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Linksys Max-Stream AC4000 MU-MIMO Tri-Band Wireless Smart WiFi Router (EA9300)
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- Intelligent Tri Band router with Net Gen. 1.8GHz Quad Core CPU and 3 offload processors to release your WiFi performance and provide 3 Ultra high speed WiFi bands up to 4 Gbps
- Next Gen AC Wi Fi + MU MIMO + Airtime fairness improves network efficiency and provides ultra fast Wi Fi speeds to all your home and home office devices at the same time, same speed. Smart Connect intelligently selects the best radio band for your wireless device
- Advanced Beamforming with 9 high power amplifiers extend and maximize performance and coverage for both 2.4GHz & 5GHz. Minimum System Requirements:Latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari (for Mac and iPad), Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer version 8 and newer
- 6 active high gain antennas expand WiFi range throughout a large size home; 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired speeds 10x faster than standard Ethernet for printers, game consoles and Smart TVs
- Auto firmware updates always keep your router updated with latest features and security measures
- Works with Amazon Alexa
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At a Glance:
- Powerful Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
- Combined speeds of up to 4.0 Gbps
- 1.8 GHz Quad-core processor and Airtime Fairness boost Wi-Fi efficiency
- MU-MIMO sends Wi-Fi to devices at the same time and same speed
- Works with Alexa
Linksys MAX-STREAM AC4000 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Tri-Band Router (EA9300)
Ideal for Extreme Entertainment
Bring the power of Tri-Band Wi-Fi to your home and enjoy blistering Wi-Fi speeds with the Linksys MAX-STREAM AC4000 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Tri-Band Router (EA9300). Ideal for households with multiple digital entertainment devices, this tri-band router delivers combined speeds of up to 4.0 Gbps for lag-free streaming and gaming. The router features MU-MIMO technology that allows your whole family to stream, game, and perform other high-bandwidth tasks at the same time and same speed--as if each device had its own, dedicated Wi-Fi router.
The router also receives automatic firmware updates and brings the latest features and security to your home Wi-Fi overnight. And thanks to a Smart Connect feature that automatically chooses the best band for your connections, you’ll experience optimized Wi-Fi performance across all your devices.
Quad-Core Processer Optimizes Wi-Fi Performance
Equipped with a powerful 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, the EA9300 router ensures that your home Wi-Fi always performs at optimal levels. Each of the processor’s four cores can handle a different task at once, dramatically reducing overhead and improving your Wi-Fi performance.
Supports Multiple Connections with MU-MIMO
Using MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology, the EA9300 can deliver a high-speed Wi-Fi connection to multiple devices simultaneously. You’ll be able to stream 4K media, browse the Internet, and play games online as if each of your devices had its own, dedicated Wi-Fi router.
USB and Ethernet Ports Offer Versatile Connectivity
Equipped with five Gigabit Ethernet ports, the EA9300 supports wired connections up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet. And thanks to the two ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports, you can easily connect shared storage devices, printers, and other peripherals to your network.
Airtime Fairness Improves Wi-Fi Distribution
This gigabit Wi-Fi router's Airtime Fairness feature helps ensure an equitable distribution of Wi-Fi to different devices. This improves the overall efficiency of your home Wi-Fi and helps reduce the lag introduced by slower Wi-Fi devices.
Robust Security with SPI Firewall and DoS Protection
Using Linksys SPI Firewall, the EA9300 safeguards your network by only allowing known active connections through. The router also uses Linksys DoS Protection to protect against DoS attacks and keep your network functioning smoothly.
Seamless Roaming for a Strong Signal in Every Room
When paired with a compatible MAX-STREAM range extender, the EA9300 delivers a strong, seamless Wi-Fi signal in every room of your home. Unlike traditional routers and range extenders--which force you to manually connect to the closest Wi-Fi network as you move from room to room--the EA9300 allows your devices to automatically connect to the strongest Wi-Fi signal available.
Reliable Wi-Fi Coverage with High-Performance Antennas
With its six active, external adjustable antennas and nine high-power amplifiers, the EA9300 provides six powerful streams of data to your devices to ensure faster, reliable performance across a wide coverage area.
Compatible with Alexa:
When paired with Alexa, the EA9300 allows you to manage your Wi-Fi with a variety of voice commands. Using just your voice, you can adjust your Wi-Fi settings, enable access to guest Wi-Fi, and more. For example, verbally turn guest Wi-Fi on or off by stating, 'Alexa, ask Linksys to turn on my guest Wi-Fi'.
Advanced Beamforming Boosts Signal Strength:
The EA9300 is equipped with the latest iteration of Beamforming technology that amplifies wireless performance by directly focusing the Wi-Fi signal to each device. Featuring support for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, Beamforming helps enhance coverage and eliminate your home’s wireless dead spots.
Manage Your Home Wi-Fi Anytime, Anywhere with Linksys App
This easy-to-use app places a powerful suite of Wi-Fi customization tools in the palm of your hand. Use it to get real-time information about your home Wi-Fi, send guests Wi-Fi passwords, prioritize your devices, and set parental controls. Setup is easy: simply connect your router and download the free Linksys App to any compatible iOS or Android device.
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|Wi-Fi Speed||450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5 GHz)||600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1300 Mbps (5 GHz)||400 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 867 Mbps (5 GHz) + 867 Mbps (5 GHz)||750 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 1625 Mbps (5 GHz) + 1625 Mbps (5 GHz)||1000 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 2166 Mbps (5 GHz) + 2166 Mbps (5 GHz)|
|Central Processing Unit||880MHz (Dual-Core)||880MHz (Dual-Core)||716 MHz (Quad-Core)||1.8 GHz (Quad-Core)||1.4 GHz (Dual-Core)|
|Seamless Roaming Compatible||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Works with Linksys App||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Number of Adjustable Antennas||3||3||4||6||8|
|Number of Gigabit Ethernet Ports||4||4||4||4||8|
|USB/eSATA Ports||1 x USB 3.0||1 x USB 3.0 ; 1 x USB 2.0||1 x USB 3.0||2 x USB 3.0||1 x USB 3.0 ; 1 x USB 2.0|
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|Connectivity Technology||wireless||Ethernet||Ethernet^Wireless^USB||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB||Wi-Fi Built In|
|Data Transfer Rate||4 Gb per second||3000 Mb per second||5.3 Gb per second||5952 Mb per second||—|
|Frequency Bands Supported||Tri-Band||5 Ghz, 2.4 Ghz||Tri-Band||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz||5 GHz|
|Item Dimensions||11.58 x 9.01 x 2.26 inches||7.28 x 10.24 x 7.48 inches||14.29 x 5.39 x 11.73 inches||10 x 12 x 4 inches||12.99 x 2.95 x 9.65 inches|
|Item Weight||3.60 lbs||—||3.25 lbs||3.50 lbs||1.23 lbs|
|Total Ethernet Ports||4||5||1||9||—|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11b, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11ax||802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax|
The high speed Max Stream AC4000 MU MIMO Tri Band Router (EA9300) gives everyone in your home binge worthy Wi Fi to multiple devices at the same time, same speed. With MU MIMO technology, numerous devices receive blazing fast speed without buffering, keeping every movie lover and multi player gamer in your family happy, even while you video conference. Tri band technology provides an additional high speed 5 GHz band for total combined speeds up to 4.0 Gbps. Pair this router with a Max Stream Range Extender for Seamless Roaming so your device is always connected to the strongest Wi Fi signal and you can video chat and stream throughout your home without lag or buffer. The Linksys App allows you to control and monitor the EA9300. Kindly refer to page 14 in the User Manual for troubleshooting steps.
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VERY POOR behavior by Linksys. As is now clear, this router promised a number of upcoming features on their website! Linksys has quietly taken ALL of these down, indicating they are just going to abandon these and leave all the people that purchased the router with these in mind in the dark.
To be clear, Linksys, on their article page for this item, advertised:
"Upcoming features (via automatic firmware update)
Dual WAN - Dual WAN can aggregate the bandwidths of two WAN connections to achieve a higher Internet bandwidth greater than 1Gbps
Link Aggregation - Supports up to 2Gbps for file transfer
Advanced Band Steering - Auto select the most appropriate band between 2.4 and 5Ghz for client devices to achieve the best Wi-Fi performance
DFS Channels Support - DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) will provide up to four times more channels within the 5GHz band helping to improve the internet speed with less traffic congestion. This feature can help users achieve true lag free 4K content streaming
OpenVPN Server- VPN feature allows users too remotely and securely access resources shared within their home local area network"
All of this has completely disappeared (safe irate users on their support board asking the same question - where did this go?).
Makes me very wary considering Linksys again. Unreliable.
For the record, I inquired to them (support) about it, to no avail.
Looks like Linksys has abandanoded their promised features for this router?! Where is all-band steering (not just 5Ghz)? Where is VPN? This router came with the promise of a number of great innovations, advertised for months on Linksys' own website: DFS, VPN, true bandsteering and much more. Not just has none of it materialized, Linksys has now sheepishly removed all mention of it 'coming soon' from their site, making me worry they have ditched them altogether.
I really hoped I would love this router, after having tested Asus (5300; great performance but buggy software and implementation) and Orbi and Amplify HD mesh systems (as well as Apple routers). In the end, the specs on paper are great, but the product is hampered by a still limited software implementation, and, frankly, just mediocre performance.
Range was good – on par (no better or worse) with similar routers from Linksys (4x4 or 3x3 – though quad-stream in this router may have helped matters a bit) and other vendors; overall the Amplifi HD mesh system (by Ubiquity) turned out better and more consistent results though, in 2 story, 1900 square feet house.
This isn’t helped by the fact that I found the Max Stream Extender (1900) to be useless to help in the areas of the house that had very low, or only 2.4Ghz coverage (the extender was weak in reception and signal, and introduced interference as it’s using the same channels as the router itself).
This router has a number of ‘coming soon’ features (OpenVPN, DFS channels) of which one – true smart-connect band-steering across all 3 bands is ESSENTIAL to make this a good router. As it is now, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the logic of which devices are assigned to which of the 5 Ghz bands; and there is absolutely no band steering to/from the 2.4Ghz radio.
Equally strange is the channel selection; on Auto, I usually get odd channels such as 8 or 9 for the 2.4 – even though 1,6 and 11 are pretty clear. Why Linksys would let the router grab an overlapping channel is beyond me.
On the 5Ghz channels, 36 and 161 were chosen – I found attenuation to be acting strange, and also to be much higher on the low band, which seem to indicate that the upper radio still beams at much higher power (even though the FCC removed the low-band limits in 2014) – but I am guessing this one.
The Router functions are pretty good, though don’t offer quite as in-depth controls as Asus or even Netgear. The web interface is ok - cleaner than Asus, less so than Netgear's (though Asus allows a lot more customization, too). The built-in speedtest relies on Flash! No flash, no speed test; that seems odd and a poor choice. Oh, and the app (iOS) is ok; though good luck with the contrast; dark grey on darker grey background make it a chore to read anything at all.
And, as has been mentioned before, the network map is pretty useless and inaccurate.
There is also no signal meter, making it hard to actually know at what rate clients are connecting.
In the end, this is an ok product, it just doesn’t bring anything new to the table yet. And it’s an odd in-between product; generally better hardware than Linksys' top-end EA9500, but utilizing cheaper 3x3 radios. It'd be nice to see an update 4x4 with new Chips and more RAM - but I assume that with 802.11ax around the corner, it’s probably not a bad idea to wait till the end of the year for real innovation (and then the clients to catch up) and new routers.
If you DO buy this, it will become a better router when updates provide access to the DFS spectrum, real band steering across all 3 radios, and band steering toward 5Ghz, along with OpenVPN and other promised features (assuming you take Linksys by their word). Still, I simply found range and performance to be run-of-the-mill; and in the end chose the Amplify HD for better overall (and more consistent) performance.
A ton of the features they originally sold this thing with as "coming soon" were quietly removed from their website and now can only be found on archive pages.
If you have this router then you are just out of luck for protections from newer hacking methods and security flaws. At this point I am just going to go with an Asus router since they have updates every few months for everything in their product line.
** Install: Is very similar to any Linksys Smart router setup - if you want to know how that is, look it up online. To do it right, you need to use the supplied patch to connect to PC or Mac to view in a browser, or if you're lucky, you can access it via wireless. Truly, the standard for setting up a router was set by both Linksys and Netgear - and the GUI for both are pretty straightforward. I will admit that the Linksys is more or less user friendly than Netgear - the menus in Linksys are quite aesthetic and easy on the eyes, but it is not easy to find things that you want if you don't know what to look for. I could say the same about Netgear, but the fact that it is more novel for me as the consumer (having recently switched over) is biased, so take that opinion with a grain of salt. I would say if you are uncomfortable with tech in general, you still have little to worry about - it is extremely easy to set this router up for use in the home. Even if you're new at it, the quick install guide in the box give very clear instructions. As a side note, if your ISP (internet service provider, ATT Uverse, etc.) does not allow their modem to be put into bridge mode (where the modem acts as a passthru to the router, which then manages the service), I would set your router up as an Access Point (AP). For tips on how to do this for your specific router, you can google it - in my experience in IT (CTO of a consulting company), 90% of problems with a router hooked into a modem stem from there being a conflict in the two pieces of hardware not working together. I've seen one network setup where the increase in speed was 400% (10 Mbps to 40 Mbps) just based on switching the router to act as an AP of the modem rather than an independent router (typically they default plug-n-play function). If you're in the market for a router because you're paying for internet and not getting it from your router (whether supplied by the ISP or not), check those settings. It can make or break a residential or office LAN (local area network).
**Performance: I'm long winded, so bear with me. As I previously mentioned, setting this router up in my home was meant to replace my CISCO (Linksys) EA4500, which had died from heat and dust exposure...from obvious neglect. Being the hands on nutcase I am, I cracked the EA4500 case open and verified it was toast - the board showed severe signs of scorching, especially near the antennas. Typically (as many IT pros will attest to), the power source is usually the cause for equipment failure (which is why battery backups and ceramic surge protectors are used in high-dollar setups). Well in this case, the actual power brick for the EA4500 was toast - despite being on a reliable power center. I could have replaced the power brick, but knowing that there was scorching at the antennas, it didn't feel like a smart move on my part, especially since its technology is far outdated. Now, to the meat and potatoes of the EA9300:
The advantage of the EA9300, as advertised by Linksys, over the older style routers, like the EA4500, is that MU-MIMO (or Multi User, Multi input, Multi output) is the method in which signals are sent to devices. Simply put, if you are familiar with how to wire a set of light bulbs, you don't wire them in series (one right after another using a wire to connect each). You put them in parallel, so that resistance is not increasing across the circuit and your light bulb at the end of the chain isn't totally dim. Well, similar to the light bulb at the end of the chain, the older routers would place a device at the end of the signal cascade and therefore, it would have much less reservation on the bandwidth (whereas devices stuck higher up on the chain have most of it). The difference with these newer MU-MIMO router setups is that they put your device in equal with all devices, much like the light bulbs that run in parallel. Everyone gets the same slice of cake and they get to eat it all at the same time. Of course, there are some small issues with my analogy, but for all intents and purposes, this is the feel you get for reading Linksys's listing and box advertisements of the EA9300. You think you're getting this kind of performance for the price you pay the retailer. NOPE
Well, the EA9300 may have a fancy processor to handle sending devices the same signal and it may have an extra 5GHz band, but they don't work out of the box. On two, COUNT EM TWO, occasions from TWO different retailers (Amazon and Walmart), this router performed EXACTLY the same in both setup, performance and longevity - about 17 hours from Amazon and 13 hours from Walmart). Now before Linksys hires a wise guy to take me out, I want to say that since power source from the wall and the PoE (power over ethernet) are the the only variables with me as the consumer trying to use their product, I voltage tested my power supply [on the off chance it was not stable]. I sat for an entire hour with my leads in the plugs (the approximate time it takes to fully set up a networking system in a residence under normal circumstances). I had no fluctuations in voltage, down to the 100th decimal. Readings were a steady 120.00 V. Regarding PoE, it's not supported by the Arris ATT Uverse modem. So just so we're clear - it's not anything I've done or my network setup. Furthermore, the Netgear Orbi RBK22 has been on for two days and it's not moved one hair off the maximum speeds provided by the ISP.
So here's what happens with the EA9300 when you take it out of the box. You plug the router in - setup seems fine. Speeds after setup are EXACTLY what you're paying for...and that lasts about 1 hour...then it starts...to...slow...down. The router becomes hotter and hotter (even with an auxiliary fan - not plugged into the router, but into AC power), reaching surface temperatures of about 43-48 C (which is hot to the touch). This continues until the 5 GHz bands start to drop in and out until you have a broadcasted SSID, but with which connection is not possible. But that's not all! While temperatures rise and connections are not possible, the 4 port switch on the back starts to emit an ozone smell, then a burnt rubber smell. After about 2 minutes of this, it gets really bad; the LED lights on the top of the router (White Linksys logo) starts to flash incessantly as if is trying to reboot or install a firmware update...or...wait a second, tell me that it's overheated?! So at this point, you disconnect it from Ethernet and power and wait until surface temperatures return to about 25 C (room temperature, which takes about an hour and a few minutes). Plug it back in after a cooldown and what do you know - it still doesn't work! Burnt rubber smell is now extremely present and while the light is no longer flashing, and while it is possible to connect to any of the three channels (2.4 or either 5GHz), you cannot stay connected and you cannot access the internet. After about 15 minutes - same LED flashing and same inability to connect to the broadcasted SSID's. I'll state again this EXACT thing happened with two different EA9300 routers from two different retailers on two separate days. Call it coincidence?
So...here's my hypothesis with this router and subsequently why you shouldn't buy it (as if the review thus far wasn't proof enough).
There is a high powered processor in this thing that is not getting enough cooling. Traditional routers' cooling solutions were always passive, because they weren't dealing out that much heat. They weren't doing that much and if they were, they were assigned a little 40 mm fan that just kept air flow moving. If you're familiar with network switches, traditional routers were no more than a 4 or 5 port managed switch with a 6th or 7th port dedicated to a 2.4 or 5 GHz wireless signal. Even in the days of just 802.11g, it just wasn't that complex.
Obviously, with ISP's pushing more speeds these days and the increasing number of wireless devices in the LAN, a demand has been made by the general consumer to get as much WiFi for as little possible. Well, one model to solve this problem is to beef up the internals of the traditional router to handle a much heavier workload - with the trick being to balance size and shape. Another model is to have an array of nodes scattered around an area to form a mesh that allows the signal [and work done by the network] to be commanded by the fastest path possible back to a central node (which there may be more than one of, by the way). The latter model has been implemented in the enterprise environment for years, but only recently has it been refined to accommodate higher bandwidths at the consumer market - where 4K video and other high bandwidth resources are required. I think the EA9300 would be a fine router if the system had an effective method of cooling, because when it worked, it worked. No doubt about it. I'm sure it's as simple as using an improved thermal paste on the heatsink for pennies on the dollar...or maybe even using thermal paste period. But the fact remains that Linksys struck out on the EA9300 and anyone who decides to buy it does so at their own risk.