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Linksys EA8500 MaxStream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi router
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Linksys EA8500 MaxStream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi router


8/10
Overall rating 8/10

The Linksys EA8500 MaxStream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi router is the first in the market to support new MU-MIMO technology out of the box.

Design:
7.5
Features:
9
Performance:
8
Value:
8
THE GOOD
First router to support MU-MIMO technology
Generally good performance overall
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi interface is easy to use
Remote router management
Cloud storage functionality
THE BAD
MU-MIMO requires compatible client devices
Benefits of MU-MIMO less significant than expected
Performance dips considerably at long ranges
Bland, uninteresting design

Product Specification

Networking Standards 802.11ac/b/g/n/a
Frequency Range 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Security
  • WEP
  • WPA2
  • WPS setup
Features
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software
  • Supports MU-MIMO
Antenna 4 x external antennas
Ports
  • 4 x Gigabit LAN
  • 1 x Gigabit WAN
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0/eSATA combo
Dimensions 256.3 x 183.5 x 56.2mm (without antennas)
Weight 715g (with antennas)

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