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Linksys Hydra Pro 6E Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router (AXE6600) Review

Now that the 6GHz radio band is open for business, routers that support Wi-Fi 6E are slowly starting to come to market. The Linksys Hydra Pro 6E ($499.99) is only the second such router to make its way to our lab (the Netgear RAXE500 was the first), and it delivered solid 6GHz throughput performance in our tests. It will future-proof your network with the latest Wi-Fi technology and offers multi-gig WAN connectivity and mesh expandability, but it doesn’t offer the speedy performance and extra features that you get with the $599.99 Netgear RAXE500.

Mesh-Capable Wi-Fi 6E

The Hydra Pro 6E looks similar to the Linksys Max-Stream Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router MR7350 that we reviewed earlier this year. It has a black cabinet with a textured top, measures 2.3 by 11.0 by 6.6 inches (HWD), and has four adjustable, non-removable antennas. The glossy black front edge has a single LED status indicator that blinks blue when using WPS to connect to a device, is solid purple when ready for setup, blinks purple during setup, is solid blue when the router is connected and working properly, and is solid red when the router has lost its internet connection.

There’s a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button on the right side of the router, and around back are four gigabit LAN ports, a 5Gb WAN port, a USB 3.0 port, a reset button, a power jack, and a power button. Under the hood is a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of flash memory.

The Hydra Pro 6E is a Wi-Fi 6E router that can connect to the 6GHz radio band, as well as the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands (your client devices must support 6E to identify and connect to the 6GHz band). It supports 160MHz channel bandwidth on the 6GHz radio band but not on the 5GHz band, and it lacks the support for link aggregation that you get with the Netgear RAXE500. However, it does use all of the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) technologies including OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple-Access), 1024 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), WPA3 encryption, direct-to-client signal transmissions (beamforming), and MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming.

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This is an AX6600 router that can achieve maximum (theoretical) speeds of up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, up to 1,200Mbps on the 5GHz band, and up to 4,800Mbps on the 6GHz band. It can be pressed into service as a mesh router or mesh node when paired with other Linksys Velop-compatible routers and nodes.

The Hydra Pro 6E can be managed using a web console or the Linksys mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The mobile app opens to a Dashboard that shows the name of the network, how many devices are connected to it, and how many routers or nodes are connected to the network. Tap the Devices panel to see a list of individual clients and which band they’re using. Tapping any client takes you to a screen where you can enable Device Prioritization and Parental Controls for that specific client. Parental Controls allow you to block websites, instantly pause internet access, and create access schedules, but you don’t get the age-based filters that you get with the TP-Link Archer AX11000. Also missing are anti-malware tools that protect your network and its clients from phishing, virus, and spyware attacks.

Just below the Device and Router panels is a button for testing your internet speed using Ookla’s Speed Test utility, and below that is a list of the last five clients to connect to the network. If you continue to scroll down, you see a panel that will take you to the Parental Controls settings screen and another that will take you to the Guest Network settings screen.

You can also access Parental Controls and Guest Network settings by tapping the three-bar icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Here you’ll also find Wi-Fi, External Storage, Device Prioritization, Notifications, and Network Administration settings. Advanced settings include Port Forwarding, MAC Filtering, and Local Network settings.

Hydra Pro 6E Performance

Installing the Hydra Pro 6E is easy. I downloaded the Linksys mobile app and tapped Set Up a New Wi-Fi Network. I selected Mesh Wi-Fi Router (MR Series) from the list, plugged in the Hydra Pro, and connected it to my modem. I waited around 30 seconds for the LED to go from blue to purple, confirmed that it was blinking purple, and the router was instantly discovered. I created a Linksys account when prompted, then gave the new network a name and a password. I was then prompted to give the router a location (room) and the setup was complete.

To test throughput performance, I used a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone, which is equipped with Wi-Fi 6E circuitry and is the same device I used to test the Netgear RXE500. The Hydra Pro 6E’s speed of 106Mbps on the 2.4GHz close-proximity (same room) test was a bit slower that what I saw with the Netgear RAXE500 (127Mbps), while its speed of 33Mbps on the 30-foot test was significantly slower than the Netgear’s 71Mbps.

On 5GHz tests, the Hydra Pro 6E was notably slower than the Netgear RAXE500. It managed 750Mbps on the close-proximity test and 303Mbps on the 30-foot test, compared with the RAXE500’s speeds of 936Mbps (close proximity) and 530Mbps (30 feet).

The Hydra Pro’s 6GHz performance was more in line with what we saw with the RAXE500. It garnered 927Mbps on the close-proximity test and 379Mbps on the 30-foot test, while the RAXE500 delivered 951Mbps and 427Mbps, respectively.

In our file-transfer tests, we move a 1.5GB folder containing photos, video, music, and office document files back and forth between an external USB 3.0 drive and a desktop PC (both connected to the router) in order to measure write and read speeds. The Hydra Pro 6E scored a speedy 83MBps on the write test and an equally speedy read score of 82MBps. The Netgear RAXE500 was just a hair faster with speeds of 85MBps on both tests.

We use an Ekahau Sidekick Wi-Fi diagnostic device and Ekahau’s Survey mobile app to test wireless signal strength. This combo generates heat maps that show the router’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz signal strength throughout our test home (Ekahau doesn’t yet support 6GHz signals). (Editors’ Note: Ekahau is owned by Ziff Davis, PCMag’s parent company.)


Top to bottom: 2.4GHz signal strength, 5GHz signal strength

The circles on the maps above represent the location of the router and the colors represent signal strength, with dark green representing the strongest signal. Yellow is weaker and gray indicates no measurable signal reception. As show on the maps, the Hydra Pro 6E did a fair job of delivering 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals throughout our test home, but both bands faltered a bit in the dining room and in parts of the garage.

Future-Proof, But Not Class-Leading

If you have a PC or phone that can connect to the 6GHz radio band, you’ll need a Wi-Fi 6E router like the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E to make it happen. The Hydra Pro is very easy to set up and manage, and it delivered solid 6GHz throughput and relatively fast file-transfer performance in testing. Parental controls are limited and it lacks anti-malware software, but you do get a multi-gig WAN port and you can use the router to create a mesh network. That said, the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 delivers better overall performance and offers a few extra features including 160MHz channel bandwidth and link aggregation, making it the better buy in this budding category.

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Linksys Hydra Pro 6E (AXE6600) review

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An affordable entry point for Wi-Fi 6e

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If you’re interested in getting the speed benefits of Wi-Fi 6e but can’t take the high price of competing routers, the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E delivers a more economical (and lower performing) Wi-Fi 6e router.

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Linksys Hydra Pro 6E: Specs

Wi-Fi Spec: AXE6600
Number of Antennas/Removable: 4/No
Ports: 1 WAN/4 LAN gigabit per second, USB 3
Processor/Memory/Storage: Quad-core 1. 8GHz/512MB/512MB
Wi-Fi chip: Qualcomm Networking Pro 810
Peak 802.11ac performance: 1.96Gbps (at 15 feet)
Range: 80 feet
Size: 11.0 x 6.7 x 2.4 inches
Estimated Annual Electricity Cost: $11.80
Cost: $500

Seeking to make Wi-Fi 6e routers more affordable and mainstream, the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E (aka MR7500) puts it all together but pales in terms of range and throughput next to the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500. Still, it’s a great way to take advantage of the router’s ability to move data over the 2.4-, 5- and 6GHz bands, opening up new vistas of performance, and claiming a spot alongside the best Wi-Fi 6 routers. That is, if you have a computer or phone that can take advantage of Wi-Fi 6E’s 6GHz band, which remain few and far between.

It undercuts the RAXE500 by $100 on price and is not only smaller and easier to hide, but offers a slew of customization options that can let you make the router fit your home and its users. In other words, it may not be the fastest or longest reaching router, but the Hydra 6E is Wi-Fi 6E for the rest of us.

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The second Wi-Fi 6e router that we’ve seen, the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E (model number MR7500) seeks to balance extra performance with price, making it a high-performance router that puts the emphasis on value. It has a list price of $499 but can be had for as little as $349. It’s a bargain that easily undersells the Nighthawk RAXE500 router.  

It comes ready to create a powerful home network with the Hydra 6E’s AC adapter, a Cat 6 cable and a Setup Guide card that’s enough to get going.

The all black Linksys Hydra Pro 6E can blend in to just about any décor and hide in plain sight on a bookcase or windowsill but has soft rubber feet as well as inserts for hanging on a wall. The router measures 11.0 x 6.7 x 2.4 inches – about half the size of Netgear’s iconic bat-winged Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 router. It’s easy to rotate the antennas but they raise the router’s height by 4-inches. 

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The entire top of the case is riddled with vents so that you can just about see the router’s components inside. While the Hydra 6E lacks the RAXE500’s cooling fan it never got above 118 degrees Fahrenheit – 6 degrees warmer than the RAXE500’s peak temperature.

As the first two Wi-Fi 6E routers, the RAXE500 and Hydra Pro 6E add a 6GHz band to the traditional 2.4- and 5GHz bands. The Hydra Pro 6E’s triband design can more than double the router’s data carrying capacity compared to a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11AX) device with six extra 160MHz ultra-wide data channels at its disposal in the 6GHz band. Look for WiFi 6E mesh routers that use a quad-band design in the coming months but there are only a handful of devices available that can take full advantage of the 6GHz transmissions.

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Linksys engineers based the Hydra Pro 6E’s design on Qualcomm’s Networking Pro 810 chipset, not the more capable and expensive 1210 chipset. This was done for economy and shows up with lower overall performance. With a rated peak throughput of 6.6Gbps, the 2.4-, 5- and 6-GHz bands are rated to move 600, 1,201, and 4,804 Mbps, respectively. By contrast, the RAXE500 can handle a maximum of 10.8Gbps.

Under the skin, the Hydro Pro 6E has a quad-core processor that runs at 1.8GHz and is stocked with 512MB of RAM as well as 512MB of flash to hold its firmware and settings. It checks all the boxes for an up-to-date router, including MU-MIMO, beamforming and 1024QAM operations. The router’s eight individual data streams can service up to 55 devices and Linksys rates its coverage area as 2,700 square feet.

The Hydra Pro 6E may be a mainstream router, but it has several high-performance tricks up its sleeve. Its 5Gbps WAN input port can help gamers seeking to rule the universe and can run circles around the Nighthawk RAXE500’s 2.5Gbps input – that is, if your broadband provider and hardware can support it. The router can also be used as part of a Velop mesh system using Linksys’ Intelligent Mesh software.

There are four downstream 1Gbps wired Ethernet ports, although none of them can be aggregated for extra performance. The Hydra 6E’s USB 3.0 connector can make the contents of an external hard drive available on the network.

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Along the back is an on/off switch, the router’s power port and a recessed reset button while the router’s side has a WPS button for tapping into the Wi-Fi Protected Setup to quickly add devices. Unlike other recent routers, the Hydra Pro 6E has a restrained appearance with a single LED bar that glows Blue (when it’s online), Purple (during setup) and Red (when offline).

The key to the Hydra Pro 6E’s performance is its addition of the 6GHz band to the expected 2.4- and 5GHz ones. To test the router’s performance I used Ixia’s ixChariot’s network simulation software to create a busy network that simulated 10 data-hungry users. The setup included a Samsung Galaxy Book Pro test computer running Windows 11 to gauge its performance potential.  

At a distance of 15-feet, it yielded 1.064Gbps over the 6GHz band as well as 772.0Mbps and 122.7Mbps over the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. That adds up to a total potential throughput of 1.958Gbps, 20 percent off the RAXE500 (2.390Gbps), which was tested using a Samsung Galaxy S21 phone. Still, it tops the best Wi-Fi 6 routers, like the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (1.389Gbps), Asus AX-RT86U (929.7Mbps) and the TP-Link Archer AX6000 (884.4Mbps). 

With the three bands consolidated into a single network name and 50-feet separating the Hydra Pro 6E from the test system, the router moved 120.4Mbps. That’s behind the Netgear RAXE500 (215.8Mbps) as well as several older routers, like TP-Link Archer AX6000’s 396.4Mbps and the Netgear Nighthawk AX8’s 277.1Mbps.

At 75-feet, the Hydra Pro 6E’s available bandwidth dropped to 37.0Mbps, less than a quarter of the Netgear RAXE500 (148.6Mbps). The Hydra Pro 6E had a range of 80-feet, 30 percent lower than the Netgear RAXE500’s 105-feet. It clearly worked better at short range than over long distances. 

The Hydra Pro 6E made up much of the difference when it came to pushing a Wi-Fi signal through walls and floors in my 100-year old home. With the test notebook set up 20-feet and a wall away from the router, it yielded an even 1.000Gbps, less than the 1.137Gbps that the RAXE500 delivered but impressive, nonetheless. 

While the Netgear RAXE500 pushed 851.0Mbps up a floor into a bedroom from the host router, the Hydra Pro 6E fell behind at 620.1Mbps, a 37 percent deficit. Here, the Hydra Pro 6E was more on a par with the Wi-Fi 6 crowd with the TP-Link Archer AX6000 (671.4Mbps) and the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (629.5Mbps). With that in mind, it might be better used in a long ranch house than a more vertical townhouse.

Over a month of daily use, the router passed the informal saturation test where I sent and received email, moved files back and forth with a RAID server while watching videos and playing online music and an Internet radio station on four different systems. Along the way, the Hydra Pro 6E consumed 10.4 watts of power, about one-third less than the Netgear RAXE500’s 15.4 watts. The Hydra Pro 6E, however, lacks the Netgear’s sleep mode to reduce power consumption when it’s idle. All told, the Hydra Pro 6E should cost an estimated $11.80 a year to use if you pay the national average of 13 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s slightly less than the Netgear RAXE500’s $13.70 but a lot compared to the Wi-Fi 6-based Linksys Max Stream MR9600’s $6.80.

To get started with the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E, I installed the Linksys iOS app on my iPad Pro. I could have used the Android app or a connected browser, although Linksys recommends the browser approach for experienced networkers. 

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I started by tapping on “Set Up New Wi-Fi Network” and then agreeing to turn on the tablet’s Bluetooth radio. Next, I picked the type of gear I had, plugged the router in and connected it to my broadband router.

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As it got going, the app showed router placement tips for best performance. After the Hydra Pro 6E connected to the Internet, the router’s LED bar blinked purple.

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Next, I needed to create a Linskys account and allow the company to link the account and router. Then, I added the router’s network name and password.

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After I named where the router will live, I was done. The router connected on the first try. It was easier than setting up the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 and took all of 7 minutes to accomplish.

Like many of its competitors, Linksys provides two ways to configure and customize its Hydra Pro 6E router: through the app or via a connected browser. The former is easy and visual while the latter provides several extra options.

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To view the current set up and make changes, I connected to the router, typed “LinskysSmartWiFi” into the address window and then logged in. The router’s dashboard page had a visual map of the Internet, router and my connected device. There are also sections that show the router’s three networks, which can be individually named, as well as places to show how many devices are online as well as the Guest Network’s status.

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The router’s Wi-Fi Settings section is where I was able to change the network names and passwords for each of the Hydra Pro 6E’s transmission bands. Along the top are tabs for MAC filtering and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) details. The Advanced tab offers a good amount of customization potential, with the ability to adjust the airtime fairness, client steering and node steering.

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I found the Hydra 6E’s Channel Finder to be a big help in picking a fast lane for data. Located in the Advanced Wi-Fi Settings section, it scanned the Wi-Fi landscape and found the channels that were the least crowded and less prone to interference.

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At the bottom is the place where you can take advantage of the router’s Quality of Service (QOS) settings to set priorities for the data flow. By dragging up to three devices, I was able to allow them to get first dibs on the router’s data.

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On the other hand, the Hydra Pro 6E lacks the flexibility to adjust the RTS Threshold but it’s easy to change the Fragmentation Length, pick between the long or short Preamble and change the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) to suit the operating conditions.

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The Hydra Pro 6E lacks the security enhancements of Netgear’s Armor or TP-Link’s HomeCare, but it does come with parental controls that can limit Internet access time and block specific websites. It can also require the use of two-factor authentication.

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Finally, Linksys includes a year of warranty protection and support. The support pages include help with logging in, solving common Wi-Fi problems and some assistance with advanced configurations. By contrast, Netgear matches the warranty length but includes only three months of support.

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6E makes high performance Wi-Fi 6E networking affordable with a mainstream router that pours out the power up close. It may not be the fastest router around or provide the greatest range, but the Hydra Pro 6E offers a quick setup, while delivering  a significant speed upgrade over Wi-Fi 6 routers. Best yet, the Channel Finder technology scans the area to make the best use of the available spectrum.

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6E costs $100 less than the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500, but falls short in most performance areas. It remains a less expensive way to take advantage of the addition of 6GHz transmissions, pushing the Hydra Pro 6E into a new performance realm.

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Brian Nadel is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in technology reporting and reviewing. He works out of the suburban New York City area and has covered topics from nuclear power plants and Wi-Fi routers to cars and tablets. The former editor-in-chief of Mobile Computing and Communications, Nadel is the recipient of the TransPacific Writing Award.

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 vs Linksys Hydra Pro 6E: What is the difference?

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Why is Linksys Hydra Pro 6 better than Linksys Hydra Pro 6E?

  • 2 more external antennas?
    2 vs 0
  • 371g lighter?
    568g vs 939g
  • 34.66% less body volume?
    1866.2cm³ vs 2856cm³
  • 114mm lower? narrower?
    215mm vs 280mm

  • Wi-Fi version?
    Wi-Fi 6E (802. 11ax), Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) vs Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
  • Number of Wi-Fi bands?
    Tri-band vs Dual-band
  • 3.6x higher CPU speed?
    4 x 1.8GHz vs 2 x 1GHz
  • Has a phased array design?
  • Is there an IPsec Passthrough option?
  • Supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)?
  • L2TP Passthrough option available?
  • Is there a PPTP Passthrough option?

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Performance 6 (802.11ax), WiFi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi 4 (802.11n)

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Wi-Fi versions supported device.

Wi-Fi bands

Dual-band

Tri-band

Dual-band routers operate in two bands: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 5GHz band is faster and more stable, the only downside is that it covers a shorter range than the 2.4GHz band. If you have a lot of connected devices, you can use a tri-band router that has an additional 5GHz band to reduce network congestion. Finally, there are quad-band routers. They take advantage of Wi-Fi 6E to provide an extra 6GHz band for faster speeds and lower latency.

WiFi speed

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Higher WiFi speed increases performance. It is measured in megabytes per second.

CPU speed

2 x 1GHz

4 x 1.8GHz

CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second a processor can perform, considering all its cores (processors). It is calculated by adding the clock speeds of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors, each group of cores.

RAM

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0.51GB

Random access memory (RAM) is a form of memory used to store work data and machine code currently in use. It is a temporary, fast-access virtual storage that can be read and modified in any order, allowing fast data processing.

has a slot for memory cards

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The device has a standard slot for memory cards (SD, MicroSD, etc. ), so you can either expand the internal memory with available memory modules, or you can easily retrieve data from the memory card, such as as photos.

DNS relay present

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The DNS relay (or cache) is used to temporarily store query responses on the router. This means that the same request, but sent from another computer on the same network, will receive a faster response.

built-in memory

0.51GB

Built-in memory is the built-in space for storing system data, applications, and user data in the device. With more internal storage, you can store more files and apps on your device.

Antennas

external antennas

The more antennas, the stronger the signal. To improve the signal, the antennas can be rearranged, and if necessary, replaced with longer ones.

Detachable antennas available

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

These antennas can be removed when not needed or replaced with longer ones if needed.

internal antennas

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The more antennas, the stronger the signal. Devices with internal antennas take up less space.

Security

Integrated network firewall

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

Network firewall protects your computer network from unauthorized access.

DoS protection available

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

DoS protection protects network content from Denial of Service attacks. These attacks flood the network with requests to the server, slowing down overall traffic, sometimes causing long-term disconnects.

supports WPA3

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WPA3 is a more secure way than the previous (WPA2) way to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Individual data is better encrypted and harder for hackers to get the password.

WPA2 Enterprise Support

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This is a router feature designed to authenticate users to an external server using a username and password.

supports WPA2 technology

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

WPA2-PSK is a network security method using WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) technology and a pre-shared PSK password.

MAC filtering available

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This is a security feature that restricts network access to only specified devices with their unique MAC addresses. This approach can improve security, but there is a risk that the user may lose the device.

L2TP Passthrough option available

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networks ) to securely transfer data from one device to another over the Internet.

IPsec Passthrough option available

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

You can enable the IPsec Passthrough option to allow IPsec (IP Security Protocol) to pass encrypted, authenticated packets through the router, thus increasing safety.

Supports SPI intrusion protection technology

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All incoming traffic is blocked, except for data marked in the Packet Validity Check (SPI) section. Helps protect the network from unwanted traffic.

Features

IPv6 enabled

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

IPv6 is a new version of the IP protocol. IPv6 acts as a parallel network to IPv4. It has a larger capacity for storing IP addresses and has more functions.

has a phased array design

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✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

Normally, a router/router broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal in all directions. Using phased array antenna design technology, the router/router detects where your device is and sends a stronger signal in that direction for a better connection.

supports Wi-Fi

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

If you use more than one of these routers/routers, they can connect to each other to provide more Wi-Fi coverage. This is very convenient if you have a large house or apartment.

supports VLAN tagging

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

VLAN tagging is required by some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to establish an Internet connection.

Has a dedicated app for smartphones

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

There is a dedicated smartphone app for use with this unit.

Cloud compatible

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

Cloud compatible enables remote control of devices using smartphones, tablets and other Internet devices.

Can be used wirelessly.

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

Wireless devices give users greater freedom of movement while listening.

has DLNA

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

All DLNA certified products are compatible with each other. When different devices are connected to the same network, data can be easily transferred between them.

Supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

✖Linksys Hydra Pro 6

✔Linksys Hydra Pro 6E

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of network protocols that enable network devices – personal computers, Internet gateways, Wi-Fi access points and mobile devices – to discover each other and share information online.

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Linksys Hydra Pro Tri-Band AXE6600 Mesh WiFi 6E Router, up to 6.6 Gbps, 2700 sq. ft. Coverage, 55+ device connectivity, 4×4 MU-MIMO, multi-gigabit speed for live streaming,

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