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Linksys EA6900 Dual Band AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router with Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and Adjustable Antennas – Mega Value

Linksys EA6900 Dual Band AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router with Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and Adjustable Antennas

  • Latest Draft 802.11ac wireless technology
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band with speeds up to 600 + 1300 Mbps
  • Adjustable External Antennas
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Linksys EA6900-UK – AC1900 Dual-Band Smart WiFi Router with 800MHz processor , external antennas , USB 2.0+3.0 ports EA6900-UK

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    Ed Meister says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beam to beam, 6 Sept. 2015
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    Ed Meister (United Kingdom) –
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    I read a lot of the negative reviews before trying this product to try and understand the issues and frankly, I found none. As always, I stripped everything back to perform a good review so all devices that could connect to my WiFi were released from the network so once this was added to my OpenReach VDSL modem (I actually use Plus.net) there were no devices trying to make contact.

    Set up was a breeze, straight forward as I expected (I was prepared for other scenarios but none needed)

    A simple web interface gives all the access I needed, I did not tweak or change any settings out of the box in order to test as is.

    The selling point mainly to this type of unit is the ability to deliver equal maximum performance to each device that connects to it rather than standard WiFi which divides the power amongst devices so in theory (and it turns out practice) much better speeds can be achieved per connection.

    I threw everything I could at this, numerous tablets, phones, TV, Firestick, Now TV and even a wireless extender to try and trip it up and it just breezed through. Any limitations to speed were device specific, older phones and an old PC still did well on the 2.4 frequency and the range was constant throughout.

    Set up is easy and now common, no CD or attaching to a PC required, simply navigate to the IP address provided on the leaflet and log in to get going. I did this straight off via an iPad with no problems.

    The unit offers multiple connection options via the upto date MU_MIMO standard as well as being dual band at 5 and 2.4 GHz, giving you independent WiFi bands that can combine to 2.53 Gbps.

    USB port is 3.0 – still many similar units are shipping with v2.0 and this makes a massive 10x jump in access speed over v2 so when connecting a hard drive for example, the option to use as a NAS is perfect – possibly even replacing a dedicated NAS unit.

    There is also an eSATA/USB 2.0 port giving you yet another option.

    Processor is a dual core CPU so processes very fast and can handle high quality HD transfers in my tests to watch movies on my Sony Bravia with no problems at all.

    New technology is found in the Beamforming which unlike standard WiFi focuses the signal at the connected device giving better levels of connection. Again all my tests showed excellent connection between anything from an old PC running XP to new iPad on 5Ghz.

    Super fast gigabit Ethernet ports x4 for wired connections as needed, tested and even run through a Devolo system with excellent transmission results.

    With a downloadble app, accessing the home network is straightforward from anywhere in the world – I was fortunate enough to be able to try this whilst on holiday recently in South East Asia and was able to pull data and movies off my network in the UK, again no problems at all.

    I have not gone into the deep technical side of the system, the product is aimed at household users and home networks so I have approached the testing and review as such – Very straight forward, works simply out of the box with the minimal of instruction needed and is as simple as needed and as powerful as you could possibly ever want for now. Looks smart, works smart.

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    Kavsak says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    First Class Router but with a Serious Flaw, 5 Nov. 2015
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    Kavsak

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    This review is from: Linksys EA6900 Dual Band AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router with Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and Adjustable Antennas (Accessory)
    I have been searching for a new router for a few months now to replace my EA4500 and have tried (and returned) most of the major players. My devices are mainly ‘n’ with a couple of ‘ac’ so I was not looking for a multi antenna superspeed beast, but I did want good 5Ghz coverage.

    Bearing in mind that manufacturer’s performance claims are so misleading as to be almost fraudulent, and commercial reviews do liitle to correct them, I was rather wary when I came across a review which placed the EA6900 on a par with the then class leader in 1900ac routers. It came second in nine out of eleven tests and was therefore declared inferior. In the small print it was subsequently revealed that the difference was only a few per cent and that it won the other two tests ‘ hands down’. These tests involved distances of fifteen feet and more and two brick walls. My scenario exactly.

    The unit itself is reassuring solid with an immediate impression of quality. My EA4500 has run continuously for three years now without a glitch, so I had no qualms on that score. My main concern was how intrusive the Smart Wifi would be.

    Setup was simple but does require a wired connection initially, which seemed a bit odd for these days. There was an option to set it up manually, which confused me slightly as it still seemed to be going down the Smart Wifi route. A couple of resets later and I found that if you persevere, you come to the setup pages. These are a tad illogical in their layout, in my opinion, but most things that you need are there.

    So far so good. Disconnect the wire and carry on the setup wirelessly from a laptop. No problems. Check coverage around the house. Best that I have seen out of all the routers that I have tried.

    Next morning I tried to make an adjustment from my tablet with the result ‘Mobile browsers not supported. Use the Linksys app’ which then requires you to sign up to an online account to administer your router. Just like keeping your house keys in a key safe outside the front door and then having to phone someone to open it every time you want to get in.

    All this and the guest account is secured(?) with a plain text password.

    No thank you. It has gone back.

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    Fourteenth Sense says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Improved Speed, No Issues With Range, But Router Is Rather Large, 13 Aug. 2015
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    Fourteenth Sense (UK) –
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    Reading many of the other reviews on here you might be thinking that this is a poor router in terms of range but that couldn’t be further from the truth in my experience. Maybe Linksys have tweaked the router since the early reviews or maybe it’s a misunderstanding of the difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.

    Up until now I’ve had a Virgin Media Super Hub that has the ability to broadcast on either 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency but can only do one at a time. having older devices in the house that won’t work with the 5GHz frequency I’ve been forced into using the 2.4GHz frequency to please everybody. The beauty with 2.4GHz is that you can usually get a signal anywhere in the house, but at slower speeds generally speaking, although that will be dependent on the device you’re using and what you’re using it for. With 5GHz you get much improved speed but at a lesser range.

    Setting up the Linksys was quick and easy as with most routers nowadays and I was online in a few minutes. Playing online games I have had my ping shoot right up at times and noticeable performance issues now and again, so I was eager to test out the Linksys to see if it alleviated these issues. I connected to the 5GHz network and whilst I did lose one bar on the wi-fi icon on my devices it didn’t impact the connection or speed. I immediately noticed a very good ping rate and so far haven’t had any performance issues when online gaming.

    All other web browsing has been fast and downloads are noticeably quicker particularly when downloading TV shows in iPlayer or Movies from iTunes. Signal can be a bit patchy when I’m in the garden, but that’s one of the limitations of using the 5GHz frequency and it’s not a major issue. It’s also nice to be able to setup guest networks for when family members come round and to be able to set these up to be compatible with everyone’s devices.

    The only downside with this router is its sheer size! I though my Super Hub was a decent size but this is massive in comparison, I’m sure there’s a reason for this but it does look a bit of an eye sore in its current position. I have to keep it close to my Super Hub for the connection so it means having two large internet boxes next to the TV. Maybe one day someone will come up with a router that’s pocket sized yet still provides superb performance.

    Price wise it is one of the most expensive routers I’ve come across, generally I look at routers around the £100 mark. It does work as advertised, for me at least, but spending £200 on a router is something I would question if I was looking to buy one. Still, if you have a large number of devices in the household, a fast connection and you want decent speeds to be shared amongst everybody then this router might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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