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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Highly competent product for an average size home

    Posted
    ColorBandit
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I received a free sample of this router from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback. I am a very technical home user. I build my own PCs and worked in computer tech support for many years. My home network includes two desktop computers (i7) running Win 7-64, three laptops (1-i5, 2-i7) running Win7-64, and iPad 3, iPad 2 mini, iPad Air 2, iPhone6s (all iOS 9.3.5), Chromecast first gen on an HDTV, Ethernet connected printer and a WiFi garage door opener. My wireless router is at the heart of making this all work together. And it does. My home and property are not huge - 2000 sq ft home on a 7500 sq ft lot in a suburb. The home is standard brick veneer over wood frame construction with the normal electrical wiring, copper plumbing and HVAC ducting in the walls, ceilings and floors. The longest straight line distance from my router to the farthest corner of my property is about 110'. The router is located on the second floor closer to one end of the house. The router is situated for convenience, not in a location selected for optimum WiFi performance. The single most important aspect of WiFi for me is to be able to maintain a WiFi call with my iPhone throughout my home and in all parts of my yard. WiFi calling requires a strong WiFi signal. If signal strength dips even momentarily, the WiFi calling feature will disable and the call will drop. I was happy to see that the EA7300 supported WiFi calling out of the box. I walked the house, all floors and basement, and throughout the yard. When connected to the 2.4GHz signal, I maintained full signal strength and WiFi calling everywhere. When switched to the 5GHz signal, I could not maintain WiFi calling beyond approx the first 1/3 of the radius of my property. In fact, the 5GHz signal completely disappeared beyond about 75' from the router in many parts of my yard. I use a WiFi network analyzer to read the signal strength and channel assignments of the 2.4GHz networks in my neighborhood. This allows me to select a 2.4GHz channel that does not conflict with a neighbor. I do not have the capability to scan 5GHz networks, so I can't report to what degree overlap from a neighbor's overlapping channel might be a factor. To test the router's internal processor, I accessed streaming video (Netflix, YouTube) from all my desktops (ethernet), laptops and iOS devices (Wireless), HDTV, plus executed large file transfers over WiFi between one laptop and one desktop. ll devices were connected to the 5GHz signal except the Chromecast. Everything worked fine, no video hiccups or buffering. The file transfer speed under load was in the 8.3-8.7 MBs range. This is about normal for my WiFi file transfers with my last two routers. Running a speedtest over an ethernet connection, I obtained pings in the low teens, downloads in the 90Mbps range. WiFi speedtest using my phone yielded pings in the low teens and downloads in the 60-70Mbps range. I pay for service up to 75Mbps, so I'm convinced the EA7300 can handle whatever my cable modem can throw at it. The EA7300 is a nice looking product. I like that it has external adjustable antennas. I like the USB3 port on the back to which I connected a 128GB USB3 flash drive. I can access this storage device from all my computers and iOS devices. The EA7300 also has a small on-off switch not always found on routers. This makes it easy to reboot the router when needed without fishing around to find the right AC plug. The included AC power supply is just big enough to interfere with the outlets next to it if plugged into a standard power strip. If the AC prongs were turned 90 degrees, it would fit without interference. Not a big deal, but something to note. The only indicator light on the front of the router is the backlit Linksys logo. It seems to have three modes - slow blinking, fast blinking and solid on. It blinks slow then fast when booting up and establishing internet connection. It glows solid on when ready to go. Throughout all testing, the case was warm enough for you to know that it was on, but never got warmer than that in 75 degree F ambient temps. Printed documentation included with the EA7300 is minimal - just a quick start guide. I typically bypass the smart/automatic setup features found on newer routers and dive right into the firmware menus. If you're familiar with Linksys firmware, you'll feel right at home. If not, just follow the six steps listed in the quick start guide and you'll be up and running. I was happy to see that the EA7300 is capable of updating its firmware automatically. This keeps your device current with the latest functional and security updates without having one more thing to worry about. My overall impression of the EA7300 is that it is a highly competent wireless router for an average size home. It was able to handle the full load of network traffic that eight wired and wireless devices could send it. The 2.4GHz signal will cover my entire home and yard with enough power to maintain WiFi calling. While not reaching as far, its 5GHz performance handled HD streaming video to multiple sources simultaneously. I will be happy to replace my old router with the EA7300.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great router for home streaming.

    Posted
    isangaft220
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Great router for home streaming. Easy setup with optional "Smart Wi-Fi" mobile application for remote administration. I received this item as a free sample from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback. I would recommend this router to a regular home user who is interested in a higher-end streaming router that will simply work. I would not, however, recommend it to anybody interested in doing any advanced networking setup or wishing to use a custom firmware on their router. Router pros: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with beamforming and 3 radios (Mu-MIMO), boasting potential 1.3Gbit/s (5GHz) (advertises 1.7Gbit/s; 2.4GHz+5GHz) wireless rates with excellent range and compatibility; great for small households with up to 10 devices streaming 4K/HD video (as advertised) Easy initial setup (ideal for home users) with optional "Smart Wi-Fi" mobile application for remote administration Supports WPA2 (Personal or Enterprise; CCMP) for wireless security, WPA2/WPA mixed mode (Personal or Enterprise; CCMP/TKIP) for compatibility (note: TKIP is partially insecure; CCMP was recently discovered to be insecure); also supports open or WEP-encrypted networks (note: WEP is deprecated by the IEEE and is highly insecure; always use WPA2 whenever possible) Supports WPS for one-touch wireless setup (Security warning: Recommend disabling this as it does not allow disabling PIN-based WPS authentication which is known to be insecure even when not in use; WPA2 should always be preferred over WPS) Media Prioritization (partial Quality-of-Service support) allows certain applications or devices to be prioritized Parental Controls (partial Access Restrictions) allows blocking of specific devices at specific times and/or certain websites to be blocked USB 3.0 port allows for External Storage or Print Server functionality; External Storage (NAS) allows a USB flash drive or external USB hard-disk/solid-state drive to be connected to the network as a Windows share (SMB/CIFS), FTP server, and/or a media server. Guest wireless network allows for up to 50 guest devices separated from the private network Supports UPnP for simple device and service configuration Network Map allows for visualization of network devices Automatic firmware update Supports VPN passthrough Basic Stateful Packet Inspection Simple Packet Filtering (private interface only; anonymous requests, multicast, NAT redirection and ident) Single-host DMZ Single/Ranged Port Forwarding and Port Triggering Application Layer Gateway for SIP Supports 802.11k (seamless BSS transitions; if multiple access points are interconnected and share the same SSID) DDNS through NO-IP.com or Dyn.com Supports IPv6 Supports PPTP and L2TP tunnelling Router cons: Cannot disable HTTP admin panel (Potential security issue if left enabled on wireless and wireless is left open! Somewhat mitigated by using HTTPS or using physical connection for the admin panel) HTTPS admin panel must be enabled in any mode other than bridge mode when used in bridge mode (Inconvenient firmware configuration user-interface flaw) Cannot disable admin panel on wifi in bridge mode (Potential security issue if wireless is left open! Somewhat mitigated by using HTTPS or using physical connection for the admin panel) No simple method to enable admin panel on "Internet" interface (especially useful but impossible in bridge mode) No telnet or shell capabilities (ideal for advanced networks and administration) Currently no support for custom firmware (DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc...; custom firmware can potentially fix other "cons" and/or security issues, though isn't necessarily supported by the manufacturer) No way to disable PIN-based WPS authentication when WPS is active (known to be insecure) Quality-of-Service support ("Media Prioritization") lacks upstream support External Storage not available in bridge mode Only supports RIP in terms of routing protocols Speed Test does not work as expected (requires Adobe Flash but errors or displays nothing when Adobe Flash is installed) Not well-suited for advanced network configurations (lack of full support of the following: VLANs, SNMP, secure VPN tunnelling, QoS (upstream), Access Restrictions (specific protocols/keywords), Wake-on-LAN (not necessary but potentially useful), advanced packet filtering, cannot set CIDR lower than 16 (however, DHCP device count on this device is better than unmodified DD-WRT: 65533 managed devices vs 253 managed devices on unmodified DD-WRT)) **Note: Certain Linksys routers (including this one) are subject to newly-discovered known vulnerabilities, including but not limited to the newly-discovered vulnerabilities in WPA2-CCMP. See http://blog.ioactive.com/2017/04/linksys-smart-wi-fi-vulnerabilities.html and https://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=246427 for more details.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Frequent Disconnects/Slow connection

    Posted
    Froemer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My previous router had died and so I needed a new one. I read reviews both on Amazon and Best Buy, and all seemed okay. I was in a hurry, so unfortunately I didn't get too in-depth in reading the reviews, otherwise I would have discovered that others have the same issues I have. At first all seemed to be going well. I set up my router using DHCP and instead of using static IP, I just decided to try using reserved IP addresses. Then I noticed that my connection dropped on my Android phone. I reconnected, checked for IP conflicts (there weren't any), and all seemed well again for a little bit. Then it started happening again, and not just on my phone. Other devices, both wired and wireless started exhibiting connection problems as well. I attempted to use the app to reboot the router. Said I'm not connected. Tried the web portal on my computer. Says it's not found. Power cycled manually. Everything is okay. Then it's almost an exact repeat. I decided to hard reset and even re-position the router physically. I put everything back to the way I had it, minus reserved IPs, even assigned some of my main use devices static IPs outside the DHCP range. Everything is fine for about 12 hours. Now we're back to square one. Sometimes I can't reboot the router via the portal or app, sometimes I can, and constant disconnects and slow downs on wired and wireless. When it is working, the connections seem to be painfully slow at times, and very fast at other times, both wired and wireless, when trying to transfer files, or even sometimes streaming or just looking at Facebook. My older router did not have these issues. I checked all the usual suspects for wireless interference, but nothing that was done would fix the problem. And considering the fact that my wired devices were having the same issues, I would assume it's not wireless interference. Unfortunately, when I attempted to return it, I was out of my return period with Best Buy, which was only about 16 days after purchase. I'm hoping Linksys will either be able to fix my problem or offer me a refund so I can find a router that actually works. Things I liked though: 1. The app is very well designed and intuitive. Pleasing to the eye even. 2. Parental controls are a breeze to set up and disable on demand 3. Guest wifi access is easy to set up and disable on demand 4. Most, if not all of what you can do in the web portal can also be done in the app, including advanced configuration. 5. When the connection was working, it was pretty consistently fast. It's just unfortunate that whatever is wrong with the router, it eventually slows to a snail's pace after a somewhat short amount of time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      It is possible that the intermittent and slow connection is caused by a corrupt firmware. We recommend that you update/reflash the firmware of the router, then reset and configure it again. If the same behavior is observed, we'll have our Second Level Technicians assist you further.

      Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this post.
      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, Smart Wi-Fi needs a rethink

    Posted
    BTCMacGyver
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Linksys 7300, AC1750 all in all is a solid product. It does perform as advertised, handling many devices, 4k streams, and overall high voulmes of data, with ease. I was running a cable "100 Mbps" (actual speeds may vary) connection with no problems. Streaming 4k on 2 tv’s, running several phones, tablets, and a co-op gaming lan with 3 steam accounts running Warframe (or something, not personally a big pc gamer) on hi performance machines, and a fantasy football draft same time didn't phase the network. Of course for every silver lining though, comes a dark cloud, and the ac1750's was the smart-wifi system by Linksys. Designed to give a user the additional ability to manage your router from anywhere and any device, Linksys may have gotten the cart in front of the horse here. Setup of a LAN without a live internet signal is near impossible. Also using it without a PC , only tablets, phones, and an Xbox or Playstation, makes for a very tough setup as well. The added remote access of setting and network admin from 4,736 miles away doesn't seem nearly as important as the ability to access the router settings directly while in the same room effectively, regardless of whether or not there was a live internet connection. Frankly it also seemed like an additional security risk added at the cost of functionality, a lose lose. When I looked into possibly using dd-wrt, device support for this particular Linksys product was questionable. That may have changed, and I have every faith that this piece of equipment running on dd-wrt would be absolutely awesome. I was very impressed with the 7300 as a piece of equipment. The user controls and Android application on the other hand were a bit too cutsey. Offline LAN setup and network admin is tricky at best, impossible at worst. The extra possible security vulnerability to remote hacking is also a concern, albeit a long shot with the smart wifi. Instead I would personally be more impressed with more control of direct functionality. Detecting other nearby networks, ability to login and broadcast a network wirelessly, as a range extender power booster would be nice for those that have community wifi in their building (Especially if you land in the apartment with the worst signal) or the penny pincher that buys the 4g tethering instead of a wired service(see metroPCS unlimited plan). Tools to analyze performance such as detecting interference and a precise GUI showing radio strength to all connected devices in real time would be invaluable in finding the best placement and antenna positioning for each particular users unique situation. I'll only dock one star for smart wifi, but if I could take another 1/2, I would. Linksys gets the benefit of the doubt as I see they have dd-wrt routers on the market out of the box . Again I state, the hardware is ACES. To buy again, I would stay with Linksys, but look in the direction of a dd-wrt enabled or VPN ready out of the box model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My New Favorite Router

    Posted
    SKova
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This router just replaced my Linksys/Cisco EA4500 that I was using and I have to say that I am more than pleased with this router. There are several factors that push me to give it a high rating: ∙ Excellent packaging: The way the unit was packed in the box with the power supply kept it protected and safe. ∙ Quick Start: The connection and setup were quite simple. Having a preset SSID and Password really simplify the connection and setup. ∙ The Unit: This router was larger than I expected and looks and feels well built. It has much better ventilation than my EA Series and it stays cool. As you can see in the picture, I have it on a small laptop cooler, as the EA would get quite warm and this one running for 5 days straight still is cold to the touch. ∙ Coverage: The Wi-Fi coverage is nothing short of excellent, especially with the unit in the basement office. Prior to this unit, I had to use a repeater to get good coverage on the second floor, specifically with 5Ghz. With this it covers pretty well as I have not reconnected the repeater. With the 2.4GHz, I can reach reach all the way outside to the end of the property which is about 100fft away without losing much signal. ∙ Configuration: Although very similar to the older unit, the functionality is much better. Having a second "free" DDNS option is very welcomed. It supports DynDNS and No-IP. Although I like DynDNS, it is nice to have an alternate option. The Port forward options also seem to work better than the EA as I was having a problem with a certain function and it worked perfect on this unit. ∙ Speed: I was very surprised at how my faster and more stable the Wi-Fi is with unit. I have a PC on the first floor with a 5GHz wireless adapter and it had a mediocre signal and speed. With only changing to the new router, the signal and speed went from 100-120mbps to a solid 350mbps, My son plays Minecraft on this and it operates much better now. As for the operation and reliability so far, this has been an excellent router. In the five days it has been running, there has not been a single issue and I also have not had to reset my iPhone to stay connected. I received this router a free sample from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback.. If I had bought this router, the feedback would be the same. I can honestly say that it is my new favorite router. If you are thinking about getting a new one, this might become your new favorite one also.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 2.4GHz wireless range

    Posted
    DatDude

    I received a free sample from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback. I am coming from an older Asus wifi router. The 2.4GHZ wireless on this Linksys is stronger than the Asus, that was expected as it was Wireless N vs AC on the Linksys. I got faster download speeds on the Linksys as expected but the 5GHz range on it was disappointing. I was hoping to take advantage of the new 5G radio by moving my faster wireless devices over to it but it doesn't reach throughout my entire home. I have about 2500sqft, so I am forced to use the 2.4GHZ in the far back room if I want a consistent connection. I've had this running for about a month and it has been steady so far. I like that the Local Network allows you to change the nework range from 192.168.x.x network to whatever range you want. Media prioritazion allows you to give bandwidth priority to select devices, which is good for me. I have about 25 devices on my home network. External storage option allows you to connect a protable usb 3.0 drive to it to make into a shared netowrk drive. Access speeds to the drive are pretty good over wifi too. I like the option to turn activity lights to the switch ports off on the router, this means you can place this in your TV room or bedroom that your ISP installed your modem at and not be distracted by blinking lights when trying to sleep or wacth TV. It offers guest wireless for both 2.4 & 5GHz, and still includes the option to disable broadcasting of the wifi SSID. Now for the things I don't like: I am not a fan of the "smart Wifi" interface where it pushes you to create a Linksys account online and use that to login to the router to get started. It is convienient if you are not familiar with routers or LAN's and want an automated setup. I am more of a techy and like to customize my setup and configure manually and locally - it does offer the option to confiugre manually though. The Parental Controls is somewhat limited. You have to enter websites that you want to block maunually per device hostname. I wish it offered the option of uploading a file with a list of websites, but I can imagine the more sites you add it would probably tax the router down. I have about 25 devices on my home network and although this is a "MU-MIMO" router, I did notice a slowdown on speeds and buffering when testing multiple 1080p HD streams to my media-server and 4K Youtube/Netflix streaming at the same time with a mix of wired and wifi devices. The average home user probably only has about 5 -8 devices so this shouldn't be an issue. Firewall options are limited to Enabled or not. I wish at least one manufacturer would offer a home wifi router that offers a vlan option to support more than one Local network. Today's hardware should be able to handle it, some DDWRT supported routers support this. Overall this is an OK router that would suit most home user's needs that does well in the 2.4GHz range coverage versus some of the competition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Router Upgrade I didn't Know I Needed

    Posted
    Ronnie

    I've been using a netgear router for the past year, which I don't consider "old" by any means. I never had any real problems with it besides some spotty wifi reception but I still decided to look for new ones to see what I was missing out on. After doing lots of research on different routers, I decided to go with Linksys after reading the positive reviews on their products. Fast-forward a bit, I received this Linksys Max-Stream AC1750 in the mail and I immediately noticed the sleek and clean packaging. The router is a bit larger than my old router but is not obtrusive. Setup: DEAD SIMPLE. There's not much to say except: I opened box. Unplugged power and Ethernet cable (coming from my internet modem) from the old router. Plugged it into new router. Connected to the router using the 6 step instructions in the box. Btw, we're already on step 4. Logged in to the router settings. Changed the router name and password to my old router name and password. Internet = WORKING! All of my devices were connected to the internet without changing any settings on them. Before I talk about the performance itself, I wanted to give an honorable mention to the Linksys Smart Wifi App for being just as sleek and clean as the router. I can change any wifi settings and monitor who's connected to my home network without having to use my computer browser and typing in those random numbers to access settings. Performance: This is where the router blew me away! As I mentioned, I didn't have any major concerns with my old router so my expectations for this Linksys were pretty low. I went to the far end of my house, and with the help of the three external antennas, my spotty issues were in the past. I ran an internet connection test and that is where the surprise came. I was actually getting 1.7x faster speeds just by using this router. It made no sense to me at first because a router does not dictate how fast your internet speeds are, your service provider does. After talking to a few people about this, it turns out that my old router wasn't actually able to keep up with the fast internet speeds we signed up for with Comcast. The new "Wireless-AC and 5ghz band" technology in this router was able to serve the fast internet to all of our current gen apple products and network devices. The router solved a problem I never knew I had! I'm thoroughly impressed with this router and I wouldn't be surprised if I had it for a few more years. *Note: I received this router for free in exchange for my honest feedback and have provided nothing but that. I know how important it is to read customer reviews whenever making a decision to buy a new product and I would hope that no other consumers leave biased reviews on products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great home router, Easy Setup...

    Posted
    dcarfor
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I received a free sample of this EA7300 Linksys Router in exchange for my honest feedback. That said, this is a router that I had been interested in and it seemed to be a good choice to replace my aging Cisco E3200 that I had purchased in late 2011. I waited for a few days after the initial installation to have a chance to get some experience with this unit. Since the initial setup, I have also spent another 30 minutes experimenting with various network settings and trying different combinations. The installation was accomplished without any complications. The first steps were to connect the Router to my modem and a power cable. The included “quick start guide” was very clear. After powering on, I then configured the EA7300 using a desk PC closest to the router. Since this computer is not WiFi based I made that connection using a standard LAN cable and my browser. The biggest issues were choosing my network names, robust network passwords, and making sure I had appropriate encryption settings to protect my networks. The entire setup lasted perhaps 15 minutes. Some of that time was spent exploring the Router’s many configuration options. I think you could use the default settings and have the unit operating in just a few minutes. Of course any connected devices required network updates to locate and connect using the new network names and passwords. So far I have connected a smart TV, an older laptop, a fairly new Android phone, a WiFi home thermostat, and my desk PC using the LAN cable. All devices were able to connect without difficulty. My only device that seemed to have capability of using the 5.0 network was my smart phone. For all other devices I used the 2.4 network. I have not had any connection problems since initial installation and the modem has been stable without any interruptions or reboots. I like that the Router sells for what seems to be a very competitive price and includes all the features I was looking for including the standard 2.4 MHz and 5.0 network options, guest network, and MU-MIMO. There is a web based option which I also set up allowing me to view my network from any connected PC. I also downloaded and activated an Android Linksys app which also allows the network to be viewed or reconfigured from my smart phone. The signal strength has been adequate for all needed locations in my mid-size house. Streaming movies on my distant smart WiFi connected TV has gone as expected without any pauses in the movie. I think for most homes, this Router would serve very well. Certainly, make sure this Router has the features you require. I can recommend the EA7300 without any reservations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity issues followed by GUI problems

    Posted
    Ricardo

    Easy to set up, especially compared to the stupid Netgear router that I returned because it was missing a basic feature that fortunately is available on this one. Unfortunately it kept giving me connectivity issues two days in a row, so I kept rebooting it. I obviously wasn't too happy with that, but I decided to give it a little more time. A few days later I went on a scheduled vacation and while away I noticed my Nest Thermostat, which I can control/access remotely, wasn't connected. I decided to log in to this router remotely to check if it was on the network, and reboot the router again if necessary. Remote router access isn't on, because I prefer remotely connecting to stuff at home using a simple SSH tunnel. So using a tunnel (like I've always done with previous Linksys routers) I accessed the router, but I couldn't get any further than a loader shown in the screenshot attached. I refreshed a number of times and occasionally I got a log in screen, but after entering the router access password it just went back to this. Looking at it with a developer tool in my browser, it seemed one of the AJAX calls resulted in an HTTP 500 without further info. So it's dead in the water and there's nothing I could do about it remotely, because apparently the software is junk. I've always liked Linksys and favored it as a brand, but this is ridiculous. I noticed that after buying my previous router (which worked great for 5 years) Linksys was sold to Belkin. I've never liked or had success with Belkin products, so maybe them owning Linksys now is an explanation for these quality issues. I'm returning this piece of garbage.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi Ricardo,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Before you consider returning the device, please allow one of our Escalation Engineers to assist you with the issues that you ran into. Send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your contact details and the link to this review for our reference.

      Regards,

      Rechel
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Drops internet connection

    Posted
    Nick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this router to replace an aging Netgear router that I have had for years. I work for an MSP in the Birmingham metropolitan area and CISCO (Linksys) is one of our vendor lines that we carry. I have always been impressed with their Enterprise level devices so I decided to try one of their consumer grade routers. Man, what an abysmal failure. First, the range on this device is mediocre and based on a wireless signature scan of my house, there are several transmission :holes" even when adjusting the antennae. The most disappointing thing though, is that it drops the connection to the ISP constantly. Yes, I upgraded the firmware, yes I adjusted the MTU, yes I have rebooted it, yes I have validated the throughput, yes I have verified the connections, yes I have isolated the device, yes I have checked for interference...yes yes and yes to a myriad of other proposed things that Linksys always seems to blame you for rather than taking responsibility for defects in a percentage of their products. (and yes Linksys, I do hold a CCNA certification) The bottom line is this... there seems to be a known issue with this router dropping its connection consistently. Search the reviews on this site or others and you will see an overwhelming pattern. That's not to say that there aren't several users who have gotten a good unit. Great! But it seems like a high percentage of these units have this problem. You can do better Linksys, seriously. I am taking this unit back to Best Buy and returning it...not exchanging it. I have spent far too much time losing my connection and having to either reboot or wait for it to reconnect...troubleshooting etc. Ridiculous. A device in this price range should just work consistently right out of the box. I will say that the APP has a great interface and some really good, useful features... but that doesn't help me keep a stable connection to my ISP. You can do better Linksys, and you have lost a consumer customer. I think I will go back with Netgear or maybe try one of the ASUS routers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Nick,

      The router should have a stable connection once configured. However, some factors could affect it. Upon reading your review, it appears that you've already tried different steps to optimize its performance. Before returning it, we're hoping you'd give us a chance to have this checked by our Escalation Engineers. Please email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your phone number and the link to this post for our reference.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speed for Multiple Users

    Posted
    RhondaVu
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was given this router in exchange for my honest review. There are many great things about the Linksys AC1750 MU-MIMO router. Right out of the box, it was easy to set up. It took about 90 seconds for me to have it up and running. The user interface at linksyssmartwifi.com is extremely clear and well thought out. I was able to customize my passwords, name the router, and set up guest access without having to read through a lot of instructions. Firmware updates can take place automatically or you can check for updates manually. I live in a 2 story 3900 sq ft. house, and I haven’t found a router yet that will give me great signal in every room. However, the signal from this router does reach upstairs, in the room directly above our office, and the response time from this router is better on the 2nd floor than it is with the Netgear 22 5G that I have been using. I can easily stream Netflix while my kids are gaming in two different rooms. One aspect of the online interface that I really appreciate is the media prioritization function. I can give priority to my husband’s desktop (where he is working remotely) so that if anyone experiences a delay, it won’t be him. This router offers parental controls which allow the user to set time parameters where any online devices will be allowed or blocked. There is also a place to enter any specific websites that you want to block, but as with many other internet nannies, you have to type in the exact address of each website. It doesn’t have any kind of content filter. There’s nothing groundbreaking in these parental controls, but I added Circle with Disney, and it helps tremendously. I attached an external hard drive via LAN to use for Time Machine backups. There is also a USB 3.0 port on the back of the router that is for external storage. I was able to successfully use a thumb drive in that port, but my WD My Passport was not recognized by the router. This router also offers out of home access, which allows you to remotely log into your system. However, I wasn’t able to figure out how to access it, and I didn’t see any instructions for it on Linksys’s website. If the thought of someone accessing your files from outside of your house makes you uncomfortable, you can disable remote access online at linksyssmartwifi.com. I would recommend this router, but not for someone with a large house. You can always add extenders, but it's frustrating to constantly have to switch from one network to another as you move around the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, RhondaVu,

      It’s nice to hear that you’re enjoying the features of your new router. Upon reading your post, we noticed your challenge with accessing the router settings remotely. If your router hasn’t been associated with your account, you may refer to this article: http://www.linksys.com/ph/support-article?articleNum=143662

      For assistance and inquiries, do not hesitate to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we’ll have you assisted by our Escalation Engineers. Indicating your phone number and the link to this post would be appreciated.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Finding it hard to stay loyal

    Posted
    DaleInTexas
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased the AC1750 to replace my third (now discontinued), Linksys N750 purchased in 2 years. The initial two N750s died from power outages compliments of our electricity provider. After being twice-bit, I purchased an APC UPS thinking my router replacements were complete. After 8 months of use, the third and final N750 went belly up. All three lost the Internet port connection, but still maintained my intranet. After extensively researching a replacement model, I settled on the AC1750. The AC1750 was easy to install and set up. Pleased with my purchase, I felt my replacement would meet our household needs. For this purchase, I opted to pay for the BestBuy replacement plan, which I normally decline. With just FOUR days of operation, the new AC1750 router died. Like all previous routers, I went through my troubleshooting routine, factory resets, and contacted my ISP to confirm that the modem was working, with hundreds of failed attempts to settle an IP for the router. Like all of the previous routers, I diagnosed it was a dead Internet port. To confirm my diagnosis, I spent 2+ hours with Linksys online support running through their troubleshooting protocols, to which, they also declared the router internet port was dead and assigned an RMA for return. Fortunately, I purchased the replacement plan from BestBuy, returned the 4-day old brick, and brought home the second AC1750, in just five days. After three weeks, the new AC1750 is working as designed. Hopefully, I will be able to get more than a year's operation from this router. It has become difficult to maintain my loyalty to Linksys. I now have many Linksys doorstops, with boxes. If history repeats itself, this will be my final purchase. I do have to give Kudos to the Linksys online support. They worked hard to find a solution. Furthermore, I was happy that I purchased the replacement plan this time. Based on my experiences with Linksys, I would recommend others to consider the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, DaleInTexas,

      It is odd that the same thing happened with the four Linksys routers and we understand how you feel about it. We recommend observing the replacement for now but if the same thing happens, please email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com with your phone number and the link to this post so we can have our Escalation Engineers look closely into this.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Router for a tech family!

    Posted
    Barbie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Linksys - Wireless-AC1750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router is so far the best router I have had yet. I have only had the wireless router from Verizon. It has one antenna. With this router, it has 3!. I live in a 4 bedroom apartment and I tested the range of the WIFI. I was able to get plenty of internet access throughout the entire house even when I went downstairs. I have 3 kids under 10 and including my husband and myself, we are constantly connecting to all our electronic devices. We have 4 flat tvs, 2 computers, 2 tablets, 3 smartphones, and a lot of game systems. With the old router, the WiFi was super slow when connected to all these items. The Linksys - Wireless-AC1750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router makes staying connected to all these items a breeze without any interruptions at all and with full super speed on all downloads. The instructions was extremely easy to set up. I set it up in less that 20 minutes. Since I was able to download the application on my phone, I can control all the parental controls on where they can go during their time to do homework. Sometimes the girls can tend to stray and try to play games. With these controls that will not be happening any longer. I hope my new router lasts for a long time because I love to see those full 4 bar signals all the time! I do not think this router is bulky at all because I have a huge computer desk so its no bother at all! I received a free sample from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Unstable when Setup as an Access Point with Switch

    Posted
    ScottInBoston
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This will probably be an adequate router for most users. For my purposes, however, it is a failure. I purchased this to use its dual-band access point and 4-port switch to replace an older D-Link DIR-655 that I was using for the same purpose in order to add more robust wifi to my selup. I have a separate switch and router acting as my internet gateway and DHCP server. This device was intended to provide direct Ethernet connectivity to an Apple TV and streamer/DVD as well as act as the primary WiFI access point (but not router) for the house. Unfortunately, unlike my older DLink, this router will NOT play well when setup as an access point and switch-only instead of a primary router. As a stand-alone router it works well. As a stand-alone access point, either plugged into my other router via the WAN with the Linkysys router DHCP enabled in a dual-NAT configuration or via the LAN ports with an internal LAN IP statically configured and the router's DHCP off, it also worked well. It also worked well as an access point in native Bridge Mode only mode. The problem is, if I set it up as an access point with connectivity to my primary router via a LAN port (as would typically be done) and then plug any other device into a LAN port it just falls apart. The router becomes unstable, DHCP pass-through from the primary router is blocked, and I cannot even raise the Linksys via the static LAN IP that I configured. After a day of resetting / re-configuring / testing and watching this happen over and over while triple checking settings and attempting various configurations, my only conclusion is that this device has a flaw that prevents it from functioning as access point w/switch as expected. It's also possible I received a unit with a bad swtich/LAN ports but the behavior I'm seeing leads me to suspect a firmware issue. This one's being returned to Best Buy today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, ScottInBoston,

      It is quite unfortunate that the Linksys router did not work as intended with your setup. Before you return the device, we'd like to have our Second Level Support team get in touch with you for further troubleshooting. Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this post.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mid-range router

    Posted
    ShaunE
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First and foremost, I must say that I received a free sample of this router from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback. Since the installation of my new Linksys EA7300 router, my speeds have greatly increased. Seriously, this thing is blazing fast! With my old router, I was barely able to get 30mbps speeds but with the EA7300, I’ve hit speeds as high as 128mbps with ease. The speed alone makes this router fantastic. The range of the router seems very comparable to my old router. At the furthest point in my house, I still have 2-3 bars of signal, although with the new router, it seems more 3 bars than 2. I need to play around with the placement of the router as I’m sure better placement will result in a stronger signal. Setting up the router was a complete breeze. The software on the router itself is very easy to make changes to for customization purposes. For example, I don’t really want to advertise a “guest” network. Turning off the guest network was as simple as a click. Linksys always provides pretty solid customization options to make the router your own. The improved phone app was nice to see. I used an older version of the app that didn’t really work very well. The new app seems to allow more user configuration than the old one. I’d still like to see the ability to test speeds of the network from your phone when you’re not home. One small complaint is the light on the router itself. My router is located in my bedroom due to lack of other places to put it. This thing acts as a killer nightlight unfortunately. While you can turn off the activity lights (see, awesome configuration ability), it’d be nice to be able to either turn off or lower the brightness of the glowing Linksys name on the top of the router. Overall, the Linksys EA7300 AC-1750 wireless router is extremely solid in all facets. It’s a great mid-range router for those who want both fast speeds as well money left in their pocket. I thank Linksys for the opportunity to review this item.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better then I thought

    Posted
    adco
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have only had this router four days, my review is mainly on setup and parental controls, that was what I needed. I read 100's of reviews on all types of routers and then looked at their apps to see what reviews were there. This router had hands down the most positive info. It's parental control screen shots looked like something I wanted. Well it was as good as I had hoped. It was very easy to set up. I am not a computer genius or tech guru, but I had no problem straight out of the box setting this up, simple instructions. Plug it into the electric outlet and a cable to your internet router then I went on my desktop and pretty much set the entire thing up in about 5-10 minutes. We then took each electronic and connected to the network one by one and as we did we could label them in the Linksys online application. Now I can look and see all 15 devices (TV, phones, Firestick, echo, pads, etc ) I can set controls on any or all of the items, you can limit certain sites, set times, it was wonderful. I have a guest network and home and I can shut anyone off of the system I want at anytime with the swipe of a button. This is a great tool if you have teenage kids, I can tell you from the look on their face they were not happy. I then Downloaded the app on my phone and my husbands and we now have control where ever we are, shopping, work, etc. I can shut it down , leave my kids with a list of items I need done, and then when they send proof the task is complete, they get their internet. Happy days are here again! I also noticed that some of the Ipads ran better and downloads were faster, I can't say for gaming yet as my daughter has not played anything to test it out. Too busy doing her choreI guess. Truly I was impressed and very happy with my choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Setup Great Performance

    Posted
    sonofadoc

    I received this sweet little piece of technology through Linksys in exchange for my feedback on my experience with it. I live in a small house so testing the range and how well the signal carries throughout a large area broken up into different rooms was limited. I have no problem with signal strength in an open 800 sq. foot space. I also did a walk around outside the house with my smartphone to see how far away I could get before the signal weakened which it did after about a hundred feet from the router that was inside the house, but still had a pretty good signal. My old router isn’t much and pretty old so comparing the speeds of the two isn’t a great mile marker, but nevertheless my internet connection speeds have improved noticeably with some added snap. I have had two laptops and two other mobile devices online at the same time and didn’t notice it effecting connection speed at all. Videos streamed without interruption. The setup was as easy as plugging it in and entering a couple passwords. It took a few tries (reboots) and a few minutes for the router, modem and devices to start talking to each other. No big deal. Router settings can be accessed via an intuitive and clean user interface in the cloud (so can access from anywhere) that is logical and a snap to use. All of the configuration options and settings are easy to navigate set in a minimalistic and logical interface. Sweet! This is quality technology at any price yet alone for $130. bucks. There is a lot of bang for the buck and it’s easy setup and usability makes it the perfect router for me, a non-computer tech that needs secure quality hardware/software to be able to just plug and play. It is rich with features if you’re inclined to take advantage of all the configuration options and network capabilities. I think you could run a small office with several computers and other devices on one or more networks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for less than tech savy

    Posted
    Channeen
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My Linksy router of 15 years finally died. So of course I wanted another one. However I put off buying one until mine did die. I put it off because let’s face it anytime the internet is involved and equipment is needed then it seems you need a PHD to set it up. I mean why would I intentionally subject myself to that insanity. But...I was forced to because the whole world was going to fall apart without internet and Netflix and Xbox live and the TV in the bedrooms. It was almost as if the apocalypse hit. My son was “what’s next Mom? Zombies?” So I hopped on Best Buy’s website from my phone (thank goodness for unlimited data) and found this Linksy router and purchased it and picked it up when I got off work. I got home expecting it to take hours to install but nope. The instructions were easy to follow and within 30 minutes we had WiFi once again. Apocalypse averted. Plus the ease of this wonderful model to change passwords and use parental controls and even set up guest passwords is so simple and easy to do for this less than techie person. So I took my victory lap around my living room and then started surfing the net on wiFi because I could.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Wi-Fi Router improvement over E3000

    Posted
    EdDurhamNC
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Linksys EA7300 Product Review On February 22, 2017, I received from Linksys a free sample Linksys EA7300 Max-Stream AC1750 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router for my review. I installed the EA7300 Router on my home Time Warner Cable 100 Mbps internet service with an existing Arris SB6141 Cable Modem. The EA7300 Router replaced a 7-year old Cisco-Linksys E3000 Wireless Router. Installation was made using the Linksys AC1750 Quick Start Guide. The only problem was that the Linksys logo on the router did not stop blinking when powered up. This was solved by a call to Linksys Technical Support Team at 1-800-814-0180 who helped me through a step-by-step resetting the modem and router. The Technical Support person was excellent. I have the following equipment running off the router with the speed test performance as noted: HP 500-210qe i5 64-bit Windows 10 desktop PC connected by CAT5e to Ethernet Port 1. Speed test CAT5e 118.17/11.84, Wi-Fi (CAT5e disconnected) 54.36/11.60. 96 (Wi-Fi 1.2 times faster than previous E3000 router) HP D266 32-bit Windows 2000 desktop PC connected by CAT5e to Ethernet Port 2. Speed test CAT5e not available with this OS. (Satisfactory) HP G72-250US i3 64-bit Windows 10 laptop PC connected by CAT5e to Ethernet Port 3. Speed test CAT5e 92.49/11.97, Wi-Fi 49.28/11.96 (Wi-Fi 1.5 times faster than previous E3000 router) Apple iPad (4th Gen) 16GB iOS 10.2.1 . Speed Wi-Fi 62.0/12.6. (2 times faster than previous E3000 router) In every case the Linksys EA7300 gave significantly improved Wi-Fi performance than the 7-year old E3000 router. I have been using the Linksys EA7300 for over two weeks and I am very pleased with its performance and reliability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied

    Posted
    BusyUser

    I received a free sample of this router from Linksys in return for my honest feedback. Short Version: This router replaced a Linksys E4200 Wifi router purchased in 2011. Objective was to get better Wifi performance. I did see that and am quite happy with the result. Long version: 2 story house with router on top floor connected to 10Mb DSL from telco. Numerous wired devices connected to gigabit ethernet switch connected to router. Numerous WiFi devices of all vintages from old netbooks to laptops to iPhones and iPads. The biggest problem with the old router was the low WiFi signal strength in some outlying areas of the house and in an apartment in a detached garage. This had gotten worse over time as interference from neighbors' signals increased. Everything worked but sometimes rather slowly. Installation of the new EA7300 router was simple using LinkSys Smart Wifi. Just plugged it in place of the old router and copied over a few settings from the setup application for the old router. Unsurprisingly the wired configuration continued to work at full speed as expected. For WiFi I noticed two big differences. 1) Range and speed was better on the 5GHz band. In the past devices inside the house and immediately outside capable of use on 5GHZ were often run on the 2.4 Ghz band to get a stronger connection. That was no longer needed. 2) Speed increased on the 2.4 GHz band. The apartment in the detached garage now had a faster and more solid connection and the same for older laptops in outlying areas of the house. These devices did not support 5Ghz but I may try it some day. I was quite happy with the final result. Should have upgraded sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend