Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro (EA6500) - Wireless Cruiser

Launch SRP: S$349

Performance - 5GHz

Chariot and QCheck Performance Results - 5GHz Band

Linksys EA6500 Wireless Performance Results - 5GHz Band
Average Downlink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Average Uplink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Downlink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) Uplink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) UDP Streaming (kbps) Time to transfer 1GB Zip file
 134.345 97.541 84.211 83.333 997.045
(0.0% loss)
35 seconds 
2m with WPA2-AES
127.350 102.495 81.633 72.727 997.741
(0.0% loss) 
113.991 96.953 82.474 72.072 1,046.068 (0.0% loss) 37 seconds 
 114.598 90.943 70.176 72.072 1,072.328 (1.2% loss) N.A. 

Linksys's downstream performance on the 5GHz (AC) band is similar to the D-Link DIR-865L on most counts. The EA6500 is relatively fast, but it isn't quite fast enough as the ASUS RT-AC66U by comparison. And although the router was superseded by Netgear's R6300 on the 2.4GHz charts, the EA6500 was able to prove its mettle with a healthy showing of 134Mbps and 114Mbps at 2 meters and 10 meters respectively. If you could look at the graph below, the R6300 barely breached the 100Mbps mark across all the tested distances. One thing we have to take into account is that the R6300 was tested in bridge mode with two R6300 units, while the EA6500's results were gathered using the Netgear's 802.11ac USB adapter. Transfer of the 1GB file was equally zippy. It only required approximately 35 seconds to push the file from host to client at the 2-meter mark. Conversely, the EA6500's uplink speeds were less impeccable compared to its downlink numbers. The Linksys router managed an average upstream throughput of 98Mbps at 2 meters, and 91Mbps at 25 meters. On the bright side, security encryption (WPA2) had lesser impact on the router's throughput, unlike its 2.4GHz results. As for UDP streams, packet loss was only detected at a range of 25 meters.

The EA6500 produced healthy data speeds at close range and longer distances on its AC band. In fact, its performance is similar to D-Link's DIR-865L in most cases.

Upstream numbers were less impressive compared to the router's downstream results. The EA6500 also found it hard to match up to the RT-AC66U's blazing wireless speeds on the 5GHz band.

The Good
Sleek design
User-friendly platform
Remote access features
Balanced throughput on both bands
The Bad
Sluggish interface
Lacks Samba and iTunes server support
A tad expensive