The Good The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro EA6500 offers solid performance and lots of cloud-based features. It's also very good-looking.
The Bad The Linksys EA6500's performance with existing pre-802.11ac clients could use some improvement, and the router is comparatively expensive.
The Bottom Line With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers.
Firmware upgrade is a must
Editor's note: The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro EA6500 was originally reviewed on October 15 with the firmware version 188.8.131.52816 that proved to be buggy. This is an updated review with a much improved firmware version 184.108.40.206730.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro EA6500, or Linksys EA6500 for short, is the latest in Cisco's Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router family. It's an upgrade from the, and the first router from Cisco that supports the on its 5GHz frequency band.
And that's about the only difference between the two routers; the EA6500 is about the same as the EA4500, in terms of design and features.
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