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Linksys MAX-STREAM EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Mar 3, 2016 5:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Linksys

Wired Throughput




To begin testing, we set up the router for LAN throughput. The EA7500 was able to bring in an 899 Mbps average over its first and fourth ports.





WAN to LAN reached 891 Mbps, possibly bottlenecked by the LAN switch.



Wireless Throughput




Switching to wireless throughput, I was able to get 114 Mbps out of the EA7500 on the 20MHz band and 130 Mbps leaving the device on Auto.




5GHz performance was quite interesting with the EA7500. As you can see, performance was quite good with the 20Mhz band topping 131 Mbps next to 322 Mbps for the 40MHz band and tying everything together 449M bps on the 80Mhz band.


I honestly haven't seen this level of 5GHz performance since the original Nighthawk and before that the WRT1900AC.



Multi-User Throughput


In our Multi-User test, we use three identical smartphones with the latest MU-MIMO chipset. This test requires the router to handle three simultaneous throughput streams with the results below for each band.




Multiple-user performance for the EA7500 on the 2.4GHz band was able to reach 65 Mbps. Not surprisingly these results may be low because this router only supports two devices on MU-MIMO and we test with three.




Looking at the 5GHz performance, we found the EA7500 to reach 270 Mbps on our test devices.

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