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)


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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
Package Contents
  • Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router, EA9500
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 8 Antennas
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • CD-ROM with Documentation
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 4 out of 5 by from Good Build Quality This is a really well made router, it has a surprising amount of heft to it, which is a good thing, because it is obvious that it has plenty of quality electronics packed inside. I decided to weigh it on a digital scale to see how much it weighs, it is 62.46 ounces, which is 3.9 pounds. This Linksys router has quality buttons and a nice rocker switch for turning it on/off. This Linksys router has perfectly straight fitting labels, which is always a plus, as products with sloppily placed or misfitting labels, have a tendency to have a cheaper feel to the product. There is nothing about this Linksys router that is cheap, the entire product is very well made, it even has nice rubber pads for the feet. I am comparing this Linksys router to a competitor's router, which is similar in appearance, functionality, and price, I will not say the brand name of the competitor. This Linksys router is being released after its competitor, and it appears as if it was purposely designed to have upgraded Ethernet connectivity, this router has a total of 8 Ethernet ports, the competitor router has only 4 Ethernet ports. This Linksys router has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, which is the same processor speed of the competitor router that I compared this router to. The browser based administration tool for this router is easy to setup and use. To access the browser based administration tool for this Linksys router, connect to one of the default wireless signals, open an internet browser, type in, for the login there is no username and the default password is admin. This is a MIMO router, which means it is designed to handle multiple in and multiple out wireless transmissions at the same time. The fact that this Linksys router is priced similar to a major competitor, with equivalent build quality and more Ethernet ports, makes this a good choice for a router that is capable of handling multiple wireless connections at the same time.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful, great features and easy setup. EA9500 Setup was very easy. The free Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream™ AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router was sent by Linksys for a review. Smooth video play back from 4 devices at 1.5 Mbps, smooth video streaming even when Mbps varies. The speed on my DSL can vary at certain times of the day. This router will handle up to I setup the EA9500 following the setup instructions on a Windows 7 system. 1. Set Network location box opened on startup, clicked Home network. 2. Box appeared showing EA9500 was set to home network, clicked close. 3. Started browser and entered: http://LinksysSmartWi-Fi.com. 4. Smart Wi-Fi setup started and clicked check for updates. Checked install future updates automatically. 5. Used default Wi-Fi network name and password, created router password. 6. Setup was completed. Setup instructions are very clear and easy to understand. Started my laptop, detected EA9500 router, entered password and connected to router. The tablet and smart phone detected the ES9500 router and I entered new password and devices work fine. All devices were detected and I only need to enter the password for the EA9500 router. Even at 1.5 Mbps access I can view videos on PC, Laptop, Android Smart Phone and Android Tablet at the same time with smooth video viewing. I get 5 bar signal strength though out the my 1300 Sq. ft. residence.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beast of a router I was sent this router for free in exchange for my unbiased review. Let me just start off by saying that this router is quite large, larger than any other router I've ever seen. I was surprised by just how large the router is, about the size of the full-size iPad. It's quite hefty as well which I think is good for durability sake. The user interface was quite responsive just like all the other Smart Wi-Fi routers in the Linksys line. I got exceptional range and throughput on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band, as expected. What really surprised me was on the back of the router is 8 LAN ports, which I think is more than I've ever seen on a consumer router. Very innovative for Linksys to do that since this router I believe is meant for the prosumer and ultra heavy use networks. My devices connected up seamlessly, I never had a problem, it was a breeze to use, extremely easy to set up. As powerful as this router is, I was very impressed by how well it stayed cool, which I think is helped by its large size for more airflow. I personally think that the front panel LED lights is one of the coolest features of this router, in implementation and design.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Speed This router is super fast, and capable of handling anything you do. It's great for my home office and there is no lag if I am streaming and working at the same time. With the 8 Ethernet ports allows me also to direct connect my desk top and the TV in the office with the ability to hook plenty more up if needed. This router allows you to utilize all of cable internet for its speed even during the high volume times of day, without any slowing. I would highly recommend this router to anyone using smart tvs, home office, or any online gaming! It has plenty of range with its 8 antennas and can handle anything you wanted to do with out any problems. A very plus is the ease of setting up the router, it super quick and very easy to do right out of the box.
Date published: 2016-05-27
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 A Beast - Excellent Our home network handles upwards of twenty devices. A mixture of 5GHz, 2.4GHz, and wired gigabit devices ranging from phones, tablets, PC’s, streaming, game consoles, printers, NAS and so on. To say the least, it is an extremely active environment, with heavy loading of movies streaming from the Internet and streaming services in the evening. Have continued to look for technical solutions to provide more smooth bandwidth to our home and garage devices in the Wi-Fi jungle, that continues to grow. When I speak of the Wi-Fi Jungle I am not so much speaking of our home but all the neighboring usage, it is truly a jungle out there and it throttles back the bandwidth. There is only so much pie to go around. Over the last two years have used two WRT 1900ac(s) routers that perform extremely well, but was not a complete solution for our needs. When I first read about the EA9500 advancements I knew I had found what I was looking for, dual 5GHz bands along with a strong 2.4GHz band. Tri-Band Quad Stream Wi-Fi with speeds up to 5.3 Gbps, Beamforming technology providing focused directed Wi-Fi to your mobile devices. This Beast Packs a Tremendous amount of Punch. The EA9500 provides for further Wi-Fi performance with the MU-MIMO technology, I cannot take advantage of this yet (my devices do not have the tech) as this will be rolling out in newer device products coming to market. I will of course have my eye on adding the MU-MIMO tech to my network mix, always room for improvement, plus my kid loves seeing the Wi-Fi Scanner showing the strength of our Wi-Fi in the neighborhood/Jungle. Setup: If you are familiar with Linksys’s Smart Wi-Fi interface you will feel very much at home and the setup should be a breeze. Personally I manually setup my routers but they do have the Smart Setup Wizard which will walk you quickly through the setup. The plan for switching from my network WRT 1900ACS router to the EA9500 was simply Snipping screen shots of all the setup screens and creating a short document to use in setup. Simple and fast. My thoughts on the EA9500 can be summed up in one word, Wow! Never has our network worked so smoothly (especially at night when we have dueling movie streaming). The signals are very strong and covers my entire home, and the router placement is in a corner room office. The banding of the two 5GHz streams is fantastic, though you can separate them and manage two separate streams if you need. Important point for me was the expanding of the Ethernet Ports to Eight, I now (at the moment) no longer need an additional switch for wired connections at the router, though there are two Linksys switches at the entertainment center and at the kid’s desk. There is a separate Internet connection port making the Ethernet port total nine all running at gigabit. Looks great and professional on the office desk, on the corner of course as this is no small router, it has a significant footprint. Additionally, we have a detached garage that sits 88’ (actually measured with tape) from the router in the house to the workbench in the garage. The signal must travel through two house walls, deck structure, garage walls and obstacles in the garage, benches, stacked storage boxes, etc. There is a decent signal in the garage from the EA9500 which I have picked up with a Linksys Range Extender (I am presently testing a RE6700 and RE700 extenders in the garage and both are slamming out five bars)! Great for streaming music to my Bluetooth speaker, keeping the phone connected to Wi-Fi or laptop connection. Have not gone into all the technical info, it is there to read and it is exciting stuff. Can tell you I spent decades in IT managing systems supporting up to six thousand users, given all the equipment I have worked with this box has me excited. It is good stuff and fills my home with Five Bars of Wi-Fi. User Manual: is rather simple, where I would enjoy more detailed documentation. The Help System within the router does provide more detail than you will find in the User’s Manual. Have been running the router several days and it is rock solid managing our network. Plus, it looks cool. Highly recommended if you have the need to run a large network environment, or just enjoy being the fastest kid on the block.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Something Special You know this router is something special the moment you pick up the box. It’s heavy and thick. When you open the box you expect to see this aura emanating from it, confirming it’s ‘something special” status. There is no real set up of the unit like most other routers. All the antennas are already attached so you just pull it out of the box, plug in the power supply (which is big in its own right) and follow the included quick set up instructions. It’s that simple. The overall heft and antenna array require some real estate in your router spot for placement. It’s the size of most router, but because there are EIGHT yes EIGHT antennas, you want to make sure you have room. The set-up process was as easy as it gets, no disc needed for the quick set-up, which I do. I’m not a techie, just a run of the mill consumer who likes stuff that works good. This unit is replacing a Linksys AC1900 (EA7500). A solid performer, no issues except it wasn’t able to cover my entire home well. I have a large home (4000 sq. ft.) and there is one part of the house I can only get around 30% signal strength. As soon as I replaced the unit with the new one I now get 95% in the same area. How the speed? I use Comcast for internet and I have the 150 MBPS service. I ran speed test several times with the old modem and the same with the new EA9500. The results are below. Old Router: 175.32 (down) 12.44 (up) MBPS New EA9500: 181.23 (down) 12.32 (up) MBPS So, for me using the Xfinity speed test link I typically average between 160 to 180 MBPS even though I am paying for 150 MBPS. I don’t know why it’s higher, but as long as it’s more and not less, I’m good. The new unit on average performed a little better speed wise than the old one, but I wasn’t expecting a huge increase in performance speed wise. The key here is the overall strength and quality of the signal and its ability to effectively run everything I have connected to it. This is where the EA9500 shines. I have 14 network devices connected and this router runs everything flawlessly. There are plenty of network ports to plug into and there are two connectors for USB devices. I would highly recommend this router if you have a lot of network connected devices in your home and need strong coverage for all of them. Don’t expect some mega speed increase if you have a weak internet connection. It’s science people.
Date published: 2016-05-24
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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.