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

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AC1900

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

The Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router packs a serious punch. With advanced dual-band speeds up to N600 and AC1300, the AC1900 is built to sustain multiple users and multiple devices in a connected home. An upgraded CPU reaches speeds up to 800Mhz making streaming media, gaming online or just surfing the web quick and easy. A new radio on the 2.4Ghz band supports 256 QAM, which delivers data in a faster, more precise way. The AC1900 comes standard with three antennas, distributing the Wi-Fi signal and further extending its range within the home, virtually saying goodbye to "dead zones." With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi firmware users can remotely access and control their home network anywhere and from any place.

 

Features

AC1900
  • Upgrade your wireless home network - with speeds up to 3X faster than wireless-N - using the EA6900 Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC Router from Linksys.
  • Offers best-in-class wireless-AC technology delivering a faster, stronger Wi-Fi connection - perfect for gaming and HD video streaming
  • Pair with Linksys wireless-AC peripherals to achieve the maximum benefits of wireless-AC on your game console, smart TV, or desktop computer.
  • Plus only Linksys offers Smart Wi-Fi firmware which enables access to your network any time, from virtually any location, and provides a growing selection of apps to optimize your network.
 
 
AC1900 AC1900
Specifications
AC1900
  • Up to N600 Mbps (2.4GHz) + AC1300 Mbps (5.0GHz) speeds
  • Internal and external antennas
  • External antennas are adjustable
  • Dual Core 800Mhz CPU
  • Includes Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
  • Supports simultaneous Dual-Band
  • One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port to print, share and store content
  • Beamforming technology
  • DLNA certified for home media management
  • Certified backward compatibility with a/b/g/n
  • Four gigabit ports to connect wired devices
  • IPv6 enabled
  • Parental controls
AC1900 AC1900
 

What's in the Box

AC1900
 

 


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Warranty

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


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  • Michael P.
  • 9/7/2014 7:08:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorst (Smart) Router ever

Pros: Sleek design, user friendly interface, easy to use, alright tech support, fast in house network, quick setup, light weight, easy to use interface

Cons: Unreliable connections, bad for streaming, will not support hard drive connectivity on 2GHz band, randomly changes IP address class, No USA support although the techs in the Philippines are respectful and speak English very well. They only call you back they never call you direct. Oh if their tech support connects to your computer remotely they record everything they see on your network. And they only tell you that if you notice.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a linksys wRT610 router that died after 6 years. I purchased this drive on 8/24 and spent 15 minutes setting up (It's not that hard), but I immediately started having problems with my friends connections dropping off almost immediately and repeatedly. The drive would change ip addresses randomly repeatedly. I could not access my network printers.

I worked on it for an hour before we could get online for a short period of time. Next day I worked with Belkin (Linksys support in the Phillipines) Finally got ti working for a short period of time until it stopped working again. I finally exchanged it for a second unit. It worked!! Until I added my network hard drive from my original router that was working. I finally came to realize that I could not gain access to my shares via any wireless devices on the 2GHz band. I could only connect using the 5GHz band.

Unfortunately 1 of my laptops (my newest one) does not support 5GHz. In the end I traded it in for a WRT1900AC. Works perfect. And very little time needed to get it working.

If you can afford the E6900 then spend a little more and get the WRT1900AC. It worked right out of the box. Had it mounted on the wall like want and working in 15 minutes.

Linksys support lied at first when I asked if the connectivity issue was a known issue on the EA6900 or not and they lied again when I asked if the hard drive issue was known or not. They all were known by Linksys but supposedly the firmware upgrade fixed it. The firmware upgrade did nothing for my problem though.

If you can afford this drive it is worth it to spend more and buy the Linksys WRT1900AC router instead. The tech guys told me when I exchanged the EA6900 for the WRT1900AC that lots of people had brought the EA6900 back for various reasons, but none had all the problems I had. In the end I stuck with Linksys even though they are no longer owned by Cisco.

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  • Michael P.
  • 8/24/2014 7:43:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs2 days in and on my 2nd router

Pros: Easy Setup. Sleek style. Easily see all devices attached. Very fast compared to my last Linksys router

Cons: Purchased drive on Friday and on Sunday had to exchange it. Locked out my primary desktop system and could not get access for hours. Not very reliable. We will see how the second one holds up

Other Thoughts: spent a lot of time without internet access. When I first connected it everything worked fine, but after a while the router changed class from class C to Class A and then to a class B. Even after I bridged my Cable modem, it still changes IP addresses. Finally it died and I could not get back on the network no matter how man times I reset it. Finally exchanged it and the replacement is currently working, but I don't have confidence it will last the week. I am giving it a 2 rating instead of 1 because it is fast ... when it works.

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  • Tomasz M.
  • 8/24/2014 9:26:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat router for basic use

Pros: Very simple to use, works like a charm for basic use

Cons: Oversimplified configuration, missing a lot of features like DNS IPv6 address, for this kind of money you expect more. Traffic prioritization created so many connectivity problems and slowness that I had to turn it of

Other Thoughts: It works great - I didn't have to touch it until my ISP got DNS issues and I've discovered how painful it is to use it to change DNS (couldn't find how to change IPv6

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  • Mark W.
  • 8/7/2014 4:22:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOver a year of dealing with this piece of junk I've given up!! THIS ROUTER IS GARBAGE!!!!!

Pros: When it works I get good wired passthrough, portforwarding and NAT work very well. The wireless could be better( the 2.4 band works great, but the 5Ghz band hardly has any range).

Cons: Literally drops all connections including the wired connections and fully crashes to the point you can't even get the log in screen to come up. Just times out! I have to power cycle this thing daily and sometimes twice a day!!!! Sometimes power cycling doesn't even work and I have to do it two or three times to get it working!! What's the point in having all the fancy antennas and features if the router as a whole just crashes daily.

I updated the firmware and oh boy did that just cause more problems. I've tried all versions of the firmware they have released. When using any firmware other than the default base factory firmware I can never get the wireless to work... ever! The only thing that works is the base firmware. What's the point in releasing firmware that breaks the router even more than the way it was shipped!? If you've updated the firmware and are having wireless issues revert back to the original firmware version and everything will work fine again(that is until the whole thing crashes and you have to power cycle it again).

AVOID THIS ROUTER AT ALL COSTS!!!
200 bucks(what I paid at the time of purchase) is not worth a unreliable 2.4Ghz router since the 5Ghz band doesn't hardly ever work!!!

Other Thoughts: I wanted to also point out that this router crashes when you move it while it's active. Odd thing to be sensitive to movement!

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  • Samuel 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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