Linksys - AC5400 Tri-Band WiFi 5 Router - Black
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- 5300 megabits per second
- Product NameAC5400 Tri-Band WiFi 5 Router
- Model NumberEA9500
- Color CategoryBlack
- Data EncryptionYes
- WEP, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal
- Security FeaturesWPA/WPA2, 128 bit AES link encryption, FCC class B
- Number of Antennas8
- 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
- AC, N
Certifications & Listings
- App NameLinksys Smart Wi-Fi App
- Integrated ModemYes
- Auto ConnectYes
- Auto DetectingYes
- Conference EnabledYes
- Other, RJ-45, USB
- 5300 megabits per second
- Auto Speed SensingYes
- Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5 (for Mac), Firefox 8, Google Chrome
- 2.62 inches
- 10.41 inches
- 12.83 inches
- 3.81 pounds
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts3 years
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor3 years
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2319 reviews(2,319 Reviews)
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strengthCons mentioned:Use with windows
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Overkill for Most, Underkill for the RestPosted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strengthCons mentioned:Use with windows
The EA9500 is Linksys’s ultra-high end WiFi router. I still remember the days when $100-200 routers were the high end - now if you’re buying $200 routers, you’re decidedly in the mid-range for most manufacturers. The EA9500 is a tri-band monster that brandishes 8 external adjustable antennas, 8 gigabit LAN ports, USB 3.0, and the latest and greatest 802.11ac standards. The SoC used is Broadcom’s BCM4709C0, which offers an interesting 5 core setup, a dual core Cortex-A9 main CPU with dedicated Corex-A7’s per each WiFi band. Like other recent Linksys CES hardware, the EA9500 is a Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi devices. The biggest change with wave 2 is MU-MIMO. What does MU-MIMO do? Well the more WiFi clients you have the ‘slower’ your wireless network gets since each transmit and receive happens as a timeslice of airtime. If you have 4 clients, client 1 sends/receives, then client 2 sends/receives etc. This all happens so fast you don’t notice. But the more clients you add, the slower you get. 802.11ac’s MU-MIMO helps solve this by allowing groups of clients to exist. Wireless clients group together and are allowed to receive at the same time (802.11ax will introduce send and receive MU-MIMO). All this fanciness is great since more and more of our devices rely on WiFi in the home. The downside: MU-MIMO requires that the client support the technology, and as of the initial release, there aren’t many clients. But hardware manufacturers keep pushing bigger and fancier routers, and eventually the clients will catch up. I once felt like AC was almost unnecessary since so few clients supported 802.11ac, but now almost all my clients are AC, so this router’s time will come. Throw on top of that the EA9500 also features band steering for it’s dual 5Ghz bands, meaning it can intelligently balance large amounts of clients between the two radios. The advantage of buying a router like this is future proofing, and handling a boatload of high bandwidth clients. Hardware It used to be that 5Ghz suffered range issues, any more than a single wall would usually leave you with too little signal. In fact my WNDR3700’s 5Ghz network would oftentimes drop out or barely work. However, that is no longer the case as most of the 5Ghz devices I’ve worked with recently push strong 5Ghz signal much further. This is no exception with the EA9500, as I had no range issues, even with the router placed in one corner of my 3000+ sqft house. Having 8 external antennas certainly helps it’s case, but it is still impressive to have such good range. Even more impressive is what 802.11ac can deliver with just a little signal. If you haven’t jumped on the AC train yet, it’s time! The EA9500 has an interesting accompaniment of 8 LAN ports in addition to the single WAN port. This build in switch actually leads to an interesting theoretical advantage over most AC routers - potentially multiple wired link aggregated clients. While I’ve already seen a 3x3 client peek out a gigabit wired connection, I could imagine a 4x4 client could actually keep it pegged under right circumstances. With 8 ports, you could hook up a NAS or computer and use link aggregation on the wired network to actually go beyond the limitations of a single wired connection and be able to do 2Gb. I never thought I’d be saying it, but you could actually use the greater bandwidth provided by the wireless connection. Unfortunately I do not have a 4x4 client, nor a spare NAS with link aggregation to test this theory, but it definitely gives perspective on why you’d want a larger switch on one of these bad boys. I stumbled across a review saying this wasn’t a feature of this router, but link aggregation/teaming is usually a feature of the client, not the switch, so I see no reason it wouldn’t work (I effectively team 2 NICs on my Windows Server 2012 R2). In my real world testing, I found quite speedy WiFi with 802.11ac clients. Even in a 2x2 device could manage 70MB/sec. A 3x3 MacBook Pro was able to peek out gigabit wired at 110Mb/sec which was an eye-openner. These speeds were observed copying to my Windows based NAS. Unfortunately I saw similar or worse performance for the SMB and FTP though USB shares when compared to the EA7500. For testing I used a USB 3.0 drive (same one I referenced in the EA7500 review). Copying to and from I saw read and write over SMB at 20-30 MB/sec and 15-25MB/sec respectively. FTP generally started out slow but increased in speed as the transfer went on. I saw peaks around 50-60MB/sec read, and around 25-30MB/sec write. While these numbers are in the same ballpark as the EA7500, they are still a disappointment compared to dedicated NAS hardware. Hardware wise, I find the SoC disappointing. Broadcom’s BCM47094 dual core + 3 cores is certainly capable. While this setup brings quite a bit of raw compute power, the Cortex-A9 BCM47094 main CPU isn’t as theoretically powerful as what you find in the EA7500, which is a bit of a disappointment. That said, I doubt it matters given the software, but one would guess if something like OpenVPN was ported to the firmware, that you’d see better throughput on the EA7500. I can’t be certain of that (as many things factor into that), but it’s a theory I feel somewhat confident in based on my knowledge of ARM CPUs. Furthermore the flash and RAM found on this device (256MB RAM, 128MB flash) is adequate, but not category leading. Does it matter? Again probably not, but WRT series has double the RAM. For me a tri-band router has always been a bit of a silly undertaking, but I can start to understand the appeal when you're suggesting this for a very large household. As it stands today I have around 15 WiFi clients most on the 5Ghz band, and I'm a small household. I can imagine a household with 3 teenagers and friend along with 2 adults and their devices would bring a much larger foot-print. Tri-band is a niche, and if you need peak performance from multiple high-end clients, it actually makes sense, otherwise it's a bit overkill. Software Firmware wise, you’ll find the standard Smart WiFi interface, the same found on the EA7500. This interface is a far cry from the WRT-54G days of yesteryear. Here we have a modern single page web app, with JQuery, Ajax, and -gasp- HTML5. The user experience is much better than other brands of consumer routers I’ve used (I’m looking at you Netgear with your ugly tables, and iframes). That said - my comments on this interface both criticism and compliments have not changed. Smart WiFi exceeds at making hard thing easy, but lacks some degree on common sense such as transport security on guest networks. Once again VPN is absent. Conclusion I can’t keep from feeling that the EA9500 is a bit of a let-down. Yes, the hardware is amazingly capable, but I can’t but keep from feeling that some of the hardware and software is disappointing for it’s price point. Don’t get me wrong - I praised the ease of use and parental features found in the EA7500’s firmware, which is identical to the EA9500’s. It was really good as far as stock firmwares go, however even in the EA7500’s price range I said it was a bit lean on features. Unfortunately there’s no VPN, no printer (AirPrint or otherwise) support, only basic NAS (SMB and FTP) with no personal ‘cloud’ access, and only very basic diagnostic tools. As one of my peer reviewers pointed out, if you change the device to AP mode, USB capabilities go out the door - and in fact almost all features go out the door (as the focus in the firmware is QoS, access control, etc - related to gateway/router functionality). This is again forgivable on lower end devices, and excusable on more expensive devices that might keep a degree of ‘ease of use’ over feature bloat. Now here we are looking at a $400 router that essentially adds another 5GHz band and an additional antenna per band, but that’s it. To add insult to injury, most of your WiFi clients won’t and for the foreseeable future support 4x4:4 - meaning the claims of 2166 require clients that are few and far in between. Most devices are going to be 1x1 (most phones), 2x2 (iPads, higher end tablets, Retina MacBook, most ultrabooks), or 3x3 (MacBook Pro, high end Windows). Who has a 4x4 client? Very few unfortunately. 4x4 specs have been out for over 10 years (part of the 802.11n spec), but I have yet to see one client in person. Essentially, if you don’t seek out and find one of these high end clients - ostensibly to connect several wired devices from one location ala client-bridge mode, you’d be wasting the potential of this router. I like the direction Linksys was going with the EA7500. It offered MU-MIMO future-proofing, but provided compatibility with almost all 802.11ac WiFi clients with a very fast SoC. It offered a simple, intuitive interface for home users that met realistic needs. A $200 MSRP fell in line with other high end devices, but I could forgive some of the features it missed since it excelled at the fundamentals you would want in a router. However when we work our way up to the EA9500, we double our price point, add hardware that only enthusiasts would need without backing it up with software enthusiasts would want. If I’m blowing $400 on a router I expect it to be an appliance that can fill multiple roles. That said, unless you have very specific needs, you’ll be better off with the EA7500. The EA9500 is a solid performer, and I cannot help but underscore how solid the WiFi performance is. But at it's MSRP, it's no match for many of the competitors out there.I would recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Linksys StaffPosted .
Thank you for a very detailed product review. It is true that you can take advantage of the router's full features if you have a MU-MIMO-ready device. You might not have one right now but who knows if you'll decide to get one in the future.
We understand your feedback about the router's chip and we'll surely relay it to the Engineering team; same goes with what you think about some features that should be functional with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app.
Talking about the transfer speed, it may have been affected by some interferences if you have tested it using your wireless devices. This might be too basic but have you tried optimizing the wireless settings?
Feel free to send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com if you want to share more observations or for assistance. We'd be happy to hear from you and don't forget to indicate your full name, phone number, location, and the link to this post.
- Pros mentioned:Set up, Signal strength, SpeedCons mentioned:Use with windows, Windows 10
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A must have for any multi-WiFi device homePosted .Pros mentioned:Set up, Signal strength, SpeedCons mentioned:Use with windows, Windows 10
Bottom line up front; I am a fan of this router (Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO gigabit router), and will be recommending it to anyone I know that is in the market for one. Pros - Easy to install - Easy to configure/setup - 8 Ethernet ports - 2 USB ports (2.0 & 3.0) - Faster than Netgear AC1750 and Arris modem/router combo - No lag, even with 6 devices connected Cons - Unable to differentiate between 2.4GHz & 5GHz channels when selecting networks on Windows 10 - Unable to manually select 5GHz channel on PS4, PS3, or HP laptop I am in a 2,500 square foot, 2-story house and use Wi-Fi for a three year old HP laptop, streaming via an Amazon Fire TV stick, Google Chromecast, Philips Hue lights, an Amazon Echo, Sony PS3, Sony PS4, and multiple iPhones. I’ve had fairly frequent issues with buffering, particularly upstairs, where the signal has to pass through more material to reach a device. Because of this, I have a swapped out routers 3-4 times. I currently have a Netgear AC1750 and, a Time Warner provided modem/router combination (Arris TG1672G). I did speed tests of all three via iPhone, and for the Linksys and Arris on the Playstations and computer, but more about that later. Install The first thing I noticed when pulling the Linksys AC5400 out of the box, was the 8 antennas on it. I immediately took this as a good sign, because more is better. Well, maybe not always, but certainly when dealing with router antennas, because this is where the MU-MIMO part comes into play (Basically it allows your router to carry data from multiple devices simultaneously, like a multi-lane highway where each car has its own lane. Routers w/out MU-MIMO technology function sort of like a single land road where everyone shares the same lane and the router determines what order the traffic gets onto the road). My router sits alongside a printer in my home office, so I wasn’t concerned about appearance, but this definitely won’t blend in on a bookshelf. I was pleased to see that the power cord is similar to that on most laptops, in that it has a ‘brick’ from which you can detach the end of the plug that goes to your power outlet. So much nicer than the oversized plugs that overlap other outlets, thereby making them useless, also it makes running the cord between the wall and a desk much easier. There are 8 Ethernet ports on the back, extremely useful if you have many connected devices (smart home components, printers, desktop LAN, etc), 1 USB 3.0 port, and 1 USB 2.0 port. Setup Setup consisted of following 4 simple steps in a quick start guide, and then completing the process on the computer with the help of a ‘wizard’ on LinksysSmartWiFi.com. I have set up at least three routers over the last few years, and this was, by far, the easiest I’ve done. Most comforting was the fact that there was never a point where I felt like I could mess something up by answering the wrong question or clicking the wrong button. Even the step where it lets you change the network name and password takes care to let you know that you will need to reconnect to the newly named network, AND informs you that the wizard will pick up where you left off once you have reconnected. My only complaint about this process is that I could not get Windows 10 to differentiate between the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz channels when I was looking for which network to connect with. I don’t know if that is something related to the Linksys or to the Windows 10 OS. The Linksys website also allows you to set up parental controls, configure guest access, test your speed, see what devices are connected to your router, and more. There are 4 default networks, a secure 2.4GHz & 5GHz, and a guest 2.4GHz & 5GHz, each of which allows you to rename them if you desire to do so. Even accounting for changing the network name, I was done and online within 15 minutes of opening the package. Speed The biggest difference I noticed was when multiple devices were online. I’ve seen lagging when two Playstations were involved in online gaming, but that didn’t happen with the Linksys. I had both Playstations, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, and two iPhones all online simultaneously, without any buffering or lagging. Regarding the speed comparisons – I have Time Warner cable 300Mbps download and 50Mbps upload. For what it’s worth, I’ve never seen anywhere near those actual speeds, but Time Warner assures me that the problem is on their end and they are addressing it. iPhone speeds were tested with the SpeedSmart app, PC speeds were tested at speedtest.net; Only the iPhone allowed me to manually select the 5GHz channel, so everything else was tested on the 2.4GHz. iPhone (Netgear 5GHz)- 103.86Mbps down 5.86Mbs up iPhone (Arris 5GHz)- 63.19Mbps down 6.67Mbps up iPhone (Linksys 5GHz)- 111.42Mbps down 21.55Mbps up iPhone (Netgear 2.4GHz)- 47.47Mbps down 5.97Mbps up iPhone (Arris 2.4GHz)- 53.72Mbps down 22.07Mbps up iPhone (Linksys 2.4GHz)- 51.98Mbps down 22.40Mbps up Laptop (Arris 2.4GHz)- 32.11Mbps down 24.11Mbps up Laptop (Linksys 2.4GHz)- 33.73Mbps down 24.03Mbps up PS3 (Arris 2.4GHz)- 7.5Mbps down 2.4Mbps up PS3 (Linksys 2.4GHz)- 10.2Mbps down 2.6Mpbs up PS4 (Arris 2.4GHz)- 56.2kbps down 28.4kbps up PS4 (Linksys 2.4GHz)- 11.3Mbps down 1.9Mbps upI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This thing is a BEASTPosted .
Let's get this out of the way first: the thing is HUGE. I underestimated the size of this router, so I was quite surprised when it was delivered. It's almost the same dimensions as my PS4 (and almost as heavy). This isn't a big deal to me, but you may want to see it in person at a local Best Buy to make sure it will fit where you keep your current router. SET UP: Setting up this router, as with most Linksys products these days, was very quick and painless. The small setup booklet included in the box walks you through the steps to connect the router to the internet and setup your new network. CONNECTING DEVICES: While I was able to connect all of our devices, I ran into connection issues with my laptop and one of the tablets that were using the 5-GHz networks. This router supports 5-GHz "band steering", which allows two 5-GHz networks to run simultaneously, and the router will direct each device to each network based on bandwidth requirements from the device. After disabling this feature (for now) and going with a traditional 2.4 and 5-GHz setup, all connection issues have vanished. This may be limited to my devices, or there might be an update coming from Linksys (I'll update my review if anything changes). PERFORMANCE: *See screenshot* As I said in the title, this router is a BEAST! I live in an older townhome-style apartment where the building materials forced me to use a range extender with my old router to maintain a solid connection while upstairs. Now, with this monster router, I don't need a range extender. I don't notice much of a speed drop when I'm upstairs and I show full bars on my phones+tablets. **Obviously your mileage may vary based on the size of your home/condo/apartment and the building materials.** OVERALL: I had all of our phones, tablets, and computers online either streaming music or watching videos (or both), and I didn't notice any sluggishness on any device (they were running as if they were the only devices on the network). At CES 2016, Linksys claimed that you could stream 4K content to up to 20 devices with this router. While I don't have that many devices to test, but from what I can test however, I believe them.I would recommend this to a friend
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Beast - ExcellentPosted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Our home network handles upwards of twenty devices. A mixture of 5GHz, 2.4GHz, and wired gigabit devices ranging from phones, tablets, PC’s, streaming, game consoles, printers, NAS and so on. To say the least, it is an extremely active environment, with heavy loading of movies streaming from the Internet and streaming services in the evening. Have continued to look for technical solutions to provide more smooth bandwidth to our home and garage devices in the Wi-Fi jungle, that continues to grow. When I speak of the Wi-Fi Jungle I am not so much speaking of our home but all the neighboring usage, it is truly a jungle out there and it throttles back the bandwidth. There is only so much pie to go around. Over the last two years have used two WRT 1900ac(s) routers that perform extremely well, but was not a complete solution for our needs. When I first read about the EA9500 advancements I knew I had found what I was looking for, dual 5GHz bands along with a strong 2.4GHz band. Tri-Band Quad Stream Wi-Fi with speeds up to 5.3 Gbps, Beamforming technology providing focused directed Wi-Fi to your mobile devices. This Beast Packs a Tremendous amount of Punch. The EA9500 provides for further Wi-Fi performance with the MU-MIMO technology, I cannot take advantage of this yet (my devices do not have the tech) as this will be rolling out in newer device products coming to market. I will of course have my eye on adding the MU-MIMO tech to my network mix, always room for improvement, plus my kid loves seeing the Wi-Fi Scanner showing the strength of our Wi-Fi in the neighborhood/Jungle. Setup: If you are familiar with Linksys’s Smart Wi-Fi interface you will feel very much at home and the setup should be a breeze. Personally I manually setup my routers but they do have the Smart Setup Wizard which will walk you quickly through the setup. My plan for switching from my network WRT 1900ACS router to the EA9500 was simply Snipping screen shots of all the setup screens and creating a short document to use in setup. Simple and fast. My thoughts on the EA9500 can be summed up in one word, Wow! Never has our network worked so smoothly (especially at night when we have dueling movie streaming). The signals are very strong and covers my entire home, and the router placement is in a corner room office. The banding of the two 5GHz streams is fantastic, though you can separate them and manage two separate streams if you need. Important point for me was the expanding of the Ethernet Ports to Eight, I now (at the moment) no longer need an additional switch for wired connections at the router, though there are two Linksys switches at the entertainment center and at the kid’s desk. There is a separate Internet connection port making the Ethernet port total nine all running at gigabit. Looks great and professional on the office desk, on the corner of course as this is no small router, it has a significant footprint. Additionally, we have a detached garage that sits 88’ (actually measured with tape) from the router in the house to the workbench in the garage. The signal must travel through two house walls, deck structure, garage walls and obstacles in the garage, benches, stacked storage boxes, etc. There is a decent signal in the garage from the EA9500 which I have picked up with a Linksys Range Extender (I am presently testing a RE6700 and RE700 extenders in the garage and both are slamming out five bars)! Great for streaming music to my Bluetooth speaker, keeping the phone connected to Wi-Fi or laptop connection. Have not gone into all the technical info, it is there to read and it is exciting stuff. Can tell you I spent decades in IT managing systems supporting up to six thousand users, given all the equipment I have worked with this box has me excited. It is good stuff and fills my home with Five Bars of Wi-Fi. User Manual: is rather simple, where I would enjoy more detailed documentation. The Help System within the router does provide more detail than you will find in the User’s Manual. Have been running the router several days and it is rock solid managing our network. Plus, it looks cool. Highly recommended if you have the need to run a large network environment, or just enjoy being the fastest kid on the block.I would recommend this to a friend
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fast, Nearly Perfect 8 Port Gigabit RouterPosted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Let me just start off by saying this router is huge for a consumer device, and that’s a good thing. It’s substantially larger and heavier than most small business routers I install for work and faster. I cringe when routers are very small and light because they typically means they are typically underpowered and will tend to overheat. This thing is at least twice the size of the average consumer wireless router. It’s even a little bigger than most enthusiast routers. It also has some real weight to it which I would assume would be due to some real metal used for heat dissipation and that’s big plus in my book. Another plus is it looks to use a large passive cooling system which is more reliable than the tiny fans of the active coolers. If I am correct, that means this router will last a long time and stay stable since most of my routers in the past typically get worse with age due to heat stress when they get pushed and mine even stays in an air conditioned closet. Besides noticing the size you will notice how many antennas it has. There are a total of eight which is great and is the reason why it is Tri-Band Quad Stream. For power users the bummer is that the antennas are not able to be upgraded or replaced. I suspect that is because you don’t just start relocating the different antennas of a Tri-Band MU-MIMO router to random parts of your house because they are typically tuned to work as connected. That said, if you want maximum speed and strength and have a huge house or you need to put this to the far end with lots of walls you might want to invest in their companion repeater. In my case I have a slightly larger than average house and needed to install it to one end. I can say the signal reached just fine although speed dropped down. The good news is I was still able to achieve near max speed of my internet, which is no small feat for WiFi since my connection is 400Mb. So far this the first WiFi able to actually utilize my internet. You do have to use the 5GHz range as the 2.4GHz range cannot support full speed. My last Dual-Band MU-MIMO router was good but just couldn’t seem to fully max things out. The MU-MIMO has been doing a nice job of keeping max speed on all my devices, which according to the interface is 25. So far I haven’t observed streaming of multiple devices degrading the quality. Now for a small downside. This router claims to be able to handle wireless AC up to 5.3Gbps total with one being 1000Mbps at 2.4GHz and two being 2166Mbps at 5.0GHz. I tried every device I have including a new Surface Book and, being right next to the box, the highest link speed I could achieve was 866Mbps. Now best case scenario that means actual theoretical speed could be as high as half the link speed or 433Mbps which is far lower than the roughly 1083Mbps, 2166Mbps/2, you would expect from the ratings on the box. It’s still strange that I could not at least get the link speed of 2166Mbps when standing within 2 feet. Of course wireless includes a lot of variables and this is still far faster than most people would ever need for wireless but it’s worth noting. Of course these speeds are rough estimates though because I was able to achieve 344Mbps on a speed test when I had a link speed of 450Mbps. Either way, comparing to others I have used, it feels faster. For anything but the most hardcore gamers the wireless should work great but you might also find the built in 8 port Gigabit switch handy. I think for power users that is a standout feature in this price range. Every other router I’ve had in this range only comes with 4. For gamers this router gives you good speed both wired and wireless assuming you have a good adapter on the computer side. My ping times on wireless are usually in the low 20s. I rarely used hardwired anymore so I can’t comment on wired ping times. The processor should be able to keep up with even the heaviest gaming and although I have not been able to full stress test it, based on my experience with different routers I don’t see this having any trouble. If you are a power user and want to adjust every feature you should get all the important ones. Just don’t expect to adjust things like transmit power or anything like that. It has the standard features such as QoS adjustments (called Media Prioritization), port forwarding, and UPnP. For QoS you get a limited number of slots so you can’t go full power user on it and the Download Bandwidth must be manually entered. Other routers I have had could dynamically measure speed and adapt automatically. Another nice aspect is that even comparing this to my old AC1900 wireless router, which I thought was fast, this is faster. Before I was getting fast enough speeds to where the website was the issue, or so I thought, but this router seems to just be able to pipe through web pages even faster. Some websites are noticeably faster. The router does have a built-in speed test functionality but it’s funny because it can’t actually keep up with the router. You can see my comparison picture showing the built in speed test versus a third party. The router was able to easily handle my 400Mbps internet where their speed test would show speeds of only 10-20Mbps. If you have a fast connection and use the built in speed test you are likely going to see abnormally slow speeds. Don’t believe them. For my configuration I am happy they keep this basic and include an embedded website for administration. I say this because I purchased a router that required a smartphone app and being a Windows Mobile user I was left without a way to set it up. I couldn’t even use a regular computer to configure it which was frustrating. However; this router can be configured via a smartphone app, for iOS and Android. For those like me who can’t use the app the nice part is you can just plug in a computer, turn on the router and browse the internet. It will bring you directly to the router configuration when you first try to go online. You can type IP address if you want to but for those less techy it just brings you their configuration wizard. You can stick with the easy method and create a cloud connected account or you can take full control and remove cloud connectivity. I like having the option to keep my settings out of the cloud so having the option is nice. You can use this as a WiFi Access point if you really want to but you lose most of the functionality. It turns into a purpose built access point with nearly all features gone including QoS, Cloud controls, and guest WiFi are gone. That said, if you just need fast WiFi for yourself and are already happy with your router this can still fit the build even if it might be a bit of overkill. Overall since installing this router has been very stable, fast, and has had good range. Even though this router is not perfect it does seem to strike a nice balance of features, performance and price and that is how I based my rating. I’ve been very happy with the performance. As with any of my other reviews I will post updates in the comments of my review if I discover something new. Pros Feels sturdy and like it’s built to last Plenty of antennas for speed and coverage 8 Port Gigabit Switch! 2 USB Ports Fast Dual Core MU-MIMO Tri-Band Quad Stream Very Stable Easy to set up with most configuration options available Has been able to handle anything thrown at it without slowing Still has an embedded website for configuration Has cloud connectivity but doesn’t require it Cons Fixed Antennas Large size can make it hard to install in certain locations Only 1 port is USB 3 Link Speed does is not as high as claimed even no new devices No Windows AppI would recommend this to a friend
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A MONSTER AT HANDLING TRAFFIC!Posted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
I've been using Linksys AC1900 for the past couple of months and I been extremely satisfied with that product. When I got the chance to try a newer Linksys EA9500 I was ecstatic! This is one darn good router. This one essentially takes the AC1900 and throw even more features at you. First off MU-MIMO allows multiple WiFi devices at once all at the same speed. This means that as the signal is broadcast, it offers full bandwidth potential to one wireless device at a time. Paired it up with another Linksys product a Wi-Fi Range Extender with the same technology and it worked like a charm. I don't have High Speeds from my internet so I can't test the full potential of what it can handle speed wise but when I do have it handles that with ease. Another thing to note is that this router comes with three year warranty PLUS three years of tech support, which to me is amazing. I own many tech devices and 11 WiFi devices all connected to the same network in home. I take the router out the box and followed the quick start guide. VERY SIMPLE and easy to understand, the last step takes you to their website which allow you to do an auto setup or go through the process manually (I did auto.) Just like that I was online and ready to go with not even 2 minutes of my time gone. It's pretty much the same set up process as the Linksys AC1900. Within the settings of the router there are a host of manual options to do, Such as hook up an external HDD to the USB. You can also set up an FTP if you like in which I have done. There are 8 (!) Ethernet ports on the back of this router which makes it a dream of many wired connections which I am using all 8 of them. I have an Nvidia Shield Tablet which I set up on the 5GHz network to my gaming PC with a 980 Ti. I can stream games from the PC to the tablet without a hitch. This has always been a problem for me having lag and stuttering. It works and it works well which has me excited to continue using. Linksys EA9500 made for heavy traffic devices that is apparent. All of my devices remain at the same speed, which by the way the range is really strong. No matter where I was in the house I had all WiFi signals connected at all times especially with my work smartphone and private smartphone. The router is nothing short of fantastic and Linksys done a great job yet again. This is THE best router I have ever used in my life and would recommend easily to friends and family.I would recommend this to a friend
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal RouterPosted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
The Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 is a POWERHOUSE router that has it all. This device can easily power numerous devices simultaneously throughout ones household without blinking an eye. Numerous family members can be gaming and streaming, computing, surfing the internet and talking on multiple cell phones without any loss of speed or data. WOW! Installation and hook up of the Max-Stream Router was a breeze and Linksys has tech support phone number to answer questions that you might have. This router can do it all. It has a Smart Wi-Fi app for your cell phone which affords you the options of monitoring your network, devices, guest access and even has parental controls. You can access and direct control of this device from anywhere. The router signal strength in my home is extremely strong which is enhanced by 8 antennas which this unit has. I also tested the signal strength with a laptop and cell phone outside the confines of my home by walking down the street. My devices were picking up the router signal at a distance of 350 feet which means that if you have a larger home you should have no problem with fading signals, weak reception and dead areas. Fantastic Range. I'm not going to bore you with specifications of this device, but this Max-Stream AC5400 is packed with state of the art technology that won't disappoint. Upgrade your old router now. This device is a winner!I would recommend this to a friend
- Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This thing is fast!Posted .Pros mentioned:Range, Set up, Signal strength
I had been the owner of a Netgear R6300V2 until I recently got my hands on the Linksys EA9500. The R6300V2 was a nice router but I needed more ethernet jacks for equipment that I wanted to add to my home network and the wireless throughput, although good, was not great even though it was AC1300 capable. I have a media server running PLEX that was hooked directly up to the R6300V2 and when streaming movies wirelessly to my Roku devices I had to reduce the video quality (12 mbps) to get it to stream without buffering. In comes the Linksys EA9500. The hardware is black and easily fits in with other electronics in the house. It’s a little on the large side compared to other routers I have owned but this did not bother me as it felt sturdy and well made and fit in the location I set aside for it. There are some lights on the display on top of the router but there is an option to turn most of them off in the routers software. An option to turn them all off would be nice and maybe we will get that with a future firmware update. I now have 8 ethernet jacks on the back so I can add more equipment in the future. The signal strength is excellent and I had no issues getting full signal strength everywhere in my three story house (I keep the router on the first floor of a 2200 square foot house). The router runs warm but nowhere near as hot as my old R6300V2, which got very hot to the touch. Transitioning to this router was quite simple and once logged into the routers software it was equally easy to setup. Port forwarding and DHCP Reservations were also easy to figure out. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is a nice touch and it allows me to access the router at any time from any place and make changes to settings or to reboot the router. Now, if my wife were to call me about problems with the Wi-Fi at the house while I am at work I can easily remote in and see if a reboot fixes the problem without having to walk her through the different reset processes over the phone. Once I had the router setup to my liking I did some speed tests on my home network. I chose a movie file located on my home server and I downloaded and uploaded the file wirelessly to test speeds and compare them to my old R6300V2. I did not notice any change in the upload speed (About 37 mbps) and I think I can attribute that to my server having a RAID 6 array and it not being able to write any faster, hence it creates a slight bottleneck. The big difference I noticed was in the download speed and it was quite unexpected. The download speed jumped from about 19 mbps to about 54 mbps. I had a hard time believing the numbers so I ran a different test using my two Roku’s that I have in the house in separate locations. One is in my gym in the basement/garage and the other is in a bedroom on the second floor. I upped the setting of the video quality to original and watched a portion of Deadpool (1080P) on each TV. I was surprised and pleased that there was absolutely no stuttering or buffering and the movie loaded fast. I do have two cons though. The first are the lights on the display on top of the router. You can turn all but the Linksys light off by accessing the router settings. I hope in the future there is a firmware update that allows people to turn off all the lights if we don’t want that distraction or a dark room lit up by the light. The other con is kind of nitpicky but I like to use my PLEX server to watch movies when I am away from home. I am using Comcast internet so my internet address is dynamic and not static. Because of this my IP address could change so I like the idea of easily finding that address when logged into the routers software and it took me awhile to find it. I finally found it under troubleshooting and had to click on the report link under the Status tab to find it. I would like to see that information a little easier to find, perhaps under Connectivity. I know I have the option to setup a DDNS service in the routers settings but I am not sure how or if that will slow down external access to my server. It would also be nice if more companies were supported other than the two listed (NO-IP & DYN). Overall I could not be happier with this router and it was a huge upgrade over what I previously had. When I first got my R6300V2 its reliability was not the greatest and I had to continually reboot the router until firmware updates fixed those problems. With the EA9500 I have not had a single problem with the wireless signal or connection to my Motorola modem in the week I have had it hooked up. If you are just looking to surf the internet this router may be overkill for your needs but if you stream movies, have a home server, download or upload lots of files, own a small business or otherwise like screaming fast wireless speeds than I highly recommend this router.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews(2 Reviews)
Asked by GeneralS.
- A:Answer You can by disabling the bands you don't wish to use. Otherwise if you select Smart Connect you would only be broadcasting 2 SSID's. The 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz. With Smart Connect "enabled" it will broadcast both 5 GHz bands as one SSID even though there is the 5 GHz1 and 5 GHz2 bands. It will automatically switch between the two 5 GHz bands based on signal quality which is a great feature. The switching is flawless.
Answered by DirtyOldSailor
Q: QuestionIs this wall mountable?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer no but i took a really large zip tie then put a screw in one end on the left side of the router and screwed in the strap then pulled the strap acrossed, started my second screw into the strap and screwed that side too then clipped off the excess thats only on the last side
Answered by RealReviewRob
Q: QuestionHas anyone replaced and Apple airport extreme with this router and seen a performance improvement? Thank you
Asked by BobS.
- A:Answer Yes I replaced an AirPort Extreme and it does great. My range is farther and the connections are quick. I weighed this against the latest Extreme however I chose this due to Apple ceasing production of the AirPort.
Answered by chevybass
Q: QuestionWill this make your internet faster? Or will it just make it so there is connection farther away?
Asked by Cboyle0327.
- A:Answer It will probably outperform your current router in both speed and range. However your internet MAXIMUM is as fast as the service your purchase from your ISP (Internet Service Provider). For example if you have a basic router and 50 Mbps service from your ISP, you might get about 30 Mbps and 3 bars of strength from your current setup. This router is capable of 1000+ Mbps so it has more capacity than you're purchasing through your ISP and you would see the MAXIMUM allowed by your ISP which is 50 Mbps. It is also a very strong router so the connection will probably jump to 4 or 5 bars. Honestly this router is probably overkill unless you're subscribing to 100+ Mbps service from your ISP. We have 1,000 Mbps service and this thing flies. I'm currently getting 100 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz and 400 Mbps on both 5 GHz bands, so between the 3 devices connected it's pumping out 900 Mbps and works flawlessly.
Answered by Grizzle
Q: QuestionCan anyone recommend the best ethernet cable (possibly send a link or manufacturer name and model) I should use to run approximately 100 feet between my modem and this router? Thanks!
Asked by Captain.
- A:Answer Actually that distance can be covered by any ethernet cable, but your internet speed will determine what is needed. However, to answer your question "best ethernet cable" you must go with the Cat-6a. See the attached chart thanks to How-To-Geek.com.
Answered by scottbradley66