We won’t fault you if you look at the Linksys E9450 AX5400 WiFi 6 EasyMesh Router and your first thought is the PlayStation 5. After how Sony’s latest console became the subject of hundreds of Plash Speed WiFi router memes, it’s hard not to make the correlation. And now, ironically, the joke has become reality.
If you’re still reading this and are still on the lookout for a new WiFi router for your home, then we’re on the same wavelength (sorry PS5 folks, joke’s over). With many folks still working from home these days, the E9450 is arguably one of the best ways to give your WFH setup a much-needed speed boost.
This WiFi 6 router is quite the multitasking powerhouse. It is powered by a tri-core 1.5GHz processor, and supports a dual-band connection that transmits both 2.4GHz (600Mbps) and 5GHz (4,800Mbps) connections, and comes with 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports (4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports + 1 Gigabit WAN port) that lets you connect up to 5 devices directly to it. Wirelessly, it can cover up to 2,500 square feet / 230 square metres, with a bandwidth of over 40 devices across 2 to 3 bedrooms without so much as breaking a sweat.
More importantly, the E9450 comes with the new EasyMesh modular technology, which lets it connect to other EasyMesh devices simply by connecting to your browser. The EasyMesh compatibility makes it easy to connect to Linksys nodes for a better spread across the home, which is great for users who don’t want to fuss so much about setting up the WiFi connection in their home.
However, at the time of writing, it will not be compatible with Linksys’ Intelligent Mesh products, such as the 2017 and MX5 Velop nodes. At the moment, the E9450 is the first EasyMesh product but Linksys will be adding more to the ecosystem very soon.
The Linksys E9450 will launch in Singapore first before the rest of the world on 10 October with the retail price of S$399, and will be exclusively available at Singtel for 2 months. And as part of the 10.10 Launch Promotion, purchasing the E9450 during this period will include a special introductory price of S$10/month to sign up for or re-contract Singtel’s 1Gbp/s plans at S$39.90/month (limited to the first 100 subscribers).
The E9450 will be available to the rest of Singapore on 10 December.
Just remember not to accidentally purchase a PS5 (or vice versa) while you’re at it.
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