Linksys Smart EA6500
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Linksys Smart EA6500 Review
Linksys Smart EA6500 has similar looks to the EA4500 from the same manufacturer. It however features wider Weight, Height and Depth measurements of 10 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches. By comparison, the EA6500 has the same black, attractive case having decorative metallic overlay like the EA4500 v2. Its logo comprises of soft white glow and serves also as LED which signifies status of the router (for instance blinks when WPS connection gets initiated).
The dual-band router offers support to theoretical 1300Mbps at the 5GHz band and 450Mbps at 2.4GHz. Six antennas lie inside having 3x3 rates of transmission and reception for both of these bands. You would require a client machine equipped with 3x3, wireless adapter to obtain maximum performance from the EA6500.
Rear panel can accommodate up to four Gigabit LAN ports, WPS button, WAN port, two USB 2.0 ports and the reset button. The Smart EA6500 from Linksys comes with CD containing setup software, along with other useful resources that include the user guide. Setting up this router involves simple operation. Just insert this CD, which then will perform an auto-run. Click on “Setup your Linksys Router” link. You also may manually setup the router if you have moderate networking knowledge. This is performed by connecting to PC and broadband connection, before heading straight into local interface.
A graphical tutorial illustrates well how to connect cables in the correct manner. The setup wizard as well creates router password, SSD and wireless password in automated manner. All these functions can be changed. The automatic setup provides WPA2 security by default, together with a strong password.
One hitch occurs with setup, in which the router by default employs same SSID for both 5GHz and 2.4 bands. You may manually control the gadgets which connect to various bands. The whole process of setting up only takes few minutes, right from connecting router to DSL modem to connecting laptop wireless to SSID. It is notable that only countable consumer routers this powerful employ such user-friendly setup functionality.
Linksys Smart EA6500 gives its users impressive operational capacity. This includes ability of locally managing the router through pointing browser to its IP address. You may also use Connect Cloud interface to achieve this function. Both the interfaces have identical looks, an important attribute for maintaining management consistency.
An important distinction exists, however. Pointing a browser to router’s IP address enables user-access of the local interface. The local management screen features light-blue bar on top of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi dashboard’s home page. Once you access management page of the router’s cloud, this same bar appears in colored dark blue form. These differences in color are quite important as they allow the user to tell whether the router management is done remotely or locally.
Smart Wi-Fi cloud platform as well allows for management of multiple Smart Wi-Fi routers from Linksys. The cloud, functioning as management console with the Connect Cloud is an advanced process of router management. This fact, coupled with superb operation capabilities, makes the Linksys Smart EA6500 a superb choice of router.