Features
 
Technical Specs
  • Model Name:
    Linksys AE6000
  • Network Standards:
    • IEEE 802.11a
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • IEEE 802.11g
    • IEEE 802.11n
    • IEEE 802.11ac
  • LEDs:
    Link/Activity
  • Buttons:
    Wi-Fi Protected Setup
  • Wireless Encryption:
    WEP, WPA & WPA2 Personal/Enterprise, WPS
  • Storage Temperature:
    -4 to 158F (-20 to 70C)
  • Hardware Interface Type:
    USB 2.0
  • Max. Link Rate:
    Up to 583Mbps
  • Platform Compatibility:
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista 32/64
    • Windows 7 32/64
    • Windows 8 32/64
Support
Package Contents
  • Linksys Wireless Mini USB Adapter AC580, AE6000
  • CD-ROM with Setup Software and Resources
  • Quick Start Guide
Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great replacement wireless-AC USB adapter My older HP dv7 laptop has an Atheros AR9285 adapter which was being used with a Linksys E2500 dual band wireless-N router. The adapter kept dropping the signal which is documented in user forums. The E2500 works great with other computers so I knew that was not the problem. I upgraded to the EA6500 Linksys router paired with the AE6000 wireless-AC USB adapter. My connectivity and speed problems were resolved! Installation and set-up was easy, and one only needs to disable the device driver on the old adapter. I checked other brands before purchase, and this was the only mini USB adapter that uses the wireless-AC technology, so I like the smaller profile.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Highly dissapointed Was excited to replace fairly old AE25000 with a purported faster USB adapter with better connectivity, and when I could get a signal, the speed was indeed much improved and install was very quick. That said, the connection was unable to hold for anything longer than thirty seconds, and the household router is less than ten feet away from my desktop. While it's possible I ended up with one of the few below-standard drives (the plastic casing was slightly loose upon opening package), there's no reason my current drive (which is nearly falling apart) should be outstripping this in terms of stability and, though the size is nice and convenient, I cannot recommend this product.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AE6000 requires a CD reader. Really? I bought two of these and wish I hadn't. Neither of my two laptos has a CD reader and trying to find a way to download the software/drivers was not at all easy. Ultimately, I think I found what I was looking for, but the printout was 24 pages, which screamed out "Don't try this!" Now, I'm trying to figure out if Linksys will accept a return which, again, is not easy to figure out. Couldn't be less happy with the product. There was no mention of a CD in the email "selling" this product and no mention in the package how to download the software/drivers. I mean, really, who has a CD driver now on their laptop?
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I bought this for its compact size. Unfortunatel.. The size the of mini USB is great and doesn't get in the way like some of my old wireless adapters. However I have seen a significant drop in bandwidth from approximately 10m distance from my router. When I'm running ethernet I get just about 60mbs down and 20mbs up which is expected when using a direct line. When switching to the wireless adapter my download went to 4mbs and my up stayed around 15mbs. I've used multiple wireless adapters, and there is always lost bandwidth when relying on wireless instead of wired, but I've never once had it be this drastic making it very difficult to use the wifi for the purposes I need it for. I plan to return this product and go back to a more reliable adapter.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more speed. I purchased this adapter to fix a Windows 10 problem with the adapter inside my laptop. I have a Linsys EA4500 n900 wireless router. If I connect to the internet with a cable, I can get as much as 170Mbps download. With this adapter as configured automatically or any other way, the best I can do is 80Mbps. I tried to run 5GHz only since none of the other routers in the neighborhood have 5GHz, but that made things worse. The Windows network tools say I have only a 150Mbps connection. I was expecting to see twice that. I am onl5 feet from the router.antenna.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Problems with Windows 10 It worked well for a couple of weeks, then my Windows 10 laptop started crashing to a blue screen of death with the following message: "Your PC ran into a problem and it needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you. Stop Code: BAD POOL HEADER". This happened several (3 or 4) times per day. Investigating this, I came upon a suggestion to remove all external devices from the laptop, so I removed the AE6000. The laptop then worked fine without error for several days. I then plugged the device back in and within 2 minutes the laptop crashed again with the same message. I then went to the Linksys support page to see if there was a driver update available, and their latest driver version was 5.01.25.0 which is the exact version that I have. So, I would not recommend this device for Windows 10.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WILL NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS 8.1 I purchased this to compliment my new Linksys AC1900 router. I have owned 6 Linksys routers, but this adaptor is total disappointment, only works on 2.4 gh and doesn't do that very well. I had to purchase a Netgear AC adaptor to get the ac speeds, lots of bad comments on the internet about this adaptor and Win 8.1. No solutions that I am aware of, probably the last Linksys adaptor I will purchase, My next router will not be a Linksys!!
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from terrible product Poor reception and terrible speeds. It was an absolute waste of money.
Date published: 2015-01-09
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*Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.