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Linksys Unveils Its Latest Wi-Fi 6 Router, the Hydra Pro 6, and It’s a Snooze

Sometimes the latest is not synonymous with the greatest. Case in point: the Hydra Pro 6 router Linksys unveiled today. Despite the “Pro” notion, the new router is a bit subdued, to put it mildly.

The Linksys Hyra Pro Wi-Fi 6 router
The Linksys Hyra Pro Wi-Fi 6 router

Linksys Hydra Pro 6: Just another Wi-Fi 6 router

Indeed, this is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router powered by a Qualcomm dual-core 1.0GHz CPU and has four Gigabit LAN ports, 1 Gigabit WAN port, and a USB 3.0 port.

You can use this USB port to host an external storage device and share that with the rest of the network — effectively turning the router into a mini NAS server.

Linksys says the Hydra Pro can handle up to 30 clients at a time and up to 2700 ft2 (250 m2) of Wi-Fi coverage — a likely exaggerated number. It also supports the company’s Intelligent Mesh, meaning it can work with another supported router to form a Velop-like mesh system.

In my experience, though, Intelligent Mesh only works well when you buy Linksys’s purpose-built system, like the MX10 or MX4200. If you want to use standalone routers like the Hydra Pro 6 to form the mesh, getting your home wired is a must.

Design-wise, the Hydra Pro 6 looks like a variant of the Linksys MR7350 that came out a year and a half ago — the two look and weigh the same. Both come with two non-detachable antennas that you can swivel half asphere around.

On the inside, it looks like the new router shares the same web user interface, settings, and mobile app as the previous model.

Linksys has been known to be coercing users into using its mobile app or getting a login account, and that’s also the case with the Hydra Pro 6.

(To be fair, this is a trend in other networking vendors, too. Netgear, for example, has recently been neutering its home routers’ web interface in favor of mobile apps.)

Hardware specifications: Linksys Hydra Pro 6 vs Linksys MR7350

It’s impossible to look at the Hydra Pro 6 without thinking of the MR7350. The two share the same design. In fact, without close scrutinizing, you can’t tell the two apart.

Full NameLinksys Hydra Pro 6Linksys MAX-STREAM 
Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router
ModelHydra Pro 6MR7350
Mesh Ready Yes 
(Linksys Intelligent Mesh)
Yes 
(Linksys Intelligent Mesh)
Dimensions (collapsed antennas)8.42 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches (215 x 155 x 56 mm) 8.42 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches (215 x 155 x 56 mm)
Weight1.25 lbs. (567 g)1.25 lbs. (567 g)
Wi-Fi SpecsDual-band AX5400Dual-band AX1800
5GHz Speed4×3 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 4804MBps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2 x 2 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 1201Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
2.4GHz Speed 2×2 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 Wi-Fi 6: Up to 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
Mesh Backhaul BandNoneNone
Wired Backhaul SupportYesYes
Backward Compatibility  802.11ac/n/g/a/b 802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Wi-Fi Security WPA2 and WPA3 WPA2 and WPA3
Mobile App Linksys Linksys
Web User InterfaceYesYes 
AP (Bridge) ModeYesYes
USB Port 1x USB 3.0 1x USB 3.0
Gigabit Ports4x LAN
1x WAN
4x LAN
1x WAN
Link AggregationNoNo
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Dual-WANNoNo
Processing power1.0GHz Dual-Core CPU1.2 GHz Quad-core CPU
Release DateJanuary 2022July 2020
Suggested Price
(At launch)
$300$150
Hardware specifications: Linksys Hydra Pro 6 vs Linksys MR7350

On the inside, though, the Hydra Pro 6 has better 5GHz specs than the older version, but it’s far behind in processing power. In all, I’m surprised that Linksys prices it twice that of the older model.

The Linksys Hydra Pro Wi-Fi 6 router from the back and side
The Linksys Hydra Pro Wi-Fi 6 router from the back and side

Availability and pricing

Frill-free and without any novelty, the Hydra Pro 6 seems like a modest router for typical home Wi-Fi needs, albeit it has to be a small home.

If you’re on the market for such a device, Linksys says the router is available now at the suggested retail cost of $299 — a totally unreal price. But you can expect to street price to be much lower.

That said, make sure you check out the MR7350, which currently costs less than $75, or one on this list of the current best Wi-Fi 6 routers.

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