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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

Storage Performance


In our Storage Performance test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive formatted with the EXT4 filesystem. I mount the volume as a network drive and test with NAS Performance Test 1.7.





With the EA7500 not supporting the EXT4 filesystem we changed things up and went with NTFS. While not really comparable to previous solutions, the EA7500 reached 35 MB/s with the 100MB file size and 34 MB/s with the 1GB file. Write performance wasn't too much better at 39 MB/s and 55 MB/s, respectively.



Final Thoughts


There were many times in testing the EA7500 where I was surprised at the performance and others where I stopped and started over to verify my results. Before I go too far into the performance, I do want to say that I was quite happy with the build quality of the EA7500. The enclosure is suitable for its needs; it's really the same platform Linksys has used on many 802.11ac solutions in the past. When I opened the router up, I was surprised to see the main IPQ8064 had such a small heat sink, but then again, this router doesn't get very warm.


Performance for me was a bit off. I was surprised to see the router do so well when testing the 5GHz band, but then it seemed to fall short in comparison with LAN and WAN performance. As far as MU-MIMO is concerned, the router did what it was designed to do reaching in the mid 200's for performance, and as no one really has any capable MU-MIMO devices at this stage, so it's not really a big deal either way.


Storage performance of the EA7500 was low, but I have only seen one router in my three years of doing this perform anywhere near peak gigabit speeds. On the firmware front, I rather enjoy the Smart Wi-Fi menu as I have grown used to it in using my WRT1900AC for so long. Of course, other vendors have more features baked in, but I think Linksys was smart not to do overdo it with their OS.




Looking at the market analysis for the EA7500, Linksys may have a gem with the EA7500. As we look at the big three above, the EA7500 does have some solid hardware specs when compared to the other along with sharing a solid price point. On the downside, the warranty is only a year where with TRENDnet you could save some money and get a three-year warranty but sacrifice some performance.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features88%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating87%

The Bottom Line: At this price point, there really aren't many products available that offer more performance or features for your dollar than the Linksys MAX-STREAM EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO wireless router.

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