Linksys introduces RE6500HG AC1200 High Gain wireless range extender, one of best wifi range extender products in AC1200 network segment. It’s a desktop model in addition of the wall-plug models such as Linksys RE7000.
What this product does
Linksys RE6500HG is based on wireless AC1200 delivering dual band speeds of up to N300 plus AC867 in addition of Linksys RE6700 AC1200 with wall-plug design. When you compare it with the new wall-plug model RE7000 AC1900 wifi range extender, you can find that the speed is different in AC segment which RE7000 offers AC1733 plus N300.
Cross band technology
The good thing is that both models offer the cross band technology to allow the wireless bands to receive information on one band and transmit on the other to maximize simultaneous use of both bands for stronger and more reliable wifi signals. See also comparison between Netgear EX7300 and RE7000.
Linksys RE6500HG comes with two high gain external antennas to boost the signal penetrating the walls and other construction materials covering large up to 10,000 sq. ft. larger area to cover than you have to build new wifi system offered by Netgear Orbi which covers up to 4,000 sq. ft. which costs around $400 for one unit Orbi router plus satellite. You can purchase the cheap AC1900 router offered by Tenda AC15 AC1900 router plus Linksys RE6500HP for extending the range.
Gigabit wired ports
With the desktop model, this Linksys AC1200 wifi range extender is embedded with four Gigabit Ethernet ports to allow you add more Ethernet-based devices to connect to the network in addition of your existing wired ports of the router. Routers in general come with four ports such as Linksys EA7500 and Netgear AC1900 routers with four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Based on wireless AC1200 technology
- Speeds up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps in 5GHz band
- Dual band with cross band technology
- 2x high gain adjustable external antennas
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Audio port you can add a speaker for streaming music
- Not ready with Beamforming technology
- Not ready with MU-MIMO like its wall-plug model Linksys RE7000.
Unfortunately Linksys RE6500HG is designed with Beamforming technology for stronger wifi connection when connect to the same Beamforming compliant devices. Not many wifi clients devices come with Beamforming technology, however you can find some wireless USB devices with this Beamforming technology such as D-link DWA192. See also top 5 best USB wifi AC adapters.
You may compare Linksys RE6500HG with other desktop models currently available in the market such as TP-link RE590T with touch screen based on AC1900 network segment. Or you may also consider the same AC1200 network segment offered by Netgear EX6200 range extender.
Take a look at the following two comparison tables. Table 1 shows you spec comparison between Linksys RE6500HG and TP-link RE590 touch screen range extender. You can find that the AC speed is different, no wonder they are in two different network segment.
Table 2 shows you comparison between Linksys and Netgear AC1200 range extender.
Table 1 comparison Linksys RE6500HG Vs TP-link RE590T
|Linksys RE6500HG||TP-link RE590T touch screen model|
|Wifi technology||AC1200 dual band speeds up to N300 plus AC867 with cross band technology||AC1900 dual band speeds of up to N300 plus AC1300|
|LAN ports||4x Gigabit Ports||4x Gigabit Ports|
|Coverage||Up to 10,000 sq. ft.||Up to 10,000 sq. ft.|
|Antennas||Two high gain antennas||Three external antennas|
Table 2 comparison Linksys RE6500HG Vs Netgear EX6200
|Linksys RE6500HG||Netgear EX6200|
|Wifi technology||AC1200 dual band with cross band technology||AC1200 dual band speeds of up to N300 plus AC867 with FastLane technology|
|LAN ports||4x Gigabit Ports||1x Gigabit Port|
|Coverage||Up to 10,000 sq. ft.||Unspecified|
|Antennas||Two high gain antennas||Two external antennas|
Linksys RE6500HG is one of best wifi range extender in AC1200 segment with cross band technology for large coverage up to 10,000 sq. ft. and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. Ideal for large home with multiple devices connect simultaneously, streaming HD video and online gaming.
You may also consider Ubiquiti Amplifi mesh point HD – a universal mesh point HD that can connect to any third party wireless router as the wireless range extender.