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

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

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  • Sumesh B.
  • 7/21/2014 8:56:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Product

Pros: None

Cons: Too Many to describe. Keeps failing signal, no tech support at all. Cisco is worst compant to deal with and their products suck.

Other Thoughts: Never buy any Linksys products!

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  • David P.
  • 7/17/2014 12:48:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent router once you get DD-WRT on it

Pros: Once you install a good stable version of DD-WRT on it, it's a fantastic router with excellent speed, stability and range.

Cons: I have this one and the EA6400, and they both suffer from the same problem. Poorly designed firmware. I tried HARD to get either router to let me set up two FTP servers from my house, and it simply wouldn't work. I could get one but not the other. Changed the settings around and I could get the other, but not the one. Went through numerous attempts trying different NAS FTP settings, different port redirects, IP redirects. I even tried changing the NAS devices from static IPs outside of the DHCP pool to being inside the DHCP pool with DCHP reservations. I also wore out the Linksys forum. They couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work, but I think one or two of them blamed my NAS FTP. (Still I appreciate their attempts to help) Could not get both FTP servers working on it. I knew it should work as I used to have a Netgear WNDR3700 (which a storm killed) with DD-WRT on it and it worked quite well.

Once I put a good, stable version of DD-WRT on it, both FTPs set up easily and worked perfectly... AS IT SHOULD!

The stock firmware is probably fine for 90% of the people who buy this router. But if you want to do anything interesting with it, get an open source firmware like DD-WRT on it.

Other Thoughts: This router is a Cisco Linksys product. Once Belkin bought Linksys, the support hasn't felt like they're as interested in solving problems with these units. They're more into supporting their Belkin/Linksys products.

Since there is no open source firmware for the EA6400, I'll probably see if it performs okay as a wireless bridge at some point when I have time.

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  • Sean B.
  • 7/3/2014 5:35:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCan't take it anymore

Pros: It works sometimes

Cons: Every time there is a power failure it takes me at least a hour to get this thing to come back online. I have owned several routers and for the money spent this really should be a better quality product. It's sad when a 3 year old 45$ router out preforms this thing.

I generally don't write reviews especially for something I have owned this long but I just can't take it anymore with this piece of junk.

Other Thoughts: Find something else to spend your money on.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Sean,

We appreciate your time in writing us a review about the Linksys EA6500 router. We hope that you give a chance to assist you in improving the router’s performance. You may contact us via email at with your contact details, Newegg username and the link to this review.

Updating your router’s firmware will also improve its performance. One done, perform a factory reset and configure the router again. This is to ensure that the update was successful.
Here are some links that you can check and might help you:

How to manually upgrade the router's firmware using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account

Determining and setting up the correct MTU size

Setting up a Linksys router with Cable Internet service

Setting up a Linksys router with DSL Internet service


Linksys Support

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  • Michael I.
  • 6/27/2014 6:28:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this junk

Pros: Work when it did

Cons: Constantly dropping connections. Wired and Wireless.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy anything from this copy. I purchased the original unit Apr of 13 and the problems started right from the start. The unit never powered on and when I sent it back got a refurbished model. Wonderful, now I have someone else's junk. That unit lasted until October. Then would start dropping connections and had to constantly keep resetting and doing factory resets. Well as of last week here we go again. Was able to do a firmware update and then the problems got worse. Spent 2 hrs on the phone with tech support for them to tell me what I already know. Now they dump me over to customer service for them to tell me in 5 min that they are not replacing and because the warranty is from the original date of purchase and the warranty on the replacement from October is only 30 days. Great support from what used to be a great company. The router I had previously lasted almost 6 years. Do yourself a favor keep away from these units and go buy somewhere else. Linksys loosely translated means we sell junk. I now have a $200 paper weight. Thanks Linksys for selling quality junk.

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  • Bryan S.
  • 6/22/2014 5:34:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDo not buy

Pros: Product worked while under warranty

Cons: A week after warranty ran out product stopped working, we got zero support from the company IT department.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Bryan,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on both the product and support service. We'd like to take a look into your case and provide assistance. Kindly email us at with your contact details, location, reviewer name, and the link to this review.


Linksys Support

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  • Gavin H.
  • 6/5/2014 6:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid at all costs

Pros: It's shiny. It looks like that little robot in Star Wars that runs from Darth Vader.

Cons: Runs so hot you'll worry there's something wrong with it. Occasionally needs to be restarted when it fails to respond. The best part is how, after you press the button in the internal management website that says "upgrade firmware," it bricks itself. I suggest you leave it plugged in the kitchen where you can use it to soften and melt sticks of butter.

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4 out of 5 eggspricey

Pros: Packaging was great as always with linksys products. I have used many in the past and they have always been fantastic.

Set-up was easy, I was using a netgear nighthawk before switching this on to do some testing. Speeds are similar since a lot of that depends on your ISP package.

Linksys makes it easy for you to set-up there routers. There set-up process no longer utilizes an old fashioned set-up web page like old routers do.

Let's say you are setting this up in your new house, you have your internet modem and everything ready to go and all you have left to do is set up your router. It shouldn't take you more than 15-25 minutes to do it with this router and linksys's set-up page.

They easily guide you and this router has an endless amount of options for you to customize, such as setting computer priority, blocking a certain website, see what people in your house are doing with your internet, see how many devices, block and kick devices. The list goes on.

Cons: There are other routers out there that have the same if not better features than this one here. Between this and the my nighthawk I would keep the nighthawk hands down. Though this isn't a review on the nighthawk I would still recommend this product to anyone wanting a decently price router with a handful of features and it's ease of use set-up.

Other Thoughts: I am approximately 15-20 yards away from the router and my laptop has no trouble keeping the signal steady. I've never lost connection nor have experienced any spiking during gaming as I have with lower priced routers.

For anyone afraid of drop connections due to walls or distance away from the routers, don't be afraid to give this router a try. You'll like it a lot.

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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

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
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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