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Pros: Features external antennae which can be replaced if so desired.
Beamforming Technology – more reliable signal once connected.
MU-MIMO is great once more devices support it but at least with this your source is ready
Features a network map of all of your connected devices and even has an internet usage section that shows the bandwidth that each devise is currently using.
The UI was very fast and fluid when running on a wired or 5 GHz connection.
Has a very powerful SoC for a router. A dual core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm IPQ8064 processor with 256 MB of DDR3 memory is very impressive for a router, it’s basically a low end smartphone.
Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 232.58 Mbps, Write = 23.21 Mbps
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -25 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 13.32 MB/s, Write = 10.43 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 100.95 Mbps, Write = 23.03 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -40 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 36.96 MB/s, Write = 19.81 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 235.92 Mbps, Write = 23.60 Mbps
• Read: 36.18 MB/sec
• Write: 77.00 MB/sec
Cons: Wireless performance at greater distances was nothing to be impressed with considering how much this router costs. As seen below, it’s compared against a now much cheaper router from Linksys that performs significantly better father away especially on the 2.4 GHz band.
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys EA7500)
• Signal Strength: -68 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.57 MB/s, Write = 2.11 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 11.16 Mbps, Write = 17.75 Mbps
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Signal Strength: -57 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 8.80 MB/s, Write = 1.61 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 11 ms, Read = 95.29 Mbps, Write = 18.58 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys EA7500)
• Signal Strength: -79 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.08 MB/s, Write = 2.39 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 29.99 Mbps, Write = 15.79 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.07 MB/s, Write = 0.81 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 47.45 Mbps, Write = 9.91 Mbps
Power Consumption (Linksys EA7500)
• Idle: 7.3 Watts
• Load: 12.0 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)
Power Consumption (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Idle: 7.9 Watts
• Load: 9.6 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)
Wish the internet usage page showed the statistics a little more in real time, the manual refresh takes away from that cool feature.
Overall Review: Overall this router offers decent performance but it fails at being a good value for money as other cheaper routers perform better and at lower power consumption. So if they come out with a new firmware update that improves 2.4 GHz performance and the price lowers then this may be worth it. In the meantime, if you need something now, I would look somewhere else.
Linksys EA7500 Firmware: 188.8.131.52843
Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.
Pros: * Great range with fantastic wireless performance.
* Feature rich, easy to setup and configure.
* Simple UI great for novice and advanced users alike.
* Easily handles high-demand network workloads.
This router has been sitting at the core of my demanding home network for a couple weeks now, and it has performed wonderfully. Easily handling the high loads we put on our network across many wired and wireless devices. Three tablets, two smartphones, one laptop, and one desktop sharing the wireless connections. Three high-end PCs and a server, an HTPC, NAS, and a Sony Blu-Ray all on wired connections. With multiple devices active, no slowdowns, no lag, just solid network performance.
We also host local game servers for family as well as LAN, and this EA7500 easily handles the heavy throughput of hosting the server as well as playing on it both locally and remote.
Overall, the performance of this router has been exemplary. Not once did it drop a connection, crash, or cause a single issue. It's a powerful workhorse and a credit to the Linksys name. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top of the line MU-MIMO router that can handle heavy workloads at home.
Cons: Would be nice to have status lights on the front of the unit, it has none, but this is not really a big deal for me.
Overall Review: Sorter than normal review for me, I was not going to waste time listing all of it's features, that's already been done, but I will say that everything works and it works perfectly! Check the reviews, this Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 will not disappoint!
Pros: When I review a router, I like to do two things:
#1 I try to set it up without reading any documentation as a test for ease of use and the user interface/navigation.
#2 I don’t tell my wife I’ve changed anything and hang back for any network related comments or complaints that come my way.
I’m very happy to say I was able to set up the router just fine without any instruction. The user interface is very intuitive and the layout is top notch. Even better, I heard absolutely NOTHING from my wife or anyone else in my household. In short, this router passes the spouse test which I’ve only had happen with one other router. I’ve had the router up and running for three weeks now and it’s been reliable and fast.
For perspective, my daily-driver router is a high end 802.11ac capable unit from Netgear. It’s about three years old. My home is a little over 5k ft² and consists of over 30 network connected devices both wired and wireless. I have a media server that streams both music and video. Music is an easy thing to stream, but on the video side we have a library of blu-rays and it takes a good solid connection to stream the HD videos without problems. I suspect the ability of this router to prioritize up to three connected devices for media is the reason for that. This router worked flawlessly on all counts. Additionally, my son is a gamer and he had no problems with online gaming on both his Xbox One and his PC.
Typically, a review sample router goes right back into its box when I’m done with it and I go back to my trusty old daily-driver router. This time, the review sample is not going anywhere. My old router has been relegated to backup-router-on-a-shelf status. Well done Linksys.
Cons: If I had anything to complain about, it’s that using a mobile device to log into the router requires the use of the Linksys app instead of a browser. Sure, the layout of a mobile app is more appropriate for a handheld device, but not all of the router options are available on the app and the app can be slow to respond.
Overall Review: Linksys really wants us to sign up for a Smart Wi-Fi account to use this router. Some have reported that this is required. It is not required. If you pay attention, you can bypass the prompts to create an account and set up the router manually if you like. I completely set up this router without it even connected to the internet before I swapped it into service and it doesn’t bug me about creating an account anymore.
Pros: +Supports the new MU-MIMO technology. Although this technology will only benefit you if the device its connected to also supports MU-MIMO, which I have none of. Apparently there are not many on devices on the market yet which support MU-MIMO. This feature is supposed to allow the router to send to MU-MIMO supporting devices at the same time, as if each device has its own router, instead of quickly alternating between each device separately. You can still use this router like any other router though, without having to use MU-MIMO.
+The router was easy for me to setup and use. Although I did make a mistake and wanted to start over, I pressed the reset button for 10 seconds to reset the router, like the instructions state, but ended up needing to hold the button for 20 seconds instead.
+You can set up its external storage as a Media Server, FTP, or with secure folder access to assigned accounts.
+I like how the interface displays all the connected devices on a screen in a graphical style.
+Fast internet speed for the Time Warner Cable that we have. Our Time Warner gives us 200MB/s download speed, but I did get 235MB/s download speed when I tested it on the router.
+It works fine with 3 Xbox One consoles hooked up at the same time, and we have had no problems, two on wifi and one wired. We have another family that lives with us so we have a lot of devices connected, the last I saw on the graphical display, there were 34 devices connected, from phones, tablets, desktops, notebooks, etc.
+The routers Media Player feature works fine for me. With the devices in the same room I was able to play a 28MB/s Blu-ray movie that I bought to 3 other devices at the same time, with no problems through wifi using the external USB 3.0 port, playing from an external SSD drive. I didn’t try more, but just wanted to see if it could play it.
Cons: -No status lights whatsoever on the front of it, just the illuminated Linksys logo on top which only flashes when being setup or something is wrong.
-I definitely do not like the power adapter used, it’s huge and takes up space of other outlets on my power strip.
-The user interface is very basic. Although it has pretty much what you need, I just wish it wasn’t so basic. This might be a plus to some people though.
-I think another person mentioned this also, but I was getting slow benchmarks on the internet speed test. It was fixed after I rebooted the router.
Overall Review: Overall I have been happy with this router so far anyways. Its not perfect but no router is. I give it 5 stars because it works good for me, despite the cons I had listed.
The wireless range was good to me in our 65’ house, that has an L shape on one end. That is one place where the 5ghz signals have problems reaching in our house, and other routers have had the same problem that I have owned, as this one does also at that same location. But it reaches fine most places.
The USB 3.0 port did get good transfer speed at around 80MB/s using a wired connection, with an SSD drive.
Pros: -Great performance, rock solid
-Web browser interface is laid out well, things are pretty easy to find. There is also an App to control the router with a Android or iOS device
-2.4ghz and 5ghz Wifi network antennas. Beam forming and MIMO are very cool features of this router
-Priority control to give certain devices more bandwidth
-USB network file sharing (1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0) I found the speed to be around ~21 MB/s
-Parental controls, MAC filtering, Firewall, and ability to turn the Wifi off during certain times of day/week
-Can setup guest networks to keep home network/files private to guests (this is enabled by default)
-Security is done pretty well on this router- security was not an afterthought
Cons: -As many others have pointed out, this device sits flat on a desk- does not stand upright. This takes up space and the dimensions of the device are roughly: 10" x 7" x 2" (L x W x H). For those that want to try to hang it on the wall, it’s between 1-2 lbs.
-VPN options are not built into the software on this router. That’s disappointing. One way to get around this limitation may be to setup VPN on a Windows wired desktop and port-forward the ports for your VPN
Overall Review: -I searched through DD-WRT and Open-WRT websites, I did not find any pages that appeared to offer support for this router. Support may be coming in the near future, this router is pretty new at the time of this review.
-Great performing router for home use. Offers about all the features you would want in a router for a home router in Apr 2016. But that comes at a cost. Unless you really are using a lot of Wifi devices in the house at the same time, this router may not be worth the extra money.
Pros: - an actual power switch! No more guessing which power block/transformer is the correct one to unplug or fumbling in the back trying to plug the barrel connector back in.
- can setup VLANs on the ethernet interfaces (4 interfaces available)
- a very small WPS button that is difficult to accidentally hit. And speaking of the WPS button, it can be disabled to prevent any unauthorized or accidental setup/wipeout
- can schedule the wireless to be off/on for certain times for those pesky individuals in the family that just won't go to bed at decent times
Cons: - confusing verbiage on setup screen regarding Linksys account and passwords
- screw size to fit the slots for hanging it on the wall, guessed and tried a few until I found one I can squeeze in the hole
Overall Review: Just installed this router and the setup and configuration of routers has come a long way. It may not be perfect but it is definitely better. I am so glad to see that security is a primary concern and not an afterthought like it was for so many years.
This device has way more PROs going for it than CONs, so if you are looking for a good device to increase you connectivity, security, and uptime this would be a good investment. I'm giving it only four eggs because of some initial confusion on setup. But if the performance and usability than I'm seeing initially keep up I could conceivable raise that higher.
To make sure your installation goes smoother double check you know your Linksys account and existing WiFi settings before turning off the old one and installing this one.
In the box is a card that lists the default Wi-Fi name and password for your device. These look to be unique per device and you may want to keep this paper around if you reset it to default it may be necessary. If you are using a device connected to one of the four ethernet ports you will not need this information.
Following the instructions connect to the IP address specified, the default IP address of the router. There are two boxes initially -- one to accept the license agreement and one to skip the setup wizard and setup things manually.
I chose the manual method because I wanted to get into the options quicker and see what new features were available.
You will not be able to pre-configure anything without the internet connected from your modem. The internet is absolutely necessary because it will require you to login or setup a Linksys account. This is where I had the one flaky experience with setting up my new router. I have had a linksys account for my N900 that I was previously using. I put in my account name and password and it seemed to log me in and then came to a screen that asked for the router's password "that I previously configured" so that it could link this device to my account. This confused me since this was a new router and so I switched to the Linksys site to try and find an option there to see what the password I might have set-- it sounded very much like it was trying to authenticate the router to Linksys.
In reality, it was trying to authenticate me to the router. So at this point with your brand-new router you should enter the default administrative password of "admin".
Once this done take off with configuring the new powerful device.
I recommend setting the following items in this order:
Set a better administrative password
Change the name of the device to something other than linksys_lkjfdkdfjgd
Configure your wi-fi access name and password
With these basic security things out the way you can dive into some of the other nice features, such as:
Wi-Fi channels (you may a tool like WiFi FoFum on your Android device handy to avoid congested channels)
VLANs to separate traffic from the physical ethernet interfaces (yes! Crazy awesome feature on a home device, could be useful for security camera/DVR or something)
Wi-Fi schedule - setup times to turn Wi-fi off so that people in the household go to bed on time…
Disable the WPS button so that your configuration is not wiped out or unauthorized devices can't access your internet…
Pros: - Linksys is a known brand with good reliability. I currently use a higher end model of theirs and have for over a year, very happy with except that if you update the firmware, it craps out. Counter intuitive I know, but updating is actually a bad thing. Too afraid to update to the latest, as last time it meant 8 hours of tinkering to get it restored properly.
- Huge upgrade over the wifi included by your ISP. (Comcast, ATT etc...)
- Great range and speed, easy to setup.
- Beam-forming is a must have on any modern router, so I hesitate to make it a positive, but I am at least for this year.
Cons: - Guest network options are non-existent.
- MUST disable guest network which is a problem for normal consumers. (Linksys, guest networks should have their own WPA2 password, doing it in a browser like Panera is just chintzy, feels cheap. Should also be able to set the data rate on both streams, but especially the guest network. Not just b/g/n/ac, I mean set the cap on downloads to 3MBPS, or 12MBPS, or whatever I want, same for upload. Super simple stuff to implement, costs you nothing but marginal man hours.)
- Better options available for less money.
- For only 30 more bucks you can get the Linksys WRT1900AC which better in every single way. Linksys beats Linksys in this price range :/
Overall Review: - VPN support on this class router should not be expected, that other guy is nuts. Modern routers are basically full on computers, they're that powerful and they NEED to be.
- I dislike the smart UI, custom app stuff. Linksys is trying to differentiate themselves in a truly saturated market, but guys, if you aren't gonna commit serious Engineering resources to it, and validate the crud out of the software, just don't do it at all. It introduces more complexity, more failure points, and thus less reliability. I know marketing likes to have their check boxes, but replace "smart UI" checkbox with "1000% more reliable than competition" checkbox. Done and done. Not to mention, you'll get the recommendation of every techie nerd who actually understand this stuff. (Coming from a Cisco certified Network Engineer.)
- At the end of the day I wouldn't recommend this to anyone I know. It's fine, it's viable, it'll work. But there are better options from less money. I'd go with an Asus for just over 100 bucks when it comes to common users just trying to game and stream netflix to multiple machines.
Pros: + Minimal glaring front lights
+ Intuitive web interface
+ Remote administration via app (Android, iOS)
+ Nice selection of modes (DHCP, Bridge, Repeater)
Cons: - Wireless connections did not work at all on either radio (2.4 or 5GHz)
- Could not switch to wireless bridge mode (could not connect to upstream router)
- Puzzling method of assigning parental controls
- No open source firmware support
Overall Review: I was excited to try the Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO router. I have an older unit from another brand that was struggling to reach a particular area in my house, and I wanted to see if this one would remedy the problem. Despite my experience doing dozens of router swaps in the past, I had continuous problems with the wireless connectivity and this router.
First, the good. Setup was easy. I was able to configure the router within a few minutes to match my old router’s SSID and PW. The GUI was easy to understand, and I especially liked the built-in speed test and network map. All of the usual basic router settings are in there. I was also able to perform a firmware upgrade from within the GUI without a hitch. My wired connections (server and desktop PC) connected and had internet connectivity. I set up some reserved IP addresses for specific MAC addresses without a problem. I set up port forwarding and prioritized my VoIP device. These tasks were easy using the web interface, and all of my wired devices were working great.
I am also a person who uses parental controls on routers, so I was anxious to see how this router stacked up in that department. My existing router is on DD-WRT, which allows very granular control of access based on several options including MAC address, IP, and IP range – allowing or denying access on a schedule you can set to the minute. On this router, you can control the schedule, but the schedule isn’t as granular (you can choose by hour, so 9PM-9AM for example, but not 9:15). It also has a funky way of specifying which devices you want to control; you have to select them from a list of devices it has detected. As far as I can tell, you cannot just enter the MAC or IP manually. So although there are parental controls, I was a little disappointed that the router was a step backwards. Nonetheless, parental controls are there and I could set them up in the end. So far so good.
Now, onto the bad. Unfortunately, I could not test the parental controls because I could not get any wireless clients connected. On other router swaps I have done, using the same SSID and PW would usually be enough for the wireless clients in my house to reconnect automatically to the new router. With this router, however, clients would connect but would not have internet connectivity at all. Suspecting a DNS issue, I tried and tried to no avail to get it to work using Google, OpenDNS, and my ISP’s (xFinity) DNS servers. I also tried leaving them blank. Nothing worked. This occurred on both the 2.4 and 5GHz radios and multiple client OSes (Windows, iOS, and Android). I also tried rolling back the firmware to the one that shipped with the router. The flash to older firmware succeeded, but the issue remained.
After several hours and many factory resets and reboots, I gave up, and decided to try to use it as a bridge instead. I was able to log into it from a hard-wired laptop and switch it to wireless bridge mode in the GUI. It asks for the main router’s SSID, pw, and security method. But when I provided what I know to be the correct info and the router tried to reboot into bridge mode, I got an error that it could not connect to the upstream router. I tried on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios. With nothing else to try, I disconnected the router and put back my old one. Everything was back up and running within a few minutes.
Given my positive experience setting up routers in the past, plus the fact that the wired connections work just fine, I have to include that I got a bad one. I will reach out to NewEgg to see what can be done. It’s a shame because it looks to be a good router at a good price point. Other folks are clearly having positive experiences. However, until I see one that works, I am hesitant to recommend it. For now I give it two eggs for its physical design, intuitive GUI, and mobile app. If I get a good one that works, I will revise my review.