I will start this review by simply stating the following.
This LINKSYS RE6700 AC1200 amplifier is definitely a huge improvement over the previous
models in the fine line of LINKSYS products, it's ridiculously easy to set up (No CD needed)
All you need to do is unpack this unit from the box, plug it to your wall outlet and give a solid
2-3 minutes boot up time, after that, you simply log into this LINKSYS RE6700 AC1200 amplifier by
entering the printed/provided login information and password (look for it on the device itself or the box it came in). It's that easy.
After you do that, it will take you to the GUI (interface) and all you have to do is just provide your current-existing network (Wi-fi) credentials and boom, the new network shows up in your devices with an (EXT) name after whatever the name of your current network is. But you can also change it during the set up
and name it whatever you choose it to be, and that's it, you are done and ready to surf the internet
with this amplifier that provides dual band for newer and older devices (2.4Ghz- most devices use this band)
and of course the amazing blazing fast 5Ghz band that if you're near your router or this LINKSYS amplifier
it will provide you with a blazing speedy internet connection to browse, watch videos, or do whatever you
want with that speed.
I timed how long it took me to set up this device and the result for me was between 5 -6 solid minutes (booting up and configuring the network) and testing it of course.
The reason I'm giving it a 4 star though is because I did have to reset this device since the initial connection and set up took place at least once, for some reason it dropped my connection altogether, but then i realized my router was about 35ft away from it, and the doors were closed and my walls are very thick, so maybe that was on me, but either way, I've left my door open since that time and no drops have occurred since then, I've also push it's capacity by testing it for a up to 12 hrs with the doors closed and it doesn't drops the connection, maybe it was just a hiccup, maybe it was my router, but I'm skeptical, and
if I do see at least another 3-5 drops I will definitely review my rating.
The other reason I also awarded this device a 4 star rating was because of the price tag, while it's not the most expensive out there, I believe these should be more affordable, they are so helpful for every dead spot in the house that I understand why it has to be priced at the current price out there, but just a personal point of view.
Anyways, I've tested this with my iPad, Droid tablet, iPhone, etc, and the range is significantly expanded and consistently delivering 5 solid bars of signal throughout my 3,600sqf 2 story property, this is impressive for such a small device, and the added bonus on this device?, the outlet it has in the front saves me from using another ugly power extension, this is why I also gave it a 4 star, this is so helpful, thank you LINKSYS for thinking about that small but very important detail.
On my desktop and laptop which are currently using Windows 7 and Windows 10 OS, the speeds are being delivered on point! no complaints from me there.
Overall I thin this is well built device, it's solid, and I definitely see it has features not found in other current extenders and it's great alternative if you don't want to use another router as an AP (access point) or repeater. This is well worth the money but still, it'd be nice if they were a bit lower in price.
Please also note I received this device sample free of cost in exchange for my unbiased honest review.
Thank you, have a great day.