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Linksys EA7500

MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 dual-band Wi-Fi® router

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The Linksys EA7500 router offers powerful, consistent Wi-Fi coverage for a medium-sized home, so your family can stream movies, play online games, and browse the internet glitch-free. It uses advanced MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology and a dual-core processor to keep data flowing smoothly to several connected wireless devices simultaneously. You'll have up to 1900 Mbps of fast, dual-band Wi-Fi for work and play. Use beamforming to "aim" stronger Wi-Fi where it's needed most.

The Linksys EA7500 offers super-fast wired and wireless connections.

The Linksys EA7500 offers super-fast wireless coverage and wired connections.

Fast Wi-Fi coverage for your whole home

The Linksys EA7500 router offers powerful, consistent Wi-Fi coverage for a medium-sized home, so your family can stream movies, play online games, and browse the internet glitch-free. It uses advanced MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology and a dual-core processor to keep data flowing smoothly to several connected wireless devices simultaneously. You'll have up to 1900 Mbps of fast, dual-band Wi-Fi for work and play. Use beamforming to "aim" stronger Wi-Fi where it's needed most.

Easy app setup and control

The free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app helps you set up, monitor, and control your new router. You'll have access to some very useful advanced features:

  • parental controls let you restrict access, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the internet
  • prioritize devices that need the most speed - for instance, a 4K TV set
  • create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for guests

You'll be able to customize your network, so it does what you want, all the time.

Convenient connections

It's easy to forget about the advantages of making direct connections to your router. The EA7500 provides LAN ports so you can directly connect devices like desktop computers or home automation control hubs, taking some strain off of your wireless coverage, and ensuring top speed through the wired connection. There are two USB ports — one 2.0, one super-fast 3.0 — on the back, so you can share from a thumb drive and connect to a wireless printer at the same time.

Product Highlights:

  • 802.11ac simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz Wi-Fi (600 Mbps + 1300 Mbps)
  • three high-powered radio amplifiers with external antennas broadcast strong Wi-Fi® signal
  • fast 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • MU-MIMO technology lets router communicate with multiple devices simultaneously
  • meets DOCSIS 3.0 specifications and is backward compatible with DOCSIS 2.0
  • IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) supported
  • beamforming technology directs wireless signal where it's needed most
  • free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app offers smart control of your network:
    • offers app-based setup and monitoring of your router
    • create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for guests
    • parental controls let you restrict access, control usage, and block specific devices from accessing the internet.
    • prioritize devices that need the most speed
  • browser-based installation makes setup easy using a tablet, smartphone, or computer
  • includes AC power adapter, Ethernet cable and quick start guide
  • security: WPA2 and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
External Connections:
  • one WAN input for connecting to the internet
  • four 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for making wired connections to your devices
  • one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port to wirelessly access and share USB hard drives and printers
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What's in the Box:

  • WiFi router
  • 3 Antennas
  • AC power adapter (attached 58" DC cord)
  • 3' Ethernet cable
  • Documentation on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide

The Linksys EA7500 is easy to set up when you use the website. With the new modem we purchased recently, internet download speeds have now more than doubled! Downloads are faster too and coverage at the other end of the house has improved. Great product.

Bill, Monticello, NY

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Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi Router: The Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router is a Dual-Band Smart WiFi Router with dual USB ports (2.0/3.0) and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. It supports data rates of up to 600Mbps for the 2.4GHz band and up to 1300Mbps for the 5GHz band. This router comes with three external detachable dual-band dipole antennas for enhanced dual-band communication, better coverage and range. It lets you stream in 4K, surf, video chat, and play online without buffering at the same time.

1.4GHz Dual-Core Processor: Powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi Router is capable of handling three simultaneous data streams. This results in improved WiFi performance and faster WiFi speeds to more devices.

3 External Antennas: The Linksys EA7500 has 3 external dual-band dipole antennas that are adjustable and detachable. Optimized for coverage in medium homes, these three high-performance antennas broadcast a strong WiFi signal that improves connectivity in hard-to-reach areas. Play video games, listen to music, check emails, shop online, stream HD movies, and more, without having to worry about dropped signals.

  • For multistory homes, position the external antennas where the middle antenna is straight up and the side antennas are angled outwards (30°-45°).
  • For single story homes, all three external antennas should be positioned straight up.

3x3 Wireless-AC: 3x3 Wireless-AC delivers 3 streams of data simultaneously. AC WiFi delivers exceptional speed and performance, and is 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Linksys EA7500 router supports the following WiFi standards - 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac. AC WiFi delivers exceptional speed and performance, and is 3x faster than Wireless-N.

Dual-Band (2.4GHz + 5GHz): The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi Router offers two dedicated WiFi bands that deliver combined speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps. Moreover, it can connect up to 10+ devices. High-bandwidth activities like 4K video streaming are connected to the high-speed 5 GHz band, while basic activities like email are placed on the 2.4 GHz band.

  • Band 1 (2.4GHz): Optimal speeds up to 600Mbps for older Wireless-N & G devices.
  • Band 2 (5GHZ): Faster speeds up to 1300Mbps for newer Wireless-AC devices.

Advanced WiFi Technologies: The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi Router incorporates advanced WiFi technologies like MU-MIMO, Beamforming, and Seamless Roaming.

  • MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output): The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi Router features Next-Gen AC WiFi with MU-MIMO technology, the latest advancement towards uninterrupted, simultaneous WiFi connections. Devices such as 4K TVs, HD streaming media players, tablets, game consoles, and many more use a lot of bandwidth, and with MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology, the Max-Stream AC1900 WiFi router sends WiFi to multiple devices at the same time and same speed. Your whole family can play, stream, and work at once, without experiencing lag or buffering--at up to 2x the speed of a non-MU-MIMO router.
  • Beamforming: The Linksys EA7500 has Beamforming technology on both bands which helps improve the quality of voice, streaming of video and other bandwidth and latency sensitive transmissions. Direct WiFi signals to each of your mobile devices to increase signal strength and coverage. Play video games, listen to music, check emails, shop online, stream HD movies, and more, without having to worry about dropped signals.
  • Seamless Roaming (requires optional Linksys Range Extender): To enable Seamless Roaming, pair this Max-Stream Router with a Max-Stream Range Extender (such as the Linksys RE7000, sold separately). The intuitive technology lets you move freely in and outside of your home without dropping a WiFi signal.

Simple Setup: Setting up the Linksys EA7500 is made fast and easy because of its CD-less setup. Enter http://LinksysSmartWiFi.com in a web browser. You can run the setup from a web browser even if the router initially does not have Internet connection or is on factory settings. The default IP Address for this router is 192.168.1.1, and the default router password is admin. The default SSID and passphrase of the Linksys EA7500 are printed on the product label underneath the device. At the end of the setup you can mange the following router settings -

  • Change the router's name & password
  • Setup a Guest network and Guest access
  • Configure parental controls
  • Connect devices to the WiFi router and your wireless network
  • Test your Internet connection speed
Note: Certified Operating Systems include Mac OSX (10.x or higher) and Windows 7/8.1/10. Supported Internet browsers include - Latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox 8, Safari 5 (for Mac and iPad), Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer version 8 or newer.

Smart WiFi App: With the Linksys Smart WiFi App for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can closely monitor and manage your home WiFi remotely using your smartphone or tablet. With the Linksys Smart WiFi app, you can access your home network from anywhere, any time. Easily tap into your home network to check the connection status of your devices, set up WiFi access for guests, or restrict your kids from accessing social networking sites when they should be doing homework. You can even prioritize which devices on your network get priority bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering. You no longer have to be tethered to your desk at home to manage your home network.

  • Remote Access: Access and manage your network from anywhere and quickly view the status of your WiFi network.
  • Guest Network: There are two Guest networks that can be set up on the Linksys EA7500; one for each network band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). The default SSID of each Guest network is the SSID of the main network appended with the -guest suffix. Create a separate, password-protected WiFi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password. Guests will be removed in First-In, First-Out (FIFO) order once the maximum number of guests is reached.
  • 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.

Gigabit Ethernet Ports: The Linksys EA7500 router is fitted with five 10/100/1000 (1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology. The WAN port is used to connect your Internet modem, while the LAN ports are used to connect your local network devices.

Dual USB Ports: The Linksys EA7500 is equipped with dual USB (type-A) ports; one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Share audio, video, photo, and document files; add external storage across your network; or connect to a printer or scanner with these USB ports. Either USB ports support FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ journaled and non-journaled file format systems.

  • USB 3.0: The USB 3.0 port is capable of supporting an external hard disk or flash drive with up to 1100mA current draw. USB 3.0 offers enhanced speeds over 2.0.
  • USB 2.0: The USB 2.0 port can be used to connect a printer or scanner on your network.

DLNA & UPnP Compliant: The Linksys EA7500 router supports DLNA & UPnP for connectivity and streaming between compatible network devices. The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) both have a set of guidelines that allow interconnectivity between network devices.

  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP): UPnP allows devices that are connected to a network to easily discover each other and automatically create a working configuration. By enabling UPnP, you will be able to automatically forward the needed ports for a certain device or application. Examples of UPnP-capable devices include web cameras, gaming consoles, routers, computers, VOIP, and mobile devices. This is very useful especially if you want to do data sharing, communicate with another device in the network, or for entertainment purposes such as video conferencing and gaming.
  • Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA): DLNA is an international collaboration of Consumer Electronics (CE), computing industry and mobile device companies. They developed a concept of wired and wireless interoperable networks where digital content such as photo, music, and videos can be shared through consumer electronics, personal computers and mobile devices in and beyond your home. DLNA-enabled products are designed to be easy to install, affordable, must interoperate with each other without requiring the consumer to undergo complex or tedious setup, and configuration for connection between devices.
Note: In general, all DLNA-capable devices are also UPnP-capable since the former is derived from the later. Also, DLNA uses UPnP to discover and control different devices.

Advanced Security Modes: The Linksys EA7500 supports WEP, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2/WPA Mixed Personal, and WPA2/WPA Enterprise on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Its provides up to 128-bit encryption. You can even use WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) technology to automatically and securely add wireless devices to your network.

DMZ & Port Forwarding: The DMZ feature allows one local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and Videoconferencing (VC). The DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one computer. Port Forwarding is more secure compared to enabling the DMZ feature because it only opens the ports you want to open.

Wireless Scheduler: The Wireless Scheduler feature of the Linksys EA7500 allows you to turn Off or On the wireless networks, including the Guest networks at your preferred time.

LED Indicators: The LED lights indicate the status of the router.

LED Color Activity Description
Power (Linksys logo) White Off Power Off
Blinking (0.7Hz) Booting / system diagnostic / firmware upgrade
Blinking (1.67Hz) Internet connection error
Solid Connected to the Internet
WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) Green Off No WPS activity
Blinking (1.0Hz) WPS in progress
Blinking (2.0Hz) WPS error or session overlap
Ethernet (LAN 1-4) Green (Right)/Yellow (Left) Off No physical link on the port
Blinking Yellow (40Hz) Data is transmitting through the port
Solid Green Physical link on the port
Internet (WAN) Green (Right)/Yellow (Left) Off No physical link on the port
Blinking Yellow (40Hz) Data is transmitting through the port
Solid Green Physical link on the port

Firmware Updates: You can update the router's firmware automatically or manually. Click here for the latest firmware updates.

AC Power: The Linksys EA7500 router includes an AC power adapter which will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet. Input (100-240V ~ 50-60Hz); Output (12V, 3.5A).

Mounting Options: The Linksys EA7500 router can be place horizontally on a table-top or mounted vertically on a wall (mounting screws not included).

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Good reviews across the web for true speed in real world environment. Would have needed to spend twice as much (in excess of $300) to get same tri speed on a tri-band. [ S  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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