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The new Linksys EA9500S is an AC5300-class router on steroids

By Kenny Yeo - on 9 Dec 2017, 2:45am

The new Linksys EA9500S is an AC5300-class router on steroids

(Image source: Linksys)

Linksys has just announced a new high-end router called the EA9500S AC5400 MU- MIMO Gigabit Router.

Essentially, it is an upgraded version of the EA9500 router from last year, which happens to be the winner of our Best Wireless Router award at the Tech Awards 2017.

At its heart, the EA9500S is still a tri-band router, offering a maximum data transfer rate of  5,334Mbps over its single 2.4GHz network (1000Mbps) and two 5GHz networks (2 x 2,167Mbps). It also supports MU-MIMO and is capable of delivering up to 8 MU-MIMO streams simultaneously.

As for upgrades, the EA9500S features a faster Wi-Fi chipset. This chipset, in turn, comes with a faster 1.8 GHz quad-core processor that allows the router to handle more connected devices. The older EA9500 router came with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor.

In addition to the upgraded Wi-Fi chipset, the EA9500S also has substantially more memory and flash. The EA9500S now has 1GB of RAM and 256MB of flash. In comparison, the older EA9500 had 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash.

(Image source: Linksys)

Elsewhere, the EA9500S router retains the same design and connectivity options. It is a massive router with 8 external antennas and a whopping 9 Gigabit Ethernet ports - (1 WAN and 8 LAN). It also has two USB 3.0 ports that can be used to connect to external drives and printers for file and printer sharing.

The Linksys EA9500S router is priced at S$569 and is available now at all Challenger stores, Hachi.tech, Amazon, and all good electronics store. Challenger members can get the Linksys EA9500S at a special member price of S$499.

However, if you act fast you can get the Linksys EA9500S router at a substantial discount. And as part of a special sale, the Linksys EA9500S can be had for S$469 from Challenger and amazon.com from 9 to 12 December. Customers who buy the Linksys EA9500S at Challenger will even get a free $50 NETS Flashpay card.