|At a glance|
|Product||Linksys AC1200+ Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6350) [Website]|
|Summary||Broadcom-based AC1200 router with Gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 3.0 storage and printer sharing|
|Pros||• USB 3.0 port|
• Good storage access controls
• DLNA media server
|Cons||• Guest SSID on 2.4 GHz band only|
• Guest network not secure
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The Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ looks like Linksys' other EA series "Smart" routers. It has a slightly curved top with rounded corners and has only a single LED visible from the front of the router. The router is designed to be a desktop router and is the only one in this roundup lacking mounting holes on the bottom of the case for wall mounting.
While Linksys also has another AC1200 router, the EA6100, the AC1200+ features one WAN and four switch LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port and beamforming technology. The older EA6100, while still an AC1200 class router, only had 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports, a single USB 2.0 port and no beamforming.
The Linksys EA6350
The EA6350 is a Broadcom based router. Here is a summary of the main components:
|2.4 GHz Radio||- Broadcom BCM43217
- Unidentified 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
|5 GHz radio||- Broadcom BCM4352
- SiGE 5003L1 5 GHz Power Amp (x2 - guess)
Linksys EA6350 component summary
The image below was taken from the FCC certification documents. Unfortunately, it's fairly low resolution, but the large heat sinks and RF shields have been removed in the photo to expose the components.
Linksys EA6350 PCB
Setting up the EA6350 is fairly easy, with no CD required. Linksys even recommends using a wireless device for the setup. The unique default SSIDs and network passwords are listed in the quick start guide. Setup is performed with a wizard. If you are using a cable or DSL connection that supports DHCP, you just have to plug in the supplied Ethernet cable to your router and your Internet connection will automatically be recognized.
The EA6350 supports Linksys' standard Smart Wi-Fi feature set. The user interface features menu listings along the left side of the screen and status information on the right. Some of the icons are widgets and you can configure features such as guest access, parental control, external storage and devices directly from them.
Linksys EA6350 Landing Page
The EA6350 is the only router in the roundup to have only a single guest network on the 2.4 GHz band. Other products all allow at least one guest network on both bands. The guest network on the EA6350 is also unsecured - ie, open with no encryption. Security is provided by requiring login with a guest password (which you can assign) to be granted Internet access.
You can share USB storage or a printer using the EA6350's USB 3.0 port. You can share files across your network via SMB or FTP. By default, secure folder access is disabled and the contents of the device are available for everyone connected to the router. However, you can turn on secure folder access, add users and grant read-only or read write access to the device.
You can also enable the built-in FTP server. Enabling the FTP server also turns on secure access to protect your files. You can also share media files by enabling the build-in DLNA server. If enabled, all media on the storage device is shared.
You can administer your E6350 using either HTTP or HTTPS (not enabled by default). Optionally, you can administer it remotely (enabled by default) and choose to allow or deny access to wireless clients. By default, UPNP is enabled and users are allowed to configure. There is no UPnP port map. The SIP application layer gateway is not enabled by default so if you use a service like Vonage, you'll probably need to enable it.
The firewall features only basic control (SPI enable for IPv4 and IPv6). By default, VPN pass-through is enabled for IPSEC, PPTP, and L2TP. The EA6350 supports single port forwarding, port range forwarding and port triggering. None of the port forwarding and port triggering menus are pre-populated with common services such as FTP, HTTP, etc.