The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA8500) offers a seamless solution for multi-device households with high network traffic. Using the latest wireless-AC technology, Multi-User MIMO, this router delivers 4.6x faster* Wi-Fi speeds so multiple users can stream movies, play online games, listen to music, and more at the same time without interruption.
4x4 Wireless-AC technology delivers four data streams (rather than the two or three found on standard routers) with speeds of up to 2.53 Gbps**. Additionally, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port, and an eSATA/USB 2.0 port provide high-speed data transmission for wired connections and storage devices.
Multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology enables the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 Router to target multiple devices without interference or slowdown--almost like having an individual router dedicated to each of your devices. This allows you and other household members to connect to the Internet, stream media, and play online games simultaneously at speeds up to 4.6x faster* than traditional Wi-Fi.
Supercharged Gaming without Interrruption
Game without interruption from other devices on the network with the new MU-MIMO technology. The 1.4 GHz dual-core processor delivers the blazing-fast speeds required for online multiplayer gaming without the lag time. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports provide up to 10 times the speed of Fast Ethernet ports for wired gaming devices.
Simultaneous Streaming on Multiple Devices
MU-MIMO technology handles simultaneous streaming on multiple devices without interference or slowdowns. The combined 2.53 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds** wipe out annoying buffering and enable faster downloads.
Improved Mobile Range and Speed
Beamforming technology improves wireless signal range throughout your home by sending focused Wi-Fi signals to each mobile device on your network. And Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to monitor your home network anywhere from your mobile device.
With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software, you can monitor and control your home network at any time, wherever you are. For example, Smart Wi-Fi allows you to restrict Internet access at certain times of the day with parental controls. It also allows you to create unique Wi-Fi passwords for your guests, monitor and add devices on your home network, and check upload and download speeds.
The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 integrates the Network Map feature in Smart Wi-Fi software. Network Map provides a visual overview of your network, allowing you to see all devices on your network, view their online status and signal strength, and measure how much bandwidth they're using at any time.
Test conducted by Tolly comparing EA8500/AC2600 router compared to 2 similar single user MIMO competitor routers. 4.6x claim is based on the greatest difference in throughput to a single MU-MIMO capable device.
Notes: Linksys running MU-MIMO Router. All testing using 5GHz. Average of three runs.
Source: Tolly, May 2015
*As reported by Ixia ixChariot v7.10 SP3
** The standard transmission rates—300 Mbps or 1733 Mbps (for 5 GHz), 800 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz), 54 Mbps, and 11 Mbps—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.
|Ports||Power, Internet, Ethernet (1-4), USB 3.0, USB 2.0 / eSATA combo|
|Radio Frequency Bands||2.4 & 5GHz|
|Warranty||1 Year manufacturer warranty|
|Compatibility||Windows XP Windows Vista 32/64 Windows 7 32/64 Windows 8 32/64 Windows 8.1 32/64 Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Windows 10 32/64|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||22.7 cm x 32.5 cm x 1.7 cm|
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