Linksys shares new mesh Wi-Fi 6e routers at CES 2021

in General Discussion edited January 11
Linksys is taking the wraps off its latest mesh router offering at CES 2021, the Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System.

Linksys AXE8400
Linksys AXE8400

The new Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System is a mesh system that will yield benefits for households with both Wi-Fi 6e devices and non-Wi-Fi 6e devices alike. Each router is a stark white rectangular column, similar to its Velop routers.

Hardware-wise, it is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has nine internal antennas, four LAN ports, a USB 3.0 port, and a 5-Gigabit WAN port. This router has a tri-band dynamic backhaul that allows the router to utilize the 6GHz spectrum for the backhaul between nodes even if no Wi-Fi 6e-enabled devices are in the home. At the moment no Apple devices directly support Wi-Fi 6e.

Hardwired ethernet ports on the AXE8400
Hardwired ethernet ports on the AXE8400

Other features include WPA3/WPA2 encryption, two-factor authentication, mobile app control, parental controls, guest network, and automatic security updates.

The Linksys AXE8400 launches in Spring to Summer and will be sold in multiple configurations. A single router can be purchased for $449.99, a two-pack for $849.99, or it can be picked up as a three-pack for $1,199.99. Following the US launch, it will be available globally in the second half of 2021.

Linksys Aware

Linksys is also announcing an update to its Aware service that uses Wi-Fi signals to detect motion in your home. With the new update, Linksys Aware will be able to use stationary Wi-Fi-enabled devices in your home for further coverage and additional accuracy.

Previously, Linksys Aware would use the mesh network between its routers to detect motion from a person or a pet. Now, Wi-Fi-connected devices like smart speakers, Apple TV, TVs, smart thermostats, and more are able to also participate. Even if they aren't made by Belkin.

After onboarding, this will allow the system to get a much better picture of motion in your home and even be able to tell you what room motion was detected in. New Motion Alerts will be configurable from the Linksys app.

Linksys Aware comes with a free 90-day trial before billing monthly at $2.99. The new update will land for users in March/April.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    I wonder if this is HomeKit compatible?
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Bummer. I just got the “regular” wifi 6 version of these guys about 6 months ago. Of course they now release a new version...

  • Reply 3 of 6
    jagbatth said:
    I wonder if this is HomeKit compatible?
    Some of the Velop models are compatible, some are not. I have no idea why some are and some aren’t. 
  • Reply 4 of 6
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,581member
    Before buying, ask if WiFi 6E clients like future iPhone/tablets/laptops can talk to router/satellites on 6Ghz channel in mesh network or  just supported to back-haul channel communication between Router and Satellites ? Marketing can hide important info to lure you into buying 6E based network systems.

  • Reply 5 of 6
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,686member
    With all the mandates on power connectors for phones and the like why isn't there a mandate to require devices like this to either embed and international power supply or use USB-c PD connector?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    neilmneilm Posts: 917member
    Jeez but that’s pricey.
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