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Singapore the first in the world to receive Linksys’s new Wi-Fi 6 E9450 EasyMesh router

By Ken Wong - on 9 Oct 2020, 9:03am

Singapore the first in the world to receive Linksys’s new Wi-Fi 6 E9450 EasyMesh router

The E9450 stands vertical like Linksys's other mesh solution, the Velop. Image courtesy of Linksys.

Linksys is launching their new mesh router, the Wi-Fi 6 enabled, E9450 EasyMesh router in Singapore. Singtel will be the first operator in the world to offer the new Linksys Wi-Fi 6 router to their Singtel fibre broadband customers in Singapore.

In September, Linksys revealed the E5600 (AC1200) and the E7350 (AX1800) routers. The E5600 is a Wi-Fi 5 router that can cover up to 1,000 square feet and can handle up to more than 10 devices at speeds up to 1.2 Gbps; and the E7350 Wi-Fi 6 router that can support up to 20 devices at speeds up to 1.8 Gbps and cover up to 1,500 square feet.

The E9450 Wi-Fi 6 router is Linksys’s latest advanced model under this updated E-series. Powered by a 1.5GHz Tri-Core Processor and 512MB RAM, it can support up to 40 devices and cover an area up to 2,500 square feet. The Dual Band router can deliver speeds of 4,800Mbps on its 5GHz network and 600Mbps on its 2.4GHz network.

There are a number of simple connectivity options. Image courtesy of Linksys.

Connectivity is fairly simple with four internal antennas, one USB 3.0 port, one Gigabit Ethernet WAN and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports.

The E9450 router is also backward compatible and supports the EasyMesh standard. EasyMesh is a standard defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance that aims to allow mesh networking systems from different vendors to work together. We first covered it in our news of D-link’s Covr-1100 mesh networking system. 

However, it currently can't fit into a Linksys Velop-based mesh solution as the Velop itself uses the intelligent mesh standard. This is Linksys’s proprietary mesh system that allows Linksys's Intelligent Mesh family (WHW, MX, MR series) to create the mesh system together. However the company said that intelligent mesh and EasyMesh integration could be a possibility down the line. 

Unlike other devices, setup isn’t done via an app but the E9450 uses instead browser-based installation meaning you can install it using an iPad, tablet, smartphone, PC, or laptop following simple on-screen instructions.

 

Pricing and availability

The EasyMesh technology will help futureproof your network. Image courtesy of Linksys.

The E9450 Wi-Fi 6 router will retail at S$399 per node.

As we said earlier, at launch it will be available via Singtel at the special introductory price of S$10 a month to the first 100 Singtel customers to sign up for or re-contract Singtel Fibre 1Gbps at S$39.90 a month (U.P. S$49.90a month) online. Subsequently, customers can purchase a single E9450 node at S$14 a month (U.P.$16 a month) with any Singtel fibre plan.

The Linksys E9450 will roll out normally through other channels from 10 December 2020.