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Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router review

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Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
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  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router
  • Linksys EA6700 802.11ac router

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Blistering 802.11ac & 802.11n 5GHz wireless performance
  • Smart WiFi the class leading Cloud platform
  • Subtle, stylish design
  • USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 ports
  • Simple, intuitive setup and management

Cons

  • 802.11n 2.4GHz performance could be better
  • Still expensive
  • Only four Gigabit Ethernet ports

Key Features

  • 802.11ac Wireless
  • 802.11n dual band 5GHz & 2.4GHz wireless
  • Smart WiFi Cloud platform
  • SimpleTap NFC device pairing
  • 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • 4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • WPA / WPA2 & WPS security
  • Manufacturer: Linksys
  • Review Price: £169.00

What is the Linksys EA6700?

The EA6500 is Linksys’ new flagship 802.11ac wireless router. It replaces the EA6500, Linksys’ previous top of the line model and its first router to support the next generation ac wireless standard.

The EA6500 is our current pick of the 802.11ac routers available, so given the EA6700 will replace it on shop shelves it has big shoes to fill.

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Linksys EA6700 - Design

From first glance the EA6700 looks identical to its forebear. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Much like a ThinkPad, Linksys’ premium routers have had a consistent design for some time now and the EA6700 retains this same rectangular, wall mountable shape. Plenty of thought is behind it: the matt grey finish resists dust and fingerprints and the metallic band adds to its discrete stylish look and opens up to make space for a ventilation grill.

Interestingly the EA6700 still sports the Cisco logo, despite Cisco selling Linksys to Belkin a few months ago. Belkin has already announced it will keep the Linksys branding, but whether it will also add its own logo to the EA6700 in time is unknown.

The first sign that changes are afoot is along the rear of the EA6700 with the EA6500’s pair of USB 2.0 ports replaced by one USB 2.0 and one welcome USB 3.0. The layout of the ports has also been tweaked. Running left to right you now have USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports, an Internet port (for connecting to your modem), a reset pinhole, power socket and power switch.

Previously the USB ports had been sandwiched between the Ethernet ports and power button and the new arrangement makes them more accessible.

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Linksys EA6700 - Features

Aside from USB 3.0, the EA6700 ticks the same primary boxes as the EA6500. Its headline feature remains its 1300Mbit 802.11ac and this is augmented by 450Mbit 802.11n for the misleading ‘1750Mbit’ figure punted by most ac wireless routers. These bands are powered by six internal 3D antennas with high power amplifiers.

The other talking point with any new Linksys router is the company’s ‘Smart WiFi’ (previously ‘Connect Cloud’). Smart WiFi is a Cloud platform which enables you to access your router from any location by logging in at linksyssmartwifi.com or using the company’s official Android and iOS apps. Smart WiFi lets you remotely add or remove devices on your network, adjust privacy and parental settings, control guest access, prioritise devices or applications, change passwords and even the router SSID and broadcast bands. It also has an API for third party apps and their numbers are growing.

Connect Cloud actually had a contentious launch as it unilaterally imposed itself on all the latest pre-Cloud Linksys routers. But under the Smart WiFi banner it has matured into by far the most attractive, intuitive and powered router control platform currently available. It won’t intimidate technophobes and advanced users can tweak minutiae to their heart’s content.

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Like the the EA6500, the EA6700 also caters for users with NFC enabled devices with a bundled ‘SimpleTap’ card. Just touch the card to your NFC device and it will be automatically connected to the EA6700’s 802.11n 2.4GHz wireless. Why Linksys chose to associate the card with this band is down to prevalence as wireless n 5GHz support still isn’t ubiquitous and of course 802.11ac support right now is rarer still. That said, SimpleTap is a great way to quickly add devices.

Not leaving out the more perfunctory elements, the EA6700 also supports IPv6, Dynamic DNS, port forwarding and there’s even an integrated broadband speed tester.

Nate Ebner

July 10, 2013, 7:54 pm

I haven't been able to find it with the search, so forgive me if you've already done it. But could you review the Asus ac router. Their 11.n was widely considered the best, and it would be good to have the comparison.

Gordon Kelly

July 11, 2013, 9:18 am

Hi Nate, check my response to your question in the new Super Hub review. http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Nate Ebner

July 11, 2013, 10:36 am

Saw it. Didn't check to see that you'd written this review too.

TheEclectic

August 5, 2013, 8:34 pm

I'm getting the sense that this is exactly the same router as the EA6500, but with a different USB configuration. Would I be far off? I mean, internally nothing's changed, right?

sebna

August 11, 2013, 2:46 am

Hi, I am trying to find information if this router can be paired with 3g dongle via USB like Asus one for 3g sharing?

Thanks

bradmartinlfp

August 12, 2013, 5:30 pm

Great review - thank you. I have had a EA6500 router since June 7, 2013 and have had quite some difficulty with the first one being defective and now the second one (after a power down / up) has been deemed defective. Returning the EA6500 to Amazon and purchasing the EA6700 instead - appreciate your review.

John Smith

August 19, 2013, 1:15 am

Just bought Linksys AC1600 two days ago.
It drops the signal when more then 3 devices are connected. (2 wireless and 1 wired)
Just going to return it to Costco.
Never had Linksys that would work fine. I thought I will try this one but apparently I have no luck with Linksys.

HoustonReal

September 15, 2013, 8:41 am

ea6700 has faster dual core cpu, slightly tweaked antenna connections and usb 3

Alex

September 27, 2013, 9:56 pm

This is exactly how I am browsing now. well, with a LAN adapter for the 3G dongle actually.The fiber is down for the moment. No issues in browsing.

ecopsorn

October 15, 2013, 1:56 pm

Does anybody know if this router can be extended with cisco access points, for example the WAP321? WIth extended I mean, the SAME network, not a different one. Any ideas?

Kash Janjooa

October 31, 2013, 1:10 pm

avoid this router, I have the ea6500 and its been a nightmare! I know this review is for the ea6700.

Since Linksys has been taken over by Belkin, they have the worst support. There has been no firmware upgrades since either..... disappointed. I wish I had stuck to Billion, but they dont do an AC wireless all in one device.

Andrew

October 31, 2013, 3:39 pm

dont bother with this flashy router all hype and does not do what it says on the tin. highly unreliable, had a few now all the same problems... going back to my old router that I could connect all my devices to see my printer cctv and nas drive... thanks belkin for months of hassle!!!!

naishproductions

November 7, 2013, 7:44 am

thanks for all the reviews, was about to purchase but given the bad reviews i'll go somewhere else.

MsRedCurls

November 21, 2013, 12:17 am

I bought the EA6500 in January 2013. It has been replaced 4 times! Each time I am on the phone with Support from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Today I have been on hold for over 30 minutes while they decide to replace the EA6500 with the 6700. I don't have high hopes that the 6700 will be any better than the 6500. BTW, each router has had different issues: 4 different hardware or software issues! I find it hard to believe this is a stable product.

DanielKM

November 25, 2013, 4:59 pm

Please let us know if the EA6700 fixes your issues, thanks :)

LaHaHeL

November 25, 2013, 11:46 pm

Cons #4: There is no advanced settings.
Cons #5: The GUI is very slow.
Cons #6: Bad support of L2TP connections.

Ford

January 24, 2014, 1:05 am

Has anyone else experience problems with new and Linksys reconditions EA6500 and EA6700 routers failing. I have had 5 or 6 out of 8 routers fail with 4-6 months. In each instance, router fails to transmit internet by LAN or wireless, then, after rebooting several times, lose 2.4.
Linksys support doesn't have answer, other than they can't replace.

Rand

February 19, 2014, 4:49 pm

I have lost one of the ports on this router only after 5 months. I have had issues with my connection dropping and found out the EA6500 can't handle a lot of traffic going through it. Also, have fun with their customer service, It may be because Linksys has been sold to Belkin and no longer part of Cisco. I was told they would call me back and didn't and planning on getting in touch with BBB and Belkin's CEO regarding this.

Maxipes Fik

February 22, 2015, 7:45 am

Have the same - WORST router ever! You have to sit right above the router to get any useable speed - I mean 1 meter is the maximum!! And stuff like SSID can NOT be hidden is just a bonus to this BS toy. But you surely won't miss crap like "smart media" and "automatic smart connectivity" and similar "press button to be smart" bullsh1t nonsense. Never more anything from Linksys - they used to be such nice routers; such pity :-(. To be forced to access the most basic features through "Smart WiFi" _REMOTELY_, from the internet, meaning you expose the bloody thing to Linksys company & the world! And meaning that when you switch to bridge-mode, you never can access those features. Totally useless amateur crap design.

roo zoo

October 11, 2015, 2:47 am

Use Advanced Tomato, noob.

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