Linksys AC1200 Review
Linksys has released the Linksys EA6300 AC1200, which is an 802.11ac router. It is a fast wireless router with a number of useful features.
Compared to 802.11n routers, 802.11ac is almost 3 times faster. The Linksys EA6300 AC1200 is powered by dual band technology and is capable of transferring data wirelessly at 1.2 Gbps. It is a suitable choice for heavy data users and ensures uninterrupted access to HD streaming, video conferencing and gaming.
It retains the design elements of other versions of the EA series routers. The top panel indicator light sees a slight change. It used to be a brightly lit Cisco logo that has now been replaced with a thin green bar.
On the back of the router is the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button, 4 Ethernet ports, an Internet port and a USB port. The power and reset buttons are also found on the back.
The EA6300 AC1200 is designed to rest on a flat surface. There are mounting slots on the bottom of the device, but they are towards the left side and if clung to a wall, the connections will point to the right.
Under the casing, it has five internal antennas, two of which are for 2.4 GHz band and the remaining three for 5GHz band. The 5GHz antennas are found on the left, center and right, whereas the 2.4GHz antennas are on the left front and back corners.
It retains many of the features found in its predecessor, the EA6500 AC1750 router. To access the smart features, you are required to create an account with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. If you don’t want to sign up, you can access all the router features directly by clicking the “local access” link.
Compared to the EA6500, it yields better performance. The EA6500 was powered by Broadcom’s single-core CPU whereas the EA6300 gets dual-core CPU, which explains the enhanced performance. It also delivers nearly double the performance offered by EA6500 for writing and reading files to a USB3.0 drive. The upgrade from USB2.0 in EA6500 to USB3.0 in EA6300 also explains the increased performance.
The 5GHz wireless throughput of the EA6300 is almost the same running downlink compared to the EA6500, but significantly better running uplink. This is because both the EA6300 and EA6500 use outboard 5GHz amplifiers and the same Broadcom BCM4360 radio. EA6300’s 2.4GHz throughput is not as high as EA6500.
Overall, the EA6300 AC1200 wireless router is a smart deal that outweighs the features and capability of EA6500. It is also less expensive than the EA6500.
Submitted By: J. Chambers
I recently changed my ISP to Comcast. They provided me with a modem/gateway that can also be used as a wireless router. However I needed to buy a router so that I can connect a USB hard drive to it. I got Belkin AC1200. The increase in speed between the Comcast Gateway and Belkin was remarkable. Belkin also gave me a better range and many other features such as parental control and QoS, not to mention the ability to connect an external disk. Everything was fine for about three weeks. Then the router started dropping connection. Even a reboot wouldn’t resolve the problem, I had to restore the router to factory defaults to make it work which was very annoying and time-consuming. I returned it and got the replacement. The new one has been working fine for couple months now. Overall it’s not a bad router, but Belkin quality control seems to be a problem.
Submitted By: Justin K.
This is probably the easiest router I’ve had to setup (not that I’ve owned many, 3 so far) – it said so right on the box but I didn’t really pay attention to that until I opened it and saw that the router wasn’t even split in parts, everything was pre-connected (even the power cable) and I just had to plug it into my own outlets. Setting up the network on the device was as easy as plugging it into my modem, everything was configured automatically and I was able to use my connection immediately. If you need to change any settings, you don’t even have to remember an alias for the device, you can just type “…” into your browser and you’ll be taken to the configuration page. I personally found this shortcut a neat little idea. Behind that wall of simplicity though, you’ll get plenty of settings to mess around with. You can change the full range of IP settings, including configuration for dynamic address allocation and IPv6, as well as parental controls that work quite well.
Submitted By: Marvin
I’ve had nothing but problems with the AC1200 since pretty much day one, and I’m glad I finally got rid of it. First, the range – it’s abysmal. The support staff tried to tell me that it’s just my apartment’s walls, but the fact that I’ve had two other routers that worked just fine before tells me otherwise. I could barely get any reception in the next room… and that’s when the router was actually working. After around one week it started freezing randomly and had to be reset from the power button. I’ve managed to find no solution or even temporary workaround for this, at one point it just became a habit that I had to restart the router at some point during the day. Recommended for masochists.
Submitted By: JJ
The router does its job relatively fine, but it’s not without its faults. First, I occasionally lose my connection with some devices. The strange part is that it’s only affecting some of my devices, with no seemingly obvious connection between them. My Xbox 360, iPhone and Nexus 7 tablet will often end up disconnected randomly, while I also have a laptop and a TV that use the Wi-Fi connection and have never had this problem. What’s weirder is, a friend of mine has a Nexus 4, he regularly stays over at my place, and he hasn’t lost his connection once. I would also like to have a little more visual feedback on the status of my connected devices, as the AC1200 is more simplistic and bare in its connection indicator lights. I understand this is done on purpose and some people actually prefer it like that, but it’s hard to tell what’s wrong when the router is not working.