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Cisco Linksys EA6500

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Cisco Linksys EA6500
Watchguard XTM 25
Draytek Vigor 3200n
Netgear ProSafe FVX538
CISCO 881
Cisco Linksys EA6500WUMC710 Wireless AC Wi-Fi Bundle - EA6500 Router + WUMC710 Media Bridge Other Se...
Watchguard XTM 25-W Router
Draytek Vigor 3200n  Multi-Wan Router
Netgear  Inc  Netgear ProSafe 8-port VPN Firewall Router Dual WAN 10 100 with 1-port Gigabit FVX538N
CISCO881-K9 Router
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Release Date
Aug 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
Jan 2010
Nov 2009
Router Functionalities
Firewall, IPv6 support
Firewall
Firewall, VPN Pass-Thru, DHCP Server, Voice over IP Gateway (VoIP)
Firewall, DHCP Server
DHCP Server
Connectivity
Wireless, Wired
Wireless, Wired
Wireless
Wireless
Included Adapter
Power adapter - External

  • With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers.


  • The cloud as management console with Cisco Connect Cloud raises the bar for router management and that capability coupled with fine performance makes the EA6500 a four star Editors' Choice for wireless routers.


  • Cisco has clearly spent a lot of time and effort on the EA6500's interface, and listened to customer feedback. It's full of excellent features and is great for setting QoS rules. Performance is outstanding on 5GHz in combination with both 802.11n- and 802.11ac clients, but on 2.4GHz a few other routers are faster. The EA6500 is an excellent 802.11ac router, but it isn't the cheapest. You can save money by buying a fast 802.11n router instead.


  • A complex setup, but this affordable wireless UTM appliance packs sophisticated security measures.


  • Draytek's Vigor 3200n has a price and list of features that places it squarely between simple consumer routers and expensive professional hardware. The multi-WAN management is its trump card, as nothing like it exists in the consumer market, and few mid-range devices can rival it either. Apart from this function, it's still a powerful router though, with excellent wireless performance if required and good VPN support.

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    Draytek's Vigor 3200n has a price and list of features that places it squarely between simple consumer routers and expensive professional hardware. The multi-WAN management is its trump card, as nothing like it exists in the consumer market, and few mid-range devices can rival it either. Apart from this function, it's still a powerful router though, with excellent wireless performance if required and good VPN support.

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    3DES LAN-to-WAN123.6 1212.


Top 5 wireless router under $500:

  1. Cisco Linksys EA6500WUMC710 Wireless AC Wi-Fi Bundle - EA6500 Router + WUMC710 Media Bridge Other Se...
  2. Watchguard XTM 25-W Router
  3. Draytek Vigor 3200n Multi-Wan Router
  4. Netgear Inc Netgear ProSafe 8-port VPN Firewall Router Dual WAN 10 100 with 1-port Gigabit FVX538N
  5. CISCO881-K9 Router