Linksys introduces Linksys Atlas pro 6 mesh wifi 6 in addition of latest product Linksys Atlas Wifi 6e. What is the difference between Atlas Pro 6 with previous model Linksys Velop MX10 and how this product compete with Orbi Rbk752?
Linksys Atlas Pro 6
In addition of the latest product released by Linksys, the Linksys Atlas axe8400 which is based on latest wifi 6 enhancement with the addition of 6GHz radio band, Linksys introduces Linksys Atlas Pro 6. This product is simultaneous dual band ax5400 mesh wifi 6. See also Asus et8 vs Linksys atlas mesh wifi 6e.
Linksys atlas pro 6 vs velop mx5
Unlike its predecessor Linksys Velop MX5 which came with simultaneous three radio bands, the Atlas Pro 6 turned out to be a more economical version with the same Wi-Fi 6 technology but with dual radio bands instead of three. Linksys incorporates Qualcomm’s Immersive Home 216 Platform chip that delivers simultaneous dual band with 6 streams with a novel, modular architecture for advanced wifi 6 network packet processing.
What is the difference between this Atlas Pro 6 with previous model Velop ax5300? Please refer to the following table 1 below for spec comparison between the two models.
The main difference between the two models is the design of dual or three radio band with the same wifi 6 technology. Backhaul links on the Velop MX5 series use the dynamic method while Atlas shares @5GHz bandwidth with connected devices @5GHz band. Both support optional wired Ethernet backhaul using either daisy chain or star topology considering that both models have more than two LAN ports.
When you compare to its predecessor Velop MX5, Linksys reduces the spec on this Atlas Pro 6 product including the number of Ethernet ports, no USB port and the processor spec from quad core to dual core. Not just that; the capacity of flash and RAM memory only half of mx5. Of course this will reduce the speed of processing tasks and in turn have an impact on router performance. Read more details from the table 1 below that compares Linksys atlas pro 6 vs velop mx10.
Table 1 Linksys Atlas Pro 6 vs Velop mx5
|Linksys Atlas Pro 6||Linksys Velop MX5 (mx10 for 2-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax5400 wifi 6 with 6 streams||Simultaneous tri-band ax5300 wifi 6 with 12 streams|
|Signal rate||600Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2 4800Mbps @5GHz 4×4||1147Mbps @2.4GHz; 4×4 2402Mbps @5GHz; 4×4 1733Mbps @5GHz 4×4|
|Backhaul||Wifi and optional wired backhaul||Dynamic backhaul and optional wifi backhaul|
|Coverage||2750 sq ft / node||3000 sq ft / nodes|
|Ethernet Ports||1xGigabit WAN port; 3x Gigabit LAN ports||1xGigabit WAN port; 4x Gigabit LAN ports|
|USB Ports||N/A||1x USB 3.0|
|Processor||1.0Ghz dual core processor with 256MB flash and 512MB RAM||2.2GHz quad core with 512MB Flash and 1GB RAM|
|Dimension||3.39 in x 3.39 in x 11.22 in||4.5 in x 4.5 in x 9.6 in|
|Price||$589.99 (3-pack)||$542.00 (2-pack)|
See that the price of this new product is cheaper than the Velop ax5300 model, that’s normal since the specs are lower than velop mx5. However, when you compare with other similar products have been around in the market including Orbi rbk752 or Deco x90 series this Atlas pro 6 is still more expensive.
How will this atlas pro compete with product from netgear, the popular Orbi rbk752?
Atlas pro 6 vs Orbi rbk752
Let’s take popular Orbi rbk752 and compare it with this new Atlas pro 6, how these two products compare. Refer to the following table 2 that shows you spec comparison table for Linksys atlas pro vs Orbi rbk752.
Atlas pro 6 is the first product in the middle segment network class with two radio bands where most of this network segment is generally a three-band mesh product. Three band mesh products mostly use one of the @5ghz radio bands as a dedicated backhaul. This time, Linksys uses a new chip set from Qualcomm’s Immersive Home 216 Platform chip which is a chipset for two bands with 6 streams.
Orbi rbk752 with dedicated @2400Mbps backhaul leaves up to 1800 total bandwidth (1200 + 600) for connected devices. While Atlas Pro with shared bandwidth will move dynamically for backhaul needs and connected devices, there is no dedicated bandwidth allocation for backhaul. In terms of total bandwidth, Atlas Pro is more profitable even though it is two bands and shares @5GHz bandwidth for backhaul needs and connected devices.
Besides wifi backhaul, both products also provide a wired backhaul option using utp network cable connection between mesh router and satellite nodes. This wired backhaul connection is very reliable because it is not affected by other signal interference.
With wired backhaul, atlas pro gives you all bandwidth for connected devices. On the other hand, wired backhaul for Orbi, the dedicated backhaul cannot be used for connected devices, it still sits standby as reserve bandwidth in case there is problem with the wired backhaul connection so that this work as wifi backhaul replacing the wired one in problem.
So technically shared bandwidth for backhaul is more advantage when using wired Ethernet backhaul.
Compared to Atlas which is only equipped with a dual band processor and Qualcomm Immersive Home 216 chipset for dual band wifi 6 tasks, Orbi comes with a quad core processor with memory capacity both flash and RAM that is twice as large as the Atlas. The larger the memory, the faster processing tasks completed by the processor.
Read more details on the following spec comparison table 2 below.
Table 2 Linksys Atlas Pro 6 vs Orbi
|Linksys Atlas Pro 6||Orbi rbk753|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax5400 wifi 6||Simultaneous Tri-band AX4200 with MU-MIMO |
and 8 streams
|Signal rate||600Mbps @2.4GHz 4800Mbps @5GHz||2.4GHz @600Mbps 2×2 5GHz @1200Mbps 2×2 |
for WiFi devices connection 5GHz @2400Mbps 4×4 for dedicated backhaul
|Backhaul||Wifi and optional wired backhaul||Dedicated backhaul link 5GHz @ 2400Mbps; optional wired backhaul|
|Coverage||2750 sq ft / node||2,500 sq ft / node|
|Antennas||5x internal antennas||6x internal antennas with high-powered ampliﬁers|
|Ethernet Ports||1x 1.0 Gigabit WAN port; 3x 1.0 Gigabit LAN ports||Router: 1x 1.0 Gbps WAN; 3x 1.0Gbps LAN; Satellite: 2x 1.0 Gbps LAN|
|Processor||1.0Ghz dual core processor with 256MB flash and 512MB RAM||Quad core 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB NAND |
Flash and 1GB RAM
|Security||WPA2/WPA3 mixed personal WPA2 Personal WPA3 personal||WPA2/ WPA3 ready; Netgear armor powered |
by Bitdefender security protection plan
|Dimension||3.39 in x 3.39 in x 11.22 in||10.0 in x 2.8 in x 7.5 in|
|Price (Oct 2021)||$589.99 (3-pack)||$520.00 (3-pack)|
With the newly launched product, Linksys sell this Atlas pro 6 with more expensive price than competing products. Generally the price drops when the product rating is under 4-star. Click the product’s link below to read more details and shop the product in Amazon (#ads).
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