Linksys Atlas Max delivers crystal-clear signal and ultra-fast WiFi speeds to more than 65 devices per node. WiFi 6E offers the 6GHz band connection that’s needed for optimum performance for video conferencing, and working and learning from home, as well as the latest AR and VR devices. It offers a reliable connection for a home full of people to enjoy pro gaming, HD streaming, and video calls without interruption. Intelligent Mesh Technology offers whole home coverage that’s easily expandable by adding additional nodes. With easy setup, advanced security and parental controls, Linksys Atlas Max is an essential upgrade to any home that needs the most reliable, highest-speed WiFi.
A New Band for Your Latest Devices
The 6 GHz WiFi band offers crystal-clear signal, and up to 6.5x faster speed* for video conferencing, working and learning from home, 8K streaming, and AR and VR devices.
Powerful WiFi 6E Mesh Coverage
Intelligent MeshTM technology combined with WiFi 6E is designed to deliver gigabit WiFi speeds to every corner of your home or business.
Highest Device Capacity Ever
With 5x** the channels of current WiFi systems, the 6 GHz band can handle all the traffic from simultaneous video conferences, the busiest smart homes, and using heavy-bandwidth devices all day, every day.
An advanced Qualcomm™ chipset delivers the ultimate WiFi 6E experience. This next-generation technology transforms home and business WiFi with its wire-like stability and blazing-fast performance.
Ultra-Fast Multi-Gigabit Speed
With a 5 Gigabit WAN port you can experience up to 5 Gbps† speed throughout your home for working laptops, smart TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles, VR and AR and more.
Easy Setup. Easy Control
The Linksys app makes setup simple. Once set up, you can access your network from anywhere, and view or prioritize which connected devices are using the most WiFi.
With automatic firmware updates, parental controls, and separate guest access, Velop provides a safe, secure and up-to-date home network.
Customer Support 24/7
Talk to Linksys support staff whenever you need them, online or by phone.
Works with all Internet Providers
Works with all Internet Service Providers and is 100% backwards compatible with WiFi 5 and older devices.
USB 3.0 Port
Connect storage devices to the 3.0 port and share across your WiFi network.
4x4 WiFi radios with MU-MIMO enable more devices to connect simultaneously, allowing multi-device streaming, uninterrupted gaming, and faster internet speeds. Downlink and uplink MU-MIMO are both supported
Every tri-band node can broadcast on three wireless radio bands simultaneously with combined WiFi speeds up to 8.4 Gbps.
*Performance may vary. Customer-paid internet service required. For more information, please refer to the insert inside the package, or the product data sheet found at: Linksys.com/velop/documentation.
**As compared to WiFi 5 2x2 dual-band router up to 80MHz.
***4x more channels on 6GHz band as compared to dual-band router on 2.4 & 5 GHz bands excluding DFS channels, determined using 20MHz channels as a reference.
†Wired speed up to 5Gbps requires multi-gigabit ISP speed up to or greater than 5Gbps.
Quick Start Guide
Regulatory and Warranty Documentation
Wi-Fi Mesh System
Number of Wi-Fi Satellites Included
Number Of LAN Ports
8400 megabits per second
Linksys Atlas Max AXE8400 Tri-Band Mesh Wifi 6E System- 1PK
I've been a long-time Linksys Mesh WiFi user, ever since they were one of the first to market with their original Mesh Network system, the Velop AC6600 with 3 tower-like nodes.
I was used to the growing pains involved with setting up the network, with some issues with nodes dropping off, but over time, with firmware and app updates, my Velop network has been rock solid and high performing.
So obviously when I had a chance to review the new Linksys Atlas Max 6E mesh system, I was ecstatic, but being bleeding edge tech, I wasn't expecting the process to be seamless.
While I was able to set up the first parent node without issue, I did run into issues setting up the child nodes. The Periscope icon in the App had to go through 3x before nodes were added. I was able to add the first child node without issue, but after that the 2nd child node wouldn't add no matter what.
At this point, I HIGHLY recommend you contact their Support number. They are excellent and they can guide you through undocumented admin-level steps that bypass the app, such as the local router settings via http://myrouter.local and the CA console. You can then set up each node very easily in the same room without the time it takes using the app, which still takes a long time at up to 10 mins per node. Using the web-browser GUI with each node in the same room, it takes probably half the time.
Two recommendations for existing Velop network users:
1) If you want the new MX8500 Atlas 6E to be your primary parent node, you will need to tear down your existing Velop network and start from scratch. The App will tell you this is the best approach. You just need to factory reset each node on the network.
2) Delete the existing app, make sure you know your login info. After setting up the new parent and mesh network, log back in on the new SSID and it will accurately pick up your new mesh network. Otherwise you will have problems accurately detecting devices on the mesh network if you don't blow out the old network and app first.
Performance-wise, the Atlas Max 6E is no joke. 6E and the 6GHz band isn't widely used right now for consumer devices because it is so newly approved, but Linksys cleverly uses the 6GHz band as a dedicated wireless high bandwidth backhaul for the nodes to communicate. While still not as good as a dedicated wired ethernet Gigabit backhaul, this is a great solution for rooms and areas in the house you can't get a dedicated home run to that node.
Another major bonus is this system is completely compatible with older Linksys Velop nodes. AC2200 nodes, MR8300 router, MX5300 AX6 nodes all can be added seamlessly to add additional coverage to your mesh network.
I was amazed to see my new PS5 was able to do its system update using a wired connection to a wireless 6G backhaul on my Atlas 6E in about one minute. My iPhone 12 Pro was able to get roughly 450Mbps to that node which was just under the 700Mbps when connected to the parent node in my home office, so the performance is quite excellent. Really amazing wireless performance, can't wait to see what true 6GE devices can do!!!
I also saw some comments about poor performance with Verizon Fios. I didn't see any of these issues, nor did I see them with my older AC6600 network. I'm connected directly to the ONT and get near max theoretical download/upload speeds for Fios at 870/960.
Lastly, each Atlas Max 6E has a 5G broadband/internet input. This is useful if your ISP supports higher than 1Gbps (gigabit) but also has outputs that are more than gigabit. If so, you can send more than 1Gbps to your first Atlas Max 6E, however, the LAN outputs are limited to 1Gbps still, so if you had 4Gbps going in, you could still have up to 1Gbps for up to 4 devices.
Performance on these routers are great, they are like their predecessor AC and AX routers but further improved with AXE 6G. If you want the best, and want to still use your older Velop nodes, this new Atlas Max 6E system can't be beat!!!!
Lets start with the Improvement of having this router replace my current service provider router.
In my case this router replaced my spectrum WiFi 5 SAGEMCOM Model: 5280 branded Router that you would get from Spectrum in the Los Angeles area when you subscribe to their Ultimate 400Mbps internet service or their 1GB service which is also known as their 940Mbps service which requires that $200.00 "Installation Fee Thing"
So, does it make a difference when it comes to improved wifi speeds and Ethernet speeds? The answer is YES! But there are some requirements that need to be met to really see a difference in DATA speed performance and to make it worth buying such an expensive router. Please allow me to explain as much as i can from my experience.
1. You need to be subscribed to a minimum of 400Mbps Internet service to really see an improvement on your wifi and Ethernet speeds, however my recommendation is to only buy this router if you have the 940Mbps service from Spectrum, Xfinity, Comcast or that super fast fiber optic speed internet from Google Fiber, Verizon Fios or AT&T Fiber Optic. If You have a lower service speed then 400Mbps? you will NOT really benefit from having this router and i am being honest here as a consumer just like you. I wouldn't want you to waste your money on this and be disappointed by the limited results.
2. Ethernet cables are really important here. So CAT5e is NOT going to cut it for this router i tried it snd it was worse then the spectrum speeds from the wire being plugged in from the modem. You will need to use at least some CAT6a cables or what i used which was the Monoprice branded CAT 7 Double Shielded Cables to see a speed improvement. I replaced ALL the Ethernet cables with CAT 7 even the cable that plugs in from the modem to the Router which is the most important one in my opinion to get the best wifi speedsfrom this router. I also have some CAT 8 cables (Same Brand) and those in all honesty did NOT make a difference in speed performance vs the CAT 7 cables i had connected to this router, they were the same, speed wise! However it did make a BIG difference from the CAT6 vs CAT 7/ CAT 8, as an upgrade The speeds were much higher from CAT6a to CAT7/CAT8.
3. To really get the max performance out of this router based on your internet provider service, you need to have devices that are WiFi-6 Capable or again you will NOT see a BIG improvement in wifi data speeds, when it comes to ethernet speeds as long as you are using some GOOD CAT6a or CAT7 cables you will see an improvement on Ethernet speeds to your computer or game consoles that support close to the 1GB data speeds. The ports on this router are far more faster then the speeds from my Spectrum's Router which makes me feel like they capped the speeds onnthe Ethernet ports as well.
In my pictures you will see what i mean.
Now for the bad or not so great info about the router.
1. If you have Wifi 5 devices, they will pretty much max out at around 440 to 550 Mbps if your service is 1GB of datat speeds. This happend with my Samsung galaxy NOTE 9 which was supposed to accept up to 1GB of data speeds. My wife's ipad pro 2019 model was able to get up to 680Mbps of download speeds and 43Mbps upload speeds though.
2. I noticed that the wifi range for both the Wifi bands 6GHz, 5Ghz and 2.4GHz were exactly the same on the Linksys. There was NO range improvement from each GHz Bandwidth but compared to the Spectrum router, YES! there was about a 100FT Longer range distance that i was able to get a WiFi signal from with the Linksys WiFi-6E Router vs the spectrum router. I was able to get 79Mbps download and 23Mbps upload With WIFI 6 with my door from my house closed and 100ft away from the front door! At 2.4GHz i was able to get about 15Mbps download and 7.6Mbps Upload speeds which was not so great but still a great improvement as I couldn't even get a wifi signal at all from my spectrum router at that range.
3. There were Connection issues with my Nest Doorbells that Refused to connect to my 5GHz Bandwidth on the Linksys and even gave me a hard time connecting to the slower 2.4GHz which was capped at 224Mbps download and 41Mbps upload speeds. However after doing 3 Factory resets on the nest doorbells, i was finally able to get them to connect to the linksys through the 2.4GHz wifi Bandwidth ONLY! Which the front door was about 16 feet away from the router. Its probably a nest thing but i though it would be worth mentioning. All my other wifi light switches, smart led bulbs etc from TP Link connected to 2.4GHz Bandwidth with ZERO issues.
Maybe the nest thing is a compatibility issue as I had zero problems with the Spectrum router when it camento the nest doorbells connecting to wifi.
Anyways, for my test I used my samung galaxy Note 20 Ultra which was the only REAL wifi 6 device i had and my PS5 via wifi and CAT 7 Ethernet cable.
I do apologize for not showing the wifi speeds from Spectrum with my PS5 but to be honest it was so bad that it wasnt worth showing however it was about 150Mbps download and 34.9 Mbps Upload.
However i hope you find my review helpful, as of right now i see it 100% worth it but only if you meet those requirements i mentioned. Otherwise you may be very disappointed with this router and would be worth looking at a longer range Wifi 5 Router as the farther you are from the router the slower your wifi speeds get in your connected devices. But it is 100% compatible with Spectrum Internet service in the Los Angeles, CA area if you are wondering.
Thanks for reading my honest review.
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I would recommend this to a friend
App, Ease of use, Internet
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Reliable connection and performance!
I have been using multiple brands of Mesh systems in the last four few years that support only 2.4 and 5G Hz. until Wifi 6 joints the other wifi versions of 2.4 and 5G Hz and be available in one wifi system. I had to replace my old system and get a wifi 6-enabled system since wifi 6 is meant to fix slow wifi speed as well as providing more channels to have less frequency interference issues that make some devices slow down.
Design: Linksys Atlas Max 6E Tri-Band Mesh Wifi System offers a sleek design and does not take much space. This attributes to its tower shape design that can be placed vertically.
Setup: The whole process can be initiated through the Linksys app on a smartphone or tablet. The steps are clear and straightforward, and it took me 30 to have the whole system up and running, knowing that I used my old Linksys account, so I did not have to create a new account from scratch. Note: Linksys app on IOS devices is a bit glitchy, and I had could app crashes, and I fixed that by deleting and redownloading the app again. Not a big deal, but I hope the will be a future update with fixes.
Performance: first foremost, I use AT&T fiber 1000 Mbps service and my older wifi system was trio band just like this Linksys, but because my home is automated and have multiple devices up to 104, I had two issues with my old system, first, IP conflict where devices lose wifi connection and unable to connect and sometimes being promoted to type in the wifi password, even though It does it fix the issue until I reboot the entire system to resolve it, second, is coverage, with my older system, I have a smart display and smart lights in my garage where devices disconnect periodically knowing that my old system is a mesh and has three nodes and one was very close to the garage and not only coverage but also slow speed.
Comparing with Linksys Atlas Max 6E Tri-Band Mesh Wifi System:
The first thing I noticed in my first week of use is the wifi connection reliability, the connection is stable, and speed boosted a little bit compared to what I had before, coverage is significant, I walk up to the end of my driveway almost to my neighbor, and my phone is still connected "impressive!". Each node has four Gigabit Ethernet ports which allow me to get rid of the ethernet switch in addition to the USB port for hard drives to enable sharing ability with whoever is on the same home wifi network. The overheating issue, the Linksys system has vents on top to help with cooling down the system, which I missed in my older system that was completely closed like a box, and I had to place a desk fan next to it.
The app UI is simple and has plenty of features such as create a guest network, speed test, parental control, block internet access for chosen devices, device prioritization to set which device receives the faster bandwidth, especially for watching 4K or gaming, and the ability to set individual wifi password for each wifi band of 2.4, 5 or 6 GHz.
Overall experience: With 105 active devices on this trio band wifi system, I have a reliable connection and stable wifi speed, and excellent coverage. My Arlo Pro wireless cameras have a strong signal, and my Philips Hue lights are working as they are supposed to be through HomeKit integration on my Apple devices. I loved this trio wifi system, it offers faster internet speed and reliable connection, and better coverage. Great products!
This product was nicely packaged. Everything you needed to get this product up and running was in the box. This Linksys Atas Max 6E (AXE8400) is a dual node mesh Wi-Fi networking system. What is 6E you ask, basically it means that 6GHz band offers twice the bandwidth of 5GHz band. I must admit that I own the previous version (MX10) of this product except it has nodes.
This system is very simple to get setup and running. Once you download the app it walks you through each step and it really doesn’t take but about 10-15 minutes to get it up and running. I actually kept my Wi-Fi name and password the same so that all my devices would just connect automatically. I only had one device that I had to reenter the Wi-Fi name and password.
If you are a previous owner of the Velop system (like the one I mentioned above) then it is good to note that the new system is compatible with the old system. What does that mean? Well, it means that this system is backward compatible with the old system and will also work with the new system. You can use the old nodes to help further extend your Wi-Fi if you wanted. I have found that the 3 nodes were very similar to the 3 nodes that I used to have.
Performance was excellent. With my old system I was getting speeds around 290Mbps down and 24Mbps up wirelessly. As soon as I got this system up and running I immediately tested it and it far exceeded my expectations. I tested this in all the remote areas of my 3000+square ft home.
Another new feature that I really liked is the addition of 4 Gigabit LAN ports. I use this for hardwiring some of my devices and this was a huge plus for me.
You can also add a USB storage device to the 3.0 port and share other devices like printers over your network.
-Easy to use and setup
-Tri-band AXE8400 with 4x4 MU-MIMO
-2.2GHz quad-core processor
-four Gigabit Ethernet ports
-USB 3.0 port
Overall, I feel that this product worked very well, and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this. This is hands down my favorite mesh Wi-Fi system. Don’t let the high price deter you, this is well worth the money.
This system is replacing a Linksys Max-Stream AC3000 router that served me well. The biggest draw to me with this system is the 6ghz spectrum and the device capacity. I have probably 50 devices connected to my WiFi network and with the 195 device capacity of this system I shouldn’t have to worry about it bogging down. At this time I don’t have any devices capable of using the 6GHz spectrum, that’s where the future proofing part comes in. The end of 2021 into the beginning of 2022 should see many more devices capable of using that spectrum.
I’m using this on Fios gigabit service and though I don’t see a significant increase over the Max-Stream AC3000 this replaced, I definitely see more consistent coverage and those speeds throughout my whole house. I have a 2 story house with a finished attic and this system gives me complete coverage and fast speed on every level that I didn’t have before.
Setting up the device was extremely simple thru the Linksys app, just as is was when I did it for the first time with the AC3000. The app makes setting up and maintaining a router alot easier than it used to be back in the day. The Linksys app really shines in my opinion when it comes to controlling your network. The simple things such as being able to restart your network from the app is huge to me, no more having to pull the cord and wait to plug it back in! The one thing that is different with this system compared to all previous routers/mesh systems I’ve used, is it combines all the networks into one. So instead of having a 2.4GHz, 5GHz and a 6GHz network, it will all be under one and the system will automatically choose the spectrum for each device. You can change that in the app and make it individual if you so desire, though I decided to leave it as one. Devices will automatically switch between nodes depending on which one you’re closer to, though sometimes I would like to see them switch sooner.
The Atlas Max 6E isn’t cheap, but if you look at them as individual routers the price makes since. As a whole I’m very happy with the performance I’m getting. If you have a large house, tons of devices, want to future proof your home network than the Atlas Max 6E has you covered.
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Ease of Use
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use, Set up, Speed
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
WiFi 6E- Popcorn time!!!
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
So we got the system last night and took the “easy” route and added it to our existing MX5300. I was on the phone with Linksys support the entire time during the set up. They were amazing and she refused to hang up until the last child node was lit up blue! I can say our WiFi is performing twice as well and the speeds of surfing through pages be it on your phone or iPad is seamless. Instant! We stream a lot of movies and TV these days and they are even better! Instant start no buffering and no loss of signal. It’s cool knowing we are set for a very very long time with the latest and newest WiFi specs. Having that extra WiFi band means hardly any traffic or bottlenecking of our many devices. Linksys has hit it out of the park! Both with product and customer service!
I upgraded from a 5 node set-up AC2200 units. Where I would average on wifi with AC devices 350MB Up/Down. Decided to upgrade to 6E for the higher bandwidth and range for multiple devices. I been waiting due to some other reviews regarding uploads speed reported over 2 months ago.
Set-up was easy and I have an ethernet backhaul set with the units so they don't need to wifi connect to each other. After being on the phone for nearly 2 hours with Linksys. IT turns out they are aware of the issue and their engineering team has not addressed it.
Basically its a $1200 unit that caps out at 10-30 MBPS upload speeds. Wifi I'll get it in the 600+ on iPad M1 & iPhone 12 Pro Max. Wired skipping the unit 930 down, 875 up.
For now I would suggest do not upgrade if your coming from any other VELLOP unit. If you insist on 6GHZ unit stay away from Linksys look else where. Read the reviews right now only Linksys and Best Buy sell this.
Only solution from Linksys is to have a switch between Linksys and ONT. If you happen to have a old Verizon router nearby you could do this but this defeats the performance and having to have two routers.
Allow us to check on your case so we can have it investigated with our Escalation Engineers further by sending us an email with your case number/contact info used when you contacted the support team, and the link of this review, so we can use it as our reference.
Elyza Linksys Support
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rock solid stability and speed!
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
My setup is as follows:
Charter Spectrum Ultra Internet 400mb/20mb
Netgear CM1200 modem
Modem>MX8500 parent node>Switch>MX5300 child node
I have everything wired up. If you want to go that route if you have more nodes. Setup wirelessly first THEN go wired after. If you try to go wired first. Setup will fail and not work. Linksys thinks everyone will be going the wireless route I suppose during setup with 1+ nodes. I wanted to upgrade to WiFi 6e. So, I thought might was well continue using the MX5300 as well.
With this setup. Speed, stability and coverage is crazy good. I have had no problems what so ever. Things just work and it’s like their not even around. That is a good thing! This router even alone beats the MX5300. And I had been using it since it first came out. If you are a power user. Linksys is not for you. It’s geared towards set and for get with minimal settings to play around with.
That being said. It gets my full recommendation with no hesitation at all. Even at the price it stands atm as I write this review. Plus it has a 3 year factory warranty from Linksys. The build quality also feels very premium and looks nice. I just had someone over recently asking me what is that thing. When I said a router. They looked dumb founded since majority of routers look nothing like that. Gave me a chuckle!
A:Answeryes, devices that are only capable or are further away and have best connection with 2.4GHz will default to the 2.5GHz band even if you have all 3 bands on the same SSID network name. You can view which devices are connected to which node and which spectrum using the Linksys app, along with the signal strength of that connection.
A:AnswerMostly, yes. The advantage of the 6 GHz over the 5 is, there are fewer devices that use the new frequency. You would see a slight gain otherwise from using higher frequence, but not that much. If you live in a crowded place with lots of WiFi around you, you will see more benefit. If you live in the middle of nowhere with nothing but cows for hundreds of miles, you won't notice a difference.