Linksys EA9200 Review
The Linksys EA9200 scores top points for its ultra-fast Internet speed, dedicated and powerful signal strength, and a compact design that fits just about any place. Priced higher than some of its counterparts, it is perfect for any site where multiple connections need to be managed.
The Linksys EA9200 is quite compact and saves ample space. The black router has up to 6 antennas. Of the 6 antennas, three are fitted internally and the remaining three, externally.
It is one of the few tri-band routers available on the market. It comes with the standard dual-band network frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. However, the 5Ghz band contains a Broadcom 5G XStream Wi-Fi chip that incorporates an extra 5Ghz band. Unlike the standard dual-band routers, the tri-band router offers one 2.4 Ghz band and two 5Ghz bands simultaneously. The 2.4 GHz network is capable of transferring data at speed up to 600 Mbps while the 5 GHz offers support for up to 1300Mbps of data transfer. Combine the two frequencies and you get a blazing-fast speed of up to 3200 Mbps, making it the ideal choice for anyone with high Internet connection need.
Owing to the 6 antennas found in Linksys EA9200, there are 6 simultaneous data streams, which allows for a vast number of devices to be connected to the router, with every connected user receiving powerful resources to stay connected and transfer data without impacting the activities of other connected users. Individual speed and performance remains undeterred, irrespective of the amount of data actually transferred.
1 GHz dual-core processor ensures that the routing device delivers efficient performance and manages connected devices across USB ports, Wi-Fi and Ethernet seamlessly. In fact, the router actually comes equipped with three other processors in addition to 1 GHz dual-core processor, making it practically a penta-core processor with high reliability and seamless performance.
Four gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB devices allow users to connect multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, scanners, printers and external storage devices. Of the two USB ports featured in Linksys EA9200, one is USB 2.0 port while the other is USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 port is up to 10 times faster than the 2.0 version. Data can be easily shared across connected devices via any of the two ports.
The beamforming feature is also present on the router, which enables it to direct signals to a connected device rather than simply transmitting signals in all directions. Once a device is connected to the Linksys EA9200, it immediately locates the device and sends out focused signals in order to boost signal strength and enhance the user’s experience.
You can complete the setup online using a Web browser. Another option is to use the software CD that comes with the router. The administrator can manage networks, access data and change parental controls remotely. Restrictions can be placed on certain devices. You can also use the guest networks to limit access and privileges to certain users.
The Linksys EA9200 is a wonderful option for homeowners with high connectivity needs. It is also a handy device for connecting multiple devices to the Internet. While some users may be put off with the high price tag, the router makes up for it in terms of impressive bandwidth speeds.
Submitted By: Dexter
Expected great things from this router because of the price (highest priced router right now) and the brand. To say that the router didn’t live up to the expectations would be an understatement. This router is outperformed by my old N900 Netgear. The highest speed I get is 2Mbps, that is pathetic. This must be a firmware problem, I don’t think the hardware is that bad.
Submitted By: Eric
If you’re looking for greater Wi-Fi speed for a number of devices, an AC3200 router might be just what you need. The latest advancement in routers, the AC3200 standard means that a router can have one broadcast in the 2.4Ghz band and two in the 5Ghz band. Linksys has attempted to take full advantage of this idea since it allows for more users and faster speeds in the 5Ghz range, but its first attempt doesn’t quite hit the mark.
The new EA9200 comes with four gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port as well as a USB 3.0 port, an Internet port, and a reset button all located on the back of the router. It has three external antennas combined with three internal ones, and the right side of the router holds the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button along with a button that lets you enable or disable Wi-Fi.
The critics say: good, but overpriced
CNET’s Dong Ngo wrote, “It’s good because the new router will not throttle fast 5Ghz clients to slower speeds for compatibility. It’s bad, though, because it makes the EA9200 much more expensive than competing devices without delivering noticeably better Wi-Fi performance than the (Linksys) WRT1900AC.” Unless you have a lot of people using 5Ghz, he said, buyers are better off saving their money and buying a slightly less powerful router.
The user interface and ease of installation impressed PCMag.com’s John Delaney, who had his new router up and running within five minutes. But he also noted serious drop-offs in Wi-Fi speed compared to its competitors; he noted that the EA9200 provides outstanding 5GHz throughput performance and relatively fast NAS read/write speeds, but it’s expensive and performance drops quickly as you move further away from the router.
User reviews: decent, but problems with basic performance
Linksys has always been known for its user-friendly router interface. Punch in the router IP address at 192.168.1.1, log on with the appropriate password (usually “admin”) and make your adjustments. The layout is simple and effective, and most users will have no problems navigating through the interface.
But for a high-priced router like this one, people expect a certain amount of reliability and performance. Unfortunately, one problem keeps cropping up again and again according to buyers: the router signal keeps dropping out. This doesn’t seem to be a single device problem, either; numerous reviewers on Amazon complained about multiple devices being disconnected at the same time from the router, and for no apparent reason. Range is also questionable in the 5Ghz band as well, as buyers argued that with six antennas it should be much better than it is.
Another flaw users pointed out was although there is a guest network setup in the firmware, there’s no encryption for it and no ability to generate activity logs. For a router that costs over $200, this is a major flaw; guest network encryption is standard on Linksys’ competitors in this range, as well as activity logs.
The verdict: This is Linksys’ first try at building a tri-band router, and it shows. It’s not as if Linksys doesn’t know how to build good routers, because they’ve done so in the past—but this particular one seems to be a misfire. It’s not a bad router, but it’s not particularly good either.
For the price, it needs to be better than good and with a lack of some basic features that its rivals in the category possess, it’s not worth laying out the cash. Linksys either needs to go back to the drawing board and fix the problems, or lower the price so that expectations aren’t so high. In any case, unless you’re running a multitude of devices at the same time, you’re better off going with a less expensive, more stable router.