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Linksys MR7350 review: A speedy no-nonsense router that does the job

Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
157
Inc VAT

Don’t judge a router by its cover: this is the fastest sub-£200 model you can buy

Pros 
Reliable connections
Useful USB 3.0 port on the back
Affordable price for a next-gen router
Cons 
No VPN support
No 160MHz support
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Squat, angular and solidly built, the MR7350 looks and feels unapologetically functional. We can go along with that – and the no-nonsense ethos carries across to every aspect of this router.

At the front, that translates to a single strip LED that shows blue when everything’s hunky dory, switching to purple, red or yellow to indicate any issues. Behind, four LAN ports and a single USB 3 socket provide a usable set of connectivity options. We’re not sure it’s smart to put the WPS button right next to the factory reset button, but it’s a different colour and sticks out further.

What’s really interesting about the MR7350 is its internal hardware. Going by the numbers, it appears that Linksys has selected the cheapest possible 5GHz radio that still qualifies this as a next-generation router: with a claimed top speed of 1,201Mbits/sec, no 160MHz support and only 2x2 MU-MIMO, the specification undershoots far cheaper models from D-Link and Honor.

In our Wi-Fi 6 tests, however, the MR7350 raced ahead, with download speeds that consistently placed it near the top of the table. It’s a real masterclass in squeezing the best out of mid-price hardware: notably, the connection remained strong even in the bathroom, where many other routers stumbled.

And if coverage still isn’t good enough for you, it works with Linksys’ Velop mesh system, so you have the option of pairing it with a second Linksys router for an instant range boost.

While we can only admire the MR7350’s performance, the experience of managing it is a chore, with sluggish performance in both the web portal and the more limited smartphone app, and an interface that we just don’t find logical. It feels as if there’s not a whole lot on offer here, with no VPN support in either direction, no web filtering and – disappointingly – no option to do anything with your USB port except share files.

That holds us back from giving the Linksys MR7350 a Recommended award: the Asus RT-AX82U does much more for around the same price, while still providing great performance in most of the house. However, if you’re solely focused on identifying the fastest sub-£200 Wi-Fi 6 router, this unassuming black box turns out to be it.

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