Linksys EA8500

Ultimate Solution for Multi-Device Households

The Max-Stream AC2600 Router is the ultimate solution for multi-device households. Breakthrough MU-MIMO technology delivers 4.6x* faster Wi-Fi speeds to everyone and everything on your busy network. Now the whole household can play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream movies, and more--all simultaneously and without lag or buffering.

MU-MIMO for Multiple Device Households


The Max-Stream AC2600 Router delivers plenty of bandwidth to all of your connected devices such as streaming media players, smart TVs, tablets, and game consoles--maintaining a fast, uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection even if multiple family members are all connected at the same time. This allows everyone in your household to connect to the Internet at the same time without slowing down your network.

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Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) technology ensures uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections that function as if each device has its own dedicated router. You and other household members can now connect to the Internet, stream media, and play online games simultaneously at speeds up to 4.6x faster* than traditional Wi-Fi.

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No more frozen screens while streaming your favorite shows or movies. With Linksys MU-MIMO technology, the entire household can enjoy smooth performance when simultaneously streaming. The combined 2.53 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds** wipe out annoying buffering and enable faster downloads.

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Shop online, send emails, and even set up your router from your mobile device in any room of your home without having to worry about signal drop-off. Beamforming technology delivers whole-home coverage that targets Wi-Fi signals to provide increased signal strength and coverage for each mobile device. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to monitor your home network anywhere from your mobile device.

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Game without interruption from other devices on the network with the new MU-MIMO technology. The router's supercharged 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and four high-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports make it an ideal choice for gamers looking for blazing-fast wired connections.



Linksys Smart Wi-Fi lets you access your network anytime, anywhere. Using your browser or the Smart Wi-Fi mobile app, you can:

  • Prioritize devices or websites for video streaming and online gaming
  • Control inappropriate or distracting content
  • Monitor network activity and speed
  • Turn Wi-Fi access on or off for any connected device
  • Create a separate, password-protected guest network

For even greater control, download one of the many Wi-Fi management apps compatible with your Smart Wi-Fi router. Create your free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account here: www.linksyssmartwifi.com


Managing your network with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is fast and easy:

Step 1 Set up your wireless home network

Set up your wireless home network using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.

The router will broadcast a wireless signal to your Wi-Fi-enabled devices like gaming consoles, TVs, mobile devices, and printers.

Step 2 Sign up for a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account

Sign up for a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account. It's fast and free.

Smart Wi-Fi software lets you access and control your home network from wherever you are, whenever you need to.

Sign Up Today

Step 3 Customize your network with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi apps

Customize your network with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi apps of your choice.

Upgrade the functionality of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi tools, by downloading Linksys Smart Wi-Fi apps to your mobile devices.

Smart Wi-Fi App Center


The Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router lets you enjoy Hulu with 3x faster Wi-Fi (VIDEO)

  • The Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router lets you enjoy Hulu with 3x faster Wi-Fi (VIDEO)

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Technical Specs
  • Network Standards:
    • IEEE 802.11a
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • IEEE 802.11g
    • IEEE 802.11n
    • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Radio Frequency Bands:
    2.4 & 5GHz
  • Ports:
    Power, Internet, Ethernet (1-4), USB 3.0, USB 2.0 / eSATA combo
  • LEDs:
    Internet, Ethernet (1-4), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Power
  • Buttons:
    Reset, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Power
  • Operating Temperature:
    32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
  • Storage Temperature:
    -4 to 140 F (-20 to 60 C)
  • Operating Humidity:
    10 to 80% Noncondensing
  • Max. Link Rate:
    1733 Mbps
  • Platform Compatibility:
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista 32/64
    • Windows 7 32/64
    • Windows 8 32/64
    • Windows 8.1 32/64
    • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Windows 10 32/64
Package Contents
  • Linksys AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router, EA8500
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 4 Detachable Antennas
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • CD-ROM with Documentation
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good router was worth the upgrade. So we have gone with the whole "Smart House" setup. We have a theater room i built last summer with Lutron Home lighting, also have Thermastat, Blinds, Lights upstairs, locks and Logitech whole home. This doesnt even include, 6 TVs, 3 Cell Phones, 4 Tablets, 3 computers, Roku, 2 Cable Boxes, Nvida Shield, Coffee maker, PS4 and Xbone. This was a seamless installation and connecting all the devices with the new router. Never a single Connection issue, never drop any of the devices. This has been the best upgrade in my "Whole Home Connection"
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once overheating problem independently resolved I encountered an overheating problem that would force the router to shut down. I used a small block of dense styrofoam placed in the center to elevate it above my desktop and improve airflow. This resolved the problem and linksys is aware of the problem and my solution. With that temporary fix, I am extremely pleased with the product and it's features. Linksys offered to trade it for a different model but I declined since I liked the features and other performance features. I hope the company resolves the overheating and upgrades my current model. Outstanding except for the overheating.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacking Features Just got this yesterday and setup was a breeze, however I keep looking for some kind of "Advanced" menu. I was hoping a router in this price range would give me more control over network traffic. I replaced a Netgear router that gave me a lot more control, I miss it's menu's. One example is the "Parental Controls"? Dumb name in my opinion, but my old router would allow me to block certain sites from the entire network, this thing you have to pick individual devices. What a pain in the butt! Limiting the speed test GUI to 20Mb+? Really? Anyway, hopefully a firmware update in the future will give me the features I'm looking for, until then it's 3 stars.
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Unit While I have increased the speed of my wireless network 10 fold over the Xfinity modem I use for the gateway (wired units to each other), I love the programmability and user interface and now have my home wifi services exactly the way I want it with appropriately named 2k and 5k SSID's, passwords, guest ssid and even a cloud like disk drive thanks to the fast USB 3.0 port. The network map display and media prioritization gives me full control over the devices on my network. MIMO technology probably is what makes all this so fast but i'm not a network Guru so won't say. Just know that its lightning fast and Works flawlessly.... Using Speedtest on S6 phone yields over 180 Mbps download speed using the 5K network.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Linksys EA8500 Just bought today, love it so far. Positioned so I can get to my wires easily, resetting, quick connect, etc. Can anyone chime in to help me with positioning the antenna? Don't care what the wires looked like either.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable connection, great speed Before I bought this router I always lost Internet connection several times a day. When I booted my PC it took forever to connect to the network. Now it is a whole different world. The speed is amazing. The only thing that was frustrating (at least for me) was this: I followed exactly the setup instruction of the quick start guide for replacing an existing router. After connecting the cables as instructed I waited for the power indicator light to stop flushing and waited and waited. It wouldn’t go solid. Reading everywhere "setup is so easy". Long story short. I should have also disconnected the modem first not only the router. Updating the quick start guide to: “Note: If replacing an existing router, disconnect that router and your modem first.” I am very pleased with this router!
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noob review Like the title says I am far from technical advanced. Bought this to replace an older Linksys router that had trouble providing good signal throughout my 3 house. (Router is on the third floor) All I can say is the EA8500 was easy to set up. Googled best channels for the 5 and 2.5, found some recommendations, set them and I've been good. Had the router for three weeks now and I've had to reset it twice. First time 5ghz channel kept dropping off but experienced no trouble with the 2.5. Second time both channels shut down. Each time the reset cleared the trouble. As for coverage, I am very happy with the coverage the EA8500 gives me. I also see double the speed numbers over the old router.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a horrible experience!!! Have been trying to set this router up for the last hour, simply can't pass the "please wait " stage. Horrible SW. rebooted and reset multiple times, tried wireless and wired, manual setup (got stuck there after entering the password). Disclaimer, I work in tech in the valley, so I'm used to bad SW. I can't imagine how frustating it would be for the average american
Date published: 2015-09-19
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*As reported by Ixia ixChariot v7.10 SP3. Test conducted by Tolly comparing EA8500/AC2600 router compared to 2 similar single user MIMO competitor routers. 4.6x claim is based on the greatest difference in throughput to a single MU-MIMO capable device.
Notes: Linksys running MU-MIMO Router. All testing using 5GHz. Average of three runs.
Source: Tolly, May 2015
Testing done in the United States with a MU-MIMO router produced for use in the United States.
Review the full Tolly Report PDF for more detailed information.
**The standard transmission rates–600 Mbps or 1733 Mbps (for 5 GHz), 800 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz), 54 Mbps, and 11 Mbps–are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.