Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender

RE6500

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Description & Features+

Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500)• Supports 802.11ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
• Two (2) detachable external antennas
• Gigabit Ethernet ports
• Audio port for wireless music playback

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Available for Shipping to Canada Post
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Brand
Linksys
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
30986068, 30995205
Model #
RE6500-CA
SKU
6000187603453
UPC
74588364297

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Ratings & Reviews+

Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 246.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple Start, Feature Rich This is an impressive router. The setup is fool proof for novices but feature rich for the advanced users. It is security conscience from the start with encrypted connection from the moment you power it up. It includes automatic software update so the router is always the best it can be. The advanced features do not get in the way of the setup. This router supports OpenVPN so if your away from home, you'll be able to connect securely back to your home network. Also you have the option to download an app for the iPhone or Android and control the router when you are away from home. There are parental controls that you can setup with a visual representation of devices connected. There is a separate connection for guest access, so your friends who want to connect to your wifi can use your internet but prevent them from snooping on any resources shared in your network. Vlan support is available for the Internet port (WAN) and 2 of the other switch port out of 4. It supports IPV6 and the greatest feature of all... hard drive support. I can now have a centralized location to retrieve my media files from any device on the network and also do regular backup of my data.The switch ports are all gigabit speeds so you will be able to push as much data as possible through the wireless connection from a cabled connection. You can even change the light indicators on the router! If I had to criticize anything about this product, it's that is still uses a bulky power adapter. I can't imagine there being something better then this product, except that there is. One with support of newer WiFi standards! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great router linksys WRT 1200ac The Linksys WRT 1200ac offers a reliable Wi-Fi for small size house. It comes with a Dual core 1.3 Ghz CPU, 128Mb Flash, and 256MB DDR3 RAM. This router offers great signal for most of your devices iPad, iPhone, Laptops, desktops, and gaming consoles. It has a USB 3.0 port on the back which allows you to add your 3.0 USB external hard drive making this router act like a NAS storage device. Other features included in this router are network map, connectivity troubleshooting, open source, and guest access. The phone app allows you to access the routers setting and change them as you please locally or remotely. This router is stack-able meaning you can put it in top of another 1200ac WRT model or the 1900ac WRT or the Linksys switch shown in my pictures. I would not recommend this router for a two story house since signal is not the greatest in this model. However, I do recommend it for people in a one story house or one story apartment. One thing that I really want Linksys to change is the Marvell chip to a Broadcom chip as other routers perform better in my testing. The app from Linksys needs to be improved as well to show CPU and RAM usage, live bandwidth usage. This router is wall mountable as well. In conclusion, this router feels really sturdy does not feel like it was made from cheap material like other routers has a decent reliable Wi-Fi and offers decent features. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally back to the Blue! Thank You Linksys. Let me first start by saying that I received this router from Linksys for my review. With that being said up front, I can honestly say that I would have purchased this router if I had not recieved it for free. I already was looking at the new WRT1900AC when I received this one. When I opened up the WRT1200AC and laid my eyes on it and the Blue hit me, I was almost in tears and was barely able to contain my excitement. Maybe its just me or a Geek thing but the look of my devices is as important as their abilities. Also it looked very similar to the original beast the WRT54G. I can't stress enough how happy I was to see that they brought back the original WRT style Blue and this time it was Open Source Ready out of the box. Open Source means basically that the router can be used with Firmware (software) written and developed by really anyone or any group. I have always been a fan of DD-WRT which I used daily on my older WRT54G. It has the ability to turn your basic router into one with features well beyond this price range. If you are unfamiliar with Open Source I invite you to do some research on the subject. I wish everything was Opened! Before I received the WRT1200AC I was using the Linksys EA6500 and I can say that it is a decent router, however I always felt like it didn't have enough processing power as it would overheat and either hang or just restart. Not to mention it didn't have any visible antennas which just made me feel as if it just didn't have the range needed. I personally have multiple Wi-Fi devices and a few wired devices plus two techie kids with all the latest gadgets, consoles and laptops that all need routing. Plus just about everything nowadays has wif built in. The EA6500 even though it was a dual band and also has the wireless-n standard it just could not keep up with my demands. I had resorted to using two of my older WRT54G's with DD-WRT installed in addition to the EA6500 and was barley getting the job dobe with all the different devices and traffic we have. I am super pleased and happy to say that with this new WRT1200AC router I haven't had one issue with it overheating or crashing due to throughput. The 1.3 Ghz dual core Processor and 256MB of DDR3 RAM get the job done with ease. I purposely waited to write my review as to collect more real world data. I wanted to push this router to it's max and give it every opportunity to fail. The speed and range of this WRT1200AC is very good and I must say I like the design of the WRT routers much much more. I am a die-hard Linksys fan and user. I have tried other routers in the past and none seemed to satisfy my needs quite like the blue WRT routers from Linksys. With all the new gadgets coming out with built in internet access a router with a faster CPU and onboard memory is a must. My refrigerator even has wifi! So far I currently have roughly 25 Wi-Fi connections and 4 wired ethernet connections and as long as I use the QoS feature of the router I do not notice any lag or service interruptions when my children play Netflix or online gaming like I experienced with the EA6500 and 54G's. Before to get decent service at the far end of my home or in my garage I had to use a Wi-Fi extender (Linksys AC750) but now with the WRT1200AC I do not experience any signal loss anywhere in my home. This is an absolutely amazing router. Plus it looks good too.. Thank you again Linksys. Chad [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Speed drop requires reboot At least once a day the speed drops from about 30 mbps to 3 mbps. Rebooting the router with the Linksys SmartWiFi utility or hardware reboot restores normal speed.
Date published: 2016-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable and fast router with many attached devices NOTE: I received this unit free from Linksys to test and report. UNBOXING: It came packaged very well, no muss, no fuss which I like. Unboxing it showed simple instructions and a CD for installation (pics). It's large but lightweight, very angular and aesthetically pleasing as are all of Linksys' equipment. This one in particular giving a nod to the best selling router of all time, the WRT54. CONNECTING, STARTUP, SETUP, and USER SETTINGS: I use a MacBook Pro with no CD drive so all of my installation was done wirelessly. I connected the router to my Motorola SB6141 modem and use Charter high speed cable as my ISP with a 60Mbps down, 4 Mbps up plan. Always disconnect your modem from your previous router and reboot it when installing a new or different router. My modem tends to pick up the signal from the router without it having to be connected to the new router upon startup, so I did it that way. The WRT1200AC had no firmware update so I'm using firmware version 1.0.4.167471 which came preinstalled. The router booted up flawlessly and was up and sending out wifi signals in less than 3 minutes. I connected with my MacBook via the web address listed on the enclosed pamphlet with no problems. As you connect, you have the option of using the setup wizard or not. I normally can configure routers without it, but in this case used it for the purpose of the review and for those who are not particularly tech savvy. The most important thing about WIFI is setting up your security. The wizard walks you through changing your network password and network name. I always do this because I like to set up things that I can easily remember. For example, I use "1" for the 2.4GHz and "2" for the 5GHz network names and my childhood home phone number as the password. You can also use the standard network names and passwords that Linksys imprinted on the bottom of the router. WIFI. I have a few AC devices and all the rest are wireless N. I used mixed frequencies for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and WPA2-PSK security. I left all the settings on "auto". I had trouble with my XBOX 360 Slim with the 2.4GHz transmitter for "N" frequency. I get some packet loss (6%) and very low upload speed (0.02Mbps). This is only for my XBOX 360 Slim. I called tech support and they walked me through some troubleshooting. It appears to be an XBOX wifi adapter issue, not a router issue. If I used single network mode of G then the packet loss goes to zero and download speed goes up to 9Mbps, upload to 4.2Mbps. I have an XBOX wifi adapter that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for the non wifi XBOXes and I used that on it. The WiFi immediately improved. So, if your XBOX Slim is not giving you decent WiFi performance I would use G band for the most stable or get a Microsoft XBOX WiFi adapter so you can make use of the N speeds for all your other devices. I use Media Prioritization for XBOX LIVE. My son and I use XBOX LIVE quite often and I want to have the most lag-free gaming we can. Guest access comes enabled by default but I don't use it so I turned it off. I also don't use network attached storage so I can't comment on that here, either. I don't use a VPN so that was left disabled as well. USAGE: Gaming and moderate NAT. With multiple XBOXes it's common to see a moderate instead of open NAT. I experienced this with my Linksys WRT1900AC as well. There was no workaround for it when I looked into it at the time and I'm not sure if there is one now. For most households I don't think this is an issue, but for gaming households this can impact the quality of multiplayer gaming when more than one person is on XBOX LIVE. Netflix streaming. Wireless Netflix streaming has been perfect. No lags through my Apple TV. It loads fast and streams with no buffering. Printing. I have a Dell wireless laser printer that I use for my home office. Using the WPS feature on the printer as well as on the router, setup and connecting was truly a breeze. I pushed the WPS connect button on the printer and then using the web interface, clicked on the virtual button for the router. It connected within about 4 seconds, remained connected and has printed flawlessly. Range. Range is good for me. I'm in a 2000 sq. ft., single-level home and the router is centrally located. I have no problems with range from one end of the house to the other. OVERALL OPINION: This is a GREAT router. It is powerful, stable and fast. The "cons" I've written here regarding the 2.4GHz N transmitter would be fixed with either a call to tech support or switching out the router for another one if it's a hardware issue. The WRT1200AC is a set and forget piece of hardware. Once you get your initial settings where they need to be, you just then get to enjoy the benefits of this router. I would definitely recommend this router to friends and family, from ease of setup to speed and reliability. It does what it's supposed to do and does it very, very well. I'm looking forward to enjoying this router for a long time. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Better Wifi! I have had this router for 2 days, and it is head and shoulder above the N750 that I had before. I had even tried range extenders with old router. The range of the Linksys AC1200 is over double my old N router! Old router would not reach 2nd floor of house, Linksys works flawlessly, even our blueray player is now streaming correctly! Linksys AC1200 was very easy to set up, I followed the 5 step guide and was up in under 5 minutes. I used the Linksys wizard, and set my new network with same SSID and Password as old router, so I did not have to reconfigure my laptops and tablets. I like some of the upgraded features this router has. 1st- the media prioritization- my household does lots of streaming, so I enabled this to improve performance. 2nd- I am interested in the Open VPN. What is it? In English- It is a technology that lets you create a private connection. Why? If you are at a Coffe Shop, or an Airport, and you just connect, there is a good chance that others can see your data..Do I need to tell you how bad that is? Sites, data, credit cards....Ick! If you have a VPN, your device creates a private, safe, tunnel from your device back to your home that cannot be snooped easily. The Linksys AC1200 and AC1900 have this tech BUILT IN. You activate in your router, load the client to your device--laptop/tablet, and instead of leaking data, you are safe. I like the USB 3.0 port, but I have a 8 TB NAS, so I do not plan to hook up storage directly at this time. All in all, this was a great upgrade! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-04-16
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