Linksys Max-Stream EA9300 Tri-Band Router 2020 Latest Updated Review

Linksys Max-Stream EA9300 Tri-Band Router 2020 Latest Updated Review

The Linksys Max Stream EA9300 is certainly a powerful router. Featuring a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM, this router has the strength to deal with anything you need

Being a Tri-band router provided a 2.4GHz connection of speeds up to 750 Mbps and two 5 GHz connections that could reach speeds of up to 1625 Mbps.

Introduction

It’s been just about three years since our first review of a “tri-band” “Smart Connect” router in the form of NETGEAR’s R8000 Nighthawk X6.

These routers were Broadcom’s attempt to combat the higher-total-throughput claims of MU-MIMO based routers when the company didn’t have a MU-MIMO chipset of its own.

The market has evolved since then, with Qualcomm-based MU-MIMO moving from 4×4 to less expensive 3×3 and even 2×2 based designs.

Broadcom eventually shipped its BCM4366 4×4 MU-MIMO radio SoC that appeared first in AC5300/5400 products, although not with working firmware.

It took another year or so and a few device spins for Broadcom to eventually come up with working MU-MIMO.

Not that all this sturm und drang around MU-MIMO matters much to the typical Wi-Fi user, since few have the multiple MU-MIMO devices required to reap any of the technology’s benefit.

Which brings us to Linksys’ EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router.

Overview

This is a TRI-band router with Dual 5Ghz and 2.0ghz which true to the description offers blazing speed for demanding users.

The router is made for very large households but honestly I would use this in a business. It is business class! The AC4000 has a Quad Core processor at 1.8gz with 512mb ram.

With the ability to serve up to 21 devices, the router dedicates signal to the devices.

This results in combined speeds of 4.0gz across the bands.

If you are WIFI hungry, this is the router to get! Other features include the USB 3.0 port, WPA2 encryption and SP1 firewall for added layers of security

Pros

  • Easy to install.
  • Speedy file-transfer performance.
  • Good throughput performance.
  • Supports MU-MIMO and beamforming.
  • Works with Alexa voice commands.

Cons

  • Limited parental controls.
  • Lacks built-in malware protection

Designed for large homes that require lots of bandwidth for video streaming and online gaming, the Linksys Max-Stream EA9300  utilizes three radio bands to combat congestion on your home Wi-Fi network.

It supports all of the latest 802.11ac technologies, including band-steering and beamforming, and it can handle Alexa voice commands.

It’s easy to install and manage using the Linksys web console or mobile app, and it’s a solid performer.

If you’re willing to spend $300 on a router, dropping $100 more on our Editors’ Choice, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, gets you the fastest performance we’ve seen and all the features you’ll ever need to support your gaming and streaming habits.

Choose Your Band

The EA9300 shares the same black textured design as the Linksys EA9500 that we reviewed back in 2016, but at 2.5 by 9.0 by 11.6 inches, it’s not quite as big.

It has six nonremovable adjustable antennas and the top holds a small panel with an illuminated Linksys logo, a WPS (Wi-Fi protected setup) activity LED, and LED indicators that light up when there are internet and LAN cable connection issues.

Around back are four gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, a reset button, a power jack, and a power switch. A WPS button is located on the right side of the route

Specifications

Specifications

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM4908 1.8GHz Quad-Core (ARM Cortex-A53)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Flash: 256MB
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 4GHz
  • Broadcom BCM4365EKMMLG 3×3 2.4/5G single chip 802.11ac SoC
  • Skyworks SE2623L 2.4 GHz power amp (x3)
  • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b

Wifi Anytime, Anywhere

With the Linksys App, you can closely monitor and manage your home WiFi remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

Guest Access: Create a separate password-protected WiFi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password.

Parental Controls: Ensure a safe Internet experience for your kids–even when you’re away from home. Restrict access to inappropriate or distracting content, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the Internet.

Device Prioritization: You can prioritize devices that need the most speed.

Alexa Support: When paired with Alexa, the Linksys App gives you access to a variety of convenient voice commands.

Whats More

Whats More

This router joins others from Linksys with its MU-MIMO technology. While on the surface this acronym looks confusing, it is actually quite simple.

Standing for Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output, Linksys promises that this technology will be like having a dedicated router for each and every device in your home.

If you are a user that prefers having a wired connection, the Linksys Max Stream EA9300 provides users with four Gigabit LAN ports that should accommodate any situation thrown at it.

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