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Linksys AC1600 Dual Band Smart WiFi Router


The AC1600 WiFi Router features dual wireless bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with data speeds up to N300 Mbps + AC1300 Mbps*, great for media-intense applications such as video streaming and online gaming.

Four Gigabit Ethernet ports make it easy to share data quickly across your network, and to external devices - at speeds 10x faster than Fast Ethernet. Plus, you can use the high-performance USB 3.0 port** to attach a storage device and quickly transfer large files or share devices across your WiFi network.


Beamforming focuses the WiFi signal directly to your smartphones, tablets, and laptops instead of sending out a general transmission. The result is a more efficient network with a wider range.

When your device doesn't have to work as hard to receive data, it means not only greater efficiency for you, but also a longer battery life for your connected devices.


With Alexa, you can easily manage Wi-Fi access for devices and individuals in the home, taking focus away from screens and back to what’s important. Say commands like “Alexa, turn off Timmy’s Wi-Fi”, when it’s time for dinner or “Alexa, enable guest Wi-Fi” when you have people over.

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Technical Specs
  • Network Standards:
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • IEEE 802.11a
    • IEEE 802.11g
    • IEEE 802.11n
    • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Radio Frequency Bands:
    2.4 & 5GHz
  • Ports:
    1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN, 1x USB 3.0
  • LEDs:
    Power, Ethernet LAN, Internet, WPS
  • Buttons:
    Reset, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Power (EU models only)
  • Operating Temperature:
    32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
  • Storage Temperature:
    -4 to 158F (-20 to 70C)
  • Operating Humidity:
    10 to 80% Noncondensing
  • Max. Link Rate:
    1300 Mbps
  • Platform Compatibility:
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista 32/64
    • WIndows 7 32/64
    • Windows 8 32/64
    • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Package Contents
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1600, EA6400
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD-ROM with Documentation
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • SimpleTap™ Card
Rated 2 out of 5 by from High Expectations I figured it was time to upgrade the router due to the additional devices added and some complaining from users. I consider us typical surfers, not serious gamers. The previous router was a E2500 that I have no issues with. I had high expectations for the AC1600 and expected to see obvious improvement. Not so. I am considering returning this and going with something better ( more $$$ ). I am not a IT person nor much with computers and networking. I was unable to locate a simple program that could check the performance of my router / wifi and to determin what maybe causing intermittent apparent slow downs. Connecting direct to the router is obviously much faster, so I'm not convinced it is the modem or cable signal.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty bad if connecting to non-computer devices I previously had a linksys E3000 that need to be replaced. I have an Ackerman security system and a sleep number bed connected to this router that worked well. After installing the EA6400 I've been having issues with the wifi strength. Keep in mind the router/security system console/bed are in the exact same place as when I had the E3000. When I contacted support it was suggested that the vendors wifi technology might not be up to date. What ever happened to backwards compatibility? Support suggested I contact the vendors although my E3000 wifi strength was previously working fine. Also suggested buying an amplifier...really? Just dropped $140 and you want me to spend even more.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor memory handling After a lot of research, come to find out that this router (at least mine) has poor memory management. After 24 to 36 hours this router slows down to a crawl (from 75mbps to 10mbps) then you have to reboot the router in order for it to go back up. Thought I would get a little better range and speed with this router from my old one but it appears that I did not consider reliability.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good hardware, unimpressive software After upgrading from DSL to cable, I needed a faster router. Bought one of these used from eBay, then installed DD-WRT on it because the stock firmware is extremely basic. With this configuration, I'm quite happy with the router. DD-WRT lets me bump up the transmit power a bit so I have no trouble receiving signal in the far end of my home. The two radios let me separate my internet-enabled devices (Fire stick, doorbell camera, smart sockets, etc.) from my PC and important data. The downside is that the CPU runs HOT (up to 83C). Also, DD-WRT is pretty difficult to install on this router.
Date published: 2020-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Buy I bought this router from the refurbished pool of routers offered by Linksys. It was easy to set up, works great and was indistinguishable from a new router. Also, it was less than half the price of a new router. This router also had the most current level of firmware so no maintenance had to be downloaded and applied. Before you buy, look at the refurbished section.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Our ea6400 We purchased our Linksy WR in 2016 from Office Depot this was recommended as a excellent router for multiple devices and great speed. We only use our mobile devices and laptops in our home and we continually get unable to connect no internet, it takes long to locate the page or while on a page or watching a video it suddenly stops and starts searching for internet. We hate this router when we pay for more interest speed than we probably need and good money for what you’d expect to be an excellent product we should not be having any of these issues it certainly is not our Apple devices I don’t recommend this router. When I purchased this router it was slightly more than $129. Even at that price this is a rip off.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the Job! I bought this almost a year ago because I needed something more powerful to support all of my internet needs after I added a cloud based surveillance camera. I had a little bit of trouble installing it because the Linksys site didn't want to recognize its own password. (I was also having trouble with the computer I was using so I had to get my newer laptop involved.) But I called and immediately got wonderful help on the phone. I have had absolutely no problems since then.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORRIBLE!!!WON'T stay on line. KEEPS dropping WIFI WOW, where do I start. This has got to be the most frustrating router I have EVER used....THE WORST!!! Our internet is fine and strong, your router keeps dropping the WIFI service. We have called and two minutes after hanging up it DROPS again, NO WIFI service really UNHAPPY!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-30
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*The standard transmission rates—300 Mbps or 1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz), 300 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz), 54 Mbps, and 11 Mbps—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used.
**Up to 4.3x faster physical data rate when compared to 802.11n Wi-Fi routers using two antennas to transmit and receive data. Actual speeds will vary depending on a number of factors. In order to achieve the best performance, router must be used with a compatible AC1300 wireless device.