Summary: Be aware that there are 2 versions of this router with the same name (EA6500). The newer version 2 is much better with a faster processor, twice as much RAM and USB 3.0 support. Also remember that an average internet connection is around 15MB / sec so your speed will not be more than that unless you are transferring files within your own home network.
Pros: Fast speed on wireless N band. Gigabit LAN ports. Very easy to configure through a PC web browser. Supports future devices with wireless AC band and 5GHz. Has USB 3.0 and 2.0 jacks for printers and storage devices. Firmware updates automatically overnight when available, so you never need to even think about it.
Cons: The G band seemed slower than my old E2000 router, so I ended up daisy chaining my old router to the new one and set it as a AP for the G band, it runs more than twice as fast on G and now I have a triple band network with N and 5ghz AC / N on the EA6500. The range of the 5GHz band is about 1/4th of the 2.4Ghz band, in my basement I get 4 out of 5 bars on 2.4ghz and barely one bar on 5Ghz. My Nook tablet was not able to configure the router through a web browser. I ha...
Summary: Replaced a smaller Linksys router with this one. Hoped for better distance in coverage. However, didn't notice much of a difference. Has more features but if you have a two story house, even after moving to the center doesnt cover the entire house.
Summary: I've have this Linksys EA6500 (v2 hardware as requested when I ordered it) and have been running it for a few month's now. It replaced a Dlink DIR-655 that I've used for several years. I found the router's interface (current firmware v18.104.22.168989) not really intuitive, yet not that difficult to use either.
Summary: I had quite the time trying to set this up. I'm not sure if it was because of the certified refurbished status of this item. After multiple restarts and hours of brainstorming, I finally got it working and am happy with us functionality.
Summary: If the router control the cooling issue, this router will be your best choice, so I gave this product with four stars. Linksys should be better to control the cooling issue, cause since this router in my room with warm stuff in winter, the router will be gone like no wireless, first the 5G channel gone and then 2.4G channel. So I have to move it out of my room without warm stuff and stable than before. It bother me what if the summer comes...
Summary: Got it for 45% it's original price so it was a deal.
Pros: This is an upgrade to a 802.11 N dual band Belkin that had gone dumb from firmware updates and in comparison to that, this router is fast, quick to respond and the best signal I've seen to date. To give an example on the signal strength I still get signal at the end of my driveway and almost in the street and that's through a brick house and a steel car via the 5ghz ( less wall penetrating ) band. The routers webpage via desktop is very easy to use. Was able to turn o...
Cons: This is where the first egg cracked.... Initially I was using the iOS smart wifi app since the routers webpage was not supported via safari. Everything seemed okay, changed my SSID and password, wanted to disable SSID broadcast but the option was not on the app version ( it is on the desktop version ) settings saved and phone and pc connected just fine however when I restarted the router to test that the settings stuck.... The phone nor my desktop PC could reconnect t...
Summary: It works as expected. It does have some connection issues which it disconnects and reconnects randomly sometimes. I read similar on other reviews. It was a cheap refurbished model so I'm not too upset.
This router has incredible range -- much improved from the WRT54 it and better than the other router which is an EA4500
Bill F, Amazon
23 November 2014
Summary: Due to the configuration of my house, I actually have two routers at either end of the house. I purchased this as a replacement for the WRT54GS at the far end of the house. This router has incredible range -- much improved from the WRT54 it and better than the other router which is an EA4500. If this router had existed when I first set up the network I might have used only one router. Based on performance, this unit gets 5 stars!