from Pawtucket, RI
Super Easy Installation, April 16th, 2014
I used this router to replace an old Linksys G router. The installation was ridiculously simple. I did not have to change my router name nor password. At first i would loose the signal about twice a week. At first I thought that it was because I bought a refurbished unit and was getting ready to contact Linksys. However, I went into the router settings, and changed everything in the 5G band to auto instead of the hard numbers that were there. Haven't had a problem since.
I get a decent signal all over my small apartment without the need for any boosters. It is a great unit, but somewhat expensive. After I bought it, I read the router rankings in PC World magazine, ans the Asus router was actually rated better, and I believe it was even cheaper.
from Minneapolis, MN
expensive, gui based config unreliable, February 11th, 2014
Bought this because it was a CISCO router but all I got was a Linksys, gui driven semi customizable solution that works some of the time.
I have been using it for two weeks and have had to completely reset it twice and reconfigure it two more times which means everytime breaking out the network cable and plugging it in.
Sure it has WPS and tap and configure if you consider that secure, I do not. I want mac address filtering, hidden SSID's, ability to telnet to the device and so on. While it has mac filtering it lacks the last 2 and for the price, with the name CISCO standing proud on the front I did not even think to check. Don't make the same mistake I did, this is just your average home owner router with a pretty badge!
By the way being a Microsoft Systems Engineer my experience with every other CISCO product I have owned or worked with has been excellent. I gave it 2 stars because outside what I mentioned when it has worked I saw no issues with it.
from United States
Avoid this router, February 13th, 2014
First, the router had problems from the beginning and would randomly lock up and or reboot. Then it began to completely lock up and I would have to do a factory reset and then reconfigure to get it working again. I thought at first it might be trying to customize some settings on the router that made it so unreliable and prone to completely lock up and need to be reset. So I started taking most of the defaults with minimal customization to ensure it wasn't something I was doing that was causing the problems.
Then one day I was unable to even do a factory reset on the device and it was a complete brick. Fortunately I purchased the unit through Costco and their concierge service was on the phone when we contacted Cisco/Linksys/Belkin for support, otherwise they were wanting to charge me to troubleshoot!! So the tech had us repeat what had already been done along with some undocumented engineering steps to reach the same conclusion the device was no longer operable.
This started the nightmare RMA process in which I was told I would receive a refurbished product and that it would ship in 5-7 days. The next day I was notified they were out of stock and spent the next month waiting for them to ship a replacement. Needless to say, my old router worked flawlessly the entire time I was waiting for the replacement).
I completed the RMA process and shipped the old unit back via UPS as instructed which cost me approx. $20 out of my own pocket not including all of the time I wasted during this entire process. Yesterday I got a call from Linksys informing me they never received my unit and they had billed me for it since I didn't return it. Sure enough, I checked my credit card to find a charge for $239.13. So I then had to find my tracking number to prove to them it had been delivered to their dock and signed for. Now I am stuck waiting for them to reverse the charges on my credit card.
from International Falls, MN
Range, March 13th, 2014
It has great range, I can get Netflix anywhere on my property. I haven't lost signal since I set it up. I haven't had to reboot it yet. Amazing router.
from International Falls, MN
Easy to set up!!!!, March 2nd, 2014
I'm not an expert, but good at following directions that comes with the disc. I jut put the disc in my computer and followed instruction on screen, when it came time to plug it in to my modem to set it up, I did. It begin to download the information it needed to set it up, then told me that the set up was successful. The router was working. I was done with the set up that was two days ago, it runs fine and seems to have good speed. Netflix works great. I have two iphones and hdtv, laptop, and bluray player connected to it and family and grandkids devices they bring and everything works with no problem.
It also came with a tap card for icloud device manager, I tapped the card on my iPhone with the card and now have the cisco app just in case I want to use that too. I used the same setting that was on my last router, so everything is working and didn't need the app to set up my devices. It was just as easy to set up the router as my last which was also a Linksys. I bought this refurbished, someone must have returned it, I paid half price. The router has worked great for me, I have a great new router now.
Satisfied, February 22nd, 2014
I am satisfied with my purchase of the ea6500 Linksys Wi-Fi router.I currently use it with 5-6 devices on the 2.4 MHz and it works well for me.A reboot from time to time is needed but still no problem otherwise.I had a very helpful tech.with my purchase.His name I believe is Joseph...Thank You
from Millbrook, AL
Kudos to Linksys, February 8th, 2014
By far the best Wireless Dual-Band router I have ever installed for my home network. There is never any lags or drops. The range of the network works over my entire one acre property. Extremely user friendly and easy to install. Security of the network is easy to manage. The software and apps are perfect for managing my home network. Any future wireless router purchases will only be from Linksys!
Perfect Parent Control, January 17th, 2014
I have multiples wifi devices and this router allow me to specify which devices I could block in certain time of the day, of simple block mature webpage.
no tracking history page to follow my child what he was watching online
Works great no problems so far, January 13th, 2014
Easy to configure and setup. Have not used other features yet, just bought it about a month. Its the best Wireless Router I had so far, I hooked up two computers, my Desktop using wired, and other is my Laptop using the wireless didn't run into any signal dropped or slow download at all. The 2 USB ports are very nice for extra equipment. I hope to recoup the cost of this Router, not renting from Cox, soon. I recommend to anyone looking for a good Wireless Router.
Excellant product, January 5th, 2014
Product was very easy to setup. Just removed from box and followed the instructions. Was completed and running in less than 10 minutes.
from Fort Gay, WV 25514
No Telephone Numbers, December 25th, 2013
The Linksys EA6500 is a very good router but you are left to the owners manual to set up by yourself, there is not a telephone number to call if you have trouble in the set up, you are on your own. There is a way to contact the company in the manual, but it would be nice to have a number to call and talk to a real person.
from Waukesha, Wisconsin
Able to handle many connections, December 16th, 2013
It was time for a new router because I installed a Nexia home management system which streams a lot of video and other data to the Nexia server. My Belkin had worked well for many years but would lock up with the added load put to it. I decided to buy the best that Walmart had and it has worked well. I gave it 4 stars because I don't seem to have gained any signal strength and was expecting more to my garage. I may need to spend more money for a repeater to handle the wireless cameras out there. But for that I'd give it 5 stars.
P. J. Pappas
from Arkport, NY
Best on Market, November 28th, 2013
Pro's: The EA6500 is "The Best" router I have ever used/owned. Lightning Fast and easy to set up with the Smart WiFi Software. The Smart WiFi Software is comprehensive, yet so simple to configure. The EA6500 has excellent signal quality both inside and outside my home which is in a very rural area. Attractive and sleek design as well, doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. Parental controls available as well which comes in handy when Grandkids visit. I use it for two PC's, 1 laptop, PS3, my 42" and 55" HDTV's, and 2 smart phones, plus whatever devices friends and family bring with them. Truly trouble free networking in my home. Updating the firmware and software is also very simplistic with the Smart WiFi software. I've used other routers in the past before switching to Linksys and I've never been happier. You just can't go wrong with a Linksys.
Cons: The only thing I could really say is that it doesn't have a Power switch like my last Linksys Router. Really a non issue though. Only reason I bought a new Linksys router is because my first Linksys, EA4500 went to my parents home so I can enjoy my devices there when I visit. That one is still going strong as well.
from Graham, WA.
Smart Routers, November 20th, 2013
This was my 4th Linksys router I have purchased and each one was easily set up and worked great. The EA6500 was true to the billing for me. Was set up and connected my computer, other desk top, two printers, iPads and cell phones. The range was very good in a couple places in home and outside where sometimes connectivity might drop, but these locations were a non issue with this router.
from Glen Ellen,Ca
powerful router, November 18th, 2013
I cannot say enough good thing about this router,it is super fast,reaches all parts of my house with ease, was easy to install and set up in just a few min
from Costa Rica-Central America
exelent product, November 11th, 2013
I am using it for the last year and I must say that I am totally satisfied. It;s work like a charm.
Excellent Router, October 31st, 2013
The EA6500 Router is an excellent router and I would recommend to anyone.
from United States
Very Nice, October 19th, 2013
This is my first day with this router. Setup went smoothly. No disk requiredVery polished interface. Great speed so far. Everything set up quickly. I'm really happy. I recommend this router highly. Have only used dual-band n funcitonality so far.
Working perfect for me with great speed, October 20th, 2013
I have 2 desktops, 1 laptop, my smartphone, and my Directv receiver hooked to this router. Each device performs equally well. It allows my to pull down my max speed from my Internet provider. I would not hesitate to purchase another one.
Awesome Router, October 4th, 2013
I had lots of problems with video, streaming and lots of other issues; bought a new router EA6500 SMART and everything works great
from Eden Prairie, MN
Excellent Wireless Router, October 3rd, 2013
The Linksys EA6500 wireless router is an excellent product. I like it very much. Set up was relatively easy and it works extremely well. We have a two story house with the router located on the second story. It reaches all parts of the house including the basement with either a very strong or strong signal. The software to administer the router is also excellent. It is intuitive and easy to navigate. Thank you, Linksys, for a fine router product!
Good product but needs to be improved., September 28th, 2013
Needs to be improved.
from Central Valley, CA
1 bad then 1 great router, September 28th, 2013
The first router failed on install (continuously power cycled). Exchanged for a second unit and worked perfectly. Setup was easy and installed as advertised. Had to manually enter my providers internet settings but also easy to do. All my computers and phones connected and working. Just having a little issue with connecting direct tv to the internet.
I'd give it 5 stars if not for the 1st bad unit.
from Buffalo, NY
Difficult setup, September 26th, 2013
This product is great. I would have given it 5 stars except for the the hour it took to set it up (took longer). The girl on telephone support was fantastic, she hung in there until we finally got it working. I would have taken it back except for her. Give her a raise lol
from Katy, TX
Performance Excellent!!!, September 23rd, 2013
Easy to install. Easy to set up. Good wifi coverage full house (installed in walking closet inside the master room in the 1st floor).
Four devices installed.
from Houston, Texas
Amazing , September 13th, 2013
This is an amazing router! I LOVE the guest network! Had a few troubles at first. Had to power cycle the device a few times. Super fast!
from Paso Robles, Ca.
easy to set up and connectivity, August 15th, 2013
I bought this new router as I switched from at&t dsl to wireless. It was easy to set up and has many more options that my previous router did not, i.e., guest log in, parental control, iphone apps, etc. It's also so much faster and does not kick me off the connection like the other one used to, which used to make me mad. I think this has been one of my best investments in a while, I highly recommend this product, you can't go wrong with it. I am going to buy the cameras also so I can monitor my house while at work, vacation, etc. This router is fantastic, I highly recommend it.
Great, August 16th, 2013
It's a great devices it support the devices in my house but it need a bit of work of its firm ware for example, showing you what ports are open for which devices in UPNP.
from Portland, Oregon
Super fast and long range, June 23rd, 2013
I bought this router to improve download speed and increase wifi range in our multi-level house. Without using the AC function, my download speed went from 60 Mbps to 104 Mbps. The range increased to full signal anywhere in the house. Also, I used to have buffering delays with Directv on-demand, not anymore. Also, the iPad app is great!
from METEO Algeria
Firmware, February 23rd, 2013
A small timing problem in the firmware in the section list devices and peripherals connected, thank you to an update. Otherwise, the router is impeccable. A World Leader will always be a leader. Many thanks to the developers Cisco linksys.
from Houston, TX
Awesomenessecity! Wifi at its finest. Easy control, August 8th, 2013
Control your whole network from your smartphone! Can't get any better or easier. Even setup an extender for the upstairs and the house is as fast as NASA.
from Tallahassee, FL
Great Speeds, Hard Setup/Poor Development, March 3rd, 2013
I purchased the EA6500 as a replacement for my EA4500 that quit working after 9 months (but I could not find the receipt to warranty it). I followed the directions for installation, but had issues getting it connected to the my Arris Cable Modem. When I called tech support, I was on hold for about 30 minutes before a tech rep was on the line, at which time I was informed that he was not trained to work with the 6500 and I was placed on hold for another 20-30 minutes. Once I got the correct representative on the phone, he was able to walk my through to get proper connectivity. However, I could not get my Xbox 360 to properly connect. I was then informed that Linksys support does not cover Xbox connectivity, and that I would have to pay a third party service to help troubleshoot the problem. The reason provided is that the Linksys representative did not want to damage the settings within the Xbox…understandable. However, the third party service was not reasonable. The lowest offered plan went for $80 for three months of service. This may sound reasonable, but the likelihood of needing additional support beyond this initial setup is minimal. In addition, I just spent over $200 on a router that is supposed to be “smart”, but yet required manual programming just to get it to work.
I was able to find a resource that helped me get my Xbox connected, by changing settings in the router, not the Xbox. I can say that the router is performing very well, despite the several hours in setup, programming, and research in order to get it to work with (3) laptops, (1) desktop, (2) tablets, (3) phones, (1) Xbox, (1) PS3, and (1) Wii.
Its great, November 24th, 2012
Very nice stregth and area.
from Kihei, Hawaii
Great piece of equipment, May 27th, 2013
This was a great purchase. It works well with all my devices. My net is much faster too.
from Ft. Worth, TX
Great router, very reliable, August 13th, 2013
I'm a huge fan of the e4200, V1. It was the best router I've had to date. So when the EA6500 came out, I had to try it. Although I can't comment on the ac wifi because I have no devices that support it, everything else about the router was great. Setup was easy, connections were stable, both wifi and wired. I can appreciate that Linksys wants to use the web-based interface but sometimes it doesn't always connect the first time and needs a page refresh. Since we are having to use this to access the router I'm hoping that they are gathering important information on how to keep the router running smoothly. I do like how I can access the router with my iPhone app away from home. No complaints here about performance or reliability, I use the media prioritization feature to keep XBOX Live and my XBOX 360 at the front of the line. Seems to be working great.
from Long Island, NY
Nice Piece of Equipment, November 29th, 2012
I purchased this Linksys EA6500 wireless router after dragging out my Linksys WRT54G wireless G router for all these years.
Wow what a difference! I have many devices connected at once and it doesn's skip a beat.
Also, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi webtool makes it very easy to manage the network unlike older routers with software you have to download. I would absolutely reccommend.
from Los Angeles, CA
Well Done!, November 29th, 2012
I've used Cisco Linksys products in my home office for a number of years and it just keeps getting better - this is the best one yet!
Some issues installing but works well now, November 30th, 2012
There were a couple issues with it. Since it was so new their tech support didn't know the solution without working with me for a few hours. I list the most important issue below:
*) make sure the router isn't plugged into the same wall outlet as your computer, monitor and lamp (if they are all plugged into the same one). The router needs a more stable power supply and I had 2 desktop computers, 1 monitor, 1 lamp AND the router plugged into the same wall outlet (through a surge supresor). It would loose connectivity occasionally, but once I put it on its own wall outlet it worked great.
from new york city
this is one smart product., November 30th, 2012
this is one of the best routers I ever had.the ease of use is amazing.the best buy,i strongly and highly recommend this smart router to all of my friends and family members.
from Behind you.
Great!, February 2nd, 2013
No problems, little expensive, but for the strength and speed, its well worth it.
from columbuc, ohio
best router ive ever had , November 30th, 2012
This is the best router I have ever owned truly with the price excellent range and signal strength throughout the house.
JOSE ALBERTO GONZALEZ
from COSTA RICA
EXCELENTE PRODUCTO, November 30th, 2012
VENGO USANDO LOS PRODUCTOS LINKSYS, CUMPLEN CON MI ESPECTATIVA, ME ACABO DE CAMBIAR POR EL ROUTER ANTERIOR A ESTE DE LINKSYS Y ME QUEDO SIN PALABRAS DE LO RAPIDO Y EFICIENTE QUE ES. NO DUDEN EN COMPRAR LOS PRODUCTOS SON DE CALIDAD
from El Paso, TX
Fantastic Support, February 11th, 2013
My old (more than 5years) Linksys gave up the ghost this weekend, and I originally bought a different manufacturer router which we couldn't get working even with the seller's expert at this item helping us. So we took the other router back, and I bought this Linksys. We had trouble with the auto-setup, but this time, I got Linksys on CHAT on Sunday afternoon, and they painlessly walked me through the setup. For routers, you really want to have good support because I believe cable providers don't necessarily set up their signals to enable easy auto-setup. Linksys provided excellent support!! Once we got it running, we were able to quickly watch live streaming on our new wireless HDTV w/o any difficulties. Thank you Linksys!
from New Bern, NC
Does the job well!, November 30th, 2012
Product performs well. I wish it
had been a little cheaper but the
router works well for our situa-
from Lexington, KY
Easy set up, December 3rd, 2012
This router is easy to set up and has an interface that is internet accessable. I would recommend this product to others and I have no regrets in choosing this router for my home
Excellent product, June 13th, 2013
It is amazing product,after I use this router, I never had Internet problem again!
Works perfect all the time, June 14th, 2013
Have had the EA6500 for almost a year now and it has worked excellent for the 4 of us in the family. It has not given us any problems at all.
from Berlin, New Jersey
It really is smart!, July 13th, 2013
Just had the router about 3 weeks. Use it with the FIOS bundle which has a router as well. No problem - the 6500 recognized the other router and assigned itself another ip address. Have 5 devices and a printer up normally, plus a guest network for visitors and their tablets/phones.
from Albany, Ga
OK, June 19th, 2013
IT performs at advertised. I like the easy set up and look the range of the wireless connection. The two usb hookups are awsome. love it.
from Hillsboro, Oregon
Smart WIFI HD Router, June 20th, 2013
I have own several wireless routers over the years as the digital world advanced into the streaming video, HD,and 3D era. Linksys/Cisco has always been in the front of the class with a newer, faster, wireless technology. The new EA6500 SMART WIFI Wireless Router AC1750HD Video Pro Dual-Band 802.11ac, is and has everything we've asked for and more. Upload & download speeds allow picture perfect streaming 3D video's. It was easy to set up my secured network with the peronal assistance of a highly trained Linksys technician. Linksys customer support has the knowledge and patience to complete the wireless task at hand. Using the SMART WIFI Tools, I can access inside my EA6500 to check on my device list, run speed tests, check on and set my security, guest access, Media Prioritization, USB storage, connectivity, trouble shooting and much more. I recommend, If you are ready to move up and stay ahead of the wireless advancement, beyond N-series routers, explore the Linksys website and find the perfect wireless router that fits your requirements.
Portraits of Elegance Fine Arts
from Cadiz, KY
The best router for the money and service, June 21st, 2013
I am a digital graphics fine art artist, photographer, web designer and film maker. Have personally built computers designed to my needs for over 10 years. I have to say, with all the networking I do on a regular basis, this Linksys EA6500 SMART WiFi Wireless Router AC1750 HD Video Pro Dual-Band 802.11ac is by far the very best piece of equipment I have ever used for my business. I very highly recommend this router for anyone to use. The ease of use, the solid streaming and networking is incredible. I am thrilled to have bought this router.
from The Delta, Solano County California
easy wireless installation needs improvement, July 18th, 2013
The initial installation went well. It was a little difficult installing my HP 1410 series laser printer. The easy install button did not work with my printer. I have not tried the simple tap card yet. Now that it is connected to my devices the ae6500/ac1750 is the bomb.
from Charlotte, NC
Great Router But Not Free, July 17th, 2013
I love the features on this router but was disappointed that I had to purchase apps for my iPad in order to use them. The installation cd showed it as only costing $.99 but when I found it on the marketplace, it was $2.99. I know $3.00 is not a high price, but I still feel like the router cost enough. The add-ons should be free.
from Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Great Speed!, June 30th, 2013
After having an old WRT54G, this router really moves the data. It takes some getting used to with the new setup software, and being a do-it-yourself type, I prefer to individually access the parameters as opposed to the "user friendly" new setup. But the new software does get the job done.
from Silver Springs, FL
Simple, Easy and Dependable, November 29th, 2012
This Linksys EA6500 wireless router by Cisco comes with simple instructions and is easy to setup.
I am technically challanged and need devices that I know will work and require little maintenance.
This Linksys router is just the ticket for me and I am confident it will perform as advertized. After all, it's my third upgrade!
from New York,NY
Good Performace , November 30th, 2012
Over all I am happy with the performance of the Linksys EA6500 wireless router and the Linksys WUMC710 universal media connector. I setup my Samsung smart TV to Linksys WUMC710 universal media connector and now I can browse the internet and stream Netflix HD video with out a hitch even with a PC hardwired to the Linksys WUMC710 universal media connector. the Linksys EA6500 wireless router its self in my opinion is not hard to setup, but you do have to make sure the machine or laptop your using supports wireless N or else it will never find the router. Once Linksys EA6500 wireless router is setup non wireless n devices work fine. Having the guest login is great. I always have people over using my WiFi access and its nice not having to give them my secure password. And with my Cisco Connect Cloud Android App, you can keep track on who is on your network even when you are not at home. I've yet to try shared storage and the Linksys wireless cameras, but I sure it will handle with out any problems. the only con I have encountered which still not sure if it was the router or My provider I had to restart it once since I got it for some reason it lost internet connectivity.
Thanks for your detailed review of the Linksys EA6500 wireless-AC router and its compatible wireless-AC universal media connector (bridge/adapter). This product is a great add-on for the Linksys EA6500 router because it allows any Ethernet enabled device to be upgraded to use the latest wireless-AC Wi-Fi technology for lightning fast wireless performance. The combination of Linksys EA6500 wireless-AC router + Linksys WUMC710 wireless-AC media connector is the recommended way to bring wireless-AC to all of your client devices like game consoles, roku, smart TVs, blu-ray players, etc.
To help others better understand this wireless-AC product and solution, wanted to add a link to the Linksys WUMC710 universal media connector.
Linksys WUMC710 Universal Media Connector - Upgrade Your Devices to Wireless-AC
Thanks - Linksys Store Team
from Fredericksburg, Va
Overall good router, when it stays connected, April 22nd, 2013
Overall, I think that this is a good router, and offers much better speed over my older one. To take full advantage of the speed (within your home network), you will need to upgrade your wireless computers with 802.11ac adapters. Set up was easy and all of my DLNA compliant devices were immediately visible, allowing me to stream my HD content. I have not had this router long enough to experience all of the other features it offers. The main problem that I have had over the last three weeks, as mentioned by another reviewer, is that it loses internet connectivity; has happened three times in the last two weeks...rebooting restores connectivity. Am in the process of troubleshooting with Linksys tech support, but I think the fix will end up being an eventual firmware upgrade.
Hello reviewer from Fredericksburg Va,
Thanks for your positive feedback regarding the Linksys EA6500 wireless-ac router's setup and performance. To help you with your Internet connection issue, please visit the special Linksys EA6500 support page. This special support page includes easy access to FAQs, Videos, Latest Firmware Downloads, Forums, Live Chat and more.
Linksys EA6500 Technical Support Page
Thanks - Linksys Store Team
JT's PC Solutions
from United States
Good all around., May 1st, 2013
I run a lot of WiFi devices as well as run a gaming/work server. This router does a great job in signal strength and setup. But i do get random disconnects as others do. Cisco needs to update the firmware to solve this problem. but its a good router all around.
Hello JT's PC Solutions,
Thanks for your positive feedback regarding the Linksys EA6500 wireless-ac router's setup and performance. To help you with your random disconnects, try making the following changes to your Wi-Fi settings for the two wireless radios included in this router.
Set the 2.4 GHz network to Channel: 11-2.462 GHz
Set the 5 GHz network to Channel: 165-5.825 GHz
You can also visit our Linksys EA6500 Technical Support Page for more information regarding router configuration.
Thanks - Linksys Store Team
from Clovis, CA
Awesome, June 23rd, 2013
Highly recommend this product.
Juan Flores Zuniga
from Costa Rica
friendly and secure, May 20th, 2013
Excellent option to connectr wirelessly. Secure and friendly to install and use. It really works better with windows 8, not with 7.
Eager to keep using it as long as possible