Review Linksys MR7500 Hydra Pro 6E Reviewed

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thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
Linksys MR7500 Hydra Pro 6E
Linksys' Hydra Pro 6E is a slightly more affordable Wi-Fi 6E router with good 6 GHz, but disappointing 2.4 and 5 GHz performance.

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Razor512

Very Senior Member
Are there any consumer ISPs currently available now or in the near future before that router becomes outdated that are offering speeds above 2.5Gbps?
The results also make me wonder if there is some other bottleneck, such as a lack of hardware acceleration leading to a WAN port bottleneck, where it can have a 5GbE PHY rate but struggle to go much above 2Gbps. Would it be possible to also connect a few devices to the other LAN ports in addition to the wireless clients to see if more data can be pushed through the WAN port?
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
I'm surprised Client and Node Steering are enabled by default; they're useful only for mesh configurations, not standalone routers. These settings are here because the Hydra is part of the Velop product family, which now apparently includes standalone routers like this one that can be used to build mesh networks. So ASUS AiMesh isn't the only game in town anymore for roll-your-own Wi-Fi mesh builders.

QSDK on ath11k supports mesh out of the box - so I'm not surprised here - potential here is that one can mesh up dissimilar vendors in a coherent manner as long as all the right #defines are set in the firmware...

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BTW - ath11k is a fascinating piece of work...
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Are there any consumer ISPs currently available now or in the near future before that router becomes outdated that are offering speeds above 2.5Gbps?
The results also make me wonder if there is some other bottleneck, such as a lack of hardware acceleration leading to a WAN port bottleneck, where it can have a 5GbE PHY rate but struggle to go much above 2Gbps. Would it be possible to also connect a few devices to the other LAN ports in addition to the wireless clients to see if more data can be pushed through the WAN port?
There are ISPs in Asia that offer 10 Gbps Internet service. I know someone who was betatesting such a service. Those speedtest results he shared with me were pretty insane.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
QSDK on ath11k supports mesh out of the box - so I'm not surprised here - potential here is that one can mesh up dissimilar vendors in a coherent manner as long as all the right #defines are set in the firmware...
Does it support Wi-Fi EasyMesh? There is no consumer vendor I know of that says they do. AFAIK, EasyMesh is attractive to service providers only. I can't see the consumer guys making it easy to mix and match. Hell, they don't even use common terminology.
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
Does it support Wi-Fi EasyMesh? There is no consumer vendor I know of that says they do. AFAIK, EasyMesh is attractive to service providers only. I can't see the consumer guys making it easy to mix and match. Hell, they don't even use common terminology.

It's not a technical challenge, it's the business opportunity with EasyMesh.

There is no commercial incentive for the retail market to support EasyMesh - vendors would rather sell their own stuff rather than open it up.

CSP/ISP's on the other hand, it gives them inventory and device flexibility for their managed services.

Just my take on it - hooks are there, just need to be turned on, IMHO...
 

Razor512

Very Senior Member
Have they developed any improvements for roaming when creating a mesh WiFi network, e.g., dealing with more sticky clients and minimizing down time when switching?
 

Toink

Regular Contributor
As an active BETA tester of Linksys/Belkin routers, (the most recent was for the Linksys Atlas Max 6E Mesh), I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's scratching their head why Linksys/Belkin would still stick to the slow GUI and the missing OpenVPN features. It's been years, and Linksys/Belkin still does not see any marketing potential for these features. I give them points for the mesh setup, though.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's scratching their head why Linksys/Belkin would still stick to the slow GUI and the missing OpenVPN features.
Probably because Belkin is a hardware developer, and they see software development as an expense, rather than an added value for their products, and they probably outsource most of it. The current software works "well enough" for them to sell new hardware, so they stick with it, spending as little as possible on the software side of things.

This is a fairly common attitude in the hardware market. How often have we seen great hardware that was held back by absolutely horrible software.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
Remember, Belkin is now owned by Foxconn. I have no idea who is now developing LInksys products.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Remember, Belkin is now owned by Foxconn. I have no idea who is now developing LInksys products.
Interestingly enough, there was a time where Foxconn were doing at least some of the Netgear firmware development, if I remember correctly (their name was in some of the commented sections of code within Netgear's firmware).
 

coxhaus

Part of the Furniture
Is Foxconn owned by China? I heard Belkin sold to China. But I thought Foxconn does work for Apple.
 

TheLostSwede

Senior Member
Probably because Belkin is a hardware developer, and they see software development as an expense, rather than an added value for their products, and they probably outsource most of it. The current software works "well enough" for them to sell new hardware, so they stick with it, spending as little as possible on the software side of things.

This is a fairly common attitude in the hardware market. How often have we seen great hardware that was held back by absolutely horrible software.
Same for most router makers imho and it's really sad, but not all blame lies with the router makers, as often the chipset vendors are just as guilty.
As you might remember, I used to work for Securifi and the SoC we picked for the Almond+ was on kernel 2.6.x (can't remember the exact version) and the chipset vendor released a 3.x kernel, which we asked for. The answer we were given was that they don't allow for kernel updates as they hadn't designed their software in such a way it would be possible to upgrade to 3.x.
This is the kind of crap that has to stop in the industry as a whole, as a lot of hardware becomes obsolete before it truly is, because the software side isn't updated and the products become insecure. It's really quite sad.
So thanks for the effort you put in to keep old products alive and likewise thanks to Voxel.
 

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