Linksys EA8500 Review (AC2600 Dual Band Wireless Router)

Linksys AC2600 4 x 4 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit Router with USB 3.0 and eSATA (EA8500)
  • Works with Amazon Alexa.IPv6 compatible: Yes
  • 4x4 MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) technology delivers four data streams for a seamless entertainment experience
  • MU-MIMO handles heavy network traffic and high-bandwidth activities on multiple devices at the same time

Recently, Wi-Fi routers have shifted from the old AC1900 standard to the newer AC2600 standard. A new router like Linksys EA8500 (AC2600) has implemented the MU-MIMO technology. The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 has incorporated the MU-MIMO technology than any other router.

Simply put, its MU-MIMO technology is right out of the box. Linksys is on equal terms with some of the routers from Asus and Netgear. Let’s find out whether or not it performs better than other routers. Note: the review is based on our personal experience with the Linksys EA8500 router. Read on!


Specifications

Size: 10.1 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches

Antennas: 4 adjustable  

Wi-Fi Spec: Dual-band 802.11ac / 2.53Gbps

Ports: 1 x USB 3.0

Peak Performance: 1733 Mbps

Range: 10,000 sqft.

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Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Router Unboxing and Review

Networking

To test the true power of Linksys EA8500, it is important to have a device that supports 4 802.11ac data streams or use another 4x4 router device connected in the bridge mode. We connected another router in the bridge mode. At 5 feet, we calculated a maximum speed of 680 Mbps. The speed of the device was 590 Mbps at 20 feet. Further, we increased the distance, and this time, we measured the speed of 325 Mbps at 100 feet.

We further tested the router and connected a 3x3 client to the router. With MU-MIMO turned off, we use the 5 GHz radio band. At a close range of 5 feet, we measured the speed of 430 Mbps. The speed reached up to 350 Mbps at 15 feet and at 100 feet, the speed measured was 245 Mbps.

We turned on the MU-MIMO feature and connected 2 more clients. At 5 feet, the speed went up to 490 Mbps. At 15 feet, we got 410 Mbps and at 100 feet, we had 290 Mbps. As you can see that MU-MIMO makes a considerable difference, which is 20% better. Also, we tested the router on the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band. At 5 feet, we got 125 Mbps. At 15 feet, the speed was 138 Mbps and at 100 feet, we measured speed of 54 Mbps.

Design

Linksys EA8500 features a rectangular design, which is a bit similar to the design of the E8350 router. It has a black, matte finish. The router has 4 large antennas, which are adjustable and detachable. The size of the antennas has been increased from the E8350. However, you can see that it has maintained the same footprint. The device measures 10.1 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches. The