lion 10.7 or later

Web Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, or Firefox 8 or Chrome

HD/3D Video Streaming: Requires a minimum of 100 Mbps transfer speed, actual performance may vary
Dimensions
10.08" x 7.25" x 1.58"
Weight
17.67 oz.
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 80%

Features

Features
Latest Draft 802.11ac Wireless Technology

Backward Compatible with a/b/g/n Devices

Simultaneous Dual-Band

Ultimate Speeds - Up to 450 + 1300 Mbps

High Power Amplifiers for Ultimate Range

SpeedBoost Technology for Increased Signal Strength

WPA2 Encryption and SPI Firewall

Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Ports

2 USB Ports to Simultaneously Share Printers and Storage

3D Antenna Array Allows for Wall Mounted or Table Top Display

DLNA Certified Media Server

Quality of Service (QoS) for Smoother HD Video

IPv6 Enabled

SimpleTap Technology-Add Wi-Fi and NFC-Enabled Devices to Your Network.

Packaging

Package Contents
Linksys EA6500 Dual-Band AC Router with Gigabit and 2xUSB
CD-ROM with Setup Software and Resources
Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
SimpleTap Card

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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3 out of 5 eggsDecent Router, Pricey, Nothing Exciting

Pros: I appreciate that most modern routers are not setting their default passwords for all devices to something generic (e.g. blank, or password), and some even set the default network to something non-standard. In this case, the network name and default password, as well as the administrator's default password are all different across the product line. Points to Linksys for that.

Performance of the router was decent, not exceptional, but nothing to complain about. It's average among its peers that I've tested, which means unless it has over the top features I would expect to pay the average price of comparable routers.

The best thing I can say about this router is that it worked fine during the time I tested it. That is, it never hung up, I never had to reset the router. It just worked. I haven't been able to say the same for some competing products.

The device is stylish, though the design may not be for everyone. Since it is wide and flat it requires a larger footprint than other 'tower' style devices. However, it is mountable.

Cons: I find the feature set (configuration options) to be very limited. A guest network can only be setup on the 2.4 GHz band. And you can't change the name, it just appends "-guest" to the name of your 2.4 GHz network. And the access is Open, anyone can connect to it and then when they open a browser they get taken to a webpage where they type in the password. I personally hate this kind of security. Always have. But it was reinforced recently when I had to deal with it at a long hotel stay - the constant dropping and having to re-open a browser and never knowing if I was really connected or not drove me nuts. Because of the Guest network limitations - stuck on the 2.4 GHz band, inability to rename, and the poor & goofy security, I almost took off another egg.

I could not get the admin screens to work in IE 11. Worked fine in Chrome, just not IE. To me this isn't a deal breaker, but I think any company whose admin capabilities break in any one of IE, Chrome, Firefox or Safari is asking for problems.

Other Thoughts: If you do some additional research on this router you'll find it got off to a very rocky start. It appears with some of the later firmware updates Linksys finally stabilized the device. I checked for updates until it stopped reporting any and in the end was at 1.1.40.153731.

Still, though they may have stabilized it, they did not manage to make the overall performance anything to get excited about. It also appears this router has been discontinued and replaced by a more recent version. (It was previously showing on NewEgg as discontinued, I see that it is now available via other sellers. Maybe the stock just fluctuates.)

One touted feature is cloud configuration - "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account". I see arguments at times about helping parents / friends by being able to manage their router remotely. Personally I think if you have that many problems you need a new router. And it seems like most of the time I need to help someone with their network it's because there's no access at all. But perhaps it's worth it to you for the occasional instance when you need it.

Also, Linksys promotes their tap to connect, NFC feature. To me it's more of a hassle than it's worth to use. First you have to download an app to your device, and then use that to configure it with the router. The feature definitely feels like a first attempt with little added value, but maybe we'll see this grow into something more useful in subsequent generations.

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  • Chris G.
  • 4/6/2014 9:30:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSTAY AWAY!!!

Pros: 802.11 a/b/g/n and AC good speeds when i works.

Cons: cisco "cloud interface" Needs a ton of work! Need much better offline support. Need a way to restore the device though usb stick. also there support information for all there products is a mess on there website. I will buy another one but just not the ea6000 series

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Other Thoughts: My router updated one day and it failed to install the update. I found this out by not connecting to web meeting I had to in 15min. When i went to go restore the device it would not be found by the setup manger. So then I tried to log in locally could not do that either. At this point this is very odd for a router. so I ping the router with a loopback address. that did not work either. When you get no response from the loop back. your router is done. i also tried the default gate way same thing. I love cisco But i will never buy anything ever again with there cloud management. This is coming from a guy that use meraki cloud management every day at work.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat range router for high end users

Pros: Integrates latest technologies into a single box/router
including n, ac protocols and 2.4Ghz & 2.5Ghz bands
I like the new design with the silver color in the middle
2x USB ports for printing and my external HDD
mobile app support for my Android phone
great range on the antennae during my testing
DLNA certified device which is great for streaming with my Samsung Android Phone
larger than other Linksys routers I've used but still small enough meaning it can be easily hidden from view
It only got warm to the touch and doesn't run too hot like other routers I've had before
Easy setup as usual with LInksys routers
Used as a media server point, which worked out great!

Cons: does not support USB 3.0...why?
so much bad reviews, also another why?
Limited warranty on such an expensive product
Bad apps
I don't like to create accounts via included or bundled software to log in to the router
FIRMWARE NEEDS TO BE UPDATED!!
I especially disliked the bulky power adapter!
For the price, although it did go very far, I'd expected the wifi signal to go further than what I tested

Other Thoughts: I spent more time on this router because of all the bad reviews its been getting. I wanted to find out if it was user fault or equipment fault.

As usual, the setup was pretty straight forward and easy to get set up. I liked that the router came with 2 USB ports (which I think should be a standard from now on) but unfortunately, they are NOT 3.0 compatible....why?

In regards to wireless wifi, in my tests, they were on par with my other high end wireless routers with distance but fell a little short when it came to going through multiple walls. My office where I have my PC is just roughly 10 feet away, but has 2 thick walls in between. I was only able to get 3-4 bars MAX instead of the full 5 bars I would get with even lower end Linksys routers. Why, I don't know.

Another issue a lot of users are reporting are the wifi dropping out on them. I also encountered this problem on my PC and my laptop a couple of times but after updating the firmware, it only did it once a week for the next two weeks. I did notice that whenever an I had my sister's Iphone connected, the other connections were very weak, dropping signals to losing connections. That was about it.

Minus 1 star because of the wifi issue I did encounter when everyone else was also complaining about it) and minus another star because for 4 (in my opinion, minor) reasons:
1) NO USB 3.0 support
2) BULKY power adapter
3) WiFi signals should be better since this is a high priced product.
4) Apps - either do it right or don't do it at all!

Bottomline: I'm sadden to say that for the price, this product is just not worth it...with all the hardware design flaws (bulky power adapter, no USB 3.0 support) and spotty WiFi issues.

If you have the money, NEED or MUST HAVE a Linksys Router in your network and/or want a router with all the bells and whistles that just doesn't work properly yet, go for it. I'm still going to continue to use it in my network anyways because it still does the job for right now...but if it keeps dropping connection, then I'll take it down.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks for Me

Pros: Latest and greatest tech
Won't tip over
Wide Ranging Compatibilty
Easy Setup
Parental Controls
Guest Network
Good range and rapid connect by devices
Does not run HOT

Cons: Too many bad reviews to ignore
1 year LIMITED warranty--if it's so great why limited?
Apps are essentially worthless. If someone can make an app
should they?

Other Thoughts: What strikes me more then anything are the huge number of very bad reviews. How can a company put out such a bad product at a high price? So I read many of the bad reviews and the issue (if it was identified at all) seemed to be a firmware issue. This is not a new router the first review
I can find is 18 months old. Connectivity is as frequently mentioned as firmware. I was very leary going in. My first thought was they are dumping these
routers on the EggXpert review crew to clear the shelves but more likely they needed opinions from people that would take their time.

The router setup could not have been easier. I followed the directions and the first thing that occured was a firmware update to version 1.1.40.153731 I don't know what the router was running previously. A word to the wise. I no longer and haven't for many years updated any driver that was doing everything I needed it to do. I recommend this practice to all.
Once the update was done I continued following the Linksys procedures and I had no problems and have not had any problems for the month I have been using the router.
Let me repeat. I have not had the router reboot, drop a connection or fail in any task I asked it to do. I would like to add that at the most difficult wireless connection spot
in my house my Android connects quickly and is wicked fast.

My devices: 3 wired PC's, 3 wireless laptops, 2 Hisense Android tablets, 1 Kindle and a wired LG BluRay with Netflix and Youtube. Everything works all the time.

The EA6500 has two USB 3 ports. Hooked to one I have a Seagate USB 3 1TB drive. If I am watching a movie off that drive delivered wirelessly to my Acer 4830T (upstairs across the house) and I am outputting the movie via HDMI to my bedroom TV I do get an occasional stutter and/or voice synch issue. I can't lay that on the EA6500 there are too many other variables that need close inspection.

I have had other routers and products that tout their ability to allow data access from anywhere in the world. None of them have worked, some after considerable effort by me and
what I considered quality dedicated support. The EA6500 allows FTP access to the attached USB drive. So I set it all up as per directions, called my daughter 2000 miles away, gave her the numbers and she logged right in. This is significant because my ISP's modem has never let me access my computer remotely.

I created a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account to complete my router setup. I don't like the idea that I need to log in to Linksys to manage my home network.
After setup I opted out of this beneficial feature.


I intend to continue to use this router for an extended period. I need to see how Linksys products last.

In conclusion....the product works fine for me. I have no issues with the hardware or software beyond the need to have an account to diddle with the settings. Download the product pdf and decide for yourself if at this price point you want this product with these features

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty basic 802.11ac router

Pros: On firmware Version 1.1.40.153731 (Oct. 2013), and haven't had any connection interruptions whatsoever.

It features a detailed status page which gives you configuration at a glance, as well as current usage.

- Aesthetically looks cool.
- DLNA features are fast and stable. Glad to see that.

Cons: The all-internal antenna(s) means range could be slightly worse than your average router of this class. In fact, I found it to be slightly weaker.

The flashy management interface, although aesthetically neat, can inconveniently slow you down if you know what you're doing; it forces you to wait when changing any of the settings (as it applies them immediately), rather than changing settings and applying them all at once.

Other Thoughts: The new version of this router may have changed quite a bit since its first releases. The current revision changes the 'cisco' logo light (pictured in product photo) to 'LINKSYS'.

Reliability seems to have improved with the current firmware; I haven't seen any issues on mine.

You can also toggle the port lights (Connectivity section).

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2 out of 5 eggsRushed

Pros: - USB Ports (1 US 3.0) allow flash drives/ext HDDs
- FTP Server support
- Media Server Support
- CLEAN UI
- Easy to Use
- Sleek Design
- Can Control LED's
- Tomato Firmware compatible

Cons: - Very Bulky Design
- Password Wont Work On Guest WIFI
- Sometimes I found that the GUI of the router configuration page would just randomly stop working. This is a major issue. As a result I installed a custom compiled version of Tomato firmware on it and it worked perfectly.
- The range is sporadic and would / grow randomly.
- Guest WIFI would cut out randomly
- Normal WIFI would cut out randomly
- The LAN ports would cut out with the guest wifi (huh?)
- Wifi would run slower than the UP/DOWN Speeds of my FiOS Network.

Other Thoughts: Ive been sick so sorry for the late review.

NOTE:
For these test I use this router for 2 weeks as my main router to make sure I make proper reviews. These reviews are done on my Main network and stress tested through streaming/file transfers/gaming/regular use. I use this router as anyone else would to simulate normal usage to a regular low knowledge / mid knowledge individual.

If none of this means anything to you here is a short summary of my review:

Cons outweigh pros. Look at other Linksys products. This one is not so great.

I make sure the firmware is up to date before benching.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Features

Pros: Small,lightweight endless features and also an endless learning curve but nice documentation provided on CD.Smart Wifi apps for your cell phone are advanced and enables file sharing phone to phone or phone to network with just a TAP on any NFC phone from about the Galaxy 3 onward.Speed and network signal is on par with my comcast modem/router combo.Love the 2 usb ports for network movies.Overall
excellent features average speed.I will still give it 5 stars.Due to the excellent cell phone feature.

Cons: The router could not be added without my cable companies model/router being used in bridge mode.Firmware that i found online is a year old .For the price a couple Cat5E or higher cables should be included

Other Thoughts: I tried to mount on my wall for a better signal ,didnt notice an improvement.The unit is to light to trust a wall mount.If i had a modem and needed a router for wifi and file sharing this full featured router is perfect with decent ,some slight increase in ping, speed.

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3 out of 5 eggsNot very impressed

Pros: Linksys EA6500 Dual Band AC1750 Gigabit Wireless Router.

Cloud option is an interesting feature but not something I really care to use. overall Look of the router is sleek and professional, there are two mounting holes on the bottom.

It offers DLNA that worked for me with an external hdd. My printer is already wireless so I didn't test that capability, but i was able to add my printer via the wireless rather easily.

Booted up, the firmware was outdated. 1.1.38.149770, updated to 1.1.40.143731. First attempt at update did not complete, had to reboot and try a second time. (better than being bricked)

Wired connectivity is good on the gigabit connections, and gets decent lan speed transfers between systems over the wired lan. (not so much on wireless)

Wireless performance is pretty good in close proximity, but not as fair in distances greater than 15 feet. (Tested overall with multiple wireless devices: ASUS Tablet, WiiU, PS3, SamsungS3, Laptop, Desktop, etc...

Cons: I don't care for the Linksys interface, just not my cup of tea.
The router has a power cord with a rather large AC adapter on it, so you will need space on an outlet or power strip to fit it. (not a sideways or slim plug-in)

Signal strength of this router doesn't give you a very good feeling at this price point. My other router get's much better and steady signal strength at distances in my house. From about 15 feet, I get 2 bars at best, about 70db. I Tried placement in several places and nothing made a difference for the overall. I'm also missing the remote management features I like to have available if needed.

Other Thoughts: Overall I like the look, and most of the features are decent even if I don't prefer the interface, but the overall performance is just not as satisfying for me.

For reference: I have a 2500 sq' two story house. Router was placed both upstairs and downstairs for placement testing. Upstairs at the center of the house still doesn't allow very good range in many areas. If I were to stick with this router I would have to add another Access point or bridged router for sure.

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5 out of 5 eggsvery easy and works great

Pros: -very simple setup, even a novice could follow the easy step-by-step setup instructions.
-excellent wireless range; getting 5 bars about 40' away through a basement floor.
-guest wireless option to keep your network secure.
-getting approx. 26mbps transfers between a networked desktop/laptop which are both 40' from router.
-sleek looking with no external antenna/s.

Cons: none that i could find.

Other Thoughts: footprint is bigger than the traditional router so be sure you have the extra space.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent, but can be improved

Pros: First off, the physical size of the unit is a little big, but they did an alright job not making it look too terrible. It is a sleek design with a lit Linksys logo on the top. The LEDs on the back for each of the ports are even controllable so if it's out in the open, you don't see the constant light flickering behind it.

The interface is very sleek as well and pretty intuitive. When you first power on the router, you are given the option to run the guided setup or you can skip it and do a manual configuration. The homescreen provides tiles that give you an immediate look at what the status of your network is. This is very convenient for troubleshooting.

Another pro is the speed and responsiveness of the DLNA server. This router is running TwonkyServer and can be accessed through a DLNA device or a web-browser on port 9999. I used chrome, an ethernet cable and an external hard drive connected to the router and had very fast response times, virtually no delay.

Range is on par with other routers. It is a general thing that 5GHz signal strength will drop out faster the farther away you go, but you also get more throughput. So you may want to try the 5GHz before you say the signal is too low for a good experience.

The last feature I really liked is the guest wireless network. Good for loaning internet to visitors and neighbors without exposing your devices to them. However, it has a big security flaw, see the cons.

Cons: One of the biggest issues I had with this router, is that I came back to my computer after a couple of hours and it said if I wanted to access the configuration pages, I needed to factory reset my router. I tried rebooting the router, and tried connecting from other interfaces (wifi and ethernet) and it still refused to let me access the configuration pages. In the end, I had to do a factory reset in order to access it again. It hasn't done this to me again though (yet).

The other con I found with the router deals with the Guest WiFi network. You cannot enable a password for that WiFi network. It relies on the visitor to enter a password in their web browser before accessing the internet. This doesn't seem too bad at first, but realize that all network traffic is going through the air encrypted. So hackers can pick up on everything your guest is doing on the internet and even pick up the password you set for them to use the internet. I found nowhere to turn on security for this network and thus I call it a big mistake.

Not really a con since all routers do this, but the WPS pin is enabled by default. Turn it off. Hackers can crack the pin in a matter of hours. I tested another router and brute-forced this pin with my laptop and despite having protections against brute-forcing this PIN, it still only took about 20 hours to crack it. When the pin is cracked, it will tell them the password to the network. And if you don't change or disable your pin, they can use it every time despite what you rename the network or change the password to.

The price is also very high for what you get in my opinion. I would maybe wait and see if Linksys comes out with a newer product to replace this one. From what I can tell, Linksys was being bought by another company and this product fell through the cracks.

Other Thoughts: A lot of people have had a bad experience with this router. And an interesting trend has developed between the Eggxpert Reviewers and the others. Just to reiterate, we are not paid or even encouraged to simply write reviews to put a product in a good light. This being said, I have V2 of the hardware and the latest firmware, I didn't experience too many pains with this router in the few weeks I have been testing it. Your experience may vary with the application you apply this towards.

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