Pros This router is perfect for those with no idea on how to customise a router to do all things you expect it to do out of the box.
The UI steps them through procedures and makes it easier, but not too easy for an average person to be able to set it up.
Cons Wasn't easy to set up at all. I'm using a Netgear DM111P ADSL2+ modem. Instructions are inadequate to get you on the net if you have anything beyond a basic setup.
Summary This router is nothing like I expected. It certainly doesn't qualify as a top of the range router, given that it hardly performs any better then my old Linksys WRT610N.
The setup disc and the instructions were useless to me, as my setup must be something out of the ordinary. I don't know why that would be, but it refused to recognise my ADSL modem and couldn't get me on the Internet.
After a number of hours of mucking around with settings in the ADSL modem and the EA6500 I finally got the two to place nice together, but it was far more difficult then Linksys would have you believe and far more harder then setting up my original WRT610N.
I have also found that the wireless performance on 2.4GHz and 5GHz in the 802.11g/h bandwidths to be on par, but no better than the WRT610N. Though, since I don't own any 802.11ac devices yet the product may come into its own there, but the vast amount of devices using 802.11a/b/g/n have not gotten any faster speeds using this device.
I am pretty disappointed with the EA6500 and in hindsight I would have stayed with the WRT610N, but sadly that router gave up the ghost after many reliable years of service. I don't hold many hopes for this device or place it in the same league as the WRT610N.
Do your research before buying this router and make sure you weigh up all the pros and cons before laying out your hard earned cash for this device.
Pros 2.4 GHZ frequency works well and is solid.
Easy to set up.
Cons 5GHZ frequency is full of problems just like the article states. Iphone 5 and Macbook both constantly lose the connection even with full signal. Very frustrating!!!
User interface is buggy and freezes up randomly when updating settings.
Summary Half of the routers functionality works great. The 5GHZ side is completely unusable. I like the functionality of the router and what its potential is. I just hope Cisco can get the firmware figured out soon so that the router is fully functional. I am debating on returning this router unless Cisco releases an update ASAP.Well there have been three firmware upgrades in the past month. Glad to see Linksys realizes their problems and is actively trying to fix the router.
I would not recommend buying this router until Cisco can release new firmware that fixes the 5ghz issues and makes the user interface more stable.
This CNET review is dead on in accuracy. Glad the article came out today as I was going crazy all weekend to figure out why I was having connection issues. Thank you CNET for allowing me to stop troubleshooting.
Updated on Nov 1, 2012
With the updates I have seen a lot more wireless stability. My computers and phones do not lose their connection anymore and the transfer rates are back to where I expected.
There are still some bugs when utilizing the user interface. It sometimes hangs up on pages. But it is not as common as it once was.
I have decided to not return this router as it is improving and the remaining problems with the router are minor.
Pros Very fast when it's working
Relatively easy to set up
Cons Locks up 2 or times a week and needs power cycling
Locks you out of GUI 2 or 3 times a month and needs a hard factory reset to restore
Firmware very buggy-google to see the number of problems out there
You have to connect through Cisco - ridiculous!
Summary I have owned this router since Nov 2012 and until Cisco resolve these issues I would suggest you don't waste your time. Just do a Google search and you'll see what I mean. You'll save yourself a lot of grief in the long run.
Customer support is virtually impossible to reach and I have been on hold for 60+ minutes on multiple occassions before giving up.
I own multiple Cisco products and have always considered them a reliable brand until this router, at $200 it should work!!
But enough is enough and unless Cisco fix these issues soon, the EA6500 will regretfully be consigned to the trash heap.
Pros Ease of setup.
Easy to change and monitor your router settings from home or while on the road.
Cons The router runs hot.
Summary In all, my review of this router is a 5 star. It is one of the easiest routers I have setup. It took me less than 10 minutes using my MacBook Air. Accessing the router settings is simple from home or abroad using the Linksys cloud. I can access the settings from my computer or when I am on the road using my iPhone. This router is replacing my Linksys E4200 v2, which was a good router as well. This router seems to update its firmware automatically and from reading the reviews that may have been the problem with any loss of connection and or poor performance. I utilize the 5.0 GHZ band with no problem, and I have the option to use the 2.4 GHZ band as well. Be aware that some devices do not support the 5.0 GHZ, such as the iPhone. I would recommend this router to anyone who is serious about setting up a great home network system.
Pros All of the features you look for in a state-of-the art wireless router, including dual band, high bandwidth, local LAN/USB ports, remote access. Also, great form factor.
Cons Most features didn't work properly. Basic wireless router capability barely functional.
Summary I agree with the CNET review. This product is not ready for commercial launch.
I returned my Linksys EA6500 and substituted with a NetGear R4500 which has the same features and actually works! Only drawback of the Netgear R4500 is its size.
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