Linksys Unveils MU-MIMO-Powered EA8500 AC2600 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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.

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