Linksys Launches New Affordable WiFi 6 Mesh System

Linksys today announced the launch of two new WiFi 6 mesh systems for those who are looking for WiFi options that support the fastest wireless speeds. The Linksys Atlas 6 and the Linksys Hydra 6 are the company's two most affordable WiFi 6 mesh systems to date.

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The Linksys Atlas 6 is a whole-home mesh wireless system that Linksys says is ideal for hybrid work, online gaming, 4K TV streaming, and more, and that the router is designed to be used with internet service plans that offer up to gigabit speeds.

Each node has three 1GBbE Ethernet ports for connecting to devices, and the system comes in three configurations. The Atlas 6 can be managed with the Linksys app, and it is a mesh system so it can be adjusted with a different number of nodes.

The Linksys Atlas 6 is launching in early summer and will be priced starting at $150. 1-pack supports up to 25 devices and covers 2,000 square feet, the two pack supports up to 50 devices and covers 4,000 square feet, and the three pack supports up to 75 devices and covers 6,000 square feet.

The Hydra 6 is slightly more expensive at $180, and it is a WiFi 6 dual-band mesh router that is aimed at delivering faster, more robust, and more reliable connections, according to Linksys.

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It too is designed for service plans up to a gigabit, and nodes have four 1GbE Ethernet ports for wired connections. Linksys also plans to begin selling the Hydra 6 in early summer, and both systems will be available from the Linksys website.

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Top Rated Comments

larrylaffer Avatar
6 weeks ago
There will never be another router as great as the WRT54G.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeefCake 15 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Stay away from Linksys...they lost their way since the acquisition.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
munpip214 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Only 25 devices per node? Is this 2000?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
6 weeks ago

Stay away from Linksys...they lost their way since the acquisition.
You mean since the acquisition by Belkin nearly a decade ago, right? ;)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
freedomlinux Avatar
6 weeks ago

Stay away from Linksys...they lost their way since the acquisition.
Ouch, sorry to hear that. It seems that Linksys has a lot of experience getting acquired - Cisco (2003), Belkin (2013), Foxconn (2018).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2010mini Avatar
6 weeks ago

Why stay away? What were your issues?
Where do I start?
Ok, so the one I bought was advertised as supporting HomeKit. Said so right on the box. Get home, install it and found out it does not support HomeKit. Did some googling and came across the linksys forums. Had I done this before, I never would’ve bought it.

It took over a year for HomeKit support to be added. And all the while every update was filled with bugs.

Right now, my nodes will stop talking to each other even though they are hardwired. One node with suddenly decided to work at lower Wi-Fi speeds for no apparent reason.

I’ve had to restart these multiple times.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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