Getting to know the Linksys EA6100

The Linksys EA6100 AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router is an 802.11ac/802.11n router with fast ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 port.  It supports data rates up to 300 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band and 867 Mbps in the 5 GHz band.  The router comes with two external and non-detachable antennas for better coverage and range.  To see more features of the Linksys EA6100, click here.
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The Linksys EA6100 can create three simultaneous and separate Wi-Fi:
  • The 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi is for devices that are 802.11n (N-only) and 802.11g (G-only) or a combination of both using the Mixed mode setting.  The Mixed mode is also backward compatible with Wireless-B/G/N devices.
NOTE:  The maximum speed that your devices can achieve with an 802.11n adapter on the 2.4 GHz band is up to 600 Mbps.
  • The 5 GHz Wi-Fi is for your devices that are Mixed, N-only, and AC-only.  The Mixed mode is backward compatible with 802.11a devices.
NOTE:  Connecting a device with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter on the 5 GHz band that is set to AC-only will enable you to achieve up to 1300 Mbps speed.  However, if you set the router to AC-only your Wireless-N/G/B devices will not be able to connect to the Wi-Fi.
  • The Guest Access is an additional Wi-Fi feature that allows your visitors at home to access the internet but not your local network (i.e., shared storage devices, printer access).
Top Panel
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Bottom Panel
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Back Panel 
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  • Reset button – restores the router to its factory default settings.  It is located at the bottom panel of the router.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) push button – located at the back panel of the router. 

These ports are located at the back panel of the router:
  • Power port
  • One Internet (WAN) port 
  • Four Ethernet (LAN) ports 
  • One USB 2.0 port capable of supporting an external hard disk or flash drive with up to a 500 mA current draw.
NOTE:  The Power switch is only available on European model.

Light Status

Below is the summary of the lights on your Linksys EA6100.  The router has a single-color light corresponding to each ethernet port to indicate link status and network activity.

Power/WPSGreenOFFPower OFF.
Flashing (0.7 Hz)Booting / system self-test / firmware upgrade.
Flashing (1.0 Hz)WPS in progress (up to 2 minutes).
Flashing (2.0 Hz)WPS error / WPS session overlap for 2 minutes and then back to solid green.
SolidPower ON / device is ready / WPS is successful.
GreenOFFNo physical link on LAN the port.
SolidPhysical link is up on the LAN port.  No data activity.
FlashingData is transmitting through the LAN port
GreenOFFNo physical link on the internet port
SolidPhysical link is up on the internet port.  No data activity.
FlashingData is transmitting through the internet port.

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