Linksys adds two tri-band MU-MIMO routers to its Max Stream line up

At CES 2017, alongside their new Velop mesh Wi-Fi system and WRT32X gaming router, Linksys is introducing two new tri-band routers to its Max Stream range. While last year, all the talk was of AC5300/AC5400, this year’s trend appears to be a little more humble in terms of speed claims.

First up is the Linksys EA9300 – an AC4000 Tri-Band MU-MIMO router. Priced at $299, the new model promises speeds up to 1625 Mbps on each 5 GHz band and 750 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. As you’ve guessed from the name, there’s MU-MIMO support for relevant client devices, which can promote more reliable and higher data transfer speeds.

In terms of specifications, there’s not too much that stands out over last year’s models. The router is driven by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor that should provide plenty of power, with a generous 512 MB DDR3 and 356 MB Flash RAM in support. The router is equipped with Linksys’ latest networking features including Beamforming, Seamless Roaming and airtime fairness. One novel new feature is support for Amazon Alexa – some of the router’s features such as guest networking support and obtaining Wi-Fi network credentials can be controlled using voice, via Amazon Echo or other compatible smart speakers.

Features include:

  • Tri-Band AC4000 – Up to 4Gbps (1625 + 1625 + 750 Mbps) provide more Wi-Fi for more devices
  • Frequency bands: Tri-Band (2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands)
  • MU-MIMO Wave 2 for simultaneous 4K Streaming on multiple devices at the same time
  • 1.8Ghz Quad-Core Processor provide the high speed data processing
  • RAM: 512MB DDR3
  • Flash memory: 256MB
  • Six high-performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver the best coverage and range
  • Linksys Advance Beamforming focuses Wi-Fi signal and deliver stronger connection to all of your devices
  • Airtime fairness enables faster devices to transmit at faster speeds while the slower device will not impede the speed of Wi-Fi network
  • Seamless Roaming – Room-to-Room Wi-Fi with one network name
  • Linksys app – Remote Manage, monitor, and control your Wi-Fi from anywhere, anytime on your smart device
  • Works with Amazon Alexa for a voice-activated experience. Three new skills available at launch including turning guest access on and off, obtaining guest Wi-Fi credentials, as well as getting main network credentials read back to the user.

Also announced is the Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band MU-MIMO ROUTER (EA8300). This $199 AC2200 model offers similar features to the more expensive line, albeit with humbler specifications. Speeds up to 867 Mbps on each 5 GHz band and 400 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band adds up to the combined, theoretical 2.2 Gbps speed claimed. The EA8300 is powered by a quad-core ARMv7 CPU running at 716 MHz (which Linksys stresses is equivalent to a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor) with 256 MB RAM in support.

The features line-up includes:

  • Tri-Band AC2200 – Up to 2.2Gbps (867 Mbps 5Ghz + 867 Mbps 5 GHz + 400 Mbps 2.4 GHz)
  • MU-MIMO Wave 2 for simultaneous 4K Streaming on multiple devices at the same time
  • Main system processor: Quad-Core 716Mhz Processor (Equal to 1.4Ghz Dual-Core Processor) 32-bit, ARMv7 compatible, 5.5K DMIPS
  • RAM: 256MB DDR3
  • Flash memory: 256MB
  • Four high performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver the best coverage and range
  • Linksys Advance Beamforming focuses Wi-Fi signals and delivers stronger connection to all devices
  • Airtime fairness enables faster devices to transmit at faster speeds while the slower device will not impede the speed of Wi-Fi network
  • Linksys Smart Connect- Auto select the best 5Ghz band for the fastest wireless speed
  • Seamless Roaming with Max Stream Range Extenders provide Room-to-Room Wi-Fi with one network name
  • Linksys App – Remote Manage, monitor, and control your Wi-Fi from anywhere, anytime
  • Easy setup out of the box
  • Works with Amazon Alexa for a voice-activated experience. Three new skills available at launch including turning guest access on and off, obtaining guest Wi-Fi credentials, as well as getting main network credentials read back to the user.

Expect to see both devices hit the streets in the Spring, alongside a new AC1200 MU-MIMO adapter, the WUSB6400M. Priced at $59.99, the USB 3.0 adapter allows usersa to easlily take advantage of MU-MIMO support on existing desktop and laptops.

 

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