Subject: Networking | January 5, 2016 - 10:40 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: tri-band, mu-mimo, linksys, EA9500, CES 2016, CES, AC5400, 802.11ac Wave 2
Linksys has announced their new flagship 4x4 MU-MIMO wireless router, and the EA9500 offers tri-band Wi-Fi with dual 5 GHz (simultanious) plus 2.4 GHz bands, 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8x adjustable antennas.
"Designed as a dual-purpose home office and entertainment Wi-Fi router, the MAX-STREAM AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (EA9500) delivers Wi-Fi to multiple users on multiple devices at the same time and same speed. Now you can experience lag-free videoconferencing or file transfers in your home office upstairs while the rest of the family is streaming 4K or HD media, surfing the web, and playing online games simultaneously.
Efficient MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology treats each of your devices as if each has its own dedicated router, ensuring everyone can enjoy Wi-Fi without interruption or buffering. The router is simple to set up so you can bring your workspace online in three easy steps."
- Key Features:
- Tri-Band (5 GHz + 5GHz + 2.4 GHz)
- 4x4 AC, MU-MIMO
- Advanced Security
- USB 3.0 Port
- Dual-Core CPU
- Beamforming Technology
- 8 Adjustable Antennas
- Smart Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi Technology: AC5400 MU-MIMO Tri-band Gigabit, 1000+2165+2165 Mbps
- Network Standards: 802.11b, 802.11a/g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
- Wi-Fi Speed: AC5400 (N1000 + AC2615 + AC2615)
- Wi-Fi Bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz (2x) (simultaneous tri-band)
- Wi-Fi Range: Very Large Household
- Ports: 1x Gigabit WAN, 8x Gigabit LAN, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
- Antennas: 8x external adjustable antennas
- Processor: 1.4 GHz dual-core
- Wireless Encryption: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise
- Security Features: WPA/WPA2, 128 bit AES link encryption, FCC class B
- Operation Modes: Wireless Router, Access Point, Wired Bridge, Wireless Bridge
- Storage File System Support: FAT, NTFS, HSF+
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 10.41 x 12.53 x 2.62 inches (without antennas)
- Weight: 3.8 lbs
The EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router will carry a $399.99 MSRP, with availability planned for April 2016.
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Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2015 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dd-wrt, openwrt, linux, linksys, WRT1900AC
Regular listeners to the PCPer Podcast should be aware of the DD-WRT project to root and take control over your router as we have mentioned it multiples of times, along with a related project called OpenWrt. If you have not looked into the process of how to flash up a router with one or the other of these new OSes/firmware packages then this article at Linux.com is something you should take a look at. They walk you through the steps of taking over a Linksys WRT1900AC router, from straight out of the box to final configuration. They also give you a look at the advantages running a router on OpenWrt gives you and ideas for taking it further. Check it out right here.
"The Linksys WRT1900AC is a top-end modern router that gets even sweeter when you unleash Linux on it and install OpenWrt. OpenWrt includes the opkg package management system giving you easy access to a great deal of additional open source software to use on your router."
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Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2014 - 01:20 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, router, linksys, CES 2014, CES, 802.11ac
Last night at the PEPCOM Digital Experience, we swung by Western Digital's booth. While there are no new launches at CES, it's always nice to see the full spread all laid out on display:
4TB Green and Black, 1TB Blue, Ultra Slim drives, and of course the Black2.
The other table shifts to backup and external storage, scaling up through the My Cloud to the larger EX4.
My eye was also caught by the behemoth of a router that is the Linksys WRT1900AC!
This beast is way more than an evolution on the old WRT54G. While there are four antennas, the dual band Marvell radios are only 3x3 capable. They can, however, choose among the four antennas to achieve the best possible throughput. The '1900' rating comes from 1300Mbps (5GHz) + 600Mbps (2.4GHz). This router will be Open-WRT capable out of the box, so you can expect the folks like DD-WRT and Tomato to have usable firmware built very shortly after launch, which is expected sometime around April of this year. Let's check out the ports:
Not only is there USB3, but we also have eSATA for even faster connectivity. Throughput to connected storage should be stellar as the on-board CPU will be a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM. Radios and CPU will be cooled by a built-in fan, and Linksys also noted they will be launching an 8 port Gigabit switch in a matching (and stackable) form factor. Open source firmware buff tech note: 128MB Flash, 256MB RAM. MSRP: $299.
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Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2013 - 11:59 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: linksys, belkin, 802.11ac, wireless router
Linksys made a showing at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany where it announced new 802.11ac wireless hardware under the Smart Wi-Fi series. The new lineup includes two wireless routers and a USB NIC. The highest-end model is the Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router (also known as the EA6900).
The Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 is a dual band router powered by an unspecified dual core 800MHz processor and Broadcom 802.11ac chipset that is actually manufactured by Belkin. The router has three removable external dipole antennas, two USB ports for storage devices (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN port.
Linksys rates the AC1900 at a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz 802.11ac band and 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz 802.11n band. The router can operate both networks simultaneously and can employ beam-forming technology to improve signal strength. The router further supports a 3x3 send and receive configuration for up to three spatial streams per direction. The 600 Mbps for wireless N is accomplished by using 256 QAM modulation which allows up to 200 Mbps per spatial stream versus 150 Mbps from the standard 64 QAM modulation used by most wireless hardware. Unfortunately, in order to see the increased speeds, the more advanced modulation needs to be supported at both ends (router and NIC). The router is backwards compatible with older 802.11n wireless cards but only new cards supporting 256 QAM will support the higher maximum throughput.
The EA6900 (Smart Wi-Fi AC1900) wireless router will be available on October 4th for around $250. Early birds can pre-order the router in order to get a $20 discount and price of $230.