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Linksys EA9500

MAX-STREAM™ AC5400 tri-band Wi-Fi® router

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Eight adjustable antennas Linksys EA9500

The Linksys EA9500 has eight adjustable antennas to ensure full Wi-Fi® coverage in a very large home or business.

Fast, robust Wi-Fi coverage for a very large home or business

The Linksys EA9500 router offers game-changing tri-band Wi-Fi coverage for large properties. Your family will be able to stream movies, play online games, and browse the internet at the same time, in different rooms throughout the house.

The router uses advanced MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology and a dual-core processor to keep data flowing smoothly, so everyone stays happy. You'll have up to 5400 Mbps of super-fast Wi-Fi — one at 2.4 GHz and two dedicated to the 5 GHz range — for work and play. And you can use beamforming to "aim" stronger Wi-Fi where it's needed most.

If you find the signal gets a little weak when you're in the basement or garage, just add a wireless range extender and you'll be enjoying high performance even in those less-frequented areas.

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
  • 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 EA9500 provides eight 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's a super-fast USB 3.0 port on the back, so you can share from a thumb drive or connect to a wireless printer. An advanced eSATA port is included for connecting to bulk storage devices.

Product Highlights:

  • 802.11ac simultaneous tri-band 2.4 & dual 5GHz Wi-Fi (1000 + 2166 + 2166)
  • high-powered radio amplifiers with eight adjustable external antennas broadcast seamless 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, SPI firewall, and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
External Connections:
  • one WAN input for connecting to the internet
  • eight 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for making wired connections to your devices
  • one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port to wirelessly access and share USB hard drives and printers
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • WiFi router
  • AC power adapter (attached 47" DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 3' Ethernet cable
  • Documentation on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
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Max-Stream EA9500 WiFi Router: The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream EA9500 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router is the latest EA-Series router with Tri-band technology. It can make your home office faster and more productive with eight (8) Gigabit Ethernet ports and MIMO technology, which delivers blazing connection speed and stability to every device on your Wi-Fi network.

1.4GHz Dual-Core Processor: Powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the Max-Stream EA9500 WiFi Router is capable of handling three simultaneous data streams. This results in improved WiFi performance and faster WiFi speeds to more devices.

8 Adjustable Antennas: The router features eight adjustable external antennas, which can be positioned for optimal performance. They provide powerful streams of data to your devices, ensuring complete WiFi coverage throughout your home. Unlike the two or three data streams found on other routers, the EA9500 delivers four simultaneous streams per band for stronger, faster performance.

Tri-Band WiFi: The Max-Stream EA9500 offers three independent WiFi bands that deliver extremely fast combined speeds of up to 5.3Gbps. Tri-Band technology delivers up to double the Wireless-AC performance of a dual-band router. High-bandwidth applications like videoconferencing and movie streaming are ideal for the two high-speed 5GHz bands, while lower-bandwidth devices like older wireless-N and -G computers can utilize the 2.4 GHz band.

  • Band 1 (2.4GHz): Optimal speeds up to 1000Mbps for older Wireless-N & G devices.
  • Band 2 (5GHz): Faster speeds up to 2166Mbps for newer Wireless-AC devices (great for file transfers & video conferencing)
  • Band 3 (5GHz): Fastest speeds up to 2166Mbps for newer Wireless-AC devices (perfect for online gaming & streaming devices).

Smart Connect: Smart Connect allows the router to have the capacity, flexibility and intelligence to assign a 5GHz client to one of the two wireless radios on the 5GHz WiFi band for higher performance. The router will "steer" devices to the optimum band, effectively telling wireless devices to disconnect and reconnect to the other radio within the 5GHz band.

Note: Smart Connect is not supported on a Guest network.

4x4 Wireless-AC: 4x4 Wireless-AC delivers 4 streams of data simultaneously per band. AC WiFi delivers exceptional speed and performance, and is 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Linksys EA9500 router supports the following WiFi standards - 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac.

Advanced WiFi Technologies: The Linksys Max-Stream EA9500 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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 (10.5.8 or higher) and Windows 7/8/8.1/10. 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.

Linksys App: With the Linksys 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 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 EA9500; one for each network band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). The default Guest network password is BeMyGuest. 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.

Linksys Skill For Alexa: The Linksys Skill for Alexa allows you to ask WiFi information from the Linksys Smart WiFi Router and control the Guest Network. You can ask Alexa for the following information of your Linksys Smart WiFi Router -

  • Get WiFi credentials
  • Get Guest WiFi credentials
  • Turn On/Off Guest Network (also offers to read credentials)
  • Enable/Disable Skill
  • Help, i.e. " Alexa, ask Linksys what I can do" - and Alexa reads off the above Skills

Gigabit Ethernet Ports: The Linksys EA9500 router is fitted with nine 10/100/1000 (1 WAN & 8 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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 EA9500 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.

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

AC Power: The Linksys EA9500 router includes an AC power adapter and detachable AC power cord which will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet. Input (100-240V ~ 50-60Hz); Output (12V, 5A).

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Need the wifi speed that this router is capable of producing [ Anthony  Nov 21, 2017 ]
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