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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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Learn more about the Linksys EA6900

Model

Brand
Linksys
Model
EA6900

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Security
WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Ports
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
Wireless Data Rates
Up to N600 + AC1300
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
Adjustable Antennas
Interface
USB 3.0 + USB 2.0
Wireless Adapter included
No
System Requirements
For Router Setup and Linksys Smart Wi-Fi access: Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5 (for Mac), Firefox 8 or Google Chrome

For Printer Sharing and User Documentation:
-PC: Wi-Fi enabled with CD or DVD drive, Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8
-Mac: Wi-Fi enabled with CD or DVD drive, Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard v10.6.1 or later, Lion v10.7, or Mountain Lion v10.8

Features

Features
800MHz BRCM 4708 Processor

Supports simultaneous Dual-Band

Beamforming technology

DLNA certified for home media management

IPv6 enabled

Parental controls.

Packaging

Package Contents
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1900, EA6900
Quick Start Guide
CD-ROM with Documentation
Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Linksys EA6900

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  • Doug J.
  • 4/23/2014 8:17:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Router

Pros: the antennas look nice

Cons: Everything else

Other Thoughts: I had hoped this device would give me a better netflix experience than the older router I had. It has been just the opposite.

While viewing through the XBOX 360 I will have to hard reboot the router up to 4 times just to get through a 30 minute show on Netflix. When it works the speed is OK, but then video will pause to buffer and the XBOX will say xbox live is unavailable at this time.

I even went so far as to buy and install a bridge hoping that the xbox WiFi was the problem... It wasn't same results with the bridge.

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  • clifford k.
  • 4/17/2014 6:49:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: seams to do as advertised I only gave it three eggs due to a heat issue but other then that so far so good

Cons: This router needs to be in a well ventilated area and do not set anything under it that blocks air flow or on top it gets hot with those processers in there I might put a fan next to it this summer

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Clifford,

We value your feedback and we'll certainly use your review as an opportunity to further improve our products and services. Should you need assistance, feel free to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details, location and the link to this review.

Thanks,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Jonathan F.
  • 4/10/2014 6:26:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsThe Linksys EA6900 is junk

Pros: You get exercise by having to walk to the router and rebooting it frequently

Cons: The WiFi connection is regularly dropped requiring a hard boot of the device. 3 hours with Linksys support produced no resolution. Quality has dropped since the Belkin purchase. Avoid Linksys like the plague

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Jonathan F.,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are here to help and ensure that we amend your experience. We may need to double check the settings of your wireless router which includes the firmware version installed. We are here to help. Should you need our assistance, feel free to email LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details, case number and the link to this review. We can have our support team contact your for further assistance.

We look forward to assisting you again.

Sincerely,
Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • William T.
  • 4/7/2014 7:48:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorst router I have ever owned!!!

Pros: Looks cool

Cons: Everything else! This is the first router I ever bought that wasn't a D-link and should have went with my instincts when I decided to order it to replace my aging DIR-655. This router was ranked the top router for 2014 on many sites so I decided to give it a shot. I couldn't get through more than a few hours without having to reboot it. Speeds would slowly decrease until it would completely drop and have to be reset. At first I thought it was an issue with my internet itself but upon hooking up the D-link this replaced all was well again. I ended up returning it and going back to the DIR-655 until I can decide what to go with next.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi William,

Thank you for sharing us your Linksys experience. We understand that you have already returned the device to the store but you may find these information helpful for your network.
Did you notice the speed drop on both wired and wireless connections. It is possible that the router is giving priorities to some devices in the network. Disabling the WMM under Media Prioritization will give equal priority to all devices and will improve the network speed. If it's just with the wireless connection, changing the wireless settings will help avoid interfering wireless signals that may be the cause of your speed drop.

Feel free to shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com should you need any Linksys assistance. We would be happy to help.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • Edwin B.
  • 3/31/2014 12:41:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery fast but you have to know how to properly configure it

Pros: 4Gbhz and 5Ghz fast speeds. My network supports up to 80-85 Mbps. I get a full 85 UL speed at 5Ghz when close to the router (speedtest.net iOS application).
Easy to set up and follow web interface and iOS / Andorid apps. This router works VERY WELL when properly configured. I was able to optimize it for my location.

Cons: Tech Support for Linksys sucks! They are very keen of providing good service (that's good). BUT, the techs do not have the background to help. I can tell they are looking up the info in some kind of database. It also seems that they are somewhere outside the country, which makes it difficult to communicate because their phone gets cut off some times and they do not always understand/pronounce English properly for US-based listener. For 2nd-level support, the engineers never called me back. If you are going to sell a device that requires fine-tuning like this type does (all of these do, regardless of manufacturer), then you need to educate your front-line techs on how to assist users with that, not just try and test each frequency one at a time. They should be able to tell you to download a particular tool to help you and easily see which channels to choose. I had to do all this on my own.

Other Thoughts: You have to be able to scan channels at your location (everywhere you have Wifi equipment) to be able to properly optimize speed on both frequencies. But, this is true for any WiFi network configuration that you use and want to speed up. You have to optimize for your particular location. I used WiFi Analyzer app on an Android tablet to see frequency/channel conflicts at each location where my equipment is located. I optimized the wifi 1st and 2nd floor locations and now have a great config. I get three times more speed than before (up to 50 Mbps vs. 10-12 before)on another floor (30-40 feet away from router.

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  • Joel S.
  • 3/30/2014 8:10:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk but I wouldn't buy it again

Pros: -Removable antennas
-One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port
-Four gigabit ports
-Dual Band
-Looks sleek
-Guest network is nice & works well

I've upgraded my desktop SSD so I have the old SSD in an external enclosure connected directing to the USB 3.0 port of the router (powered by the USB port). I dig this feature a lot because I can move things to hard drive for backup while in the home or transfer to and from the drive while at the office.

I turned the guest network on as a favor to some new neighbors until they were able to get their internet installed. I didn't want to have to change a bunch of settings to prevent them from browsing my music and photos but I wanted to extend a network connection to them until they got moved in and settled and it seemed to work out. I tested thoroughly before I gave them access and the router seemed to keep all my stuff secure. Of course, anything that can be done can also be un-done so I would only do this if you truly have nothing to lose.

Purchase date: 11/29/2013
Review date: 03/30/2014
Modem: Motorola SURFboard SB6121
Service provider: Charter Cable Internet
Location: Billings, Montana
Router hardware version: No idea, not sure how to check but I've read 1.0 is no good, get 2.0 or better

Cons: I had the hardest time figuring out the major differences in internet speeds through the router vs. connected via Ethernet directly to my cable modem. Eventually I settled on the idea that the media prioritization feature was wrecking my connection so I disabled it. After that I would regularly get within 1Mbit of my promised connection speed from my provider.

The 5Ghz connection performance leaves me scratching my head at times. My work laptop, 1 iPhone and 1 Android device all use the 5Ghz wireless but each of them show fluctuating connection strengths at different times for no reason. We live in a 4-plex with an upstairs but constructed of standard wood and drywall (it's not a log home or anything). I can start walking up the stairs and signal drops to 2 bars, reach the top of the stairs and have 1, turn the corner and have 4 or 5. It's interesting, like the router is over loaded or far away but our space is only 1,200 Sq ft.

Lastly, the UI is junk. Great for old people or those that have no idea what they're doing but advanced users will feel it's certainly lacking. Being a two hundred dollar router, I expected a little more than the basic options & functionality.

If you're considering this router, I would re-direct you to the ASUS RT-AC68U instead as it seems to have gotten better reviews and is a bit more stable with an in-depth UI.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Joel,

We greatly appreciate your detailed feedback on the Linksys EA6900. We're glad to know you liked its looks and its functionalities specially the storage feature. We are sure to take note of all valuable insights and relay them to the Team for future product developments.

With regard to the challenge you had with wireless connection, try adjusting the wireless settings to improve the connection. You may want to change the channels to avoid possible interfering wireless signal. Try all the channels and choose the one that will best work with your wireless environment, then shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com should you need further assistance. Include your contact details, Newegg user name, and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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  • David Y.
  • 3/29/2014 9:03:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsResponse to reliability problem

Pros: Earlier post

Cons: Draft IEEE 802.11ac spec. No path to finalized spec.

Other Thoughts: Following up on my earlier post where the router was very unreliable. This was the manufacturer's response.

Manufacturer Response:
Hi David,

We appreciate your feedback with the Linksys EA6900. Allow us to help and make the router work at its best performance. Intermittent connection might be caused by the following factors:

• Low signal quality received from your wireless router
• Proper MTU size of the network not determined
• Frequency interference from other wireless devices
• Physical obstructions
• Mismatched router and adapter settings
• Computer adapter’s driver needs to be upgraded
• Power outage

We can assist you in getting this resolved. You may send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
support.linksys.com

None of the above applied as the ASUS router never had a problem with the same network and devices. I did call Linksys customer support. We re-did the setup manually instead of using the smartwifi setup.

The difference was using a different name to identify the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. This made all the difference in the world with regards to the wireless reliability. So far, no more dropped wireless connections. No dropping of the wired connection as of yet either. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Come to think of it, the ASUS router I had before had different names. What mislead me was that the smartwifi help for the field says that you can use the same name.

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  • David Y.
  • 3/26/2014 6:46:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery unreliable

Pros: Only reason I bought this was because it was packaged with the sb6121 cable modem which worked great.

Cons: 1) The router hangs every few days affecting both the wired and wireless connection requiring a reboot of the router to clear.

2) wireless connections also drops intermittently requiring wireless devices to drop and add connections to restore.

3) draft version of the IEEE 802.11ac spec.

Other Thoughts: My bad for not reading the reviews and the fine print of the specification on the Newegg site. Read the glowing reviews in PCMAG which is totally irrelevant.

Had an Asus wireless router before this and it was solid and reliable. Never again will I buy another Linksys router.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi David,

We appreciate your feedback with the Linksys EA6900. Allow us to help and make the router work at its best performance. Intermittent connection might be caused by the following factors:

• Low signal quality received from your wireless router
• Proper MTU size of the network not determined
• Frequency interference from other wireless devices
• Physical obstructions
• Mismatched router and adapter settings
• Computer adapter’s driver needs to be upgraded
• Power outage

We can assist you in getting this resolved. You may send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review.

Regards,

Linksys Support
support.linksys.com

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  • Marc A.
  • 3/21/2014 4:00:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsCannot NAT

Pros: 4 wired ports + multiple 802.11 bands

Cons: I run a webserver at home and this router could not NAT incoming traffic to my machine on the inside. There are screens for NAT and port forwarding, that I setup, but it refused to work. Called tech support and they made adjustments with no success after 45 minutes. Their conclusion was that I should not use port 80 - really???? This is a deal-breaker for me so I returned it.

Other Thoughts: The router settings can be accessed from the internet! If the password is compromised, you will be in trouble. Very stupid security on this router.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

Sorry to hear about the turn outs of your contact with Support. Please allow our Team to review your case number and provide a resolution to your inquiries. Email it to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we'll make sure to have the Team contact you.

Regards,
Linksys Support
http://support.linksys.com

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1 out of 5 eggsdo NOT buy ANY cisco, linksys or belkin

Pros: you would think that a company like cisco/Linksys could produce a great product and has for a long time

Cons: but not quite. this new line of cisco/linksys routers is terrible. it is well documented in their own forums. there are problems with these routers, poor speed, disconnects, reboots, etc., and then when you ask for technical support, they will charge you 29.99 and then blow up your router with a firmware update, and then refuse to RMA it, when THEY KNEW it would not work.

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY this router. do not buy any cisco/Linksys/belkin product. send a message that this is ridiculous.

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