Linksys Leads Gadget Review’s Five Best of 2017 Wireless Router Buying Guide With Two Top Picks
Linksys WRT3200ACM and EA9500 Routers Honored with Best of 2017 Awards
Playa Vista, CA – APRIL 13, 2017– Linksys, a leader in networking solutions for the home and business and the first to ship 100 million routers, today announced, two of its wireless routers were named to the Gadget Review Best of 2017 Wireless Router Buying Guide. The two Linksys routers named to the five best list include the Linksys WRT™ AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router WRT3200ACM (Best Overall Home Router) and the Linksys Max-Stream™ AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router EA9500 (Best Overall Range).
Gadget Review picked the best of the best on these three main factors: the signal strength, the number of onboard features, and price. Gadget Review says, “The routers on this list are all at the head of their game in these arenas, and consistently offer top-of-the-line performance alongside a fair price and a plethora of extras that users can utilize to perfectly customize their own wireless networking experience at home or their office space.”
“To be included on a Best of List is an honor, but to have two on a list of five from a leading online consumer reviews site such as Gadget Review, shows our dedication to providing the best wireless experience for our customers,” said Justin Doucette, Linksys senior director of product management. “Gadget Review has reviewed dozens of routers not only from Linksys but other vendors as well, and we appreciate the in-depth analysis not only on performance, features and specs but also on software and overall experience. They are always full package reviews that we know customers appreciate and can learn from to make the best decision when purchasing routers.”
Best Overall Router – WRT3200ACM
The WRT3200ACM is the latest router from the WRT series offering an AC3200 802.11ac router plus MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-In Multiple-Out) technology that helps improve overall performance and efficiency of a Wi-Fi network while providing dedicated bandwidth to MU-MIMO capable client devices as if they have their own dedicated router. The WRT3200ACM is also open-source ready with OpenWrt® or DD-WRT® for complete flexibility and customization of networking functions or for optimizing the router for specific use cases, such as privacy, VoIP, and small office applications.
“As the direct descendant from last year’s #1 pick, it’s no wonder why the latest Linksys WRT3200ACM wireless router quickly won over our hearts with its nostalgic design and exceptionally well-presented Smart Wi-Fi software suite, said Chris Stobing, reviews editor, Gadget Review. “Whether it was setting a new firewall rule from the comfort of the Smart Wi-Fi smartphone app or the insane speeds of nearly 500Mbps at peak under ideal conditions, the WRT3200ACM is a wireless device that’s painfully simple to set up with a monster engine to back it up - earning it the #1 spot on our list for the best routers of 2017!”
Best Overall Range – EA9500
The Linksys EA9500 is outfitted with Next Gen AC Wi-Fi technology – AC5400, 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‡. With the EA9500, the whole household can use their Wi-Fi connection to play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream 4K movies, and more, while also capable of providing up to eight simultaneous streams to client devices enabled with MU-MIMO*. 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 Linksys app for a smart phone that provides remote access control of the EA9500 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time.
Gadget Review’s Chris Stobing said, “The EA9500 router proceeded to blow every one of our tests clean out of the water with insane speeds, solid connection reliability, and extensive range that reached to every corner of our homes. Admittedly, this router could be considered overkill for most households, however if you need a lot of range and don’t mind dropping extra coin to get it, the Linksys EA9500 is quite simply one of the most powerful and feature-rich routers you can buy in 2017.”
More information about the Linksys WRT3200ACM and EA9500 routers can be found here.
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