Getting to know the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500

The Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500 is the latest range extender from Linksys with 802.11ac technology.  It lets you repeat the wireless signal of any access point or router to provide Internet connectivity in hard to reach areas through a wireless connection on either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band.

Front Panel

      Power/WPS LED Status
  • Blinking white - When the extender is powered ON, is resetting to factory defaults, upgrading its firmware or WPS connection is in process
  • Solid white - When the extender is ready to use or WPS connection is successful
  • Blinking amber for two (2) minutes - When the extender cannot establish a connection or encounters a problem 

Back Panel

  • Audio port – Connect any 3.5 mm headset or speaker to the range extender
  • Gigabit Ethernet portsFour (4) ports to connect wired devices to your wireless network using Ethernet (network) cables.  The green light turns ON when an Ethernet device is connected and active on this port.  The light blinks when the extender is sending or receiving data over the Ethernet port.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button – use the WPS technology to automatically and securely add wireless devices to your network
  • Power port – connect the device’s power adapter to this port and plug it to a power outlet.
NOTE:  European versions of this device have a power switch.

Product Specifications
Model Name Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500
Model Description Dual-band Wireless-AC Range Extender
Model Number RE6500, RE6500HG
Standards IEEE 802.11ac, 802.11a, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.3u
Ports Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, and Power
Buttons Reset, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, and Power Switch (European model only)
LEDs Power/Wi-Fi Protected Setup, and Ethernet (link/activity)
Cabling Type CAT 5e
Antennas 2 external (detachable)
Antenna Height 9 cm (for RE6500)
16.8 cm (for RE6500HG)
dbi 3 dbi (for RE6500)
 5 dbi (for RE6500HG)
Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access™ 2 (WPA2), Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA), and  WEP
Security Key Bits Up to 128-bit encryption
Supported Browsers Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Safari 5 or higher, Chrome 34.0.1847.114 or higher,  and Firefox 8 or higher
Compatible Operating Systems  Windows:  Windows XP SP3, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 and  higher
 MAC OS X®:  Leopard 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1  or later, Lion 10.7,  Mountain Lion 10.8
 Android™ or iOS
NOTE:  The Linksys RE6500HG has the added High Gain (HG) antennas and with the exact same specifications and functions as the RE6500.  The Linksys RE500HG-AP is the version for APAC region.  To know more about this, click here.

Related Article:
Setting up the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500

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