Linksys gets 802.11ac into small modem routers

Wireless may well be ubiquitous in 802.11n, but there are better, faster, and stronger connection speeds out there, and they’re even arriving in smaller devices.

You may not have to fork out an arm or a leg to get a little boost of speed at home anymore, with networking manufacturers doing what they can to get the faster 802.11ac speeds into different devices.

One of these devices is a smaller style of product, as Linksys preps its first dual-band combined ADSL/VDSL modem router operating with 802.11ac technology.

In Australia, ADSL and ADSL2+ — both of which are supported by this model — are what most people have, but if you’re lucky enough to live in an area supported by VDSL (like New Zealanders), the modem router in question will service those needs, too.


The router in question is the X6200, a modem delivering just under a gigabit of bandwidth as it unleashes 300Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band and up to 433Mbps on the 5GHz band thanks to AC750 technology, handling both the modem and routing side of things for small homes and units.

Wired devices will still find connectivity options here, with four Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as a single USB 2.0 port for plugging in a hard drive or printer.


“With the varied connectivity solutions currently rolled out with the National Broadband Network, the X6200 is truly the perfect all in one device for the Aussie home,” said Greg Morrison, Business Unit Director at Linksys in Australia and New Zealand.

“Providing ADSL for now, VDSL for the NBN Fibre to the node solution and a router for your fibre to the home solution, it’s the modem router for today and tomorrow,” he said.


Pricing on the Linksys X6200 comes in at $189.95 with availability at electronics retailers such as JB HiFi and Harvey Norman.