The 802.11ac wireless technology is available among the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers and only operates on a 5 GHz band. It is also backward compatible with all 802.11a and 802.11n clients.
IMPORTANT: Older devices may not be capable of detecting and connecting to a 5 GHz network. If you have a network environment where there are devices that do not support 5 GHz, it is recommended to leave the 2.4 GHz network enabled.
To learn how to set your Linksys EA8500 Router to get Wireless-AC speed, follow the steps below:
Launch a web browser and access the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account by entering “192.168.1.1” or “myrouter.local” in the Address bar then press [Enter]. When the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account login page appears, enter your Email Address and Password then click Log in.
NOTE: Setting your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router to get Wireless-AC speed can be done locally or using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.
Click Wireless under Router Settings.
Click Edit beside 5.0 GHz network.
Click the Network mode drop-down menu and select Mixed then set the Channel width to Auto.
NOTE: As long as the wireless adapter on your computer supports wireless AC, your computer should get the wireless AC speed after setting this mode.
Click or to save changes.
A warning message will then appear to inform you that the changes on the wireless network settings might disconnect wireless devices that are connected to the network. Click Yes to continue.
When the prompt stating that the changes have been applied appears, click OK to be redirected back to the main page.
QUICK TIP: The performance in speed will be influenced by a number of factors. It is recommended to adjust the wireless channel width and the channel for each frequency in order to prevent interference. To know more, click here.