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Linksys’s new Wi-Fi 6 router can take in a 5G SIM card to deliver a gigabit wireless network

By Liu Hongzuo - on 28 Jul 2022, 2:55pm

Linksys’s new Wi-Fi 6 router can take in a 5G SIM card to deliver a gigabit wireless network

29 July 2022 update: We've amended the supported 5G bands as the previous specs referred to the Hong Kong version of the product. Please find the Singapore specs below.

Linksys FGW3000 5G Wi-Fi 6 router.

Linksys just launched a new router that not only offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, but also gives you high-speed Internet access even if you’re not wired up with a broadband plan.

That’s because the Linksys FGW3000 5G Wi-Fi 6 router (which we’ll call FGW3000 because it’s a mouthful) is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router with a slot for your 5G SIM card of choice.

According to Linksys, FGW3000 has a Qualcomm X55 Modem RF inside the 1.1kg router tower. For readers who might be able to recall, that is the same component that powers 5G connectivity on 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors – a flagship-grade mobile chip for high-end Android phones that launched in 2020.

Based on its spec sheet, that 5G SIM card port supports N1, N3, N28, N41, and N78 bands. That mostly lines up with the 5G networks offered through major telcos in Singapore. As a fallback, it can also tap into 4G/LTE networks too. The 5G connection grants “a gigabit broadband network”, according to Linksys, but it’s obviously subjected to the quality of your chosen telco’s 5G network, 5G SIM card, router placement, wireless obstacles, and more.

Linksys FGW3000 5G Wi-Fi 6 router (rear).

As a Wi-Fi 6 router, it offers AX3000 via its standard Wi-Fi dual-band setup, with up to 600Mbps on its 2.4GHz band and up to 2,400Mbps on 5GHz. Features to improve and strengthen connectivity include four dual-band antennas, MU-MIMO support for up to eight simultaneous devices, and two gigabit LAN ports for wired connections.

Setting up is simple since it uses a typical browser-based client for any configurations. It has WPA3-Personal Encryption, parental controls, and automatic security updates to plug up any safety gaps over time.

The Linksys FGW3000 5G Wi-Fi 6 router officially retails at S$859, and it’s available now. For its launch, Linksys is offering the router at a promotional price of S$849. The router can be purchased at major electronic stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Harvey Norman), and its official e-commerce stores on Lazada and Shopee.

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