Positioned at the top end of the brand's midrange router offerings, the Linksys EA6350 brings features more commonly found in higher-end models, but at a more affordable price. It is deceptively simple on the outside, but its functionality and toolset are definitely an above average affair.
It is small, lightweight, and sports the typical Linksys design footprint. There's nothing substantially different about the exterior of the EA6350 next to the EA6300, apart from its two antennas, which are affixed permanently. They swivel and tilt, but they cannot be replaced.
While we did experience some minor hiccups with the initial setup wizard, we were able to perform a manual setup instead. It was a relatively easy exercise, which left us to wonder what the initial setup wizard is for.
Once logged in, we were welcomed by a pleasant and intuitive user interface that Linksys usually reserve for higher-end router models. The UI includes the complete Smart Wi-Fi Tools, which is one of the best features of the EA6350. Other notable inclusions are Guest Access, and the Media Prioritization tools.
The implementation of Guest Access in this router is one of the most user-friendly implementations we've seen. It is off by default, which is a good thing, and once enabled, the default settings are very practical, leaving the feature ready to be used as-is.
Media Prioritization is not your typical QoS feature. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, allowing users to enforce Internet traffic priority not only to applications, but to devices as well. You can also add your own applications to the list, while connected devices appear automatically.
Being a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi device, the EA6350 is also compatible with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. It allows users to enable and manage parental controls, content filtering, device monitoring, router management, IP cameras, and more – right from their smart device.
Even with all these features, speed poses no issue for the EA6350, a dual-band router rated at 300Mbps for 802.11n, and 867Mbps for 802.11ac. In our tests, the router is capable of attaining an average 65MB/s speed, a respectable result. You can squeeze a little more performance by making your preferred device a priority, but that would be at the expense of other devices that are connected to the router.
AT A GLANCE
The user interface is often neglected on most routers, but not on the Linksys EA6350.