Linksys Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router Is The Best Performing Wi-Fi Router On The Market [New Tolly Group]

Tolly Report Shows the Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Router provides:

— Up to 57% greater individual client throughput in line-of-sight tests

— Up to 40% greater aggregate throughput in line-of-sight tests

— Up to 36% faster per client average client throughput in mixed distance/floor tests.

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PLAYA VISTA, Calif., Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Linksys®, a leader in networking solutions for the home and business and the first to ship 100 million routers, today announced new Tolly Report test results on MU-MIMO Tri-Band 4×4 routers.  A recent performance study conducted by The Tolly Group shows the Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router outperformed competition with far superior numbers on both multi-client line-of-sight and multi-client distance tests. Results show the Linksys EA9500 is the fastest router on the market with incredible speeds up to 57% faster over other comparative Tri-Band MU-MIMO Routers from Asus®, Netgear® and TP-Link®.

“We’ve pioneered the home router and know what it takes to make the best performing Wi-Fi routers on the market which includes the best components, antenna design, board layout, software and overall design of the router,” said Mike Chen, vice president of product management at Linksys. “The Tolly Report provides third party affirmation of what we put into our routers to make them the best performing with the value and experience customers demand in today’s Wi-F intensive world.”

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Media also provide high praise in performance resulting in multiple awards on the EA9500 including CNet, Digital Trends, Gadget Review, TweakTown, and WeGotServed.

  • “The EA9500 blew away the competition in real-word testing”CNet (May 25, 2016)
  • “It (EA9500) topped our charts in everything from LAN to LAN throughput, through 2.4GHz and 5GHz performance, and even into storage performance”TweakTown (July 2016)
  • “The EA9500 is certainly a formidable device and makes it to the shortlist for anyone wanting the latest and greatest homerouter WeGotServed (July 2016)
  • “The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Tri-Band AC5400 Wi-Fi router may be a hyphenated heck of a mouthful to say out loud, but it’s also a powerful, feature-rich router that leaves most of the competition in the dust”- Gadget Review (July 2016)
  • “Powerful, fast, and covering a wide range, the EA9500 is the best consumer router on the market right now” – Digital Trends(June 17, 2016)

EA9500 Awards:

  • Best Performance Award Best of CES 2016 Winner- Network World (Jan. 2016)
  • Editors’ Choice – Digital Trends (June 2016)
  • Best Performance Award – TweakTown (July 2016)
  • Approved Award – We Got Served (July 2016)

The average home has more than 8 devices connecting to the Internet1, and they’re not used for just sending emails and tweets. More and more home Wi-Fi users are streaming 4K movies and TV shows, video chatting with friends and family, and playing video games against competitors around the globe, all on different devices and often at the same time. MU-MIMO technology helps provide better overall performance and coverage for each of the devices simultaneously.  This helps enhance the users’ experience so they won’t see that buffering icon when streaming a movie or listening to choppy music or worse, playing games with lag. Even if users aren’t heavily consuming Wi-Fi today, MU-MIMO routers, range extenders and adapters are ideal for future proofing the Wi-Fi network so when more devices are added at a later time, the EA9500 will be more than ready to support them.

Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA9500)

The Linksys EA9500 is outfitted with Next Gen AC Wi-Fi technology, MU-MIMO, Tri-Band and eight high-powered external antennas that work in concert to deliver powerful Wi-Fi at combined speeds up to 5.3 Gbps‡. As one of the most powerful Wi-Fi routers in the market, the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 provides business grade functionality to get your home or small office up and running quickly along with the exclusive newly updated and designed Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software app for your smart phone that provides remote access control of the EA9500 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time. EA9500 Wi-Fi Router also features a robust set of advanced offerings:

  • 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Tri-Band Wireless AC5400  (1000 Mbps 2.4Ghz + 2166 Mbps 5Ghz + 2166 Mbps 5GHz) ‡
  • The Latest Wi-Fi Standard – 802.11ac Wave 2 includes MU-MIMO
  • Room-to-Room Wi-Fi with Seamless Roaming Technology
  • 9 Gigabit Ethernet ports (8 LAN, 1 WAN) and USB 3.0, 2.0 ports
  • 8 external antennas for maximum coverage
  • First router capable of supporting up to 8 simultaneous MU-MIMO Streams*
  • WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall help keep your network safely connected
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for simple set up, remote access, control and troubleshooting
  • Video on the EA9500 can be seen here

Linksys has the largest portfolio of MU-MIMO solutions include the EA7500, EA8500, EA9500 routers as well as the RE7000 MU-MIMO range extender and WUSB6100M MU-MIMO USB adapter.


The Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router (EA9500), available at and at leading retail and online retailers including Amazon $349.00 (click here).

About The Tolly Group

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About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class networking technology, design, and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information,, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

1IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Linksys, titled The Home Network, the Neglected Workhorse

‡Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance may vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. Specifications are subject to change without notice.  An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of these routers and other connected computers and devices to the Internet.  Some devices may require additional wireless adapters or an Ethernet cable to connect to these routers.

The standard transmission rates—2166 Mbps (for 5 GHz) + 2166 Mbps (for 5 GHz) and 1000 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.

*A firmware download will be required for the EA9500 to include 8 simultaneous streams – which is planned for release later this summer.

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Emberlight review – Add wifi to your standard home lighting

Here we’re checking out the Emberlight – a cool little device that hooks your lights into your wifi.

The Emberlight (only $49.99 on Amazon here) is a small device that sits between your light socket and the bulb and gives it smart capabilities. Firstly this is great because you can use which ever bulb you want (not an expensive proprietary one – for example, Philips’ bulbs are $13 each).  We’re using some nice dimmable Edison bulbs similar to these that cost $3.30 each: Edison bulbs.

Simple setup
Before you setup your Emberlight you must download the app first. Take your bulb out, screw in the Emberlight then screw your bulb into the Emberlight. Setup is really simple, it’s all done through the app and primarily involves logging your now smart light bulb into your wifi network and giving it a name.

Simple control
That’s really it, you can now control your bulb from the app. A simple slider adds dimming capabilities to your bulb and tapping the dimmer on the app turns the light on and off. The bulb is very responsive with no noticeable lag when moving the slider on the app. If you have multiple Emberlights you don’t have to control them one by one.. instead you can group them together.

Advanced control
You can also hook you light up to other services via IFTTT (if this then that). For example, you could connect it to a timer when you are on vacation so that the light comes on and off in the evening to stop your house looking empty. You can get really creative and link it to many of the IFTTT services out there!

UK users
So, this Emberlight is an E26 screw fixing whilst the UK uses E27 fittings – this means there is 1mm difference in the socket sizes. Not a problem… The photos you see here are from a UK light socket running on a 230v power supply, the Emberlight fits in fine and the bulb fits in fine. The socket was actually a bayonet so we’ve used a bayonet to screw adapter from Amazon for £0.72 to make this fit.

Quick! Deals today on networking gear and home network storage

Relevant to our recently published articles on wifi, home networking and backup strategies are today’s deals on Amazon (here).  We’re writing about them today because in our reviews we mention some particular products and if you are quick, you can save some serious money on them.  This brief post is organised around the relevant themes we’ve covered in the past.

Windows 10 Backup (link: How to backup a Windows 10 PC; time machine for Windows)

In this article we discuss backup strategies for Windows 10 using the built in File History software.  We cover off how you can use a USB hard drive, or if you are on a home wifi network you can use a network backup storage.  We recommended the WD My Cloud devices and they are currently discounted:

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Network Attached Storage – This is a massive storage device, with 8TB of space to backup even the largest of PCs.  If you get to this deal soon you can save $137 off Amazon’s usual price.  Click here for the deal.

WD 12TB My Cloud Mirror Personal Network Attached Storage – The mirror part of the name is the key with this version of the My Cloud.  This is for the seriously backup conscious as it has two internal hard drives meaning that, if one fails, your data is still stored on the other one.  Click here for the deal.

Home Networking & Wifi (link: Answered: How do I extend the range of my home wifi?)

In this article we discuss the options for extending the range of your home wifi network, coming to the conclusion that a powerline device is the best route in most circumstances.  In the current Amazon deal there are some excellent mark downs, for example, checkout:

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Adapter Gigabit Extender Starter Kit – A great powerline starter kit which will extend your wired network across your home power network.  Save $50 today, click here for the deal.

TP-LINK AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender – A wifi range extender, with a saving of $50.  Click here for the deal.

There are many more networking related items in the Amazon sale which our readers may find very appealing (be quick, many run out today), so it’s worth checking it out here: Amazon Networking Deals.

Press Release: The World of Municipal Broadband: Another Metro-Wi-Fi in the Making?

LONDON, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This paper is an adjunct to a concurrent report on the telecommunication regulatory scene inthe United States. It will be of interest to public policy departments of the telecommunication network operator community.

In the early part of this century, municipalities discovered Wi-Fi. Cheap, easy to install and configure, and superficially easy to understand, Wi-Fi was going to be the broadband infrastructure of the modern community: ubiquitous and free to all. Everybody, it seemed, was jumping on the WiFi bandwagon. Then something happened: reality began to intrude into this rosy picture of free broadband for all. It turned out that Wi-Fi is cheap if it is done poorly; but when it becomes a network that needs to be planned, installed and supported, it can be very expensive. Almost immediately, municipalities began to look for ways to pay for the carrying costs of the new Wi-Fi networks. Everything from advertising for local businesses to pay-per-use were investigated, implemented, and then abandoned. The problem back then was that municipal Wi-Fi had competition in the form of cellular wireless. What many forgot in the rush to install metro-Wi-Fi was that it isn’t as mobile as cellular, and generally provided performance that was inferior to cellular. The problem was only exacerbated as 3G evolved into 4G, with higher data rates and even more pervasive access.

Now, there is a push afoot for municipalities to build their own broadband fiber networks. The notion is that, by doing so, they can provide substantially higher data speeds to their communities, while charging much lower access rates. The community also wins by providing 21st Century infrastructure that attracts new business, providing new job opportunities for the residents, and an expanded tax base. It also makes politicians and social engineering advocates feel better by addressing the digital divide between the haves and the have-nots and “democratizing data.” Of course, no one thinks of fiber deployment as being especially easy or cheap; so, the cost dynamic is different for municipal fiber than it would be for municipal Wi-Fi, but the equation is similar: government can deliver, so the proponents say, a service that is intrinsically better than a private enterprise because it does not have to worry about such things as profit or shareholders. It can shave cost to the bone and, for a relatively nominal outlay, maintain the plant on an ongoing basis. There is an old adage, though, that is especially relevant to this situation: if it sounds too good to be true, it is! Municipal broadband makes no more sense than municipal Wi-Fi, and for many of the same reasons. Stratecast has examined the current advocacy for municipal broadband, and believes that it would be a serious mistake for communities to get into the business of being communication service providers.

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Answered: How do I extend the range of my home wifi?

Gone are the days when we plugged all our devices into a wired network to access the internet at home. In fact, many smart devices that you buy today don’t even have a network socket so you have to connect over wifi. However, what if the wifi doesn’t extend over your whole house? Maybe your house is rather tall, so the top floors or basement don’t get coverage? Or maybe it is a rather wide bungalow so the ends don’t have coverage? In this article we run through your three options for extending wifi across you whole house. We’ll also provide direct links to the products so that you don’t need to go hunting for them.

I can’t be bothered to read the whole article, please summarize!

The best option for most is to use the power network in your house as a data network which enables you to place an additional wifi access point in the dead zone that needs addressing.  This access point talks to your main router over the power cabling already in your house so there is no additional wiring.  You should buy a kit like this: Netgear Powerline 500 with Wi-Fi – Essentials Edition on Amazon .

For those that want to read on…

The equipment that your Internet provider gives you usually contains a modem (the bit that connects to the internet), a router (the bit that manages traffic on your network and talks to the router) and a wifi access point (the bit that provides the wifi signal). Now, these bits all work in tandem in one box usually, so you don’t need to worry about them being separate. However, what we want to do is get more wifi coverage, so you don’t need another modem or another router, you just need more wifi access points. The challenge is how these access points connect to your main router and hence the internet. We’ll walk through three options here: 1) rewire your home with fast ethernet cabling (extreme solution but the best), 2) add wireless repeaters (ok solution, but we’ve not had great performance) or 3) a powerline solution that turns your existing power cabling into a wired network (our recommendation).

So, in no particular order:

1. Rewire your home adding in network cable across the house. BUDGET: Depends on the local cost of labor
Performance wise, this is the best solution. Network cables are designed to carry computer communication traffic and they do this very well.

You’ll be looking to do two things:

  1. Place a wireless access point which broadcasts a wifi network in the dead spot(s) in your home. You can call this network what ever you like, but make sure you connect to it at least once on your devices so that they know it can be connected to
  2. Connect this new wifi access point to your main router with network cables. One end of the network cable plugs into the back of your router (make sure you have a spare network port) and the other end plugs into your new wifi access point

Whilst this can be done simply by buying some network cable from Amazon you’re going to want it not to look really crappy in your home. This means paying an electrician to lay the cables and place network sockets (as you probably have seen in your workplace) next to your new wifi hotspot.
On the plus side, this solution will give you excellent performance. Generally these network cables can operate at gigabit speed, which is going to be faster than pretty much all but the fastest of internet connections. If you invest in a good wifi hotspot you’ll be getting great performance.

Consider the following access point:Edimax BR-6428nS V2 300Mbps Wireless Range Extender / Access Point on Amazon

In addition you’ll need plenty of network cable, although your electrician should be able to provide this.

2. Add wireless repeaters at the edge of your wireless coverage. BUDGET: $35
This solution is completely wireless and doesn’t require adding any new cabling to your home. The idea is this: your main wifi access point that is broadcasting from your router gets to a certain distance in your home. You place a repeater, essentially a booster, inside this coverage area which in turn broadcasts another network which will extend further than the original signal. When your device connects to the repeater, the communication is then passed on to your main wifi network.

This is a good idea if you are extending your coverage just a little bit. In reality we’ve found that this tends to be quiet a flaky solution for real world use. To get any decent extension in coverage the repeater needs to be placed at the edge of the original wifi coverage area, this means it already is receiving quite a poor signal.

It is significantly cheaper than option 1, but unless there is some reason that holds you back from option 3 using powerline devices, there’s no really compelling reason to go with this option. If you are going to, then check out the following Netgear device:

Netgeart WiFi Extender Essentials on Amazon


3. Use a powerline device and a wifi access point. BUDGET sub $60:
This one requires a bit of an explanation. In essence you are doing option 1 (placing a wifi access point in the dead zone(s) and connecting it to your router with a wire) however, instead of placing network cable across your home you use a pair of devices that send the data signal over your home’s existing power network. There’s no need to add any extra wiring to your home.

The devices you need to get plug in to your power sockets and allow you to plug a network cable into them. You need to buy them in pairs, so that you plug one into the mains near your router (and connect a network cable from your router to the powerline device) and then you plug the other device into the mains next to your new wifi access point and connect the network cable from the access point to the powerline device. In this manner your new wifi access point is connected to your router over the power network in your house.

You’ll find that some devices put the wifi access point and powerline device into one unit in one of the pair so that you don’t need to have a separate access point (we’d recommend this option unless you have a good reason to keep the wifi access point separate from the powerline device).

Now, the speed you get will not be the same as running dedicated network cable around your home. It will also be influenced by the quality of wiring in your home. Most devices nowadays conform to the HomePlugAV500 specification – which in theory can transmit data across your powerline at 500mb / sec (you will see some devices which conform to the AV2 specification introduction in 2012, however there aren’t that many of them out there). In reality the speed you will achieve will be much lower, however even if you only get a 100mb transmit rate, this is likely still faster than your web connection and good for most use cases.

One thing to look out for on the devices is whether they allow you to plug other mains powered devices into them (known as passing through the power). This can be handy if you are short of mains sockets, but not essential.

We’d recommend a pair of devices such as these Netgear ones, they are completely plug and play (meaning no configuration) and one of the pair has a wifi hotspot included in it (no extra plugging in):

Netgear Powerline 500 with Wi-Fi – Essentials Edition on Amazon