What you need to know
- Linksys has introduced the affordable AX1800 WiFi 6 Router.
- The latest, budget friendly model can reach 1.8gbps speeds and covers up to 1,700 sq.ft.
- The AX1800 also supports mesh networking technology for future expansion.
Linksys has expanded its WiFi 6 router line today, with the release (opens in new tab) of the budget-friendly AX1800. The latest offering not only supports the latest Wi-Fi standard and includes dual-band mesh networking technology for future expansion.
The MAX-STREAM AX1800 comes with an affordable price tag, starting at just $149.99, and supports homes up to 1,700 sq.ft. in size. The budget friendly router has four LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, and can reach speeds up to 1.8gbps.
Mesh networking support allows the router to work with other Linksys mesh routers for expanding coverage. The AX1800 can either operate as the main router in a mesh network, or as a node for an existing network.
The latest release follows the introduction of the MAX-STREAM MR9600 earlier this year, which is designed for larger homes, with coverage reaching 3,000 sq.ft. The MR9600 also offers enhanced speeds, with it capable of hitting 6gbps, and just like the AX1800, it features dual-band mesh networking.
To take advantage of WiFi 6, users will need to have a newer device, such as Apple's iPhone 11 line. In addition to WiFi 6, both routers are backward compatible with existing 802.11 ac/n/g/b/a standards.
The AX1800 router is available now through Best Buy (opens in new tab) and as a pre-order directly from Linksys (opens in new tab). The MAX-STREAM MR9600 is also available through Best Buy (opens in new tab) as well as Amazon (opens in new tab) with a retail price of $399.99.
Wi-Fi 6 for less
Wi-Fi 6 and mesh
The AX1800 offers Wi-Fi 6 and mesh networking at a price that won't break the bank. This router can cover up to 1,700 sq.ft., and can be expanded with additional Linksys mesh routers.
Covers it all
Coverage and speed
The MAX-STREAM MR9600 covers larger homes up to 3,000 sq.ft. in size, in glorious Wi-Fi 6. With compatible devices, it can deliver up to 6gbps speeds.
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