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Linksys - Max-Stream™ AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

Meet your large household’s high-bandwidth requirements with this tri-band Linksys Max-Stream Wi-Fi router. It performs at up to 4 Gbps for high-speed Internet access, and its MU-MIMO technology lets everyone at home enjoy smooth, simultaneous gaming and media streaming on multiple devices. This Linksys Max-Stream Wi-Fi router has six adjustable external antennas for maximum area coverage.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream™ AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
    • Network cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (361 out of 391)

    Features


    Compatible with 802.11ac

    Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.

    Up to 4 Gbps data transfer speed

    For fast, efficient operation.

    256MB flash memory

    Plus 512MB RAM promotes optimal performance.

    MU-MIMO technology

    MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.

    2 USB 3.0 ports

    Allow you to connect a printer and enjoy 3G and 4G file sharing.

    Complies with a variety of standards

    Including FCC Class B certified.

    Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

    Offers a high-speed wired network connection.

    Auto detecting and auto sensing

    To simplify device connectivity.

    LED indicators

    Make it easy to monitor the status of your network.

    Encryption

    Includes 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, 128-bit AES and WPA2-enterprise to keep your network secure.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 391 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best non-mesh routers I've tried.

      Posted
      Namdnas
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      I received this item on Monday, 5/8/2017. I like to get my reviews in ASAP, however, due to my schedule last week, I wasn't able to hook it up and test it until later in the week. Then, as with any new router, I always like to give it 2-3 days or so to stabilize so I can test to see how it does after being up and running for consecutive days. The packaging itself is pretty nice. It's a sturdy box with the black foam on the inside, giving it that "premium" feel of getting your money's worth. This is pretty standard fare, I've found, with most modern top-tier routers. Packaging was minimal, only a few loose folded leaflets, the necessary power cable and brick and ethernet cable. I did like that the antennas were already attached to the router and didn't have to be screwed on. The router is very slick, very modern, but doesn't look "overdone" like some others I've seen that look like a dead bug, upside down. LOL. It has 6 antennas total, 4 on the sides and two in the back. Each antenna can be rotated and then tilted "outwards" into 3 different notches. Very adjustable and they feel very sturdy, not flimsy at all. Setup had a few hitches. With this being a brand new router, I assumed that like the Velop that came before it, that Linksys was requiring the app for all new routers to be set up. That is actually not the case. I tried using the app to set it up, but to no avail. Then, after rebooting the modem because I didn't have internet, the Linksys screen finally popped up on my computer. From there, I was able to set up the SSID broadcast name, combine the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands into one SSID name, create the usual 32-character password for WiFi and sign into the Linksys account. Nothing too complicated, it's very step-by-step that should fair pretty easy, even for someone without a lot of home network knowledge. Also, it did automatically update the firmware on-the-spot and without fail. The firmware updates are set for automatic and this really does work. You do NOT have to worry about manually updating the firmware on these new routers from my experiences. It gets uploaded/updated to the router within 24 hours of being posted on their website. As for performance, given that this is a single router system and not a fancy "mesh" network system like the Velop that Linksys released back during CES 2017 in January, I have to say, it has great coverage. After setting up and adjusting the antennas to the right pivot, I was able to eek out about 1,750 - 2,000 sq. ft. before hitting a dead zone. The ENTIRE house is covered, as well as about 90% of the yard. Checking speeds, even when about 25+ft from the router, we capped out on the internet speed (60MB where I live). All devices were wireless, except for the home PC, which consistently capped out at 66MB. For WiFi devices, we tried an iPhone 7 Plus, an older Galaxy S4, another Android phone from Straight Talk, and a Windows laptop. Given some of these devices used the 5GHz band and the older ones, the 2.4 GHz band, I was able to test the speed on a variety of older and newer devices, which all performed well. The 2.4 GHz devices did seem to taper off more at the same range as the 5GHz ones, which makes me believe that the 2.4 band doesn't reach as far as I'm used too, but that's OK. I'd much prefer having a really quality 5GHz band at the expense of the 2.4GHz range/quality...the older devices I have will eventually (and sooner, rather than later) phase themselves out of the household. :-) After the "setup day" and leaving the router to fend for itself for a few days after, I've not had any issues with buffering on the PS3 device I tested (2.4 GHz band), the steaming stick or any other device. Performance thus far has been rock solid. The only time I rebooted the router was after the initial setup (which is usually a general rule of thumb to do, anyway). I would definitely recommend this router to anyone, even for someone whom has never set up a router before. For the retail price, it's a worthy competitor to some other brands that I've owned before. I used to really dislike Linksys. After Belkin bought them out, I was even more leary of the brand. The first few routers they cranked out after the acquisition did leave some to be desired, but now, they are really rolling out the punches. I just really hope that Linksys continues with the firmware updates and doesn't abandon any of their newer (2017) routers soon, as I've seen this happen quite often in the past. They release a new product, support it for about 6 months or so, then abandon it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast, Stable WOW!

      Posted
      Idoc
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      Why you need this Router The speed of your connection is not the only thing that affects your internet speed. Your final connection speed will only be as fast as the slowest device in the path between the remote computer and yours. A fast router and wifi help maximize the speed of the connection to your computer or device. The Linksys Max-Stream AC4000 MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router has Wave2 AC Wi-Fi technologies such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and Tri-Band 2x 1625 Gbps (5GHz) + 750 Mbps (2.4GHz) that can support Wi-Fi to multiple connected devices including TVs, gaming consoles, wireless printers, laptops plus others at combined speeds up to 4 Gbps. MU-MIMO and “Airtime Fairness” work to gether to allow multiple devices to be connected at the same time and maximum speed. The Linksys Max-Stream AC4000 can be set up quickly without the Linksys app to get a home office up and running quickly. The Linksys app that provides added control of the EA9300 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere at any time using a mobile device and allows access to extended functions. The app is availible for android, IOS for mobile devices . You must set up a Linksys account to use the apps and access extended features from a Windows or Mac computer using a web browser. A summary of the Max-Stream EA9300 Wi-Fi Router features (Listed on the product page): Tri-Band AC4000 (3x3x3) - Up to 4 Gbps Max combined - 2x 1625 Gbps (5GHz) + 750 Mbps (2.4GHz) MU-MIMO 802.11AC Wave 2 technology for simultaneous 4K Streaming on multiple devices at the same time Quad-Core 1.8GHz CPU with three offload processors provide the fastest processing speed Airtime Fairness - Allows faster devices to have more airtime than slower devices Auto Firmware Updates - Linksys automatically pushes the software update to the router overnight and seamlessly brings the latest features and security to a home network Amazon Alexa support - Three new skills including turning guest access on and off, obtaining guest Wi-Fi credentials, as well as getting main network credentials read back to the user. Linksys App lets users monitor and control their home Wi-Fi from anywhere on their mobile deviceAdvanced Beamforming - Beamforming technology helps reduce and maximize the Wi-Fi performance and coverage for both 2.4 and 5GHz bands. SmartConnect Band Steering - Band steering balances your 5GHz Wi-Fi connections and intelligently choose the best radio band for your devices for the best Wi-Fi performance on your network Seamless Roaming± - Technology provides Room-to-Room Wi-Fi with one network name when paired with a Max-Stream Range Extender (RE7000) Active Antennas - Six active high performance antennas with 9x High Power Amplifiers help to provide optimal coverage and maximum signal strength Gigabit Ports - Five Gigabit Ethernet ports (4 LAN + 1 WAN) USB 3.0 Port - Connect shared network storage devices and printers Network Security - SPI Firewall and DoS Protection provide the best in class network security Promised Upcoming features (via automatic firmware update, no specific date given) Dual WAN - Dual WAN can aggregate the bandwidths of two WAN connections to achieve a higher Internet bandwidth greater than 1Gbps Link Aggregation - Supports up to 2Gbps for file transfer Advanced Band Steering - Auto select the most appropriate band between 2.4 and 5Ghz for client devices to achieve the best Wi-Fi performance DFS Channels Support - DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) will provide up to four times more channels within the 5GHz band helping to improve the internet speed with less traffic congestion. This feature can help users achieve true lag free 4K content streaming OpenVPN Server- VPN feature allows users too remotely and securely access resources shared within their home local area network Summary This is one powerful router, if you have a high speed connection and a lot of high bandwidth devices wired and wireless this is a great choice for you. I recommend this router to Home users with a lot of high bandwidth users think 4k streaming and high resolution gamers, home servers or small businesses who want to set up a high performance wireless network. This router has parental controls and USB 3 ports to support storage devices. You can set device priority to for instance let your streaming TV take precedent over you kids gaming! There are lower priced options for those with less demanding setups. For me this is the best router yet, very stable and able to support all my devices at full speed. Linksys has a winner folks!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blazing consistent speed throughtout my lath and p

      Posted
      redder
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      Blazing consistent speed throughtout my lath and plaster house and my yards.   From unboxing to setup, done in about 15 minutes. I simply reused my old router's wifi SSID and password and my devices connected without any issues. The Linksys router allowed me to streamline my SSID and password to just one for all three bands. I was a bit skeptical of doing that being unsure if my devices would pick the best band to connect to. I was wrong the quad processor of the router handles that for you giving each device the appropriate band given their distance and surrounding environment to ensure they have the best possible connection all without you ever knowing or being troubled. The app is great but could use a bit more polish in graphical appearance as I prefer the Netgear Genie software as it has a nicer graphical appearance as well as better feature set, at least to me. I do like that I can use the Linksys app whether home or not and on all my android, apple and windows devices. The great thing is that the router seems to learn and after a day or two, my devices seemed to not only have the best band assigned to them but that the speeds were super consistent no matter how far I was from the router. I have yet to experience any dropped connections in my 3000 square foot house. Mind you my house is filled with rooms with doors (not an open floor plan) and is built with lath and plaster so lots of wire meshed walls. Indeed all my 20-26 devices connect at their fastest band and speeds with no effort on my part. I have IP cameras direct to my NVR, And a POE camera in my garage connected indirectly to my NVR via a powerline adapter in my unattached 60 year old brick garage. Then I have some low priced cameras connected to my network via my electrical outlets...like a powerline setup but I guess powerline is built into the camera. I have 3 gaming systems, multiple wireless smart TVs, a 10 port gigabit Ethernet switch connected to the Linksys via a 50 foot Ethernet cable with more devices connected to that switch. 3 Roku devices all with great connections and speed. Best yet is an old netgear R7500 router hooked up to a port on the Linksys to allow me to continue to use my old non WiFi and non AirPrint printers as AirPrint printers through the Netgear genie app and the Netgear print USB utility. I thought it would not work but Linksys online website had a complete walk through in how to hook up a secondary router (lan to lan) to theirs with an included video. It worked and now I have additional ports with full access to the software from Netgear that allowed me to use my old non wifi and non air printers with my apple devices...that was shocking. I knew the lan to lan would work but I did not think the printers would be accessible but they are. Mind you this is a 20 plus year old HP 5P printer with old fashion parallel and centronics connections. We have multiple streaming services, Pandora, Netflix, Vudu, Flixster, Hulu, Amazon and so on with 8 residents of the house aged 7 to 82 with tons of mobile devices accessing these streaming services throughout the day and so far no dropped connections or significant speed degradation. We LOVE the router, love the quad processor and mostly love having to do nothing but enjoy our devices, our services and the connections. I have cable with 300/20 speeds.  

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      EA9500's Mini-Me

      Posted
      cjviscito
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      I was impressed with the features and performance of Linksys' EA9500, so when I saw they released the EA9500's little brother in the EA9300, I thought I'd give it a try. I'll be comparing the two routers together and pointing out the pros/cons between the two. For starters, the EA9300 is a bit smaller than the 9500 - but it's still a big router. The 9300 sports 5 gigabit ethernet ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 6 adjustable antennas. The 9500 sports 10 gigabit ports and 9 antennas. So it's a little smaller, but it's still about the same size as a dinner plate in terms of diameter. Where ever you put this router, make sure you have plenty of space. From a setup stance, the Linksys mobile app is a bit messed up. I found that setting it up using my laptop was a much more straightforward process. I was a bit bummed to that there was a firmware update for a new router right out of the box. So I had to download the update and apply it first before I could actually finish setting up the router. Once I finished the setup on my laptop, I was up and running using the Linksys app. The app is nice because, using a Linksys account, you can monitor and control all functions of your router even if you're at work or anywhere - you don't have to be on the wifi network. So who's this router for? If you're someone who has a lot of wireless devices, streams video and has a larger house with more rooms, this router is perfect for you. Linksys bills this as one of their routers that's perfect for streaming 4K content - but that's only if you have internet coming into your house at a bandwidth that supports 4K streaming from a 4K source. I don't, but I love that no matter where I am in my house, I can walk all over and there's no dead spots. With a 2.4GHz and dual-band 5GHz bands, MU-MIMO AC, and BeamForming - with a router like this, you won't have a need for a wireless extender or repeater. The biggest con in the 9300 versus the 9500 is the 9500 has 10 gigabit ethernet ports. I prefer having my A/V and gaming equipment to have hardline connections to reduce lag and buffering. So with the 9500, I can have my 4KTV, UHD Player, Apple TV, PS4, PS3, X-Box One S, Arlo Camera Base and AirPort Extreme (For wireless TimeMachine support) all connected and leave the wifi for laptops, iPads, iPhones and other devices that are geared more towards wifi. With the 9300, I don't have enough ports to have everything physically connected - but you'll have to decide if that's worth the extra $100 between the 9300 and 9500. If you're in the market for a new router and you have multiple wireless devices, stream content from Hulu, Netlix, HBO, iTunes, etc, then you owe it to yourself to check out the 9300. It carries a hefty price tag at $300, but with it's specs, it's also a significant upgrade from any wireless network setup most internet providers will give you. Pros: * 5 gigabit ports * Tri-band (1-2.4GHz and 2-5GHz) * Mobile App support Cons: * Setup with app is cumbersome * Fewer ports than the 9500

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Link me up, Best Buy!

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      Trobadour
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      The setup for the Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router was rather simple. Compared to a previous router from Linksys that I own and uses antennas, this one was already pre-assembled, which always simplifies the installation process and was greatly appreciated. I was surprised by the size of it, though, as it is rather large. I have a 15 inch Macbook Pro and it’s just slightly smaller in width. Also, this unit uses an AC adapter that, on one end connects to the router and on the other end to the wall outlet with a two-prong plug. The AC adapter ends up in the middle of the cable which can be cumbersome when deciding where to install it. Also, I was unsuccessful in trying to install this product using just my phone, which other Linksys routers allowed me to do so with ease. It kept failing to do an update on the router that way but after I connected it straight to a computer, I had no problems. One of the features of this router is the ability set time limits for usage. Using the free Linksys app, you can easily identify what devices are on the network, rename them so that you know which device you are working with, and set internet time limits. This is perfect for a family who has a gamer/social media enthusiast in their lives that needs restrictions on their devices. I was able to find and rename my gaming PC and I named it “Gaming Rig,” on the network. Then, I set myself a timer so that the internet to that device cut off at 10:00 PM. I had forgotten about the timer, but while I was surfing the net, I was cut off at the appropriate time and it worked as intended. The performance of this router was great. It provided me lightning speed over WiFi, fast enough to stream 4K content. I did a test on my wireless devices to see the speed it clocked. My internet provider told me that I was paying for 100 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up. To stream 4K, according to an article from Netflix, you need a minimum of 25 megabits per second or higher. Over WiFi, I was clocking 117.09 Mbps download and 11.71 Mbps upload. That’s impressive. This router meets my expectations, performance wise. However, that AC adapter being in the middle of the cable does limit how I want the cable to run to hide it. Though it doesn’t affect the performance of the router, it’s a bit of an eye-sore and thought I should mention it to those who enjoy aesthetically pleasing environments. The price for the router, in terms of value, is reasonable compared to the other routers in the market making similar claims. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I trust Linksys with my download and upload needs. I upstream content weekly and download content daily and I’ve yet to see any performance degradation on their hardware. I highly recommend this product for people who need fast WiFi in their homes with highly customizable, yet accessible features. After purchasing this product, the next thing you want to do is install the Linksys app (free) that allows you to customize your router settings. From time-limits on devices to parental locks, they seem to have thought of it all. This product earns 4 stars because of the failed phone installation attempts and the AC adapter making it cumbersome to choose an installation location. If those two things don’t bother you, you will enjoy a tremendous router that can handle anything you throw at it. Just remember that you can only get speeds as fast as your internet plan provides.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Router, Awesome options

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      Fordman9870
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      Linksys AE9300 Tri Band Router Packaging and protection are very good for the unit. The AE9300 Is very well put together, it includes 2 USB3.0 for external storage that is accessible for all on your network to access. The unit also has 4 ports for wired connection, 6 antennas to ensure all areas of your home/office get the maximum of coverage. Setup was a snap, after using the quick start guide and webbing in to the unit (198.168.1.1) on your browser. The GUI interface is very user friendly. (NOTE out of the box I would use the automatic set up, so it will guide you to log in to your ISP and make setting up faster, otherwise if you do not know what you are doing you may not get it set up right, you can always go back and tweak it)The novice user can just look around at the all of settings without making any changes and it good to go out of the box. (I would change the admin password though and write it down or someone may be able to infiltrate your system and make changes unbeknownst to you) For the Advanced user there are a multitude of options you can configure which include the following: Configure the amount of guest you will allow or shut off, Parental control of each device that you can set times and sites for access or denial of sites, See a net map of all connected devices (possibly seeing if others are leeching off your network)Prioritize devices to make sure you have the best streaming speeds (like a TV, or Console gaming), Add external storage for access to all on your network, which you can set up permissions to for access certain folders or make it an FTP server, make a media server and allow certain devices access, Assign static IPs or turn on/off the internal DHCP server, Enable Nat or Dynamic routing or even static routing, Set up a VLAN, Trouble shoot individual devices that are having connection issues, Configure and allow DMZ servers, has a built in Firewall, Set up to allow only certain devices access by using selective access (only allow specified users who have their Mac address in a list access), Wireless Scheduler (turn wireless router off per a set schedule to deny all access) This unit uses a new technology called Smart Connect which switches you from lower bands (2.4ghz) to higher bands (5ghz) depending on what you are doing like just surfing to streaming to ensure you get the best possible signal. On my previous router, I ran Speed tests in multiple locations around my house and even outside. My speeds ranged from 25mbps to 30mbps. With this Router, I retested in the same areas and got an average of 30mbps for about same bandwidth speed. Coverage was great for the is unit no matter where I was in my house. I also had 4 different devices streaming 2 Netflix, one YouTube, one Amazon and a Hulu connection. All streamed without any lag or interruptions, Quality of all the movies was still topnotch. I ran a speed test during this streaming test and it came back with 20 out of 30 mbps. Which was outstanding to me with the amount for HIDEF streaming that was going on. I would not hesitate to refer this unit to my friends and family, for some this all these options would be overkill but is sure is nice to know if the need would ever arise for tweaking more security it is here in this unit. Five stars!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great router

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      optimummind
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      This router is a beast! I say that not only because of its HUGE size but also because of its excellent coverage and performance. For a router that isn't mesh-based (like Google Wifi or Linksys Velop), the coverage it offers is pretty good and so are the speeds. I like to test my network speeds outside on my front porch where I spend a lot of my internet time and the Linksys EA9300 didn't disappoint (the router is inside my bedroom, about 30 feet away from the front porch, past 3 walls). At the same location, the Linksys EA9300 (non-mesh) got 54.94 Mbps down versus Google Wifi's (mesh with 3 access points) 70.47 Mbps. The EA9300 achieved 7.41 Mbps upload and Google Wifi 7.01 Mbps. Both routers allowed me to achieve download speeds higher than what I purchase from Spectrum (50 Mbps down package). So Google Wifi, through its multiple access points, offers higher speed at the front porch on a speedtest. But why do I prefer the Linksys EA9300? It is more stable. The Google Wifi mesh system, during access point handoffs, will sometimes bring my internet speed to a crawl as I move around the house with my smartphone (Galaxy S7 Edge). It is supposed to seamless and fast but that just hasn't been the case for me. Sometimes, my phone loses Wifi and switches over to LTE which just shouldn't happen. So despite Google's promise of easy handover and switching, I've been frustrated many times because my webpages and videos are being interrupted. Another win for EA9300 over Google Wifi is the support for external storage. The back of the router has two USB 3 ports where you can plug in your own storage solutions for personal cloud backup. Google Wifi doesn't support external storage. Also, the Linksys smartphone app has more power-user options than the relatively bare options Google offers. Luckily, my house isn't too big so a single router like the Linksys EA9300 works out just fine and suits my family's needs. With 15 devices connected, the EA9300 handles everyone's streams like a champ without breaking a sweat. And it is stable and predictable, which are very important for me. With that said, I highly recommend this router. Another great product from Linksys!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good choice if you need blazing fast wifi

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      BillFromKC
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      Disclaimer - I was given this device in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. TL;DR version - The Linksys EA9300 MAXSTREAM AC4000 router is decent choice in a crowded market. There are many things to like about it - super fast wifi connectivity speeds that actually can saturate the fastest internet connections you'd see in a home, a modern design carried over from last year's EA-series routers, and easy-to-use apps (for smartphone) and web access (for desktop computers) for setting up and managing the router. Setup is very flexible for many situations ranging from home to small or medium office. WiFi range is good but not great, but still has usable coverage in medium and large homes and can handle a lot of devices with ease. Full review: First, the box. Linksys finally fixed something I've had a problem with for a while - instead of just advertising the total combined speed of the router, they put a disclaimer on it with a breakdown of the speeds. While marketing wants you to believe this can connect to a single device at 4000 mbps, the box tells you that the speed breaks down to 750 mbps for 2.4 GHz N network devices and two separate 1625 mbps 5 GHz AC networks. They also let you know that, chances are, you won't see connections anywhere near these speeds. The iPhone 6s and 7 handsets that were tested with this router would top out around 530 mpbs on 5 GHz AC and 130 mbps on 2.4 GHz N connections. Everything was also packaged well - plenty of foam to protect the router itself and it was easy to get everything out of the box. Onto the the hardware. It's a very stylish piece of kit, black on black with 6 antennas arranged on the back and sides of the hardware. The antennas are permanently attached, meaning you can't upgrade them for higher-gain models like you can in the Linksys WRT series and with some other brands. The router is also powered by a 12 volt/5 amp power supply that comes in the form of a "line lump". also in the package is a CAT5E ethernet cable, about 4 feet long. This cable is actually a disappointment to me; CAT6 cables don't cost much more to make, let alone buy. As for the setup process, it's straight-forward. You log into the setup page, configure your internet connection and WiFi, and your basic setup is complete. For more advanced settings, you would either use the Linksys Smart Wifi app or log into the router's configuration page with your computer. Two settings I found that are defaults that make this router less secure are WiFi protected setup (WPS) being enabled by default, and WPA/WPA2 mixed security mode being enabled by default. Both settings are easy to change. In terms of speed, this router has it in spades. I was able to saturate a Google fiber connection (gigabit) with an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 7 connected to one of the 5 GHz networks white at a friend's house. Network file transfers from a 5GB USB 3 hard drive to a desktop sustained speeds fast enough to nearly saturate the gigabit network connection (105 MB/s read). With a load test involving 6 computers, 8 smartphones (3 iPhone 6s, 2 iPhone 7, 1 iPhone SE, 1 Moto Z Play, one Samsung Note 5, one Samsung J3), 3 tablets (iPad Air 2, iPad Air, and Acer Iconia One 8), 2 smart TVs (Sony XBR850C and LG LH5700), 2 smart TV devices (Apple TV Gen3 and Amazon FireTV Stick Gen 1), 4 game consoles (XBox One S, XBox 360 E, XBox 360, and Nintendo Wii), and a slow cooker (because why not), the router balanced everything out between wireless networks and managed to share 300mbps without much of an issue for 15 minutes (peak transfer was 275 mbps, internet connection is Comcast 250/25). We managed to also get 75 MBytes/s (600 mbit/s) out of the 5TB USB 3.0 hard drive to a computer over ethernet while repeatedly testing WiFi speeds at the Google house. Wireless Network coverage is both good but not stellar. Compared to most routers, the EA9300 does a good job with network coverage throughout a typical home. at 50 feet, 5 GHz wifi is slow but not lossy, and 2.4 GHz wifi is fast enough to stream Netflix or Vudu in HD. At 100 feet, the 5 GHz coverage is non-existent but the 2.4 GHz is still usable. The 2.4 GHz wifi finally dropped out on my iPhone 6s at 180 feet, which is impressive but still 50 feet short of what my current Linksys router can do. There are other options on the market if you want greater coverage - including options from Linksys. All in all, this is another good option from Linksys. While I'd like to see better wifi range out of it, I'm not disappointed with the wifi range it does provide. The amount of speed it provides is awesome, however.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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