Linksys Goes Big on 5G and Wi-Fi 6 at CES 2020

The Linksys 5G Mobile Router

If you’re looking to upgrade to 5G, Linksys has a lot of options for you. The networking vendor showcased at CES 2020, not one but for 5G-related devices together with a couple of Wi-Fi 6 routers.

Details on this device are still incomplete, but the company says it will start shipping all of them this year, beginning in Spring.

Getting ready for 5G

Linksys’s 5G lineup for this year includes:

Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot: A com compact mobile hotspot that combines 5G and Wi-Fi 6, similar to the M5 that Netgear also announced today. Unlike the Netgear M5, Linksys’s mobile router doesn’t include a touchscreen. In return, it’s more compact and better looking. It, too, uses a USB-C port with Quick Charge capability.

Linksys 5G Modem: A cellular modem that works as the Internet source as an alternative to a DSL or cable modem.

Linksys Velop 5G Mesh Gateway: Essentially, this is a Wi-Fi 6 Velop router that has a built-in 5G modem. Linksys says the gateway also works with other Linksys Velop systems to expand Wi-Fi coverage via a mesh network.

Linksys 5G Outdoor Router: sAn outdoor router that taps into Millimeter Wave 5G network and features a 10Gbps wired connection to deliver super-fast internet in all weather.

The Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 router (MR9600) from Linksys.

Two new Wi-Fi 6 routers

At the show, Linksys also showcased today two new Wi-Fi 6 routers, including the Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 router (MR9600) and the Velop WiFi 6 system (AX4200).

The MR9600 is a 4×4 router that supports Linksys Intelligent Mesh Technology​. As a result, it will work with any Velop nodes to expand coverage. It’ll be available in Spring with the suggested price of $400.

The AX4200 is a Wi-Fi 6 version of the popular Velop system. It shares the same design as the original Velop. Linksys says each AX4200 node can cover some 3000ft² (279 m²). It’s a tri-band mesh system with a dedicated backhaul band. It’ll be available in Summer this year and costs $300 per node or $500 for a 2-pack.

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