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BELKIN EA6900-UK Linksys EA6900 - Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1900 UK Plug
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BELKIN EA6900-UK Linksys EA6900 - Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1900 UK Plug
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Delivers speeds up to 4.3x faster than Wireless-N.
AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
At a Glance:
- Up to 1,900 Mbps (4.3x faster than wireless-N)
- Three adjustable antennas help extend Wi-Fi range
- USB 3.0 port for external storage: up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
- Four gigabit Ethernet ports offer speeds 10x faster than standard Ethernet
- Linksys Smart Wi-Fi lets you remotely access and control your network
Linksys AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA6900)
Up to 4.3x Faster than Conventional Wireless
Get better performance and enjoy speeds up to 4.3x faster than wireless-N with the Linksys AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi router. Using wireless-AC technology, this router offers enhanced data streaming speeds of up to AC1900 Mbps (N600 + AC1300), making it suitable for large households, serious gamers and HD video enthusiasts.
The router's gigabit Wi-Fi speeds allow for quick downloads of large files. As you add Wi-Fi-enabled devices, wireless-AC makes it possible for you to catch up on your favourite show on Netflix while family members simultaneously stream HD movies on another device, play online games or browse the web without waiting for content to buffer.
The AC1900 also boasts three adjustable antennas that help distribute the Wi-Fi signal and extend its range throughout your home. The AC1900 includes USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, letting you easily share devices like external hard drives and printers across your network. It also has four gigabit ports to connect wired devices at speeds up to 10x faster than Ethernet.
Beamforming Creates Stronger Faster Connections
The Linksys AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi router features beamforming, a technology that optimises the wireless signal strength between your connected devices and router. Beamforming enables the router to identify and connect directly with other devices rather than simply sending out wireless signals in a general direction. This results in faster network speeds, better wireless range, and reduced interference from other devices. It also helps extend the battery life of connected devices and reduce their power consumption because data is transferred more quickly.
Manage your Home Network Remotely with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi you can access and control your home network from wherever you are using your smartphone, tablet or computer. For example, you can set parental controls to restrict Internet access during certain times of the day and create unique, secure Wi-Fi passwords for your guests. You can also monitor activity on your home network, add new devices and check upload and download speeds.
In addition, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to prioritise, which devices on your network receive the most bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering when you're streaming HD media or gaming.
Upgrade your Devices to Enjoy the Full Benefits of Wireless-AC
Using Linksys's family of wireless-AC peripherals you can take full advantage of the improved speed and stability of wireless-AC. The Linksys Universal Media Connector (WUMC710) lets you connect wired devices such as game consoles and smart TVs to your Wi-Fi network and stream HD or even 3D HD video content seamlessly. The connector operates on the 5 GHz band, resulting in less interference and a clearer signal. Additionally, the Linksys Dual Band AC1200 Wireless 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300) enables you to upgrade your laptop or desktop computer to fully benefit from the faster speeds of wireless-AC technology to stream high-definition video or enjoy high-speed gaming.
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Bearing in mind that manufacturer's performance claims are so misleading as to be almost fraudulent, and commercial reviews do liitle to correct them, I was rather wary when I came across a review which placed the EA6900 on a par with the then class leader in 1900ac routers. It came second in nine out of eleven tests and was therefore declared inferior. In the small print it was subsequently revealed that the difference was only a few per cent and that it won the other two tests ' hands down'. These tests involved distances of fifteen feet and more and two brick walls. My scenario exactly.
The unit itself is reassuring solid with an immediate impression of quality. My EA4500 has run continuously for three years now without a glitch, so I had no qualms on that score. My main concern was how intrusive the Smart Wifi would be.
Setup was simple but does require a wired connection initially, which seemed a bit odd for these days. There was an option to set it up manually, which confused me slightly as it still seemed to be going down the Smart Wifi route. A couple of resets later and I found that if you persevere, you come to the setup pages. These are a tad illogical in their layout, in my opinion, but most things that you need are there.
So far so good. Disconnect the wire and carry on the setup wirelessly from a laptop. No problems. Check coverage around the house. Best that I have seen out of all the routers that I have tried.
Next morning I tried to make an adjustment from my tablet with the result 'Mobile browsers not supported. Use the Linksys app' which then requires you to sign up to an online account to administer your router. Just like keeping your house keys in a key safe outside the front door and then having to phone someone to open it every time you want to get in.
All this and the guest account is secured(?) with a plain text password.
No thank you. It has gone back.
In the box along with the router you get a power adapter, an Ethernet cable, a quick start guide and a full user manual on CD. Set-up is a breeze. There's no modem inside the EA6900, so as long as your existing modem is working okay just plug it into the port marked "Internet" and you're halfway there. After an online firmware update, the user interface is nice to look at and easy to use. As this is a "smart" router various apps and widgets can be used in the interface, and you can set up cloud-based remote access through Linksys's Smart Wi-Fi service, allowing you to control the router's functions from wherever you are.
I had no trouble connecting an 802.11ac-capable Edimax Wi-Fi adapter to the router, getting excellent transfer speeds and a strong connection considering the adapter's distance from the router. So far the EA6900 is performing well, and it's only its heat generation that really bothers me.
I've had to move this to a slightly more elevated position,but it still works a lot better than our Linksys Wag54g2 modem router.Using a tablet 3 rooms away from the router we can now easily surf the web and have even been able to stream Netflix and YouTube,also the laptop has continued to work well,which was never the case before.We do get the occasional lag on the tablet with sites like Rightmove when there are a lot of images and videos,but otherwise it's been fine.Connecting the tablet to the network was easy as the password is on the bottom of the router.Having said all that,I do think this is very expensive as I doubt the actual range is much over thirty feet,also it doesn't support WPS which BT seem to use.
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it is good for 'routing' especially when you have Airplay products in the setup which require the Bonjour service.Read more
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