Linksys may have jumped ships from Cisco to Belkin, but it’s still pumping out its usual slate of wireless networking products. Case in point, the company today dished further details for the two newest entries in its EA series of Smart Wi-Fi routers: the Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia (model EA 6300) and the Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast (EA6400).
Like their big brother, the already-available Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro (EA6500), both the AC 1200 and the AC 1600 are dual-band routers that offer the zippy new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard on the 5 GHz band as well as the usual 802.11n Wi-Fi on the 2.4 GHz band.
More specifically, Linksys says that the AC 1200 offers speeds up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. The AC 1600 speeds things up a bit, going up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. Both of those are a tad slower than the AC 1750, which offers 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and 450 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz one.
As their names would suggest, Linksys is positioning the AC 1200 towards smaller homes with “three to five” connected devices, and the AC 1600 towards slightly more advanced users who utilize wireless on more devices than that. And of course, users will need to be fortunate enough to have devices which support those superfast 5 GHz band Wi-Fi speeds to be able to enjoy them in the first place.
Either way, both of the routers are IPv6-enabled, sport Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports, and have beamforming tech for more efficient Wi-Fi signals and improved range. Linksys says that the devices can be installed from “most tablets, smartphones or PC browsers.” The company also touts the routers’ \’SimpleTap\’ ability, which allows them to connect to other devices through a single button press, QR code scanning or NFC tech. More details can be found at the source link below.
One area where the AC 1200 and the AC 1600 do differ from the AC 1750 is price. The AC 1200 is available now for $170, while the AC 1600 is set to arrive “by the end of May” for $190. That’s contrasted with the AC 1750, which has been available since last year and costs $220.