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Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band AC3200 Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Nov 25, 2014 3:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 81%Manufacturer: Linksys

File Transfer Speeds


In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.




We decided here like the range charts to clean things up and include only the top routers. As you can see, the EA9200 had a great start with file transfer testing, LAN came in at 110 MB/s followed by 17.5 MB/s for the 2.4GHz band. The 5GHz band produced 23.4, 46.2 and 72.6 MB/s for each respective step in the channel width.



Final Thoughts




The EA9200, while being the same basic platform as the R8000, was quite surprising in that we didn't find the same performance capabilities that we did when we tested the Nighthawk. Build quality on the other hand was rather good; with the unit being a vertical router, we found the stand to be quite capable of maintaining a steady position and the plastics all fit together properly. The EA9200 isn't quite as hefty as the WRT1900AC, our benchmark when it comes to Linksys routers, but then again, it's not light as a feather either.


Performance of the EA9200 was sadly disappointing, especially when I know what this platform is capable of after testing the Netgear solution. Then again, this could be something that Linksys can fix with upcoming firmware updates. On the other hand, you could revert to third-party firmware when it's available. Throughput for the Linksys EA9200 came in at 937 Mbps in our LAN to LAN testing, while we found the router to peak at 370 Mbps utilizing 802.11AC.


Overall, the Linksys EA9200 is a very well built wireless router solution and what it does lack in performance is possibly something that could be fixed with firmware updates. For consumers that just want the very best Tri-Band solution, you may want to look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a solution where desktop space is at a premium, the EA9200 may be what you are looking for, but the price for what you're getting may scare some away.



PRICING: You can find the Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router retails for $389.99 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money70%
Overall TweakTown Rating81%

The Bottom Line: Linksys' EA9200 wireless router is well built and space saving routing solution, but with less than stellar performance, the $299 MSRP isn't looking too pretty at this point in time.

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