Linksys is finally rolling out both 6E routers announced at CES back in January, including the odd-looking Linksys Hydra Pro 6E that looks like some kind of a grid plate with antennas and the incredibly expensive Linksys Atlas Max 6E mesh system (that looks similar to the Linksys Velop AX system).
Both models are currently available at a few retail options and should be expanding to other outlets shortly. The above links will get you to B&H Photo, which has both available as pre-order, allowing you to be one of the first shipments that are sent out.
The Linksys Hydra Pro 6E is retailing for $499.99 (MSRP) and the Linksys Atlas Max 6E mesh system is retailing for $1,199.99 (MSRP) — I wasn’t kidding when I said it was expensive. Both systems offer some incredible coverage and features, which does explain some of the price of the mesh system.
Hydra Pro (tri-band) is capable of covering a space of up to 2,700 sq ft with combined speeds of up to 6.6Gbps. It has a 5Gbps WAN port on the back which is exciting. The industry is slowly moving toward multi-gigabit Ethernet access. Ever since Netgear Nighthawk 10X launched with a 10Gb SFP+ port on the back, it has taken a fair bit of time before other companies started inching their way into the same direction.
Atlas Max (also tri-band) takes it up a notch, of course. Thanks to it supporting multiple units and the power of mesh networking, it can balance a much greater amount of devices on your network. The three-unit setup (base + two satellites) can support up to 195+ devices, which towers over the Hydro Pro’s 55 device capacity (estimated load). It too has a 5Gbps WAN port on the back.
As mentioned, both models are available right now in limited form and will begin hitting other retailers shortly as shipments make their rounds.
Pretty nifty. I might finally upgrade my dino router