News Release

Cisco Announces First Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector Powered by Industry’s Next-Generation Wireless Technology – 802.11ac

New router delivers approximately three times faster wireless speeds and the compatible universal media connector brings that power to Smart TVs and game consoles
Jun 27, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA June 27, 2012 – Cisco today announced its first Linksys® Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector both powered by the industry's next-generation wireless technology, 802.11ac. The new technology is designed to deliver wireless speeds approximately three times faster than the current wireless 802.11n standard[i]. The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 uniquely blends the highest performance 802.11ac technology with Cisco's intelligent Cisco Connect™ Cloud software platform for an experience that is both powerful and intuitive, simplifying how consumers connect, control and interact with their home devices and appliances.

Timing of this announcement comes as laptop and smart phone manufacturers are expected to start introducing 802.11ac products towards the end of 2012. Consumers can also take advantage of the new technology by connecting their smart TVs, game consoles and other devices to the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router via the new Linksys Universal Media Connector.

"The power of 802.11ac technology coupled with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, our game-changing new software platform and mobile capabilities enables all new experiences in and out of the home that consumers can't get with any other solution," said Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cisco Home Networking. "As consumers begin the transition to the new Wi-Fi technology, Linksys is introducing a solution that not only includes a powerful product, but has new innovation that enables them to stay connected to their devices and home wireless networks from anywhere, anytime. We deliver the most complete solution, from performance to usability to customer satisfaction."

Next Generation Wireless Performance

The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC technology is backwards compatible with prior wireless networks and devices using 802.11a/b/g/n. This assures consumers can upgrade to the new Linksys 802.11ac products and still have full interoperability with legacy Wi-Fi devices. As new 802.11ac devices such as smartphones and tablets enter the market, consumers will be able to take full advantage of the new capabilities and power with their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router that offers 802.11ac performance.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 contains six internal 3D antennae that are designed to insure the same performance whether placed on a desktop or mounted against the wall. Additionally, it features an elegant new design that was inspired by the award-winning Linksys E4200 model to complement any home décor.

Ideal for video and mobile devices

The new 802.11ac technology is optimized to meet the explosive increase in video consumption and the proliferation of wireless devices in the home. Cisco expects[ii] that in 2016 there will be 19 billion connected devices globally and that 1.2 million minutes of video will be viewed online every second. The new wireless technology has been designed to improve speed, range and reliability and also helps to improve power consumption for mobile devices. This is becoming increasingly important to provide good connectivity for the growing amount of mobile devices that enter the home and will also help provide the type of quality connectivity required for a range of activities including watching live TV or on demand video in the living room, study or bedroom.

Universal Media Connector

The new Linksys Universal Media Connector enables consumers to connect wired devices such as Smart TVs and game consoles to their Wi-Fi network and stream HD or even 3D HD video content wirelessly –and has been optimized to work with the Linksys Smart Wi-FI Router EA6500. The connector operates in the 5Ghz band that offers less interference for a clearer signal. Additionally, with four gigabit ports users can connect a variety of entertainment devices in the living room to the Internet at incredibly fast speeds.

Smart Wi-Fi: Fast, Easy and Flexible – Anywhere

As with all Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, the EA6500 comes with Cisco Connect Cloud, the cloud platform that has been designed to provide convenient anytime, anywhere access to the home network and its connected devices - from a web browser or mobile device. Consumers can now enjoy new mobile apps and experiences on their Android and iOS mobile devices from Cisco and third party developers that are part of the Linksys Developer Community. To help simplify connectivity further, Cisco has integrated SimpleTapä into the new Cisco Connect Cloud mobile app. With SimpleTapä, consumers can connect devices with as little as one tap of a button and in the future even by swiping their NFC-enabled smart phone over an NFC tag to connect to the network powered by a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500. Cisco is currently working with consumer electronics and home appliance brands to include SimpleTap technology into a variety of products. For more information on Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with Cisco Connect Cloud, new mobile capabilities and SimpleTap, please see today's press release that can be found here.

Product Specifications

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC - Specifications



2.4Ghz Band

Wireless technology

802.11n (backwards compatible with 802.11b/g)


Up to 450Mbps


3 x 3


6 internal antennae with high-power amplifiers

5Ghz Band

Wireless technology

802.11ac (backwards compatible with 802.11a/n)


Up to 1300Mbps


3 x 3


6 internal antennae with high-power amplifiers


Cisco Connect Cloud


Mobile Apps


USB ports:

2 (shared storage, virtual USB and media server)

Ports x speed:

4 x Gigabit LAN / 1 x Gigabit WAN

IPv6 support:

Native IPv6 and 6rd support


Cisco Connect CD Install

Setup OS compatibility:

Windows & Mac

Package contents:

  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router 802.11ac
  • Quick start guide
  • CD-ROM with setup software and resources
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter


Linksys Universal Media Connector with AC - specifications



Wireless technology:

802.11ac (backwards compatible with 802.11a/n)


5 GHz


3 x 3


3 internal antennae with high-power amplifiers

Ports x Speed

4 x Gigabit


Push-Button Wi-Fi Protected Setup™

Package Contents

  • Linksys Univeral Media Connector
  • CD-ROM with Documentation Resources
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Power Adapter


The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 is targeted for availability in early August at major retailers including, Best Buy, New Egg, Target and Walmart, as well as the Linksys online store. The Linksys Universal Media Connector is expected in September at the same outlets.

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[i] Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac). Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps in the 5GHz Band is approximately 3 x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps in the 2.4GHz Band. An 802.11ac adapter will be needed to achieve 11ac data rates and up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds may be achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.