Linksys 1750Mbps Wrieless Router & AC Networking - Testing and Conclusion

Article Index
Linksys 1750Mbps Wrieless Router & AC Networking
EA6500 Features and Specs
AE6000 Information
Router Web Interface and Setup
Testing and Conclusion

Testing:

As far as performance goes, we fired up iperf to do a little benchmarking on this router.  Iperf results show bandwidth that the network is actually capable of.  In the real world, you don't often see wired transfer rates approaching 1000mpbs because hard drives are barely fast enough to read and write at this speed.  Also, CPU overhead can become an issue when transferring this much data.  We use iperf with confidence as it shows how good the network hardware actually is and if it can perform anywhere close to its rated specs.  We will be testing wired performance, then wireless performance compared with a bunch of routers.  Lastly, we'll show how well the Linksys EA6500 works with different wireless devices.

Gigabit Wired Performance Wireless Network Performance

 

For reference we compared this router to the Trendnet TEW-812DRU, Rosewill T600N, as well as the Trendnet TEW-691GR, TEW-672GT and the Linksys WRT610N, E4200 and the D-Link DGL-4500 and DIR-655.  Many of the wireless adapters have changed over the years but we have always been using the current equivalents throughout these tests to keep everything as close to realistic as possible.  As you can see, the results of the Linksys EA6500 are in red, and when it comes to wired performance it's in the middle of the pack.  It tops out at just under 920Mbps (out of 1000Mbps), coming in behind a couple of Trendnet products, a couple of Linksys products and the D-Link Gamerlounge DGL-4500.  Wireless performance favors 802.11ac products and this router is almost twice as fast as every other wireless router - except the Trendnet TEW-812DRU that we reviewed recently.  

We will now compare specific wireless devices connected to the Linksys EA6500 router.

Adapter Performance

In terms of adapter performance, the Linksys AE6000 showed the worst overall.  While I realize that this little adapter is way smaller than the Trendnet unit and has less antennae and boasts less bandwidth, I had hoped that it would beat out the built-in wireless of my laptop as it is only 802.11abgn.  True, it does operate on the 5GHz band, but I really had higher hopes for the AE6000.  It is quick for a 802.11n device, but falls very poorly short for a device that claims 802.11ac speeds.

We ran through several instances of iperf and each instance transferred data for five minutes.  The results were averaged and are displayed above.  All of the Linksys gear that we are testing today shows up in red to make identifying it easier.  When it comes to wired performance, the Linksys EA6500 does alright, but isn't ground breaking.  On the wireless side of things, it does better when connecting to speedy 802.11ac or 802.11abgn hardware.  The AE6000 fell wildly short and really isn't worth buying.  It claims total speeds that exceed the USB 2.0 bus that it uses and still only performs about 25% of what it is rated - and it's rated pretty slow.  I realize that wireless network often falls short, but I did expect it to be better than older hardware and integrated laptop wireless.

Final Thoughts:

Overall the EA6500 and AE6000 are decent products and continue on where 802.11n left off - for the most part.  This router is currently the flagship router from Linksys and as we've seen, it certainly is feature-rich and performance friendly.  At the end of day this product offers a lot of performance and features for a decent price.  I've seen the router available for as little as $119 and for an AC1750 802.11ac product, this is very affordable.  The EA6500 gets the job done and gets it done very quickly.  I didn't expect to see 1000Mbps wireless performance and in that regard I wasn't let down.  We did see the second fastest wireless network that has graced BCCHQ South, but that required the Trendnet USB wireless adapter and the integrated 802.11abgn of my T430 ThinkPad.

In terms of performance, I've got some mixed feelings.  The wireless performance is decent for sure, but it does lag slightly behind the Trendnet bundle we looked at a little while back.  It's quick for sure - but it does have some room for improvement.  Wired performance was decent, but again nothing to write home about.

The Linksys EA6500 and AE6000 don't come with a lot of extras, but the extra that was included with the router is pretty nifty.  The NFC card is pretty slick and the Linksys Wireless App allows you to have complete control over your router from your smartphone or tablet.   Setup is simple and there are enough wireless and integrated features to keep your network secure and separated from other users.  The interface is quick and responsive - and the refreshed interface looks good and performs well.

The best part about this router is that it is powerful, fast and pretty affordable.  At ~$120 it's one of the most affordable 802.11ac routers on the market - and it comes in at this price point with a few bonus features.  That is always a good thing.

Pros:
  • Pretty and speedy software interface
  • Speedy wireless performance and decent range
  • Dual-Band wireless with separate configuration
  • Excellent price
  • NFC Simple Tap Card

 

Cons:

  • Less than 50% of rated wireless performance
  • Slower than expected wired performance

BCCRating

Silver

 

I'd like to thank Linksys for sending over these products for us to review.  If you have questions, comments or general feedback, please leave it in the forum at the link below.