CES 2015 sees networking manufacturers pitching their latest technology to you. In the router category, the big trend at the top-end of the market is MU-MIMO (or Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output if you wish to be formal) radio. A progression from standard MIMO routers, this new standard is equipped to handle heavy network traffic and high-bandwidth activities on multiple devices at the same time.
Once such device is the forthcoming Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router. It’s a 4×4 MU-MIMO Router that delivers speeds up to 2.6 Gbps (AC1733 Mbps + N800 Mbps) over four data streams, courtesy of four antennas which are positioned on each corner of the device.
A 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor powers the EA8500, which is also equipped with four Gigabit ports, one Gigabit WAN port plus eSATA, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
- Model: Linksys EA8500
- Technology: Wireless-N & AC
- Bands: 2.4 & 5 GHz
- Processor: 1.4 GHz dual-core
- Antennas: 4x External antennas, 1x Internal antennas
- Ports: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), 1 x Gigabit Internet (WAN), 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo, 1 x Power
- Power Adapter: 12V/4A
- Storage File System Support: FAT32, NTFS, and HSF+
- LEDS:Power, Internet, Ethernet (1-4), Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Wi-Fi
- VPN Support:IPSec, PPTP and L2TP VPN Passthrough
- Media Specifications: Media Server Support
- Memory: 512 MB DDR3
- Warranty: 1 year hardware limited warranty
- OS compatibility:Windows, Mac
- Wireless:802.11ac (up to 1300 Mbps for 5 GHz ), 802.11n (up to 600 Mbps for 2.4 GHz/up to 450 Mbps for 5 GHz), 802.11g (up to 54 Mbps ), 802.11a (up to 54 Mbps), 802.11b (up to 11 Mbps )
- Simultaneous Tri-Band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 5 GHz
- IPv6 support: Yes
Expect to see the Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router in Spring, priced at $299.