The Linksys EA6500 router is not of a standard design as it lies flat instead of standing vertically. It also lacks any antennas which we have seen to feature on several ‘high-powered routers’. While we like the design, it will of course take up a larger footprint, but it can be wall-mounted.
The back of the router is where all the connections are, these include; 1 x RJ45 modem socket, 4 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet) ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and the power socket. There is also an on/off switch, a reset switch and an AOSS button.
The top of the device features a simple metal band – which will help to dissipate the heat away from the transmitters – and the simple Cisco logo that lights up when powered on.
We got our hands on an engineering sample from MSI with the Intel Core i7-10750H