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Linksys - AC1900 Dual-Band WiFi 5 Router - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2455 reviews

94%
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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Constant resets and low internet speeds

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

    I have a gigabit connection, and for the past month, I have had slow speeds. when first bought, my speeds were around 400Mbps on 5g. Now 65, unless I reset the router back to factory settings. Constant, interruptions in service and resets makes this router a purchase I will be returning.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hello Ashbri,

      Let's make sure that your Linksys router is running on the latest firmware version to help optimize its current performance. Shoot us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we'll get you over to our Escalation Engineers. Include your phone number and the link to this review for our reference.

      Regards,

      Princes
      Linksys Support linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Average router

    Posted
    PHONTRONICS
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Must reset router once a week to get good signal. Not happy that my wireless signal constantly slows down.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This router is horrible

    Posted
    Doubletroublez
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have had nothing but problems since I bought this router, I have spoken to tech support 5 time with issues and setting that no one would know about, router keeps resetting itself and changing passwords. I would NOT recommend this router at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Doubletroublez,

      There could be factors that affected the configuration of the router. Since you've mentioned contacting our Support team, allow us to review your case and get you over to our Escalation Engineer for further isolation. Please email us the reference number from the team at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with your phone number and the link to this post for our reference.


      Regards,

      Irish
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    Posted
    RouterGuy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This router gave out on me after a month and a half. Performance had been slowly drifting until finally, devices would say that they were connected, but couldn't load the internet. After doing quite a bit of research, I factory reset the router only to find that the 2.4ghz network was gone! Figures, Linksys got bought out by Belkin... Funny, I had a Belkin a decade ago, and it was the same unreliable issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,
      This is an unusual behavior for the Linksys router. We recommend that you make sure that the firmware of the router is up to date, to avoid this intermittent connection. Send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com and we'll have our Escalation Engineers assist you. Also, include the link to this post for our reference.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great, until you need to update it.

    Posted
    jpsulisz
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Software and hardware is great; however, when you need to update the unit it will limit the ethernet speeds to 30 megs (Usually average 110). I was told by a Linksys representative, in order to fix the issue I have to reset it? Turns out the router needed to be reset every 2 weeks. Returned it for an Apple Airport unit which has been working much better since.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, jpsulisz,

      A firmware update should not be limiting ethernet speed, and a factory reset should not be causing intermittent connectivity. If you have a case number from your previous phone call, share it with us so we can review your case and check if there was a gap with the process. Feel free to reach out to us at LinksysCares@linksys.com, anytime.

      If you have queries or if you have any Linksys device that needs assistance, please send us an email and we'd be more than willing to sort it out for you.

      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is alright- still buffers more than I prefer

    Posted
    EnjoyingLife
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have had this for a year now and I still deal with a lot of buffering when streaming TV, especially if it a little bit windy outside. Just two nights ago, the system would not stop blinking (despite unplugging it for a while, resetting it, etc) so I could not utilize my internet fluidly for the night. It would come back on for about 10 minutes before the problem occurred again. Finally shut it off for the evening and went to bed. Next day everything worked fine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent price/performance ratio

    Posted
    nate

    I've been using this router for about a year now in a 2000 sq ft 2 story home with 3 users. The range is great, was able to pick up wifi in the backyard and frontyard. It's reliable, only one reset so far due to some type of power outage. No problems streaming, accessing surveillance cams, video chats, alexa, wemos, and 20+ other devices. excellent value!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad

    Posted
    GeoNyc
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this to replace my Netgear router because the adapter overheated and damaged the router. I have been having a lot of intermittent connection issues with this Linksys, currently not too happy with it. My Netgear was excellent and my connection never went down. Intrie firmware updates and modem and router resets and still same problem. I will see if I cal holdout and eventually go back to Netgear.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      This is a very unusual behavior for the router. Allow us to have our Escalation Engineers assist you with further troubleshooting to fix this. Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this post to complete your case.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Shady product/terrible tech support

    Posted
    Sierra

    Bought this router at Best Buy and it worked fine for a little over a year, but one month after the tech support/warranty expired it completely shut down. The wireless network disappeared, power cycling had no effect, it would not connect to my computer via hardline so I could not check or update the firmware, and freaking reset button didn't even work. I tried to call linksys tech support, but they seemed more like a sales team. They refused to even talk with me about potential issues unless I purchased additional tech support, which I was dubious to do since the product mysteriously shut down just a month after my original tech support expired, and the supervisors were always conveniently in a meeting and unavailable. After doing more extensive research online I found that this is representative of linksys' mo, they seem to view extended tech support as an additional revenue stream and it has been suggested that they engineer their products to require this additional support. I highly recommend going with a different company that stands behind the quality of their products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Sierra,

      This is definitely not the experience we want for our customers. We can have our Escalation Engineers assist you with the device instead. Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this post to complete your case.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One hiccup, but performing as expected

    Posted
    nortex
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I've had one hiccup where the router needed a reboot in the month that I've had it. Otherwise, it's performing as expected. Speed and throughput seem good even for streaming TV and multiple wireless devices in the home. I did try to the NAS feature at one point, and that may have been what caused the WiFi hiccup, so I can't really comment on whether that's working well or not. One poor design choice I would add, however, is that set up is a bit of a pain. If you click the wrong button on screen at initial setup, you have to do a factory reset to resolve and set the router up manually. I also wish it would show the IP address of the upstream cable modem

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent and far from perfect; C+

    Posted
    MikeDavis80s
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this product after several reviews online for "best router 2017". This came up as the top router for a large home. Since we just moved into our 2550 sqft house, this seemed like the perfect fit and was less than $100. To it's credit, it streams very fast and has a pretty good range with 5 and 2.5 GHz. My major complaint is that the wifi will kick me or my wife or kid off at random times from our iPhones and iPads. I see that the wifi icon has been replaced with 3g or LTE, and when I open my iPhone in the wifi section it usually recognizes and reconnects (sometimes I have to manually connect and input the security password). Even my PC is sometimes interrupted, and it's connected via LAN. Interestingly enough my Firestick is solid and has yet to be disconnected. Very frustrating and it's getting old... quick. I spoke with Linksys customer service and all they had me do was a factory reset which did not help. It's a good overall product but the constant involuntary booting of the wifi connection may drive me to purchase a Netgear Nighthawk in a month or so.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, MikeDavis80s,

      This is a very unusual behavior for the Linksys router. If you still have the router, we recommend that you update the firmware. We can have our Escalation Engineers assist you further with the device.

      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 Router For Small Apartment

    Posted
    MrDDavis3
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    When I switched from DSL to cable internet service, I needed a router that would efficiently serve the many wireless devices in my apartment (phones, tablets, laptops, printers, satellite receivers, etc.) without compromising the speed provided via cable. This Linksys AC1900 was reasonably priced, easy to install and set up, and dependable from the very start. It offers a host of features (security, flexibility, customization, etc.). I particularly like the speed test feature and the network map feature (the latter gives you a map identifying every device fed from the router). The only reason I gave it four stars is because I have on two occasions had to reset it due to an unexpected loss of service. I'm using the word reset, but I simply unplugged it and plugged it back in to solve the problem...this worked both times and the incidents happened several weeks apart, so I don't think it's a major issue. Aside from that, I absolutely love this thing. It's a very powerful router offering a wide range of features and its wireless footprint covers a significant amount of real estate. I pick up the first hints of a signal as I'm driving up to my parking spot in front of my apartment which is at least 100 feet from the routers location in my apartment...I can literally sit in my car outside and have a bar or two of signal strength!! I'd definitely recommend this router to anyone interested in replacing an old router or setting up a new system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Slow Internet Speed

    Posted
    JWalker25
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This router significantly slowed my internet speed. My wired speed is 115 mbps. The max speed with this router was only 32-34 mbps. I am usually a loyal Linksys customer, but I am now looking at other brands. Three weeks ago, I purchased the Linksys Velop Mesh System. Within the first hour of use, we reset it three times. After hours of troubleshooting and approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours on the phone with Linksys, it was determined that one of the nodes was defective. After removing the defective node, it was more reliable, however, the speed was still slow. The mesh system crashed every time I tried to fax. The printer had to be hard wired in order to send a fax. I returned it and purchased the Linksys Max-Stream AC1900. It didn't crash, but I could never get our internet speed above 34 mbps. We experienced constant buffering with all of our devices. I returned the second Linksys to Best Buy and received a warning regarding the multiple returns in the past 30 days.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, JWalker25,

      We responded to your other post. Your challenges with the 2 Linksys products are very uncommon as we made sure that all our routers should work properly as advertised. Please send us your phone number at LinksysCares@linksys.com so we can tap one of our Escalation Engineers to investigate if there are other factors causing your issues. Include the link to this post for easy reference.


      Regards,

      Jay
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great New Router! Very Good Signal

    Posted
    BriGuy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First off, full disclosure; I recieved this router sample in exchange for my honest review. Fuller disclosure, this is a killer router, and super easy to use! I started with a brand spanking new router from CenturyLink, theirs does dual band, but you have to have two different network names. This Linksys router setup was super simple, and it does most of the initial process for you. It allows you to use the same name for both 2.4ghz and 5 ghz, which is what I much prefer for a simpler household network(s). All you really need to do is pick network names and passwords. It streams super snappy, and I notice that my 3rd gen Apple TV no longer has hiccups in the signal streaming like it used to. This router looks good, and for any small to medium size house, the triple antenna signal should be more than sufficient. The icing on the cake is the Linksys companion iPhone app. It lets you do configurations, lockdowns and networks diagnostics (including resets if needed) on the fly! No need to log into your router's IP address really much anymore once it's initially set-up. I highly recommend this system, and even though I got a sample product, I would've happily have bought this unit. Linksys has always served me well, and is the easiest to set-up with the best support if needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great router if you can get past nightmare setup!

    Posted
    CriticalEye
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Product Model Description: Linksys EA7500 Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 MU (Multi-User)-MIMO (Multiple Input & Multiple Output) Dual-Band Wi-Fi (Wireless-Fidelity) Gigabit Router (1.9 Gbps) Intro: Based on the initial installation instructions from the quick-start sheet, I thought this would be a snap, as the guide appeared to be pretty cut & dried. As a precaution I downloaded & read the PDF manual to better prepare for setup & installation. Unfortunately, the installation didn't proceed according to the instructions, AT ALL. Setup Nightmare: Warning! : If you have a modem/router or gateway, you'll likely need extra IT assistance. This router didn't work with our DSL carrier-provided modem/router in accordance w/the Linksys instructions. And, yes, we knew to place our modem in a 'bridged' mode & to use our ISP/DSL connection settings on the router. But we were still forced to make multiple IT support calls to our DSL carrier, as we continued to suffer incessant router disconnects over several days. Other than the unit's generic flashing Linksys light, there was no diagnostic indicator as to WHY the connection was being repeatedly lost. Ruling Out Other Variables: Eventually, our DSL carrier even made an on-site service call & performed comprehensive diagnostic tests, but found no faults or errors w/our DSL line. @@@@@@@@ On background, U-verse is still not available on our particular street; we don't want a tacky satellite mounted on our roof; & we'll never again suffer w/our local cable provider, the abysmal Cox Communications. @@@@@@@ Resolution: In the end, we performed yet another manual firmware update to the router & reset it to factory defaults. Though this didn't work in multiple previous attempts using the recommended auto-update feature & power cycle--the router, inexplicably, has worked flawlessly ever since the last reset several weeks ago. 2 More Cons: -Unfortunately, the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) would not work w/our newer networked HP printer, which required manually entering the long tedious password. -Belkin failed to include a packing slip in/on the box of their Linksys router. This is minor but basic. Some Pros: -Generally, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Interface software & website are very good & easy to navigate. The ease w/which one can add other devices & view settings, etc., is a huge improvement over our older carrier-issued modem/router user interface. There are options, however, that only an IT expert can help with; so the avg. user likely would be lost w/those. -Range is very good on both bands (2.4GHz & 5GHz). -Stability: We have only 7 wireless devices connected at this moment, including PCs, printers, tablets, & cell phones, & all are receiving strong, reliable signals at good speed from the router. Future: We're looking forward to trying out the new Linksys EA9500-AC5400 Max-Stream Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (MU-MIMO) which we hope will incorporate some needed improvements over the EA7500.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Intermediate Level Router

    Posted
    grimmace
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had not used a Linksys router in a while and was interested to see how they had come along. I currently have a AC5300 router from a different manufacturer and will not compare the two. The Linksys is a router for a medium sized home, the other is for a large home and has more options. Setting up- It's a router, I've done tons of them. The three antennas connected with no problems. I set the middle one straight up and the outer ones at 45 degree angles per the instructions. My network has static IP's as much as possible, so usually when I install the new router, I connect to it, change its base IP address and everything connects again. The router was connected behind a FIOS router (due to the type of connection from FIOS). The starting IP 192.168.1.1 was the same as the FIOS router. So, the router would not connect due to the IP address conflict, as expected. I disconnect the FIOS router and proceeded to setup the Linksys router. However, the Linksys router would not allow access even after power offs and resets. Finally, I tried to connect over the wireless network. Nothing worked to connect to the wireless network, I couldn't even find the network. I checked the router for any issues and noticed the default wireless settings given on the quick start card were different than the ones on the router. Using the settings from under the router I was able to connect to the router and bring up the starting page. That was a waste of time. Not sure how the included setup card that had the wrong information on it. Without being connected to the interest, the automatic setup process would not work. I reset the router and went to use manual settings (what I planned to do eventually anyways). Once I accessed the router wirelessly, I could then access it through my wired computers. Using the setup on the router was straight forwarded and laid out in a nice way. All of the settings were easy to find and change as needed. I changed the router to my custom network settings and all of my devices started connecting to the network, wired and wireless. I am in a 2 story house with a basement. The router is in the basement as that is where the FIOS comes into the house. The router was able to service the basement and first floor okay. The top floor had issues. My wireless devices couldn't connect from the top floor. As it says it is for medium houses this is an expected result. It covers the area it says I would expect on both 2.4 And 5.0 frequencies. If the router was on my main floor it would probably cover the whole house. The network diagram worked fine and showed all of the connected devices. I've upgraded my computers to Windows 10, and have dropped flash. The network speed tester built into the router said it required flash, so I couldn't test it. The rest of the GUI for the router worked fine. I was able to change names, network settings, and passwords with no problems. Port forwarding, guest networks, and the typical router settings are all there. I downloaded the Linksys app on my smart phone, but it said I needed a Linksys account. Apparently it cannot connect to the router directly, but has to go through Linksys. I do not see why, and do not want getting my router information to go through an unneeded site and process, so I didn't use it. Although this allows access to the router from anywhere on the internet, other companies allow you to at least access your router directly without logging into another system when you are at home connected to the router through an app. This is through an app, of course you can always connect directly by the router IP address. I tested my other network devices, and had no real problems. Remotes, internet streaming devices, etc all worked fine. I setup Prioritization for a few machines and they did get priority. I had some starting pains, but it all work eventually. I contacted Linksys support and they were helpful in trying to resolve the situation. One issue was only being able to access the router through linksyssmartwifi.com in my browser at first, since trying 192.168.1.1 didn't work until after I accessed it wirelessly and set it up. The instructions said 192.168.1.1 should work by default. Overall, it seems like a good router for its purpose. Medium size dwellings. The 2.4 and 5.0 frequencies both worked fine and at the same time. Throughput was good on multiple wireless devices. It has the original firmware, and no updates were available at this time. I would expect improvements with new firmware. The misprinted quick start card with the wrong wireless information on it caused some delays. The router is built to be setup and used completely wirelessly if you need to do that. I didn't have any MU-MIMO devices to check the higher speed claims. Overall a solid product, that does what it says it should do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great router, but MU-MIMO feature yet to be tested

    Posted
    Drj5j
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I was quite curious and excited to try out the Linksys EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO gigabit router just days after it was available for sale. The news from the International Consumer Electronics Show in January was that 2016 is to be the year of MU-MINO (Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology, wherein data can be sent to and received from different devices simultaneously. Prior to MU-MINO technology, wireless routers could communicate with several devices "simultaneously" only by switching connections among devices extremely rapidly. Although the older technology allows the use of multiple devices on a wireless network, there is still a bottleneck at the router because it must continuously alternate communications between different devices. Because at any point in time our household might be accessing our wireless network with two cell phones, a laptop, one or two tablets, and a TV, I wanted to know whether the performance of this new MU-MIMO router would surpass our current router (the Linksys WRT1900AC), considered by many to be one of the best routers on the market one year ago. My excitement waned fairly quickly when I learned that the MU-MINO technology would not provide benefits unless the connecting devices are MU-MINO compatible. And none of mine are. So I cannot review the advantages of MU-MINO based on actual use for some time. Although it is possible to buy an add-on MU-MINO USB wireless adapter, the Linksys WUSB6100M , for a laptop, it cannot be used for a phone or tablet. Nonetheless, the Linksys EA7500 is one of the most recently-released routers, and I still wanted to compare its performance to the Linksys WRT1900AC that I bought last year. In particular, I wanted to see how well the EA7500 connected to a Samsung Nook tablet we use, because this tablet never did connect reliability to our current router. Also, I wanted to see if the EA7500 provided a more reliable connection to our cell phones in one particular room in our house where our phones kept disconnecting and reconnecting from our current router. When I pulled the EA7500 from the box and began to attach the three antennae, I was startled to see the two USB ports in the back labeled USB1 and USB2, given that the product was advertised to have one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, and nobody makes USB 1 products anymore. The puzzle was solved by an image on the side of the box indicating that USB1 was the USB 3.0 port and USB2, the 2.0 port. I suppose that there might be some compelling reason to label these ports USB1 and USB2, but I think it would have been more helpful to indicate which one was the 3.0 and which was the 2.0 port. The router did come with a quick-start guide that basically said to connect the router to your cable modem, connect to the network, and launch the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router setup instructions. I would have used these instructions if I wanted to simply replace my old router with this one. Last year, the similar quick-start guide for my previous Linksys router had my router up and running in minutes. However, now I was planning to do an installation that left my old router on the network while adding the new router, and I wanted to do it correctly. So I next loaded the CD containing the documentation into my laptop's CD drive to find more detailed instructions on using two routers. What I found on the CD was simply a PDF file. When I opened the file, I was surprised to find the instructions were in a mixture of Arabic and English. More specifically, it was mostly in Arabic, with a few English words such as Illuminated Linksys Logo, Internet Port, and Reset Button that pointed to features within diagrams of the router. Obviously, this was a multi-language user guide, but, unlike printed guides written in many languages where one can quickly find the instructions in one's native language, this PDF file had no quick way to jump to the English instructions. So, I scrolled through instructions in Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, and Greek before I found the English instructions on pages 126-146 of the 737-page PDF file. It would have been nice if Linksys had included a Table of Contents at the beginning of the file to allow users to jump to their native language instructions. The "How to install your router" portion of the instructions began with "If replacing an existing router, disconnect that router first," and then continued with instructions identical to those in the quick start guide. Like I said, those instructions are great for simple installations, but there were no instructions for adding the router while keeping your existing router. The remainder of the user guide simply described how to use features of the router such as changing the router's name and password, setting up guest access, configuring parental controls, testing Internet connection speed, and setting up Linksys Smart Wi-Fi (which allows you to configure your router from anywhere in the world over the Internet. I set up Smart Wi-Fi a year ago for my previous router and never had a reason to use it). But there were no instructions on using two routers on the network. Fortunately, Linksys has an excellent article, "Cascading or Connecting a Linksys router to another router" on the Internet, and I found setting up the EA7500 as a second router an absolute breeze. And the really good news was that the reliability of its signal to our cell phones is much better than our older Linksys router, and the Nook tablet that never connected well to the old router now has a great, solid connection to the EA7500. Although it may be some time before I acquire new MU-MIMO-compatible devices to enjoy the advanced features of the EA7500, it is already outperforming what was the best Linksys router on the market last year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Using the Linksys EA7500 to add a base station

    Posted
    TECHBEENGOOD
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
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    Using the Linksys EA7500 to add a base station in a roaming network. The Linksys EA7500 is an experiment for me. My 2800 sqft home, all on 1 floor, has a wide variation of Wi-Fi speeds in its rooms. My Internet Access is TWC 100Mbps which I distribute using an Apple Router/Time Capsule via wireless and Powerline 1200 devices as well as the Airport Express which I swapped out for the Linksys. I realize MY RESULTS WILL DIFFER from anyone else's results. Don't draw too many conclusions from this review. I offer it as one example of how this device can be used. SUMMARY and IMPORTANT ISSUES: I've compared the throughput of the Linksys EA7500 placed in several locations in my home. I've compared it to the measured speed of my WiFi signal achieved vs. a 2-year old Apple Router/Time Capsule and an Airport Express. In tests passing Wi-Fi through as many as 1-3 walls I achieved 100Mbps total speed (down/upload) representing 100% of the TWC promised access speed. The Linksys was unperturbed by anything in my home. Neither Apple device achieved similar speeds and they varied between 60-90% of the TWC IA speeds. The older Apple devices were slowed down by walls and other obstructions/reflections/distance. SETUP: Setup for the Linksys could be easier, and the instructions should be more complete regarding the various configurations in which it can be used. I found the link between my computer and the Linksys administrative interface to be occasionally flaky and I had to switch between web browsers and/or reset the router a few times.That said, the online support documents are rather extensive. I'm a real network novice. And my setup was very unusual, requiring a manual procedure. Like I said, my situation is unique. I immersed myself for a solid two days to accomplish this setup and I probably won't revisit my network for another year or two. Others do this every day. DETAILS for those who are interested: I'm using the Linksys EA7500 as an (ethernet connected) 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFI base station and have connected it using its bridge mode. This creates a roaming network. I initially set up the Linksys with a different password, WPA2 security, and a unique network name. In this configuration, I had to manually select a wireless network that had been created on those devices that I want pointed at the Linksys. This is not my preferred setup so I then made changes so that I could get true roaming. The online support documents were pretty complete. The Linksys appears not to allow access to the router administrative pages once bridge mode has been selected. I needed to reset the device to reconfigure it's name and password to match my original network/password if I want the roaming to occur without my intervention. The Ethernet connection is actually accomplished using Powerline 1200 devices. The results suggest they had virtually no influence on speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Home wireless router

    Posted
    GWS1

    Let me say upfront that I received this Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 router free from Linksys in exchange for my honest feedback and review of the product. I had an tired Netgear N600 wireless Router that I picked up at a garage sale if you can believe that. So I was actually shopping for a new wireless router when this opportunity happened. :') I was looking at the 1200AC wireless routers, so this was a step up from those. I was certainly happy about that. The setup was actually very friendly and easy to get going. I used a laptop with an ethernet cable directly into the router to configure. Once running there are many options available for tuning and personalizing the network. I did not create an account to use the Smart-wifi app. I like the ability to have parental controls, but did not enable that as my firewall handles that already. I created names for the 2G, 5G , and guest wireless networks. Once configured I pulled out the Netgear and put the Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 in it's place. I like the fact that all the blinking LED's are on the back of the router. Only the "Linksys" on top of the router is lit up. The box sits below the TV and the blinking LED's on the front of the Netgear were a distraction. Now the fun begins.... My network is not the typical home user setup. I run a Windows Server essentials box so all the PC's on my network are domain joined. I also run a SOPHOS firewall which also serves as the DHCP and DNS server for the network. I use static IP addresses for some devices to customize internet access. I have 3 cell phones, 5 tablets (iPAD and Android), 3 Roku devices, a storage server/media server, and a few laptops occasionally used. Lots of traffic! My first challenge was that the wired PC connected to the Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 could not see the domain server. It was on a separate subnet because of the DHCP server on the Linksys. I tried several different configurations, and had to do a RESET on the Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 a couple of times. Resets both went smoothly, and got me back a fully functional system, just not working for my network. I finally resolved to use BRIDGE mode and just let the SOPHOS box handle all the DHCP tasks and keep everything on the same subnet. A quick google search for Linksys bridge mode lead me to this page: http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article? articleNum=137888 Clear, easy configuration description there! Very happy with that. One thing to keep in mind, is that you want to set the static IP and hostname for the Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 BEFORE you change it to BRIDGE mode. Thus far there is a noticeable increase in upload/download speeds for devices through the Linksys - MAX-STREAM AC1900 (Expected with the dramatic wireless speed increase) I do not have any devices capable of utilizing the MU-MIMO technology, so I can't report anything on that end. My family uses Netflix through Roku a great deal, (few hundred GB per month) Have not experienced any slowdowns or lockups that we occasionally saw before. There are 2 USB ports on the Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900. 1 - USB 2.0 and 1 - USB 3.0. I plan on connecting my Laser printer to the USB 2.0 port to see if I can get around a sleep issue that I have been with it. I also plan on connecting a hard drive to the USB 3.0 port and trying out the media streaming capabilities of the router. I have to move the Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 to another room to connect the printer through USB, so that is the holdup from testing the printer. Overall, very good wireless router. Lots of customization possibilities, and apps available if you want to control it remotely. My setup and using it in BRIDGE mode really took away most of the great features that most home users will use. Great speed, and I look forward to using the MU-MIMO when I get newer devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Router

    Posted
    aarondr
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    Overview: The device itself is quite quick. Linksys's smart wifi software runs quite well, and the interface is snappy. I've found performance to be quite good, with some of the best speeds I've seen at short range (87MB/sec over SMB2 on my Mac). More on that later. Firmware wise, you'll find the standard Smart WiFi interface. This interface is a far cry from the WRT-54G days of yesteryear. The last Linksys device I purchased was the E2000 back in the Cisco days, which sported an interface that was a slight update over the old 54G's interface. 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. Hardware: Hardware wise, we have the 1.4GHz IPQ8064 from Qualcomm (sporting CPUs fit for a smartphone), 256MB of RAM with both 2.4 and 5GHz radios in a 3x3 antenna configuration (so N600Mbps, AC-1300Mbps respectively). Around back there are 5 gigabit ports (1 WAN, 4 LAN), 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, a WPS button, reset button, power switch, 12V power in, and 3 external antennas. Around front the glowing Linksys logo is the only status you get. It pulsates when booting, and is on pretty much all the time otherwise. One minor compliant is that the antennas don't seem to tighten down easily, leaving them a bit floppy if you adjust them much. No real concern here once you get them positioned like you should. Features: I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of features, including a network map, guest network access, static DHCP reservations, VLAN setup, wireless schedules, external storage access via SMB (windows share), FTP, and DLNA. QoS appears to work well if that's a need. Basic parental controls that allow blocking sites/internet access (including internet during certain hours - to keep that pre-teen from browsing the web on their tablet all night). These controls impressed me quite a bit with the granularity possible. IPV6 was front and center too, with decent support and firewall controls. I was disappointed that there was no VPN functionality. OpenVPN is becoming more and more common in enthusiast class routers, including Linksys's own WRT series. Perhaps that feature is reserved for that series, but at this price point it would have been the icing on the cake. Performance: Quick note before going deeper in this section. I tested almost exclusively the 5GHz AC wireless. Honestly if you're spending the money on this router, chances are you have devices that connect wirelessly through AC. If you're primary use case is 2.4GHz this router is overkill. That said, I'm more interested in the AC performance because that's what this router is all about and consequently that's what I've tested. When I went to test performance, I used the Broadcom based wireless in my MacBook Pro 15". I saw great pings and throughput at almost any distance in my home (including through 2 walls and a floor). I'd peak my Comcast connection at 170 Mbps down/10up. Remember, this is the range limited 5GHz network I'm testing, in a 3200sqft home. Expect that this router can cover most homes sufficiently. This is great to see, and maxing out the Internet speed is most people's concern. But of course, theoretically this router can deliver much more. To push the performance, I tested copying files to my home server (a Windows Home Server based NAS). I generally max out gigabit around 110MB/sec wired, so I was curious what sort of throughput I'd get wireless. Below are my results (taken about 10 ft near line of sight): Down: SMB2: 86.6MB/sec (693Mbps) down peak (around 60MB/sec avg) Up SMB2: 67.4MB/sec (540Mbps) up peak (around 50 MB/sec avg) At 30ft through 1 floor and 3 walls. Down: SMB2: 52.2 MB/sec (417Mbps) down avg Up: SMB2: 30.4 MB/sec (245Mbps) up avg Not to shabby real world performance. Sure AC should give us 'gigabit' wireless, but seeing about 700Mbps is exciting to see. AC Wireless is the true promise of high throughput at range and the EA7500 delivers. I also test the USB function using both SMB and FTP. FTP provided the best performance by far reaching near the maximum of the connection. Writing is slower me to believe that while reading/writing to a disk the device is CPU limited. SMB takes a lot more CPU which is why it's slower. This might seem a bit unfortunate, but in the realm of embedded devices, even dedicated NAS hardware can be slower than this router when reading/writing to a USB drive. Seeing 75MB/sec over WiFi for a router's NAS function for read is pretty impressive. Local Read/Write (USB 3.0 HDD direct to computer) 120 MB/sec / 85-120 MB/sec Network Read/Write (SMB) 21-30 MB/sec / 14-22 MB/sec Network Read/Write (FTP) 67-75MB/sec / 35MB/sec Support Linksys responded quite quickly to my request for the GPL source code. The firmware is available at http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article? articleNum=114663. I reached out to Linksys over various channels, and they got right back to me. It definitely seems like they are attune to their customers. Conclusion The EA7500 is a fast router, probably the fastest I've had the chance to use. It packs some pretty impressive hardware with great software to match. Almost every function has a nice polish to it, and the interface is snappy. WiFi performance is excellent even without MU-MIMO clients, and there's a promise of even better performance with supported clients. The NAS function works wonderfully well for reading files over FTP, and sufficient for normal SMB/Windows share. This router does lack VPN, and does lack the promise of open source support like WRT models, but if those things don't matter to you, this router is a sweet piece of equipment.

    I would recommend this to a friend