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Linksys’s Latest Wi-Fi 6 Cloud Managed Business Access Point Blends In Well

Linksys today announced the availability of its Cloud Managed AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Wireless Access Point (AP), model LAPAX3600C.

And just like the new Hydra Pro 6 it unveiled yesterday, the new access point seems a bit mundane for the timing — it’s just another PoE indoor access point, with barely enough to rival the Netgear WAX620 or EnGenius ECW230 that came out some two years ago.

As a matter of fact, the LAPAX3600C blends right in since it comes in a very similar physical design.

Linksys LAPAX3600C Cloud Managed AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Wireless Access Point
The Linksys LAPAX3600C Cloud Managed AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Wireless Access Point is designed for wall or ceiling mount.

Linksys LAPAX3600C: A 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 Cloud Managed access point

As a Cloud Managed access point, the LAPAX3600C requires a login account with Linksys. In return, users can manage it remotely.

The AP offers many business features, including the support for a captive portal — that’s where you can configure advanced options for clients to get authorized, instead of the simple Wi-Fi password.

The captive portal also enables business users to attach logos and terms of use to meet professional needs. While that’s helpful, it’s not new and has been available in Wi-Fi 5 access points and older.

What’s most notable about the Linksys LAPAX3600C is that it comes with a 2.5Gbps PoE. This port itself is not new — you’ll find it in most other Wi-Fi 6 access points — but allows a strongly wired backhaul for the broadcaster to deliver its top Wi-Fi speeds.

The new AP features 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 specs but doesn’t support the 160MHz channel width. Hence, it has a top speed of 2400Mbps. But that is the case for most business broadcasters.

Linksys LAPAX3600C: Hardware specifications

NameCloud Managed AX3600 Wi-Fi 6
Indoor Wireless Access Point
Wi-Fi Standards4×4 Wi-Fi 6
5 GHz Speeds5.0GHz: 2400Mbps
2.4 GH Speeds2.4GHz: 1148Mbps
Channel Width Support20 MHz / 40 MHz / 80 MHz
Backward Compatibility802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Seamless Handoff802.11k/r/v 
Power over Ethernet (PoE)802.3at PoE+
PoE Power Consumption24W
Ports1x 2.5Gbps PoE LAN
1x Gigabit LAN
1x USB
1x 12V/2.5A Power Port
Wireless Security MethodsWPA3, WPA2 Enterprise (AES), WPA2, AES-PSK
Target Wake Time SupportYes
Dimensions (W x D x H)8.07 x 8.07 x 1.34 in
(205 x 205 x 34 mm
Weight1.79 lbs (812.6g)
LEDPower/System, LAN, Internet, Cloud
ProcessorQualcomm Networking Pro 1200 Platform
TAA compliant:NDAA- and GSA-compliant
for US government contracts
Warranty5 Year Warranty (most countries)
2 Year Warranty (Australia and New Zealand)
EnGenius ECW230 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 4×4 Indoor Wireless Access Point’s Specs.

The new Linksys AP has a USB port, but it’s unclear what you can do with that port. As for the second LAN port, you can use it to host a wired device. This port is not working as a PoE sender, however, so you can use another PoE device with it.

Linksys LAPAX3600C Wi-Fi Cloud Managed access point
The Linksys LAPAX3600C Wi-Fi Cloud Managed access point has two LAN ports and a USB port.

Pricing and availability

Linksys says the new Cloud Managed AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Wireless Access Point (LAPAX3600C) is currently “available for purchase through an authorized reseller or distributor.” The company price it at $499.99.

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