Linksys EA6900 Review

Linksys EA6900NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000Buffalo Airstation AC1900
WiFi PerformanceAC1900 WiFi (600 + 1300 Mbps)AC1900 WiFi (600 + 1300 Mbps)AC1900 WiFi (600 + 1300 Mbps)
WiFi Band2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz
Ethernet Ports4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 2.0 port
1 USB 2.0 port
1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 2.0 port
Processor1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core1GHz Dual-Core1GHz Dual-Core
RAM256MB256 MB512 MB
Flash Memory128MB 128 MB128 MB
MSRP$199.99$199.99$149.99

The Linksys EA 6900 router was designed to handle multiple simultaneous connections with dual-band capability that ensures users get uninterrupted streaming. The unit is perfect for larger homes needing connectivity for various types of equipment. Gone are the days of Wi-Fi dead spots with a device that provides strong signal even in multiple floor scenarios.

The EA 6900 supports 1,300 Mbps transfer rates on a 5GHz band and 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz one using three internal and three external antennas. In addition to offering dual-band wireless connectivity, the unit features four Gigabit LAN ports. Two USB ports enable the user to connect Network-Attached Storage devices and make storing or sharing data easy and fast. The Quality of Service feature allows to prioritize traffic from different sources.

The EA6900 features the ability to create up to 10 password protected guest networks. Parental controls enable adults to block websites or limit Internet connectivity for their kids. Restrictions may also apply to specific times of day. The Stateful Packet Inspection firewall tracks network connections and recognizes suspicious patterns of packets. The router supports WEP and WPA encryption in both 64 and 128-bit versions. The Media Access Control address filtering technology additionally offers control concerning which devices may or may not have network access.

An easy to use interface makes the Linksys EA6900 suitable for novice users. Despite a stellar performance, the MSRP of about $200 may put some off.

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