Thursday, May 7th 2015

Linksys Ships First MU-MIMO Enabled Wireless Router

Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the availability of the first MU-MIMO enabled Wireless AC router - the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA8500). The new Linksys router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to all the devices in the home and function as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the whole household can play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream movies, and more - all at the same time.

The Linksys EA8500 router incorporates Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, which helps to provide up to 3x faster speeds compared to current Wi-Fi. The combined 2.53 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds (up to 1733 Mbps for 5 GHz and 800 Mbps for 2.4 GHz) help minimize buffering and enable faster downloads. A supercharged 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and four Gigabit ports offer blazing-fast speeds perfect for heavy-bandwidth wired gaming. Users can attach devices to the USB 3.0 port and a combo USB 2.0/eSATA port for uninterrupted personal cloud content streaming or to share data across their network. The four removable external antennas are adjustable for maximum coverage, while beamforming technology concentrates the Wi-Fi signal to each device for stronger, better performance and increased mobile speed and range.
"MU-MIMO technology revolutionizes the wireless experience in the home," said Mike Chen, vice president of product management, Linksys. "The average home has more than 8 devices connecting to the Internet, and they're not used for just sending emails and tweets. We're streaming movies and TV shows in high definition, we're video chatting with our friends and family, and we're playing video games against competitors around the globe, all on different devices and often at the same time. To have dedicated bandwidth for their devices simultaneously will enhance the users' experience so they won't see that buffering icon when streaming a movie or listening to choppy music or worse, playing games with lag. We are so confident in the experience that MU-MIMO provides that we will be expanding our product line in the future to include more MU-MIMO routers."

"Qualcomm MU | EFX is designed to greatly improve Wi-Fi performance and consumers' connected experiences," said Gopi Sirineni, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. "Industry leaders like Linksys recognize the impact that MU-MIMO can have on home networks, and are delivering advanced products with the speed and efficiency to address the ever-increasing number of devices and high-bandwidth applications."

In an IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Linksys, titled The Home Network, the Neglected Workhorse, IDC surveyed participants that had at least 3 wireless access users in their household to understand the behaviors of wireless Internet use and how MU-MIMO can benefit multi-user/multi-device households. The research project found that people are doing more on their home networks but are using older wireless technology that is not suited for the type of wireless households today - which are multiple-user/multiple-device households:
  • 84% of the respondents said they were streaming movies/TV and another activity such as streaming music, playing games, or surfing the Internet at the same time.
  • Nearly 50% still use routers running versions of Wi-Fi at least 12 years old.
  • 2/3 of the respondents said they had at least 5 devices connected to the Internet and in use at the same time.
  • More than half of survey respondents said they frequently or always experience buffering, interruptions or other performance issues on their home network.
  • 84% of survey respondents cite performance as a key attribute to their router buying decision, far out-distancing range, security and even price.
  • Average selling price of routers is growing too - respondents said they would spend an average of $84 MORE on a router to eliminate performance issues.
  • People want their Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet access ranked #2 of the things that people would not live without. Food ranked #1, followed by Wi-Fi, Smartphone and Sex.
More survey results about multi-user/multi-device households can be found here.

hat Linksys learned from the survey is that more households are online with multiple devices - and our research showed that there were an average of 5 devices connected and in use at a time and more than half of users are having buffering and lag issues. People are looking for Wi-Fi that has strong performance, which is why they are willing to pay more for a router that enables them to connect multiple devices simultaneously and not experience any performance issues.

The Linksys AC2600 MU-MIMO router will help address these issues customers are having today and into the future as MU-MIMO becomes the next major Wi-Fi technology in the market.

Pricing and Availability
The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA8500) is available at leading retail and online retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Fry's, Newegg, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart at an MSRP of $279.99.

For more information and to purchase, visit the product page.
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23 Comments on Linksys Ships First MU-MIMO Enabled Wireless Router

#1
Uplink10
Linksys is owned by Cisco and it was proven that Cisco installed backdoors in some of their systems so they can go f*** themselves.
Edit:
$280 for router with 1 Gbps WAN port, that means I can't max out my downlink and uplink if I have 1 Gbps Internet connection (1 Gbps down + 1 Gbps up). They should have included 10 Gbps WAN port.
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#2
Diverge
Uplink10 said:
Linksys is owned by Cisco and it was proven that Cisco installed backdoors in some of their systems so they can go f*** themselves.
Actually they sold it to Belkin about 2 years ago.
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
  • Nearly 50% still use routers running versions of Wi-Fi at least 12 years old.
This wont help that priced at $280, and lets face it when the price drops it be near time to change again for security reasons unless you find 3rd part firmware that keeps getting updated.
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#4
remixedcat
and @Mussels here can tell yah all bout his exp with these high power routers and so can I. these consumer based router companies put a buncha fluff in thurr to get you to hurrrr
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#5
remixedcat
also for 160USD I can et a meraki Z1 that smokes any of these due to real QoS/traffic shaping and real admin panel that does what it's supposed to,
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
remixedcat said:
and @Mussels here can tell yah all bout his exp with these high power routers and so can I. these consumer based router companies put a buncha fluff in thurr to get you to hurrrr
Current gen high end routers are all gimmick and no features.
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#7
remixedcat
While get this, my Meraki Z1 is thier entry level router. It's only 160 and it's jam packed full of features and it's just a lil silver box lol.

Might not have the best coverage or wifi speeds, but I got 3 access points to solve that and that's the best way to expand coverage is adding access points and have smart channel planning.
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#8
$ReaPeR$
nice to see linksys products. i really like that company
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#11
remixedcat
they do it to more than just cisco and cisco hasn't owned linksys for quite some time.

cisco systems. the real cisco... says they are fighting against this crap and actually will ship to decoy locations to prevent the bugs from being implanted, also most of the routers that have this are being shipped to other countries, so that's why sico has them shipped to decoy locations, than shipped elsewhere, so this does not happen.
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#12
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
remixedcat said:
While get this, my Meraki Z1 is thier entry level router. It's only 160 and it's jam packed full of features and it's just a lil silver box lol.

Might not have the best coverage or wifi speeds, but I got 3 access points to solve that and that's the best way to expand coverage is adding access points and have smart channel planning.
Ubiquity Unifi APs might not be a bad option either, granted I would recommend that if you goal is wireless and nothing else. If you need a half-decent gateway, then maybe not.
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#13
Uplink10
remixedcat said:
they do it to more than just cisco and cisco hasn't owned linksys for quite some time.

cisco systems. the real cisco... says they are fighting against this crap and actually will ship to decoy locations to prevent the bugs from being implanted, also most of the routers that have this are being shipped to other countries, so that's why sico has them shipped to decoy locations, than shipped elsewhere, so this does not happen.
I read that news but they could make instructions for everyone once they get their equipment to flash the firmware from their site. It is pretty easy procedure.

If you want best router buy a PC and install open source firewall OS like OPNsense, pfSense...
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#14
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Uplink10 said:
If you want best router buy a PC and install open source firewall OS like OPNsense, pfSense...
Or you could use a bare install of a Linux distro and just learn how to use Linux, BASH and IPTables.
code:
$ uname -a
Linux Sophia 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u3 x86_64 GNU/Linux

code:
$ sudo iptables -S
-P INPUT DROP
-P FORWARD ACCEPT
-P OUTPUT ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i virbr0 -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i virbr0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i virbr0 -p udp -m udp --dport 67 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i virbr0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 67 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i eth0 -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 10.10.10.0/24 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 8.8.8.8/32 -i eth0 -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 8.8.4.4/32 -i eth0 -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 75.75.75.75/32 -i eth0 -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 75.75.76.76/32 -i eth0 -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 8.8.8.8/32 -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 8.8.4.4/32 -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 75.75.75.75/32 -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -s 75.75.76.76/32 -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i eth0 -p udp -m udp --dport 68 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 60022 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 60088 -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -i virbr0 -o virbr0 -j ACCEPT
-A FORWARD -o virbr0 -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-port-unreachable
-A FORWARD -i virbr0 -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-port-unreachable
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#15
Uplink10
Aquinus said:
Or you could use a bare install of a Linux distro and just learn how to use Linux, BASH and IPTables.
What about other features like VPN and NAT and also you do not have WEB interface where you can configure many options easily plus Firewall distribution is stripped of non-essential features that are also present in server Linux distributions.
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#16
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Uplink10 said:
$280 for router with 1 Gbps WAN port, that means I can't max out my downlink and uplink if I have 1 Gbps Internet connection (1 Gbps down + 1 Gbps up). They should have included 10 Gbps WAN port.
1. There aren't many places that have 1gbps/1gbps consumer connections. There aren't any in the US that I'm aware of.
2. Learn how duplex network connections work.
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#17
Uplink10
newtekie1 said:
2. Learn how duplex network connections work.
I completely forgot that, thank you for reminding me.
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#18
Sakurai
Say what you want, no gimmick on this earth will ever justify $280
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
Sakurai said:
Say what you want, no gimmick on this earth will ever justify $280
read the router review i put in the forums about the Dlink AC3200 router i won in a competition, basically no advertised feature on it actually works - and looking at competing routers with the same internal hardware, they're all the same.

no one makes high end router internals, so they're throwing the few available options in to try and beat the competition to having a product on the market, and then throw out a new one without ever fixing the old.
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#21
Jetster
What about the TEW 813DRU
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#22
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Uplink10 said:
What about other features like VPN and NAT and also you do not have WEB interface where you can configure many options easily plus Firewall distribution is stripped of non-essential features that are also present in server Linux distributions.
Actually the only part you don't get in Linux in the user interface part and if you're really that technologically inept, I wouldn't recommend Linux anyways. Also there are tools like Webmin that lets you administrate a Linux server from the toned-down comfort of your browser. Linux is very capable of running as VPN server, client, or VPN tunnel (to connect private network subnets,) so I think that claim is one of inexperience since it appears you've never administrated a real linux server before. Also Linux handles NAT automagically and if you need to declare some aspects of your NAT rules, you can update IPTables to change its behavior. Also as I said before, you should use a bare installation of Ubuntu or Debian which would only give you system tools. You would need to install everything like DHCP, Bind, etc. manually.

In summary: Don't talk about stuff you don't know. :)

Side note: You know what my gateway server can do that almost every commercial router can't do? My gateway runs a RAID-5 array for backup and is also a VM host. In fact my VPN server is a VM on my gateway running under KVM. :cool:

Uplink10 said:
They should have included 10 Gbps WAN port.
Yeah, except the controller for 10Gbps probably would increase the cost of the router by 100-200 dollars at least. I also suspect most ARM CPUs would have trouble handling 10Gbps.
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#23
remixedcat
Jetster said:
What about the TEW 813DRU
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