Linksys announced new home networking products during the recent 2016 CES event.
The most notable announcements include a new MU-MIMO Tri-Band router (EA9500), a MU-MIMO 1.9Gbps Dual Band router (EA7500) and a new range extender and USB adapter – both supporting MU-MIMO.
So yeah, MU-MIMO is the order of the day!
Expect releases during the course of the year…
Linksys WiFi AC Routers 2016 Preview
Linksys have announced a couple of new big-hitting new AC routers…
Linksys EA9500 AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO Preview
First up is the EA9500, which is their latest ‘top of the range’ router. It’s Wave 2 wifi with MU-MIMO (4×4) and also features Tri-Band (yup, 3 band simultaneous wireless networking). It’s also got 8 Gbps LAN ports (and a single Wan port) to choose from. Funny how powerful wifi routers these days are now also starting to feature more wired ports! Ethernet is definitely here to stay for a long time to come within the home LAN world.
This 1024-QAM modulation router has a 1.4GHz dual core processor to support the 5.4Gbps cumulative data rates.
Linksys EA7500 AC1900 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Preview
Then there’s the EA7500, another MU-MIMO offering. This Qualcomm 3×3 router is dual band with data rates collectively reaching 1.9Gbps.
The MU-MIMO feature allows up to 2 compatible devices to use MU-MIMO concurrently.
It will ship with the common port set up – 4x 1Gbps LAN & 1x 1Gbps WAN with USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 ports.
CG7500 High Speed AC1900 Dual-Band Cable Modem Router
With a 24X8 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, the CG7500 is for those that want to try to save money long term by buying their own cable modem.
It supports 100Mbps+ cable, has 4x Ethernet ports and USB 2.0.
Linksys Range Extenders 2016 Preview
RE7000 AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender Preview
The RE7000 supports up to 1.733Gbps on the 5GHz and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It supports MU-MIMO (yup a range extender with MU-MIMO capability – nice).
It has Spot Finder technology to help locate optimal positioning to ensure the most efficient coverage, and can be used as a repeater or an access point with its 1Gbps Ethernet port.
Linksys USB AC Adapter 2016 Preview
WUSB6100M AC600 USB MU-MIMO Adapter Preview
So Linksys are bringing out more MU-MIMO routers, and now Range Extenders too. Well, to reap those MU-MIMO benefits, we need MU-MIMO on the clients as well.
In steps the WUSB6100M AC600 USB adapter. It can be used with any wireless network, but to get the most out of it, connect into a MU-MIMO network – oh yes…
Up to 433Mbps data rates on the AC (5GHz) and 150Mbps data rates on the 2.4GHz network.