Linksys EA6350 Review
The Linksys EA6350 comes packed with a variety of features and superior functionality, making it highly suitable for home use. It is a sleek device with two non-detachable antennas at the rear.
With an option of 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz frequencies, users can enjoy fast video streaming, reliable performance and a stable connection. Users looking to play online games, watch streaming movies, or conduct other online activities on the Internet will not be disappointed with the performance of this router.
The in-built smart Wi-Fi software allows users to easily monitor the network remotely from home, office or coffee-shop. You can easily access the network from any device that connects to the Internet, such as a smartphone. You can use this to check on devices connected to your router. It also allows you to block a device or website effortlessly. You can even create a password-protected guest network using the smart Wi-Fi software. These key features make it more convenient, reliable and hassle-free to manage your home or office network. The software also contains a gamut of applications that enable better control of the network.
The smart Wi-Fi software allows parents to remotely set up parental control, block inappropriate websites, monitor Internet activity and even prioritize certain websites.
A USB 3.0 port enables you to share files with other devices connected to the network. Media streaming and data sharing is a breeze. You can easily back up photos, videos and other files from your computer to an external storage device connected to the USB port. The USB port also allows users to connect to an array of peripheral devices, such as printer.
The Linksys EA6350 wireless router is compatible with numerous browsers including Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Firefox 8 and Google Chrome. The manufacturer, offers up to 1 year warranty support. While a CD comes in the box alongside the router, you do not need it for router setup. Plug the router to a power source. Connect it to a modem and a computer device. Connect to the Linksys Secure Network and follow the instructions given in the Quick Start Guide to complete the basic configuration.
The EA6350 is a smart choice for anyone seeking high speed connections, greater control of the network and faster file sharing across devices.
Submitted By: Eric Messana
I was recently in the market for a new router after my Netgear one suddenly stopped working. I decided to find something newer. I did some research online and found out that Wireless N, what I have always remembered as being the best and fastest type of wireless signal, is actually outdated by what’s called AC. Then I began looking for routers that come with AC technology and, with all NETGEAR routers crossed off my list, I soon came upon to EA6360 (also called AC1200+). Written big on the box and on every description you read is the idea of “Smart Wi-Fi”, which is basically the router settings page but accessible from anywhere. But honestly, how many times have you had to disable ports or change wireless channels when you’re not home? I can think of a couple scenarios in which it may come in handy, such as helping out a sibling or friend who may not know how change a setting, but I haven’t ran across that, or any scenario in which it might be useful.
The set up was a pain, considering they forced me to register it with Linksys, create a cloud account (also skippable, but that’s how the “Smart Wi-Fi” feature works), AND THEN upgrade the firmware to the newest version.
After that however, my experience got a lot better. AC technology is WAY better than anything else, and I was (to my surprise) able to notice a difference immediately. The way I could tell was that when I download large files on my computer (like an iPhone update or such), streaming Netflix video on my TV did not lag one bit. In the past, I had to either pause the download or pause the video and let one finish first. Anytime I ever tried to do both, or anything that involves simultaneous use of high bandwidth, it would immediately get stuck. I was also able to monitor the download speed of the update I was getting, and it barley went down (1.2 MBPS to about 1.0MBPS), while the Netflix video streamed with no problems. I really like this router and I would recommend it to anyway looking for an upgrade to AC standard.
Submitted By: Steve Ross
I bought an ac1200+ model ea6350. Plugged it in and started using it. It works for most stuff but if I try to stream Netflix it seizes up my modem. If I stream direct from the modem netflix works, through the router I get abut 10 minutes and them my modem freezes. I’ll probably be returning it.
Submitted By: Jim Francis
I use the Linksys EA6350 along with the WRT1200AC. Both are similar in terms of operation. However, the EA6350 is designed to better handle a larger number of wireless devices without losing signal integrity. I have approximately nine wireless devices connected to both routers. From what I can tell, both units function equally well. Setting up the EA6350 is super simple. There is no software to install. Users just go to the website on the leaflet.
Submitted By: Funk
After reading reviews on the router, I don’t understand why some are experiencing problems with signal range. I get great range from my device. I used to use Virgin Media Super Hub, which enabled me to broadcast on either band. However, the electronics in my home are older and only function using the 2.4 GHz band. I get the signal anywhere in my home. Though the speed is slower than the 5 GHz band. The signal range is not as extensive on the higher band.
The Linksys is relatively easy to set-up and I had the unit running in a matter of minutes. Previously, when playing games online, my ping rate fluctuated. I was curious to see the difference when using the higher band. Though the signal differed slightly, the ping rate was good and consistent. The router functioning at the higher band has improved my gaming experience.
Since using the new router, I have also noticed that web browsing, downloading and other online activity are performed much more quickly. I also like the fact that I can establish and manage guest networks according to individually used devices. The only drawback that I can see is that the router is quite large in size. Hopefully a company will create a device that offers the same level of performance while not requiring as much space. Though the EA6350 may seem expensive to some, the connection speed and the number of devices that the technology can adequately handle simultaneously are great reasons to make the investment.
Submitted By: Ed Meister
Before trying the EA6350, we were using an ADSL modem/router that did not give us a very good wireless connection. I transferred the wireless signal to the Linksys using an Ethernet cable. Set-up was a breeze. I did not even use the CD. I just connected to the server and updated the router. I then inserted the required passwords. Using my smartphone, I was impressed at the distance that I could be from the router and still get a good signal. The speed is also exceptional. We often have multiple devices functioning at the same time and have had no problem with signal quality.
Submitted By: Mr. William Oxley
As far as I’m concerned, this is just another fantastic router made by Linksys. The device is simple to set-up, intuitive and is visually appealing. Although, I think the overall size is rather large. I get great signal range. I can access the Internet from every room in my house to include outdoors in my yard. The speed is also good.
Submitted By: Bruce Boogie
I have had several Linksys routers and for some reason I usually have problems during the set-up process. I think you need knowledge concerning networking in order to quickly get the router functional in a short amount of time. However, once set-up and running, I never experience drops in signal range or strength regardless of where I am in the house. There is also no difference if I happen to be in a room with the door closed. This router is a beast. It does require approximately one square foot of space in addition to the height created by the antennas.
Submitted By: Tech 2.0
The Linksys EA8500 works great in our home. It is really rather large. However, we have the device mounted on a wall where it is pretty much out of the way. The router is solidly constructed, and set-up was rather simple. I expected to get high speeds, and I was not disappointed. At one time our TV viewing was interrupted by dropped signals. That is no longer a problem. The USB drives also offer fast data transfers. I performed various tests, and the router is stable, reliable and worth the price.
Submitted By: S. P. Long
I bought the Linksys for my business office that includes up to eight employees working on any given day. We cannot afford IT support, so we pretty much have to handle glitches on our own. I also cannot afford to waste a lot of time remedying technological issues. I need equipment to function without a hassle.
Installing the router was fairly straight forward. It took me around 10 minutes. However, I have had some experience in working with the technology. As far as performance, the router rates A1 in terms of supplying us with a consistent, stable network. The unit capably handles four wired computers, three wireless laptops, a wireless printer, a NAS and up to three phones. I have had no problems or complaints about the service that the device provides. We probably only use a fraction of all the features that the router provides. However, for our needs, the router performs wonderfully.