Linksys EA6500 HD Video Pro AC1750 SMART Wi-Fi Wireless Router
While the name may be a mouthful the Linksys EA6500 router does pack a lot of features and easy to use settings along with a complete app list for Apple devices but it lacks android apps.
Ease of Use, Performance: 4/5
Look & Feel: 4/5
How much I enjoy: 4/5
Recommendation: 4/5 Stars
The Linksys EA6500 is a smart wireless router that has plenty of features including apps for Apple devices but it does lack the same apps for android phones and tablets. Setting up the router is as simple as using the enclosed CD and adding a few simple entries.
The EA6500 uses both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz so you have two channels to choose from for the best performance and lower interference choices for your network. The EA6500 router has what they term SMART cloud based features and apps but most of the apps are for Apple devices.
The EA6500 is a new class of wireless with an upcoming 802.11ac specification that has not yet been fully released but the company has released the router anyway. If there are any changes they can release a firmware update to get the router up to date with the specifications.
The EA6500 has the four rear access connections for wired network devices as well as the wireless connection using either a password or the WPS button. A new feature called Smart Tap is supposed to allow you to swipe an RFID card on a device like a tablet to connect to your network automatically.
I could not get mine to work with my Nexus 7 tablet and looking around the network I am not the only one with this problem so this feature may be a bit premature for use. The router does work well and with only a few required reboots during the past two months has worked almost flawlessly.
Main features of the router include a very nice interface that has troubleshooting, a device list, parental controls, guest access, USB storage options and the main settings. The Linksys EA6500 does have a lot of features and the main interface pages make for a nice handy way to access all your controls and features.
The easy to use device list gives you a simple way to find all of the devices on your network with ones currently connected being highlighted. Wireless security is easy to set up and the CD guides you through the features and how to get things safe and secure on your small network.
You can set devices or programs as well as games as priority for the router so that gaming, streaming video or specific computers is the first to receive bandwidth on your network. Another nice feature is the app for both android and Apple that allows control of your network while your away.
The Linksys EA6500 works well as a wireless router with good range and a secure hardware based firewall for your home network whether you’re a serious gamer or just a network surfer. The firewall passes several tests that I threw at it with blocking or hiding ports and not allowing test programs access to my network.
As far as getting into my network with the password you can easily add devices or simply use the WPS button when active to add your tablets, smartphones or laptops to your network. The EA6500 has all the features you could want and need in a home or small business router with a great interface.
I have only had the network crash on me twice in the last couple of months and have easily gotten it back up and working with a simple reboot of the router. Every router I have had has dropped my network offline and a simple reboot of the EA6500 gets it back up in no time.
The cloud management works well and all the features I have worked with have been easy to use with a simple setup for easy router use. I do not have the capability to test speeds other than main internet speed but the router has performed well for my use.
I have had no real problems with the EA6500 router and can easily recommend this as a home or small business router with plenty of great features.
Fully Featured Router
2 USB Ports for printer and storage
Apps for Apple to control router but they cost
Only a few apps for android