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Review: Linksys MAX-STREAM AC600 USB Adapter


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The Linksys AC600 USB Adapter is the first MU-MIMO enabled adapter on the market – and here is our review.

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The WUSB6100M enables users to connect their Windows-based laptops and computers to a wireless-AC network as well as a MU-MIMO router which helps improve the overall efficiency of your home Wi-Fi, so users can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming. Additional features include:

  • AC Wave 2 – MU-MIMO  (AC433/N150)
  • Beamforming for more reliable connections
  • Simple plug and play setup
  • Works with Any Wi-Fi Router; Optimised with Linksys Max-Stream solutions

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the USB adaptor, a software and documentation CD and a quick start guide.

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A Closer Look

It is rather small!

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Final Thoughts

The first thing you notice when you take it out of the box is just how small this USB adaptor actually is, just take a look at the picture above of it in my hand. The size is perfect because you can leave it plugged into your laptop or desktop PC and it doesn’t get in the way, or knocked when you use your machine.

The setup was simple – you just plug it in and let Windows take care of the rest. There is a driver CD if you need it, but Windows 10 took care of everything for me. All I needed to do was to disable my existing Wi-Fi adaptor (it was built-in to the laptop) and then connect the AC600 to my wireless network.

One thing to note is that the AC600 only works with Windows – so if you have a Mac then it’s not going to work.

The AC600 is dual-band, and so works with either a 2.4 GHz network or a 5 GHz network.

I immediately noticed a significant speed increase over the “old” Wi-Fi adaptor on the laptop – if you have a newer laptop they you might not notice as much of an increase, but certainly the older your existing kit, the more of an increase you are likely to see.

To get the most out of the AC600 you will want to connect it to a Max-Stream router, such as the Linksys AC5400, which in the case of this review we did (and look out for the AC5400 review soon).

If you want to get the fastest possible speeds from your Wi-Fi network, then look no further than the Linksys AC600, its a must have piece of kit if you don’t have an up to date Wi-Fi adaptor.

The Linksys AC600 is available now priced £24.99.


To learn more, visit the Linksys website.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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