The Linksys AC1200 extender makes a number of bold claims. That’s what piqued my interest in trying this product: I was suspicious and wanted to disprove the claims.
According to the AC1200, WiFi coverage can be increased by up to 10,000 square feet. You can download games and movies without being slowed down thanks to dual bands and wireless-AC technology.
For wired links, there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports. I really appreciate the audio jack on this extender, which helps you to add a collection of speakers for wireless streaming. It’s a unique feature I haven’t seen in many other extenders.
The Linksys AC1200 WiFi Range Extender has a lot of features that I like, but I think it could be better in some places.
In my Linksys RE6500 analysis, I’ll talk about my experience with this extender.
Specifications for the Linksys AC1200 Boost Extender
- Bands 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Both a/b/g/n devices are compatible.
- WiFi coverage of up to 10,000 square feet and band speeds up to N300 Mbps
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports Audio jack for wireless music listening
- Antennas that adapt
Analysis of the Linksys RE6500 AC1200
The Linksys RE6500 isn’t as unobtrusive as some other extenders that look like wall plug-ins. That aspect didn’t concern me as much, but I understand that some people prefer gadgets that aren’t distracting. The RE6500 isn’t especially unsightly, but it does mimic a router or modem.
Linksys RE6500 Setup
The RE6500 is a relatively simple range extender to set up. To install Linksys RE6500 Setup, follow the following steps:
- Connect the antennas and the power cable.
- On the extender, a solid light can illuminate.
- Connect to the “Linksys Extender Configuration” network with a computer, tablet, laptop, or smartphone.
- Using a web browser, finish the setup process.
- The simplicity of installation impressed and pleased me. However, you may need to reconnect all of your devices if your WiFi password changes in the future.
The Linksys Extender Setup process is now complete.
This extender is compatible with almost every WiFi router because it uses wireless-AC technology. That made me feel better because some of the extenders I tried weren’t compatible with my current router.
It’s aggravating to purchase a product only to discover that it doesn’t fit your setup. It’s a squander of both time and money.
Despite the fact that this isn’t my favorite WiFi extender, I have to admit that the installation was simple and the compatibility was excellent.
What about protection?
According to Linksys, the WiFi Range Extender can extend your WiFi range by up to 10,000 square feet.
Now, I can’t confirm or deny that the RE6500 can hit this distance, but it does a good job of extending the signal in my home. My house is fairly large, but the walls and floors are very thick, making any wireless WiFi extender a challenge.
The RE6500 did a good job of spreading my signal to my bedroom’s dead zone. I had no trouble getting a signal, but it wasn’t particularly fast. However, bear in mind that no extender will improve your speeds by itself.
I’ve read a lot of reviews on this extender, and most people say it has a decent range. It should suffice for the vast majority of people.
The fact that this model uses wireless-AC technology, which allows for speeds three times faster than wireless-N extenders, explains why it has such a long-range.
There are two antennas on the RE6500 that you can change to give you more power over the signal direction.
Gigabit ports and Cross Band Technology
The Linksys RE6500 AC1200 dual-band wireless extender supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. It employs Cross-Band technology, which means it receives data on one band and transmits it on a separate one. For the best output, the extender will automatically attach to the best band available.
Crossband technology helps to avoid signal congestion and provides a stronger, more reliable signal in the house.
For fast wired connections, this Linksys WiFi Range Extender also has four Gigabit Ethernet ports. This sounds like a fantastic feature, and it is, but in my opinion, it is only useful if you use the extender in an office or living room where you might need a wired connection. However, if you put it anywhere else in your building, you’re unlikely to use it.
Audio Input Jack
The audio jack is a nice feature of this extender, but I don’t think it’s particularly useful. It’s one of the factors that piqued my interest in this product because I was curious about how it worked. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a good feature, but you’ll probably never use it unless you have your extender in just the right place.
This function might be useful if you intend to use your extender in the living room, kitchen, or office. It helps you to connect wirelessly and stream music by plugging in speakers or a sound system.