Linksys is expanding its Wi-Fi 6 product portfolio with a new, lower-cost router: the $ 150 Max-Stream AX1800 (model MR7350). The new device can be set up as a primary router to cover homes up to about 1,700 square feet or it can act as a mesh node on any Wi-Fi 6 based network. Any other Linksys MR7350, Linksys MR9600 or Linksys Velop is the primary router.
This is a dual-band router that supports two concurrent spatial streams in each direction to deliver a maximum theoretical throughput of 574Mbps on a 2.4GHz network and 1.201Mbps on a 5GHz network. The MR7350 has one gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports and one USB 3.0 port that can be used to share memory over the network.
The MR7350 looks more like a regular router than the column devices in the Linksys Velop lineup, and the company is targeting consumers who bought their first Wi-Fi 6 client – for example, a power New smartphone – and want to get the full benefits from it.
Linksys is also shipping two other new routers they announced at CES. The $ 400 MR9600 is another dual-band router that looks similar to the MR7350, but it supports four spatial streams in each direction to support a maximum theoretical speed of 1,147Mbps on 2.4GHz and 4,804Mbps networks. on a 5GHz network. Linksys claims almost double the range for this router: up to 3,000 square feet. Like the MR7350, it also comes equipped with one gigabit WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports, but it has two USB ports instead of one.
Finally, Linksys will ship the Linksys Velop AX4200 whole-family WiFi System this fall. This tri-band 6-mesh Wi-Fi router will operate one network on the 2.4GHz spectrum and two discrete networks on the 5GHz spectrum (by breaking down available radio channels). It will use Linksys dynamic backhaul technology to automatically select one of its two 5GHz networks for the wireless backhaul. It will be available in a three-pack for $ 500.
Updated immediately after publication to clarify that the Linksys Velop AX4200 will ship this fall, not immediately.