Linksys EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Router - Testing and Final Thoughts

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

Testing (Continued):

In the wireless testing we compared the EA9300 against the same batch of routers using 5GHz networks at the best speed if possible. For some of the older routers, they are limited to 2.4GHz and we'll remove them in a future review, but for now it helps you appreciate the speed of these new machines.

When connected to a solid 5GHz client, the router performed like a champ. I was able to consistently run over 400Mbps over a wireless connection to my aging Thinkpad T540p. This is the fastest Linksys router we've taken a look at in terms of wireless performance even though it gets edged out by the TP-Link Archer C3150.

Wireless Performance

 

Final Thoughts:

Overall the performance of the EA9300 is very solid. The upgraded quad-core CPU with extra micro-processors to handle beamforming, QoS, prioritization and more is a great touch. All of that extra power helps this router achieve the fastest wired throughput of any router we've tested. In terms of performance and power, this router won't leave you lacking on your home network or even your small office setup.

It did it all without a hiccup in the performance arena, without dropping connections and without slowdowns or crashing. I was impressed. I've used more expensive consumer-level routers in the past with poorer results. The range is very good and with this installed a mid-sized multi-level house, there were no issues connecting at the far edges and even outside if you stayed closed to the building.

What felt weak though was the limited Parental Controls and client devices that could be managed. You are allowed a total of 14 devices to manage - and while that won't be an issue on 95% of home networks, there are limitations, and this is a bit of a setback. There was no way to block certain sites across the entire network and we had to add custom rules for specific computers. Again, for home use, this won't be an issue - but it is worth mentioning.

The Smart Wi-Fi interface takes some time to get used to, but it seems to work well. I had no issues with it at all and have learned to like it quite a bit. As previously mentioned, some pages loaded slowly, but it didn't actually affect network performance. 

Pros:

  • Great wireless performance and range.
  • Tri-Band wireless with separate configuration
  • Secure Guest Network
  • MU-MIMO lives up to the promise
  • Can handle small business networks as easily as a home network


Cons:

  • Parental controls limited to 14 clients

 

Gold

 

There were a few complaints I had with the last Smart WiFi router I looked at from Linksys - and they've cleared them all up - except the number of computers you can apply parental controls to. While I'm sure that no one needs to add more than 14 machines to the control list at their home - if you use this in a SOHO environment, you may come up a little short. Still, the performance, range and overall ease of use make this a top choice here at BCCHardware.

If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please feel free to post it in the forum right here.