Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Router - Web Interface and Setup

Article Index
Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Router
Features and Specifications
Web Interface and Setup
Testing and Final Thoughts

Web Interface & Setup:

The interface of the EA9300 follows along closely with other Smart Wi-Fi routers. In fact, the interface is pretty much exactly the same as the older EA7500 router we looked at over a year ago. The interface works, and once you get used to the graphical design, it works well. I do like the idea of it, but still prefer a more text-heavy interface like they use on their E8350 unit.

While the E8350 and EA7500 are both dual-core units that run at 1.4GHz, the EA9300 is a quad-core unit that runs a bit faster. The graphic interface is pretty and it takes a good CPU to run it. I found that with the older units, the interface felt sluggish, but with the EA9300 it feels nice and speedy. 

Instead of including a bunch of screenshots and written information detailing ever screen on the router, we've put together a bit of a video showcasing all of the settings, features, and setup of the EA9300. Please check out the video below and watch full screen at 1080p for best quality. 

 

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Testing:

As far as performance goes, we fired up iperf to do a little benchmarking on this router. Iperf results show bandwidth that the network is capable of. In the real world, you don't often see wired transfer rates approaching 1000mbps because mechanical hard drives are barely fast enough to read and write at this speed. Also, CPU overhead can become an issue on slower systems when transferring data at high speed. We use iperf with confidence as it shows how good the network hardware actually is and if it can perform anywhere close to rated specs. We will be testing both wireless and wired performance.

Wired Performance

 

We have a whole pile of routers in this comparison table - all of which are Gigabit routers. Most are very close in performance with the poorest performance coming from the Rosewill T600N, followed by the DIR-655. The latest router from Linksys takes the crown with the fastest wired performance however. At 982 mbps - it's as close to a full 1000 mbps as we've ever seen.

On the next page, we'll continue testing and cover wireless performance.