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SUPERCHARGED WORK AND PLAY WITH NEXT-GEN AC Wi-Fi ROUTER

Designed as a dual-purpose home office and entertainment Wi-Fi router, the MAX-STREAM AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500) delivers Wi-Fi to multiple users on multiple devices at the same time and same speed.

Featuring MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology, this Next-Gen AC Router treats your devices--PCs, Smart TVs, streaming devices, smartphones--as if each has its own dedicated router. Working in your home office, you'll enjoy lag-free videoconferencing and fast file transfer, even while the rest of the family is streaming 4K or HD media in the living room.

Linksys MAX-STREAM AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)
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57% FASTER THAN THE COMPETITION

The Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM™ AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA9500) was tested for performance against 3 competitors by the Tolly Group. The EA9500 MU-MIMO Router downloads media at speeds up to 57% faster than other routers, making it the best performing router. Linksys’ success is attributed to Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi, Multi-User MIMO technology, which decreases the time each device has to wait for a Wi-Fi signal, and increases the Wi-Fi speed on every device.

Linksys Max-Stream routers offer Seamless Roaming

ROOM-TO-ROOM Wi-Fi WITH SEAMLESS ROAMING

The MAX-STREAM AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500) offers Seamless Roaming as you move around your home when linked with a MAX-STREAM Range Extender. With Seamless Roaming, your enabled wireless devices will automatically switch to the strongest Wi-Fi signal, so you won't have to manually connect to the router or range extender when you move from one room to another--or even to your garden.** This means that you can move freely throughout your home while video chatting or streaming videos without experiencing dropped calls or buffering.

Pair a MAX-STREAM range extender such as the RE7000 with the AC5400 for more efficient home Wi-Fi that delivers stronger, more powerful Wi-Fi signal to all your devices.

AC5400 Home Office Productivity

BACKED BY 3-YEAR WARRANTY AND TECH SUPPORT

With its ability to perform double duty as a home office and entertainment router, the AC5400 merits a premium level of support. For this reason, it's backed not only by a three-year warranty, but also by a three-year tech support guarantee.

POWERFUL PROCESSOR FOR SUPERCHARGED Wi-Fi

If you're working in your home office, you can quickly download large files thanks to the MAX-STREAM's 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, which delivers the performance necessary for seamless videoconferencing and fast file transfer. The AC5400 is capable of handling multiple high-speed data streams at once--delivering faster Wi-Fi speeds to more devices.

AC5400 Tri-Band Technology

ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES FOR A SECURE CONNECTION

With the MAX-STREAM AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA9500), your work files, data, and home network information are safely connected with WPA/WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall.

SMOOTH 4K VIDEO STREAMING WITH BLAZING-FAST Wi-Fi SPEEDS

The MAX-STREAM AC5400 offers three independent Wi-Fi bands that deliver extremely fast combined speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps.* 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 5 GHz bands, while lower-bandwidth devices like older wireless-N and -G computers can utilize the 2.4 GHz band.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE ANTENNAS FOR MAXIMUM COVERAGE

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 Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. Unlike the two or three data streams found on other routers, the AC5400 delivers four simultaneous streams per band for stronger, faster performance.

IMPROVED MOBILE SPEED AND RANGE WITH BEAMFORMING

Play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream movies, and more--without having to worry about signal drop-off. Beamforming technology directs Wi-Fi signals to each of your mobile devices. This focused direction provides increased signal strength and coverage.


Linksys EA9500 Gigabit Ethernet Ports

CONNECT WIRED DEVICES WITH USB AND GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS

Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect an array of wired devices for enhanced file transfer speeds and stability--up to 10x faster than Fast Ethernet. Two USB connections--including one fast USB 3.0 port--are ideal for connecting shared storage devices or printers.

LINKSYS SMART Wi-Fi


CUSTOMIZE AND MANAGE YOUR HOME Wi-Fi ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

With the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App, you can closely monitor and manage your home Wi-Fi remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

  • Guest Access: Create a separate, password-protected Wi-Fi network for up to 50 guests and easily share the password.
  • 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.

QUICK AND EASY SETUP

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

Step 1 Set up your wireless home network

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

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

Download the free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App.

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

Use Your Mobile Device to Manage Your Home Wi-Fi.

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Technical Specs
  • Wi-Fi Technology:
    AC5400 MU-MIMO Tri-band Gigabit, 1000+2166+2166 Mbps
  • Key Features:
    • Tri-Band (5 GHz + 5GHz + 2.4 GHz)
    • 4x4 AC, MU-MIMO
    • USB 3.0 Port
    • Dual-Core CPU
    • Beamforming Technology
    • 8 Adjustable Antennas
    • Smart Wi-Fi
  • Network Standards:
    • 802.11b
    • 802.11a/g
    • 802.11n
    • 802.11ac
  • Wi-Fi Speed:
    AC5400 (N1000 + AC2166 + AC2166)
  • Wi-Fi Bands:
    2.4 and 5 GHz(2x) (simultaneous tri-band)
  • Wi-Fi Range:
    Very Large Household
  • Number of Ethernet Ports:
    • 1x Gigabit WAN port
    • 8x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Other Ports:
    • One(1) USB 3.0 port
    • One(1) USB 2.0 port
    • Power
  • Antennas:
    8x external adjustable antennas
  • Processor:
    1.4 GHz dual-core
  • LEDs:
    Status Indicator, MU-MIMO Indicators, illuminated Linksys logo, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Power, Internet, LAN 1–8, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
  • Wireless Encryption:
    64/128-bit WEP, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise
  • Operation Modes:
    • Wireless Router
    • Access Point (Bridge)
  • Storage File System Support:
    • FAT
    • NTFS
    • HSF+
  • Easy Setup:
    • Browser-based Setup
    • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Setup
  • Certified Operating Systems:
    Windows 7, Windows 8.1
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • Internet Explorer® 8
    • Safari® 5 (for Mac®)
    • Firefox® 8
    • Google Chrome™
  • Dimensions (LxWxH):
    264.52 x 318.15 x 66.66 mm (10.41 x 12.53 x 2.62 in.) without antennas
  • Weight:
    1727.7 g (60.94 oz)
  • Security Features:
    • WPA/WPA2
    • 128 bit AES link encryption
    • WEP
  • Regulatory Compliance:
    FCC class B
  • Power Supply:
    Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz; Output: 12V, 5A
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Package Contents
  • Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router, EA9500
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 8 Antennas
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • CD-ROM with Documentation
Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports! I got this router last Tuesday. Immediately upon opening the shipping box, a label on the front of the router box caught my eye. It read, " 3-Year Warranty + 3-Year Tech Support $200 Value." Wow! I never heard of that before. Immediately upon examining the router, I noticed the eight Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back, Finally! I quickly tried to evaluate my need to determine which of my lucky devices would populate those port. Ultimately they were, one HP Stream running my Plex server, two Linksys media hubs, one Philips Blu-ray disc player, one LiftMaster my Q, one Tablo one Wii U U, and one for use in setting up PCs in my small office/home office business. I also populated both of the USB port with identical Iomega hard drives also used with my Plex server. For whatever reason, one port is USB 3.0 while the other remains USB 2.0. The only hiccup that I experienced was connecting to a Linksys Wireless‑AC USB Adapter, but once I upgraded the drivers to current, it connected worked fine.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost there... I want to start by saying that this device has the beginnings of what could be a very good device. It has a lot of ethernet ports (twice as many as most other home routers), a lot of antennas due to the 3 bands, and a fair amount of features, though less than I would have expected from a router of this price/caliber. To start with, the device is literally huge. I've never come across a home router as large as this one. To give an example, the body itself without the antennas is nearly as large as 6 soda cans laid out in 2 rows of 3. This is fully twice as large as my previous Asus RT-AC66U both in area and height. This presents a problem for me. First, I had my previously mentioned device wall mounted. In order to keep my network connections where they are all at currently, I had to put a shelf on the wall for this device as it is not capable of being wall mounted. I understand that such a large device would present challenges for wall mounting, however I feel that the inclusion of a simple snap-on wall bracket with some drywall anchors could have more than handled it. The price of this device should more than be able to accomodate such a consideration, not to mention it would allow for such a bulky device to not take up so much valuable flat-surface real-estate. In terms of other physical features, the antennas are large and jut out from 3 of the 4 sides of this device. I understand and appreciate the need for many antennas for the multiple bands this router services, but they are almost comically large in their implementation. Being that this device cannot be wall mounted, I feel they could have saved some horizontal space by placing some of the antennas in the center of the device itself rather than all the way around the outside. However this leads me to my next point. The center of the device has a large display-like area with LEDs. It appears to be a screen but is not, and serves to just show the logo and I guess that the device is powered on, though little more than that. Again, some real-estate could be saved by having skipped this piece or gone with a more space conscientious design. But enough about size, let's talk features. Unfortunately, despite the size, here is where the device begins to fall flat. I found no specific feature of this device that made it stand out from the crowd aside from the 8 Ethernet ports. I have a very large number of physical device connected in my house, with multiple full switches in my network, having the addition of an additional 4 ports over the original 4 of my old router was very welcome. The tri-band capability of the device also cannot be overlooked as it is going to allow for more devices with less congestion on the network than otherwise may be available to a single- or dual-band device. Currently my EA9500 shows 23 devices connected to itself, so any amount of congestion alleviation is definitely worth note. Outside of that, the features are fairly run-of-the-mill, and even some tend to be annoying. First, the device insists you use a Linksys Smart WiFi account, though it is capable of being managed locally. Second, and most annoyingly, there is an ad that shows in the upper right-hand of the interface if you login with a Linksys Smart WiFi account that attempts to sell you other Linksys products. I feel this is unnecessary and somewhat ludicrous considering the cost of this device. Third, the network map is mediocre at best. It shows very little useful information and in most cases is not able to ascertain the make (from the mac address) or hostname. My previous device was able to give me at least the make of the NIC if not the entire device by using a MAC address database even if it could not find more information about that device using other methods. In addition, the network map doesn't gain anything by situating all of the devices in a circle around the router, it doesn't help with an at-a-glance recognition of whether something is wired or wireless, and while you might expect the little wireless symbol to help with that, it is small and green, and there is a small and green dot on the wired ethernet port symbol as well, so at-a-glance it's less than useful. Had they situated them separate from one another such as lines drawn to wired devices and wireless devices situated out separately, or in separate portions of the same page, or wired and wireless devices on separate pages, it would have been far more useful. Next, there are none of the more advanced features of this type of device that I've come to expect and appreciate from other vendors, especially if you consider the more high-end devices, all of which include the vast majority of these features. Some of these include: -There is no VPN endpoint. This is quite disappointing as from what I understand the hardware in this router is rather significantly beefy and could more than handle VPN processing. -There are no basic LAN tools such as Wake-On-LAN. WOL was a functionality I've enjoyed in all of my previous routers that this one is missing. -There is no Dynamic DNS registration capability (this is the first router I've ever owned that does not have this, surprisingly) -Wireless bridge capability (while I know this device is expensive and this wouldn't be something you'd likely use this for, years down the road it may become one of the only uses this device has as it ages into obsolescence, so I feel leaving out features such as this is only a detriment) -Access Point mode - See my comment about wireless bridge -RADIUS authentication - While this is a much more advanced feature, if they are including RIP and VLAN tagging, it seems like this is a missing piece of the puzzle. -No Traffic manager/display/statistics - I feel like this is a huge miss and a somewhat comical one as even Linksys's own RE7000 range extender has a rudimentary traffic status display where this device has none While this device does support VLAN tagging and static/dynamic(RIP) routing, these are not features that most people ever use in a home environment. Finally, the wireless range of this device just isn't that great. With the size of the device, the size and number of antennas, the number of bands, etc... I expected my wireless range to improve. It's about the same or slightly worse than my previous device which is somewhat disappointing. I've chosen to set this up in conjunction with a Linksys RE7000 to take advantage of the seamless roaming, which is not as great as it sounds. Unfortunately, with this device I've not ended up in a better place than where I was prior to it. Some issues I've experienced: First, this device basically REQUIRES you have a WAN connection before setting it up. It causes it to prevent you from moving forward with the automatic setup AT ALL without it, which causes a problem in itself. If you get stuck in the setup portion it forces you to hard reset the router with the reset button in order to return to the portion of the setup that lets you select manual configuration. This can be a problem if you're trying to pre-configure this router to replace an existing one as I was. Second, even the manual configuration gives a bit of a hassle if you don't have the WAN connected as it tries to connect you to the device through the Linksys Smart WiFi account. It is possible to get around this with the default password, but it seems like an extraneous step just to get a basic config on the device. Third, strangely the first night I owned this device after configuring it, it appears to have lost its mind. When I woke up in the morning I still had access from my machines to the internet, but none of the special config that I had set up was working and I could not get to the administration page either locally or through Linksys Smart WiFi. No external connections I had configured through the port-forwarding were working and it was preventing other basic functionality from the device as well. I had to power cycle the device to restore full functionality. Really the bottom line is that I'm just not thrilled with this device and am debating returning to my previous one. I'm hoping future firmware updates will include not only stability improvements but feature improvements as well, so I'm holding out hope.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Two defective units in a row - what's going on wit This is my second AC5400 and was a replacement for the first unit. First unit was determined defective after 2+ hours on the phone with Linksys tech support. It would not establish an internet connection. When my unit arrived, its original Linksys shrink wrap was missing but all required components were included..box was date stamped November 22,2016. It was obviously a returned item. Linksys did check to see that everything was in its box; however, they did not bother to test the unit. When plugged in and switched on, it was dead on arrival. Power supply testing showed that it was putting out the required 12V DC. Its switch is likely the culprit. I have been using Linksys products for more than twenty years but am fast losing confidence in their ability to control and sort out problems with their Chinese supplier.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best router on the market This is the best router I have used thus far in my life. Linksys goes above and beyond and sent me a NEX GEN AC usb wifi adapter after I received my router. This is amazing customer service. Now the router... My speeds are through the roof. I expected that. The range, however, is ridiculous... RIDICULOUSLY FAR!!! (It's a good thing.) I have a two-story 4000 sq ft home. It covers that without any problems. But there's more, I can get a strong signal on 80% of my half acre backyard. I walked all the way out to the slopes of the hill and still had 2-3 bars of wifi signal. THIS IS ALL WITHOUT A RANGE EXTENDER. Amazing product. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Biggest Piece of Junk EVER!!! This router is absolutely terrible... the max speed I get over my wifi is about 5MB/s on the 2.4GHZ and 10 - 20MB/s on the 5GHZ, if smart switch is enabled it switches my devices ever couple seconds making them disconnect, so I have to disable one of the 2, 5GHZ bands. I will be taking this Piece of junk back and going back to my Asus AC5300 which was able of sending the full 300MB/s I'm paying for over my WIFI!!! Without any problems... I can't Stay connected to the WIFI with the Linksys router for more then 5 min at a time with any of my devices... Just through writing this Review it reconnected on my laptop Twice...
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Router For My Need. I struggled trying to find the right Router strong enough to fulfill my need and demand, but not anymore. The AC5400 is strong enough for my Netflix 4K account to be running in the background while my all old PC is downloading movies and I'm doing school work in my Mac computer all of this without slowing the games I'm playing at the same time in my 2 iPhones. It's also strong enough to reach every corner of my 3 bedroom apartment without the need for me to set it up on the middle of the apartments. I still do recommend to set up your router in the middle of your home but if that not possible for you, just know that this router is strong enough to handle huge places.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New King of Wireless Routers The Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is a home use, entertainment ready, and commercial grade build-quality device that is designed to serve you for years to come. I have never experienced such all-around speed in a router until now. Speed in setup, speed in connecting, speed in throughput and speed in handling multiple streams. I threw a barrage of giant streaming video files, huge data transfers and 20 devices connected concurrently and I simply could not slow the King of Wireless Routers down. The router uses 3 bands that allow up to 5.3 Gbps. Using MU-MIMO, each device is treated as if it has its own dedicated router. Combine that with a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, you'll be seamlessly video conferencing, streaming HD Video, listening to music, gaming and file transfers, all at the same time, with ease. Forget about network lag. There isn't any that is noticeable. It's just that FAST! There are 8 adjustable antennas that provide 4 simultaneous streams. Beamforming directs Wi-Fi signals to each of your devices, even mobile. As you move, the beam follows, reducing the intermittent "slow" spots. Need to hardwire some devices No problem. The router has 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports. No need for an additional network switch expense and clutter compared to lesser routers. Got external storage that houses movies, photos or music. Just plug it in to the USB 3.0 or 2.0 port. One of my favorite features is the dedicated on and off toggle switch. No more crawling on the floor to power down your router. The Smart Wi-Fi setup and mobile applications make setting up and controlling your router a breeze. It takes minutes from opening box to successfully operating the router. Routers were notoriously difficult to setup in the past. Linksys has literally made its router one of the easiest devices to setup. Need to setup a guest user, change device priority, or check signal strength? No problem with Smart Wi-Fi. Finally, Linksys backs up the EA9500 with a 3-year warranty and technical support to match what is sure to be a long-term investment against obsolescence.
Date published: 2016-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Router Not to bash other companies but after trying a Nighthawk x8 ac5300 and having semi strong 5g and 2.4 ... tried the rt-87u and noticed i had the 5g drop out issues that plagued many others online in reviews... i decided to go back to good old linksys. This router reminds me of old Linksys many years ago in their wrt54g reliable router days, but with a much better quality. This router feels solid! It works and is extremely fast wireless and wired. I see no need for any custom firmware at the moment as everything works as it is supposed to with this router.
Date published: 2016-08-18
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*The standard transmission rates–1000 Mbps or 2166 Mbps (for 5 GHz), 1000 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.
**Seamless Roaming is designed for devices that support the 802.11k standard including but not limited to iPhone (4s and later), iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, iPad mini and later, iPad (3rd generation and later), iPod touch (5th generation and later), Samsung S4 (Android 4.2.2 /4.4.2), Samsung S5 (Android 4.4.2), and Samsung S6 (Android 5.0.2). For more information on supported Windows® and other devices, please check with your device manufacturer. Seamless Roaming may require the latest Max-Stream firmware. Please check the support page of your Max-Stream router for more details.
† As reported by Ixia ixChariot v7.10 SP3. Test conducted by Tolly comparing EA9500/AC5400 router to 3 similar single Multi-MIMO competitor routers. 57% claim is based on the greatest difference in throughput to an individual client in a line-of-site trial achieved in such testing. Compared to competitive solutions, “The Linksys EA9500 AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router provides: (1) Up to 40% greater aggregate throughput in line-of-sight tests, (2) Up to 57% greater individual client throughput in line-of-sight tests, (3) Up to 36% faster per client average client throughput in mixed distance/floor tests.”
Notes: Tri-band devices provide a single 2.4GHz radio and two 5GHz radios. All testing used 5GHz band. Average of three runs.
Source: Tolly, July 2016
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.