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Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 MU-MIMO Tri-Band WiFi Router (MR8300)

An Entertainment Powerhouse—Now with Mesh WiFi

Upgrade your home WiFi and get extremely fast wireless speeds with the Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 MU-MIMO Tri-Band WiFi Router (MR8300). Perfect for households that thrive on entertainment, this Tri-Band router delivers superior speeds of up to 2.2 Gbps throughout your home. The MR8300 delivers a dedicated signal to each connected device using MU-MIMO technology, so the entire family can enjoy simultaneous 4K streaming, online gaming, and more. It’s also future-proof thanks to built-in Mesh WiFi technology: simply add a Velop Mesh WiFi node to expand coverage in any area of your home.

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Superfast WiFi for All of Your Connected Devices

Using Tri-Band and MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology, the MR8300 delivers high-speed WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously. You’ll be able to stream 4K media, browse the Internet, and play games online as if each of your devices had its own, dedicated WiFi router.

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WiFi Coverage for Every Area of Your Home

With built-in Mesh WiFi, this router is designed to scale to your household’s WiFi needs. As your WiFi needs grow, simply add a Linksys Velop node to expand your coverage. Velop nodes all work seamlessly together with the MR8300, so there's no need to manually switch between networks.

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Easy Setup

Simply connect your router to your modem, download the Linksys app, name your network and choose a password.

Alexa Wi-Fi Access

With Alexa, you can easily manage Wi-Fi access for devices and individuals in the home, taking focus away from screens and back to what’s important. Say commands like “Alexa, turn off Timmy’s Wi-Fi”, when it’s time for dinner or “Alexa, enable guest Wi-Fi” when you have people over.

Back of the Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Router (MR8300)

Multiple Ethernet Ports Offer Versatile Connectivity

Equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the MR8300 supports wired connections up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet and allows you to easily connect shared storage devices, printers, and other supported peripherals to your network.

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Your MR8300 will automatically receive firmware updates from Linksys as they are released, so your router is always secure and up to date.

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MR8300 Tri-Band Router

  • MR8300 Tri-Band Router

Technical Specs
  • Wi-Fi Technology:
    AC2200 MU-MIMO Tri-Band Gigabit, 400+867+867 Mbps†
  • Key Features:
    • Tri-Band (5 GHz + 5GHz + 2.4 GHz), 2x2 AC
    • Simultaneous Tri-Band Wi-Fi Mesh System
    • Seamless Wi-Fi
    • MU-MIMO
    • Auto Firmware Update
    • USB 3.0 Port
    • 4 Adjustable Antennas+ 6 High Power Amplifiers
    • Easy App Controls
    • Advanced Beamforming+ Technology
    • Smart Connect Band Steering
    • Intelligent Mesh Technology
  • Network Standards:
    • 802.11a
    • 802.11b
    • 802.11g
    • 802.11n
    • 802.11ac
  • Wi-Fi Speed:
    AC2200 (N400 + AC867 + AC867)
  • Wi-Fi Bands:
    2.4 and 5 GHz(2x) (simultaneous tri-band)
  • Wi-Fi Range:
    Medium Household
  • Number of Ethernet Ports:
    • 1x Gigabit WAN port
    • 4x Gigabit LAN ports
  • Other Ports:
    • 1x USB 3.0 port
    • Power
  • Antennas:
    4x external adjustable antennas
  • Processor:
    716Mhz Quad-core
  • Memory:
    RAM: 512MB; Flash: 256MB
  • LEDs:
    One, multicolor light for power and status, USB, Ethernet (1-4), Internet
  • Wireless Encryption:
    Up to 128-bit WPA2/WPA-Mixed Personal, WPA2-Personal
  • Operation Modes:
    • Wireless Router
    • Access Point(Wired Bridge)
  • Easy Setup:
    • Simple and secured App based set-up
    • Required for set-up: (1) Internet connection with Modem. (2) Mobile device with Android 6.0.1 or iOS 11.4 and higher, Bluetooth preferred.
  • Dimensions (LxWxH):
    213.7mmX161.8mmx54.8mm (without Antenna)
  • Weight:
    608 g
  • Security Features:
    • WPA2/WPA Personal
    • 128 bit AES link encryption
  • Regulatory Compliance:
  • Other Certifications:
  • Additional Information:
    Bluetooth 4.1/LE for secure and easy App based set-up
  • Power Supply:
    Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz; Output: 12V, 2A
Rated 3 out of 5 by from USB Port Not Functional I bought this because is mesh WiFi capable and has a USB 3.0 port, a feature missing on Velop nodes. What was not made really clear is that the USB port is currently non-functional. I have always had an external drive on my network for backups. Now I can't use it that way. Please refer to the following I found in FAQs: 6. Can I plug my USB hard drive or a printer to the USB port on the Linksys MR8300? No. Currently the USB port does not support USB devices, the USB port is for future expansion. Epic fail on your part for releasing the router with this feature disabled.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic WiFi coverage My girlfriend has an apartment that we couldn’t receive cell signal and WiFi signal degraded from one room to another. Couldn’t use Netflix or wireless gaming consoles. I have blast from Comcast and a linksys modem and older router. I got this router with the mesh node and bought a velop 2 station mesh system So main router in bedroom with node that comes with system and a velop node in other two rooms. Awesome wired speeds but big surprise. All wireless devices including cell phone on WiFi calling work. Outstanding product. Both system and extra velop nodes you can buy worth every penny. This mesh system with gaming features a homerun for linksys.
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good enough router, but seems BETA I got the router to add to my VELOP setup, which I am a big fan of. However, adding this router has degraded my setup. I have three VELOP nodes and two gigabit switches. This router was supposed to add the "switch-like" capability along with a USB port. To me, that would mean taking out the two switches and a NAS device. I only found out later that the USB port is NOT functional. It doesn't work as of today, February 18, 2019. Support can't help here. Only a firmware update to enable the USB port to fix this. ALSO, Linksys Shield seemed like a wonderful addition to my household because I have about 30 devices connected and three kids. I was hoping to add an additional layer of security for my kids, but Linksys Shield IS NOT compatible with the MR8300. Ugh. Here I am WANTING to be a customer and I can't. I'm already sold on the service, but I can't be a customer because this MR8300 is REQUIRED to be the main router in your setup if you have VELOP nodes. So, yes, this seems BETA to me. If they fix the Linksys Shield compatibility and enable the USB port, I would be back in business and life would be wonderful. In the meantime, I can't recommend the product as is. Linksys, please don't reply to this review and ask me to contact support because I already have. Only a firmware update will fix this. Only contact me if a firmware update is available so I can update this review.
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoever is responsible for upgrades, READ THIS!! The bad: USB port disabled, but listed as "for future upgrades". This product was released Jan 2019 and there still is no update for the USB port. At least make it possible to allow storage drive to be connected. Linksys, are you for real? As good as this router is, this is an EPIC FAIL by Linksys. Do you even read the reviews, comments? This is the one MAJOR shortfall of this product. ENABLE THE USB PORT. Everything else, no complaints.
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Setup Setup the AC220 using the Linksys App. Took a few minutes to establish a connection, then everything worked as it should. Setup the mesh extender next which also took a couple of minutes to connect. Entire setup less than 10 minutes. I set up the mess extender in the same room then moved it upstairs. Three level townhouse. Place the extender on the second floor with router on first. Good coverage on the third floor with a signal strength of 70%. Moved the extender to the third floor and the signal strength increased to 85%.All in all a good router/extender.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Router! Future Proof with Velop Nodes I brought this because the ATT uverse WiFi router wasn't good enough. I brought thinking I would have to add some Velops but the signal is strong enough in most parts of our split-level house that we are holding off adding Velop nodes. Only downside is that you have to use app to configure this router and my old Andoid tablet wouldn't sync up. I had to use my daughters new android phone to set up AC2200, MU-MIMO. I wish it could be set up by web browser like WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router that I set up for my employer. Have had the router for 2 1/2 weeks and working great.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Performance I recently upgraded from a Velop mesh system to this system and setup was almost identical to setting up the Linksys Velop system using the Linksys Smart Wifi App. Setup took me about 15 minutes from start to finish of unplugging old router and getting the new one set up. My system also came with a Velop wireless node to improve coverage which indeed it did in my home. My home is a 1900 sq ft home built in the late 2000s so wifi has never been an issue with me coverage wise. This system covers me in all areas of my home including my backyard with the same great coverage and speed. This router offers excellent performance in such a small setup. I would definitely recommend this router to anyone looking for an upgrade. I've had no issues with lag with streaming as well as gaming.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MESH Router, 4 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 USB 3.0 @433mbp I postponed this review for a few months to thoroughly evaluate the 8300/AC2200/Mu-MIMO in my 9,800 S/f HomeOffice under 3 different scenarios: (1) The MR8300 with the Linksys Velop extender, (2) The MR8300, with the Linksys Velop AC2600 (2 pack) & the Linksys Velop Extender, (3) The MR8300, with the Linksys Velop AC6600 (4 Pack) & the Linksys Velop Extender. Executive Summary: The Linksys MR8300 has 4 Gigabit Ethernet & 1 USB 3.0 ports incorporated into this Router. It's long in the waiting for Router mfgs. to finally realize this absolute need to Build-in these much needed Gigabit ports which allows additional hardware like printers, computers, other networks and even additional Routers to massively expand your network to whatever depth and breadth your mind desires to take you...or your budget dictates. Expand your networks, your business, limited only by your budget and desire. General Note: All the product evaluations were done at 433 Mbps ISP linkage at 2.4GHz& 5GHz IPv4 & IPv6 addresses, with full operation of 20-25+ network devices (Nodes), including (7) alternating live wireless streaming video cameras dispersed over 3 levels of office including outdoor cameras, numerous interconnected wireless cell phones minimally 4 constant connects, 8 wireless voice Assistant speakers, 2 Intelligent wireless Thermostats, 2 Direct Gigabit Ethernet connected laser printers, 4 wireless printers on 2 different floor levels, 4 wireless streaming TV's one of which is 8K, 14 occasionally off-line devices both wireless & Gigabit wired to additional non-Linksys products, 1 old Linksys AC1200 Router for occasional Bridge use as a Network Storage device Gateway. Got to have immediate on-line backup. Actually the Gigabit port from the Linksys MR8300 Router provides Gigabit connections to the previously non-Gigabit Linksys AC1200 Router, which we use as the on-line network backup device. In-order to evaluate these various configurations, I have to tear down our current functional network and build a new network based on configurations 1,2, & 3 and thoroughly test each network using as many of our devices as possible and still maintain our business operation. End of Summary. 1. The MR8300 with the Linksys Velop Extender. *I was given these devices to evaluate from Linksys. My EVALUATION was required for this configuration only. Sections 2 and 3 are NOT part of the Linksys required evaluate. I continued my evaluation into evaluations 2 & 3 since these configurations are what I NEED to run my business over our nearly 10,000s/f small office/home office SOHO. I thought, who throttled down the Linksys Extender, why only a Dual Band; obviously it had to be Price. Note to Linksys remake the Extender a Tri-Band configuration, why slow down this really nice (competitively priced) Velop system? This configuration worked well for my systems one one floor ~2,500+s/f hindered by concrete, drywall & vast array of other electronics. Second Floor....Signals were weak, good for Cell Phone file transfers, which successfully worked. Wireless printing worked ok but sometimes lost wireless connections. My thoughts were, might the connections been adequate to go a few hundred more feet, IF the Extender were a Tri-Band? Was the Extender (2.4 GHz) causing degradation...my bet is yes. So lets make a Tri-Band Extender please. 2. The MR8300, with the Linksys Velop AC2600 (2 pack) & the Linksys Velop Extender. Pretty good configuration, fairly inexpensive, integrated fairly well, sometimes necessary to restart Router or connect to better Channels when adding/moving equipment. This configuration worked very well over 2 floors, the TV's on 2 floors streamed well as did some of the cameras. We liked this configuration. Very good for 3,00 -3,500 sf operation. 3. The MR8300, with the Linksys Velop AC6600 (4 Pack) & the Linksys Velop Extender. Very nice, the connections worked almost perfectly over the nearly 10,000 s/f home/office area. We did have occasional connectivity problems and lost signal the first day, due to determining the TRUE coverage and configuration requirements to provide us with full functionality. We had to configure and reconfigure and let the Router select better Channels for faster Throughput; eventually we got it running very good even with connectivity outside the building for cell and live video streaming of video security cameras. A super good configuration for our office. I can help but comment on the inherent problems the Linksys Dual Band Velop Extender seemingly presents characteristic it its lack of a true MESH 3rd band Technology. We solved the outdoor communication problems by moving the Linksys Dual Band Velop Extender to the INNER office area and moving one of the Linksys Velop AC6600 (Nodes) as close as possible to the outside, actually we moved it to a window location which gave us another few hundred square feet outside connectivity. We moved the Node from an area where it previously was surrounded by concrete, bricks, metal & drywall.
Date published: 2019-08-19
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*Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance may vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, speed, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including building materials and construction, volume of network traffic, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions. In order to achieve the best performance, this product must be used with compatible AC2200 wireless devices. The standard transmission rates—867 Mbps (for each 5 GHz radio), 400 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors. Specifications are subject to change without notice. An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this product and other connected devices to the Internet. Some devices may require additional wireless adapters or an Ethernet cable to connect.
May require a software/firmware update available for download at linksys.com/support.
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