Since this product is advertised on Linksys, this model is currently being manufactured.


Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 2 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 866.6 mbps


This is classified as a “Low-Performer” 802.11ac wifi system. If higher performance is needed, consider upgrading to a “Top-Performer”. Read: What’s the fastest 802.11ac (wifi5) wifi system possible?


  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? Yes.


To stay up-to-date, make sure to enable “Automatic Firmware Upgrade” from the dashboard.

Download the latest firmware from

v1.0.09.001 (2018-06-19)

  • Web Gui maintenance
  • SSupport CE DFS channels (100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140)

v1.0.08.003 (2018-02-01)

  • Fixed key reinstallation attack in WPA/WPA2 vulnerability.
  • Fixed DUT crash issue caused by IPv6 DNS query with TCP by AirPort app.
  • Fixed 5Ghz SSID disappearing issue.
  • Fixed AP-mode device reboot issue.

v1.0.07.012 (2017-08-11)

  • CE RED update

v1.0.07.009 (2017-07-06)

  • Added the support for setting up the product as a wireless access point.
  • The browser based setup process will invite users to provide email contacts for product registration.
  • RE6500-ME (sold to the Middle East region) allows users to enable the 5GHz UNII-3 band (channels 149~165).


  • Fixed an issue with Netflix app crashing on Android phones upon user login.
  • Fixed an issue where RE6500 cannot connect to a Wi-Fi router with MAC Filtering enabled. The correct MAC addresses of RE6500 can now be found in the Status>WLAN Statistics page.
  • Fixed a WPS PIN vulnerability issue.
  • Add Manual Setup hyperlink in the first browser based setup page.
  • Removed auto capitalization from the password fields on smartphones and tablets.
  • After about 1 minute of boot-up time, the main LED will blink amber to show the device is ready for setup.
  • When the WPS button is pressed, the main LED will blink white to show WPS pairing is in progress. The main LED will turn solid if the WPS pairing attempt is successful, or blink amber when the attempt fails.

v1.0.05.003 (2016-04-29)

  • Transition firmware that supports future digitally signed firmware

v1.0.04.008_20151106 (2015-11-06)

  • Secure the device by warning customer to change default password when setup is done via WPS push button.
  • Reduce WPS pairing process time.
  • Add Spot Finder feature on management interface.

v1.0.03.006_20150610 (2015-06-10)

  • Improve the set-up flow for user to configure different SSID name for range extender and administrator password
  • Enhance cross-band feature for performance improvement.
  • Modify default SSID for 2.4GHz and 5GHz with “Linksys Extender Setup -” + the last 3 digits of device MAC address
  • Support root AP with WPA Personal security type
  • Enhance the rate adaptation to improve WiFi performance
  • Enhance system log to add timestamp info
  • Add NTP client
  • Add on-line firmware check and upgrade feature when user tried to upgrade firmware

v1.0.02.003_20141231 (2014-12-31)

  • Enhance cross-band feature for performance improvement.
  • Add visual optimization presentation feature in set-up flow for user to better identify a proper location to place the range extender.
  • Fix the format on SSID search list page for iOS8

v1.0.01.015_20140912 (2014-09-12)

  • Improve Set-up flow
  • Refine FW GUI layout
  • Add Network mapping uses the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) protocol

v1.0.00.091_20140728 (2014-07-28)

  • Improve the repeater mode performance by enabling transmit burst mode.

v1.0.00.087_20140618 (2014-06-18)

  • Initial Release