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Item#: N82E16833124505

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

  • Up to N600 + AC1300 Simultaneous Dual Band
  • 3 Internal and 3 adjustable external antennas
  • USB 3.0 + USB 2.0
  • 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
  • 800MHz BRCM 4708 Processor
  • Beamforming technology
  • DLNA certified
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Sam C.
  • 7/22/2014 7:43:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Router

Pros: Good range, solid ports, fast processing, easy setup.

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what all these 1-eggers are talking about. By no means am I discounting their experience and maybe I was just lucky, but I have not had any of the issues they have. On the LAN I have:
3 PCs, 2 NAS devices, 3 media players, Xbox, TV.
Wireless I have: 5 phones, laptop, tablet.

I bought this router because of my fast connection and because the EA3500 just simply couldnt keep up with my demand. Wired, the 6900 eats whatever I throw at it for breakfast. Gaming is smooth and file copies are only limited by disk speed (I love my Samsung 840 Pro).
This thing has been in operation since Dec '13 and continues to go strong. There is the occasional reboot that is required, but I can do that whenever and from wherever I want through the cloud. The only thing I would count as a con is that the interface sometimes gets confused about the device names, but I have a spreadsheet of MAC addresses that I use for static IP addressing anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. I paid over $200 for this at the time - it's only $160 right now - I'd get one and see for yourself. There is NO router that is perfect - remember that.

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  • shane L.
  • 7/16/2014 9:43:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot the same old Linksys

Pros: The router is fairly fast. It's fairly easy to configure for a novice.

Cons: There is no way to disable SSID broadcast. The interface has a lot of extra information that is not really needed. Linksys website says you can use the Smart Wi-Fi smartphone app to connect to it, but when you try, you get a screen that says "Router not compatible." And this was right after I upgraded my firmware.

I have connection issues, where I have to reboot my router every few days because I cannot make any new wireless connections, even though anything that was currently connected sees the network. At these points, I cannot even access the router's web interface. And DHCP does not give out an address to anything that connects via wire.

And finally, there is no support for DD-WRT.

Other Thoughts: I have used Linksys routers for almost 15 years. Buy a Buffalo or a Netgear.

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  • Jonathan O.
  • 7/7/2014 6:50:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat router, but get help with the set up!

Pros: The router is fast and dependable. I would recommend this router to gamers and people who stream.

Cons: diificult to set up. I recommend you call customer service so they can assist you in setting the router up. They will try to get you tol pay $20 and they will set it up for you, but I recommend you have them assist you and you set it up on your own. This way you get to know your router.

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  • Jonathan Y.
  • 7/4/2014 6:32:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDONT BUY

Pros: None

Cons: Linksys router GREAT SPECS but horrible quality control. first on had intermittent WiFi issue would drop all device on WiFi once a week and require a reboot.. finally RMA'ed it throw Linksys who is now is owned by Belkin NOT CISCO... next one worked for 2 months before the IP in port/WAN port failed...

Other Thoughts: I will NEVER buy a linksys product again after round 2 of failures I gave up and picked up a ASUS router... and BBQ'ed the Linksys

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Jonathan,

We are sad hearing your experience with the Linksys EA6900. We truly value your feedback and we look forward for product improvements base from our customers’ comments and suggestions. In case you decide to own a Linksys device again, you can always contact us at LinskysCares@linksys.com.

We’ll be glad to assist you.

Regards,

Linksys Support
support.linksys.com

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  • Mark K.
  • 6/21/2014 11:54:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPC Games-FAIL

Pros: Solid GB network ports, good all around wireless signal strength through my home,USB SAN interface worked very well. Basic networking , no complaints , this is a solid router.
Performance:
Wireless streaming for online movie and tv watching , was rock solid , even though none of my devices leverage the new 802.11AC standard, the backwards compatible wireless performed flawlessly.

Cons: So I am sure that you are wondering how I proved that this was the fault of the router.. the final proof came from plugging my PC directly into my cable modem, all problems and issues vanished, I was able to browse games, I could enter any online game , and not have any issue at all. I played all night without a router. This was a pretty convincing test for me, and utterly proved the router to be the cause. all fixes that I found online, did not work,

Other Thoughts: So I am sure that you are wondering how I proved that this was the fault of the router.. the final proof came from plugging my PC directly into my cable modem, all problems and issues vanished, I was able to browse games, I could enter any online game , and not have any issue at all. I played all night without a router. This was a pretty convincing test for me, and utterly proved the router to be the cause. all fixes that I found online, did not work,


Other thoughts:
So after my experimenting I thought that perhaps this was a firmware error , or some other issue with this router, so I ran down to the local office supply store for instant gratification , and purchased a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000. I wanted it quicker than waiting for Newegg delivery

Guess what, SAME ISSUE, I was ****ARRRGGGGG, and went through the entire troubleshooting,tweaking,updating,testing, and cursing cycle again. At this point my keyboard was in peril as the closest PC peripheral , and most likely to have my angst unleashed on it, but I took the time to cool down, and think this out, the issue seems to have something to do with the new generation of routers that incorporate the 802.11AC standard. So I rushed back to my office supply store and found a Netgear N600 on sale, and when I say on sale , I have paid double for a 10/100 5 port desktop switch. So the N600 had 4 GB ports, so this covered my basic necessity , I plugged it in , got back on the internet,and started tweaking, I turned off the WiFi radio , and I had a high dollar router that I intended to use as a AC1900 Wireless AP.
Ready to go , and thoroughly confident that I had outsmarted the problems, I jumped in a game...
Wait for it
wait for it
@#%$@#%@$~~!! there it was timed out, booted out,kicked from my game---- After I put out the flames on my head, which was about to explode.. I thought for a bit, and it dawned on me to keep the new cheap little onsale router in place , and unplug my Wireless AP.and It worked, without the AC1900 router plugged into my router, everything worked normally and as expected, I could browse game servers, there were thousands to choose from, I could get in game , and play to my hearts desire....
Why is it this way, I am unsure, I have not been able to overcome this issue, and even having the AC1900 router as an AP caused a fail. So in the end I have had to downgrade to a N class router, and can not even use the big bad routers that are now as useful to my network as a BRICK that shall sit on a shelf.
Ohh BTW tech support is happy that I called and set up an account,and even took the time to send me a auto generated email telling me so {sigh}--- no love on that front either.
Once again--gamers beware this product,until you see a review that they have overcome this issue.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Mark,

We greatly appreciate your feedback on the router. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We would like to know more about the challenges you had with the EA6900 and provide assistance. Kindly email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details, location, reviewer name, and the link to this review. We hope to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Mark K.
  • 6/21/2014 12:38:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNO PC Gaming

Pros: Solid GB network ports, good all around wireless signal strength through my home,USB SAN interface worked very well. Basic networking , no complaints , this is a solid router.
Performance:
Wireless streaming from my prime account , and Google play movies was rock solid on my GoogleTV, even though none of my devices leverage the new 802.11AC standard, the backwards compatible wireless performed flawlessly.
gave 2 eggs for basic performance-read on for missing eggs--

Cons: As an avid PC gamer , this was to be my next generation router, GB speeds, and the new AC wireless.
The problems with my gaming started immediately with quickly dropping out of game, timing out,unable to refresh and browser online servers. some of my primary games are ARMA2 Arrowhead,ARMA3,DayZ. all of these would occasionally show a server , but when I got in, the stay in game would be short lived , I would get a Battleeye timeout, after which no games would show in the server browser. Another game Killing Floor, I would be able to get into game ,but once again would be shot lived as my connection would time out. and I was out of game. I went through the settings extensively, changing and disabling everything that could possibly cause an issue, but to no avail. Enter SpinTires, so I could not host a game, even as DMZ, someone could enter my game , but would time out quickly, but I was able to join other games and play all night without issue. The frustration for gaming had reached a peak , and my new big bad router had to go.

So I am sure that you are wondering how I proved that this was the fault of the router.. the final proof came from plugging my PC directly into my cable modem, all problems and issues vanished, I was able to browse games, I could enter any online game , and not have any issue at all. I played all night without a router. This was a pretty convincing test for me, and utterly proved the router to be the cause. all fixes that I found online, did not work,
Final words~PC Gamers beware !

Other Thoughts: So after my experimenting I thought that perhaps this was a firmware error , or some other issue with this router, so I ran down to the local office supply store for instant gratification , and purchased a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000. I wanted it quicker than waiting for Newegg delivery

Guess what, SAME ISSUE, I was ****ARRRGGGGG, and went through the entire troubleshooting,tweaking,updating,testing, and cursing cycle again. At this point my keyboard was in peril as the closest PC peripheral , and most likely to have my angst unleashed on it, but I took the time to cool down, and think this out, the issue seems to have something to do with the new generation of routers that incorporate the 802.11AC standard. So I rushed back to my office supply store and found a Netgear N600 on sale, and when I say on sale , I have paid double for a 10/100 5 port desktop switch. So the N600 had 4 GB ports, so this covered my basic necessity , I plugged it in , got back on the internet,and started tweaking, I turned off the WiFi radio , and I had a high dollar router that I intended to use as a AC1900 Wireless AP.
Ready to go , and thoroughly confident that I had outsmarted the problems, I jumped in a game...
Wait for it
wait for it
@#$%@#%$@~~!! there it was timed out, booted out,kicked from my game---- After I put out the flames on my head, which was about to explode.. I thought for a bit, and it dawned on me to keep the new cheap little onsale router in place , and unplug my Wireless AP.and It worked, without the AC1900 router plugged into my router, everything worked normally and as expected, I could browse game servers, there were thousands to choose from, I could get in game , and play to my hearts desire....
Why is it this way, I am unsure, I have not been able to overcome this issue, and even having the AC1900 router as an AP caused a fail. So in the end I have had to downgrade to a N class router, and can not even use the big bad routers that are now as useful to my network as a BRICK that shall sit on a shelf.
Ohh BTW tech support is happy that I called and set up an account,and even took the time to send me a auto generated email telling me so {sigh}--- no love on that front either.
Once again--gamers beware this product,until you see a review that they have overcome this issue.

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  • Gregory O.
  • 6/13/2014 2:00:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Looks good

Cons: All connections will drop even hard wire, speeds will start going all over the place especially when playing games then downloading large files after.. It gets really hot. Not even close being worth it listen to the reviews and STAY AWAY

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  • Andreas S.
  • 6/4/2014 4:22:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDefective Product

Pros: None

Cons: So everyone understands, the replies by Linksys to these posts are nothing more than information gathering and damage control. The email account was specifically setup to track bad reviews. Here's a segment of their email response after I used this posted email address.

******************************

Kindly provide the following :


>> hardware version of the unit

>> firmware version

>>> model # of the modem

>> type of internet connection

>> # of devices in the setup


We will wait for the above details along with your contact details. We will create a case for this and have it passed along to the relevant team.


By the way, may we also have the link to the review and a case number from Support if any?


We look forward to your reply.

*****************************

All the information they want about the device is useless information, and will not solve the issue. The fact that they are asking for the review link tells you they know you got the email address specifically from a review post. My email was sent anonymously. This Linksyscares email address was specifically created for review websites. They are not responding to solve the problem, they are responding to delay action on a defective product and associate your review to your case along with your contact information. They are gathering information about users of their defective product and running damage control. They are knowingly selling you a defective product, and replacing those defective products with more defective products.

I run my router in bridge mode, which bypasses all the features of the router entirely. All that remains is the unit, power cord, network cables, and security settings. I've tried changing both the power and network cable, which only leaves the unit The ethernet connection also bypasses the security settings of the wifi, and the ethernet ports are failing as well. The unit itself is failing. It is a hardware issue which cannot be resolved through tech support.

If you're stuck with this router, and have no recourse, I suggest putting your router on a timer which will power cycle your unit nighty in the wee hours of the morning when you're not using it. The unit tends to stay up for 24 hours +. My first router was failing about every 2 days. My replacement is failing about every 5 days.

Other Thoughts: Linksys needs to recall this product and offer either a working unit, or a full refund.

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  • Andreas S.
  • 6/3/2014 2:21:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFollow up

Pros: 1. Uses no electricity

2. Holds paper down on my desk very well

3. Looks cool.

Cons: Bandwidth is a bit weak. I'm getting about 0Mbps on both the wired and wireless networks.

Other Thoughts: In all seriousness though, this is a blatantly defective product. You cannot tweak faulty hardware and make it work. So when you call Linksys support just pretend you've done everything they've asked you to do, and get a replacement. Don't waste your time trying to make it work, because it won't, ever. Tech support is not there to make it work, they're there to wear you down until you give up. Once you get the replacement though, and it fails, call them back and do it again. Keep repeating the cycle until they give you a working unit. Do not wait once it fails to see if it will fail again. It will. Climb the ladder, and demand to talk with managers. First level techs are there to catch the flak only. They're reading off a cheat sheet designed to run you in circles and waste time. Don't bother with reloading firmware, or doing hard resets. Don't bother with the MTU settings, or anything other setting. It is not your service provider. These are not the problems. The problem is in the design or components inside the unit.

When I say fail, I mean you have to power cycle the unit to bring it back to life. All lights will be lit and everything from the outside will look fine, but access to the router will be dead. When this happens you know immediately you have a defective router. Tech support cannot fix this problem. They know it from the minute you call them.

This is by far the worst nightmare I have ever experienced with a piece of hardware.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Andrea,

Your feedback on both our product and support service is very much appreciated. We will relay this to the Team and take it as an opportunity for improvement as it has always been our goal to provide total customer satisfaction. Should you have any question, suggestion, or need Linksys help, email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact detail, reviewer name, and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Robert R.
  • 6/2/2014 1:31:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointed

Pros: Great speeds on both wired & wireless connections

Cons: Constantly needs to be reset

Other Thoughts: I purchased this router to replace an old Linksys E3000. After the first 2 - 3 days I couldn't be more pleased but then the problems started and haven't stopped since. In the 1 month I've owned this router I've had to reset it no less than 4 times per week. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and as part of my daily ritual of brushing my teeth, taking a shower, making a cup of coffee, etc... I need to take a trip to my server closet to reset the router. The loss of internet connection doesn't only effect wireless devices but hard wired devices as well. I dread the task of having to call Linksys tech support so they can walk me through some "tweaks" so I'll probably pass on that and dump another couple hundred dollars on a new router, more specifically the Netgear R7000. Unfortunately Linksys has really failed with this one. I've been a Linksys guy for a really long time but it looks like their products just aren't the same quality anymore.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Robert,

We greatly appreciate your feedback on the Linksys EA6900. We value our customers and your satisfaction with our product. Allow us to assist you and improve your Linksys experience. Email us LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details, reviewer name, and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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