Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Router

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

Product: Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
Provided By: Linksys
Price: $299.99 MSRP at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are looking at a new router from Linksys. The last router we looked at from them was the EA7500 and then have followed up with Velop system. This router steps up the game from the last router though with an extra 5GHz band and therefore, more throughput - when connected with compatible hardware. Marketing claims say that this is about 2x as fast as their previous model, but if you're connected via a single 2.4GHz band, you're still going to be limited. There are more and more wireless devices that take advantage of 802.11ac tri-band options and if you have one of those, you'll get some pretty blistering throughput on your end. If not, you'll simply get great wireless performance on a whole host of devices without slowing any of them down.

The Linksys EA9300 is a MU-MIMO router that supports multiple users with multiple inputs and outputs per client. This should deliver pretty stellar performance for the busiest of home networks.

Box Front Box Back

 

First Look:

The EA9300 has a very similar external style as their other EA8350 and EA7500 products - but this one is a bit thicker. As for the basic appearance, it's pretty traditional. It has a bunch of antenna on it in order to improve range and to provide bandwidth to a bunch of connected clients. As for router performance itself, it shouldn't be short of power as it has a 1.8Ghz quad-core processor inside as well as three other micro-processors. We have pushed this router pretty hard throughout testing, and have never had any issues with packet-loss or slowdowns as we enables QoS on a bunch of different clients.

Bundle

 

In the bundle we located a half-dozen antennae, a short Ethernet cable, the power adapter and of course a quick-install guide. All of these add up to a very basic bundle - but one that will easily get the job done. Although this MAX-STREAM router is part of the Smart Wi-Fi family from Linksys, it doesn't have an NFC card or anything similar that we saw in a previous model to make connection to the unit super simple. Instead, you have to rely on WPS or entering a security key manually.

EA9300 Router Profile

 

With the router now laid bare before us, there really isn't a lot more to explain as we tour around. The front is super non-exciting, but the rear is a wee bit interesting. There two USB3.0 ports on the rear of the unit as well as a reset button, and five GB Ethernet ports. One of these is marked for the Internet - and other is also capable of internet as well (think dual-provider and load-balancing), and the other four are set for your local network. To the right of all of these ports is the power connector and a power switch.

Rear Profile

 

The power switch is a nice touch as many routers require a very ungraceful unplug if they need to be rebooted or if you're going away on holidays for an extended period and you want to disable your network while you are away. The switch makes this process a little more eloquent.

On the next page we'll cover the features and specifications of the EA9300 before we carry on through setup and performance testing.