Linksys Hydra Pro 6 review: Upgrade for your home network

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 review: Upgrade for your home network

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Although the US price is a little higher than we had anticipated, the Hydra Pro 6 is simple to set up and use, offers robust wi-fi performance, and offers adequate coverage for anyone looking to replace their outdated router.

Quick Summary

It’s taken a while for the prices of Wi-Fi 6 routers to come down to more affordable levels, but the new Hydra Pro 6 from Linksys is a good option for anyone that wants to improve their home wi-fi without taking out a second mortgage. It is admittedly still a little pricey for a dual-band router, but it works hard to earn its keep.

Its top speed of 5.4Gbps is still far faster than most routers that use the older Wi-Fi 5 standard (aka 802.11ac), whilst also providing additional benefits of Wi-Fi 6, such as improved efficiency when transmitting data to lots of different devices on your network all at once. 

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 Price and availability

  • $299.99 in the US
  • £169.99 from Amazon in the UK
  • Currently unavailable in Australia

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6 is listed at $299.99 on Linksys’ US website and other online stores, however prices do vary somewhat by area. Although the Hydra Pro 6 should cost about £250.00 in British pounds at the current exchange rate—excluding the country’s 20% sales tax—it is really far less expensive in the UK.

In the UK, Linksys is mostly sold through Amazon, where it is currently listed for £169.99 (and recently dropped to £129.99 for Prime Day). With few standalone routers now on the market, Linksys’ Australian subsidiary appears to concentrate mostly on the company’s Velop line of mesh routers.

Price and availability: 3.5/5

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 Design and Featuers

The Hydra Pro 6 is an ordinary black plastic box with a few antennae protruding from the back. It doesn’t have a particularly attractive appearance. However, it is small and well-made, and when you attach it to your current broadband modem or router, it will fit neatly onto any handy table or shelf.

The Hydra Pro 6 from Linksys also doesn’t skimp on features, offering outstanding wireless speeds of up to 5.4Gbps and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for lag-free cable connections to devices like a games console or smart TV. Even better, it has a USB 3.0 port for connecting a hard drive so you may share it with others on your home network.

The Linksys app is a little basic, though. It takes a few minutes to set the router up, as you first have to download the Linksys app, create an account, and then enter a password in order to connect your iOS or Android mobile device to the router’s default ‘setup’ network. 

Then you have to rename that network and create a new password, and then re-connect all over again – which seems a little long-winded when many routers now just let you scan a QR code in order to set everything up automatically. But, once that’s done, the app is pretty easy to use – it automatically creates a single network that combines the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, and then provides an overview of all the devices that are connected to the network. You can pause Internet access for any device, or create a schedule to limit your child’s Internet use to specific times. There’s a built-in speed test to monitor network performance, and you can prioritize three devices to provide maximum performance for demanding tasks such as gaming or streaming video. 

The parental controls are fairly limited, though, as the app just leaves it up to you to manually enter the addresses of any websites that you want to block – but at least it doesn’t constantly pester you with ads for additional subscription services, as some of Linksys’ rivals do.

  • Design and Features: 4/5

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 Performance

  • Creates a single network using 2.4/5.0GHz bands
  • Good performance and range
  • Ability to prioritise three devices

The wi-fi router that our internet provider provided works well for computers and other nearby devices, enabling us to use the full 100Mbps of our broadband connection and 12.5MB/s for Steam downloads. When connecting to adjacent devices, the Linksys Hydra Pro 6 just duplicated that performance, which was to be expected.

To give a more dependable wired network connection, we also have an office in the back of the building, where the wi-fi signal is so unpredictable that we typically have to rely on PowerLine adaptors. Thankfully, the Hydra Pro 6 maintained those speeds without any issues as I picked up my laptop and moved down the hall to the back office. Although speedier tri-band Wi-Fi 6 routers may already be on the market, the Hydra Pro 6 strikes a solid balance by offering a quick and dependable Wi-Fi 6 upgrade at a price that won’t break the bank.

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 Review Verdict

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6 performs well, has a ton of features that are helpful, and delivers decent value for the money.

Some people may be interested in the possibility to increase the coverage of their home network using Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi modules, especially those who can’t currently afford the system’s initial cost.

However, there are many inexpensive mesh systems that may replace your current router’s Wi-Fi for not much more money than the Hydra Pro 6, making them a better option if your priority is extensive Wi-Fi coverage rather than absolute speed.

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