Linksys EA6500 Cisco Connect Cloud Vs Others

New generations of Linksys EA6500 wireless ac routers – simultaneous dual band gigabit with Cisco Connect Cloud technology. How it compares with other wireless ac routers?


With the introduction of the 5th generation of wifi technology, all the networking vendors are competing in producing wireless devices based on this new trend – the fastest wifi technology ever. You would be amazed how the speeds of legacy wireless b/g based devices with maximum bandwidth up to 54Mbps jump up to the speeds of 1350Mbps theoretically. It is a fantastic speed of how fast the evolution of the wifi technology leaps from the 1st generation to the 5th generation of wifi technology.


Linksys EA6500

It is the first product Linksys ever released to the market based on wireless ac technology, later Linksys offers various models of wireless ac routers including EA6300 wireless ac1200; EA6400 wireless ac1600 and  the fastest one is new Linksys EA6800 wireless ac1900 router. at the same period, Netgear also introduced R6300 wireless ac router; and Buffalo also introduced WZR-D1800H and still more vendors introduced the same technology. How this first Linksys wireless ac router compare with others?


Linksys EA6500 smart wifi router

Comparison table

Have a look at the following comparison table, comparing only the main features of these routers.

Table 1 Linksys EA6500 Vs Netgear R6300 Vs Buffalo


  Linksys EA6500 Netgear R6300 WZR-D1800H
Wireless Speed Up to 450 (2.4GHz)  + 1300 (5GHz) with high power amplifier and speedboost technology Up to 450 (2.4GHz)  + 1300 (5GHz) with high-powered radio amplifiers Up to 450 (2.4GHz)  + 1300 (5GHz)
Ethernet 4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN 4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN 4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN
USB Ports 2 x USB 2.0 for share storage and printer 2 x USB 2.0 for share storage and printer 1 x USB 2.0 for share storage and printer
Media server Yes – DLNA Certified Yes – DLNA Certified Yes – DLNA Certified
Cloud feature Cisco connect Cloud app – remote network management No No
Power saving Power On-Off button Wifi & Power On-Off button Power On-Off button
Price ( Jan 2016 in Amazon) $89.99 $139.99 $130.00


Wireless ac based

All the three routers come with the same wireless AC1700 technology delivering the speeds of up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band – the wifi speeds that close to the wired gigabit speed, and up to 450Mbps in 2.4GHz band. All of them come with internal antenna arrays.


Like other previous models of each of the routers, they all come with gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN and WAN interfaces, general spec like other wireless routers. And the three routers also come with USB ports. Linksys EA6500 and Netgear R6300 come with two USB 2.0 ports for hosting storage and printer at the same time, but D1800 comes only with one USB port. They support DLNA media server.

The new version of EA6900 and R7000 come with USB 3.0 port which delivers the speeds 10x faster than normal USB 2.0 port.

Linksys EA6500 front panel

Smart Wifi Router

Among the features that almost the same as other routers, Linksys supports advanced features to support a growing number of apps that you can get to make it easier to control your home network from anywhere you can access the internet while you are on the go. There are bunch of apps to let you explore your smart wifi router to control your connected devices on your home network from any Android or iOS mobile devices via the internet. You can get free HipPlay to share the content, Qnext for sharing the Facebook content, Netproofer for controlling the website access for safe internet and you can mention more and more.

In the era of mesh home wifi system, Linksys introduces high performance whole home wifi system – Velop. Click this link for Linksys Velop three band wifi system.
Cheers, Ali H

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