Linksys EA6900 vs Netgear R7000


Recently Belkin acquired Linksys and keep both Belkin and Linksys brands separately even under the same Belkin’s umbrella. Linksys is no longer part of giant Cisco brand since then. How the performance of Linksys products under Belkin? Basically the performance of Linksys products is not affected by the Belkin acquisition, but probably the psychological conditions of employees affecting the work ethos in this transition period – who knows.

The hottest product at the moment is Linksys EA6900 which is expected to hit the market in its class to compete with other products such as Netgear R7000 and Asus RT-AC68U. All of those products are powered by the fastest technology wireless AC1900. How good they perform and accepted by the customers? See also top 5 AC1900 routers.

Spec Comparison

First time you compare the two products is by comparing the manufacturer’s spec between the products. The easiest way to see the spec differences (if any) is by seeing in the comparison table as shown below.

Both Linksys and Netgear use the same wireless AC1900 technology delivering the fast wifi network of up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band and of up to 1300Mbps using wireless ac in 5GHz band. What a fantastic wifi speed should they be in the real world, but they are not.

Beam-forming technology

Beamforming is now widely used in various application including radar, sonar, seismology and also wireless communication. It is a spatial filtering technique used in sensor arrays for directional signal transmission or reception. Both routers use this technique for solid connection between the router and the wifi clients. Mostly new generations of high performance wireless routers apply this Beamforming technology with external antennas for better range. Linksys and Netgear for the last couple of years use internal antennas for their routers, but this wireless AC1900 routers they equip the routers with three external antennas. Even Apple Airport extreme 6th generation use Beamforming technique and put the antenna arrays on top of the tower-model router.

 Netgear R7000Linksys EA6900
Wifi technologyWireless 802.11ac – AC1900 speeds of up to 600+1300 Mbps each bandWireless 802.11ac – AC1900 speeds of up to 600+1300 Mbps each band
AntennasHigh power 3x External antennas with Beam-Forming technology3x adjustable external antennas with beam-Forming technology
Ethernet ports4xGigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports4xGigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports
USB port2x USB ports = 1x USB 3.0 port in front panel and 1x USB 2.0 in the rear panel ; –          DLNA media server;       Ready-share printer and storage ;           Ready share vault – PC auto backup ;           Time machine compatible 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 both are in rear panel ; DLNA certified media server;          Share printer and storage
IPv6 readyYesYes
Guest networkYesYes – allow limitation devices to connect
Hardware PerformanceDual core 1GHz processor

128Mb flash and 256Mb RAM

Dual core 800MHz processor with 256MB RAM and 128MB Flash
ManagementNETGEAR GENIE® APP—Personal dashboard to monitor, control & repair the network Linksys smart wifi software and apps
Customer ratings (up to Nov 2013 in Amazon)4.1 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars
Linksys Wireless AC1900 router

USB ports

Both Linksys and Netgear wireless AC1900 routers are embedded with two USB ports, one port with USB 2.0 and other port with USB 3.0 port (10x faster than USB 2.0 port). Physically both routers have the same equipment, but Netgear supports Time Machine. It’s a good news for Mac users to allow you backup your Mac computers to the USB attached storage automatically.

To understand more about the insight knowledge about Netgear Night Hawk R7000 please watch this video introduction (courtesy by Netgear and youtube)

Customer ratings

It is surprising that new Linksys EA6900 router receives lower customer rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars compared with Netgear R7000 that receives excellent customer ratings of 4.1 out of 5 stars in Amazon so far. Probably the firmware is not ready yet, or probably next future firmware update will fix all the major issues found by advanced users. We’ll see in the next months how Linksys upgrade the performance of this product for much better performance.

EA6900 Setting is easy using Smart Setup

Linksys EA6900 backpanel


Smart setup wizard is the easy way to setup your Linksys EA6900 router, no CD-setup. You just need to connect your computer to the router using the UTP network cable. Or you can connect wirelessly by connecting to the default SSID as shown on the printing document on the bottom of the router.

Next step is to access the wizard from your browser by typing one of the following:

  2. myrouter.local
  3. or use the default IP address

Follow the installation wizard as guided from the documentation that comes with the router.

Spec Details:

Note that Linksys released a new version of wireless AC1900 router – the Linksys EA7500 AC1900 Maxtsreem MU-MIMO router.
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