Linksys EA9500 AC5400 Vs Asus RT-AC5300

Like other networking vendors, Linksys offers various models of wireless AC router ranging from AC750 up to AC3200 based wifi technology and the ultimate one is the Linksys EA9500. This is the ultimate wireless three band router Linksys AC5400 introduced to the market to compete with other similar products from different vendor have been around for a while.




 

What this product does

Physically the appearance of this product is almost similar to its AC2600-based router – the Linksys EA8500 except that the number of antennas is different, total number of the external antennas is twice as much as EA8500. In addition this model is different than other predecessor’s models regarding the number of Ethernet LAN ports.

More Ports

Unlike high performance wireless AC routers in general which typically come with four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, this model comes with 8x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port.

There are couple of models of wireless AC router come with more than four Ethernet LAN ports such as Netgear AC5300 R8500 wireless router which two ports can be combined to a single high speed 2Gbps Ethernet port for demanding high speed data rate transfer such as NAS or high speed backbone link. Linksys doesn’t offer this aggregation technology even though total number of the LAN ports is eight, more ports for your ethernet-based devices.

High speeds

Linksys EA9500 is the new flagship of Linksys ultimate model, a three band wireless AC router based on wireless AC5400 technology delivering total bandwidth of up to 5400Mbps three band, 1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2165Mbps (5GHz-1)+ 2165Mbps (5GHz-2). This is the three band model of high speed AC3150 routers with 4-Stream and NitroQAM technology such as Asus RT-AC88U wireless AC3100 router, or TP-link Archer C3150 router, or D-link DIR-885 AC3150 router. All the last three routers are high speed two band routers with four data streams.

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Today, there are few models of AC5400 or AC5300 routers available in the market including new TP-link Archer C5400; or you may consider D-link 895 and Asus AC5300 routers. Are these models of wireless AC5400 router the fastest wifi technology currently applied to the wireless routers? You will soon see the next generation of wireless AD technology (802.11AD standards) applied to the router. TP-link showcases in its website the Talon AD7200 multi-band router which delivers total bandwidth of up to 7200Mbps. Yes, the 7200Mbps combined wireless speeds, including speeds of up to 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band, and 4600Mbps on the new 60GHz band. See related article about TP-link Talon AD7200 router to learn more about this product.

Main features

  • Based on latest wireless AC5400 technology three band router
  • Delivers speeds of up 1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2165Mbps (5GHz-1) + 2165Mbps (5GHz-2)
  • Comes with 8x adjustable external antennas with 4×4 data streams MU-MIMO technology
  • Beamforming technology
  • More gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (8x) for high speed wired connection
  • Two USB ports
  • Easy to setup and manage with Smart Wifi software

It’s not much different with other similar models except couple of accessories such as number of Ethernet ports make this product different.

Comparison

With the existing similar models available in the market today, let’s have Asus RT-AC5300 router to compare with this Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router. Asus RT-AC5300 has been around several months earlier than Linksys. Asus offers unique body design with 8 symmetrical external antennas like a crap.

Wifi technology

Both models offer the same wifi technology, the 4×4 data streams with Multi User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to boost the bandwidth up to 2165Mbps in each of 5GHz band. The Beamforming technology is also a much for high speed AC routers, ideal in connecting to the Beamforming compliant devices such as D-link DWA-192 AC1900 USB adapters which supports Beamforming technology.

Asus offers Smart Connect technology but Linksys doesn’t. With Smart Connect technology the router assigns each of the wifi devices the fastest band available automatically so that’s slow devices will not compete with the fast devices in the same band.

Interfaces

Both routers offer the same USB port configuration consist of 1x USB 3.0 port and 1x USB 2.0 port, and recent models come with twin USB 3.0 ports such as Netgear X4S. As discussed earlier, the number of Ethernet ports of up to 8 Gigabit LAN ports is more than enough for some people that typically requires not more than 4 ports for wired connection to game console, Blu-ray, Smart-TV and other Ethernet-based devices. Linksys takes advantage with twice number of Ethernet LAN ports than ordinary routers.

On the other hand, Asus RT-AC5300 router offers teaming network to combine the first two LAN ports as aggregation port to deliver a single high speed up to 2Gbps wired connection for huge data rate throughput such as for connecting to high speed NAS.

Take a look at the following comparison table between Linksys EA9600 AC5400 and Asus RT-AC5300 router.

Table Linksys AC5400 Vs Asus AC5300

  Linksys EA9500 Asus RT-AC5300
Wifi technology AC5400 Tri-band technology AC5300 Three-band technology
Wifi speeds 1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2165Mbps (5GHz-1)+ 2165Mbps (5GHz-2) 1000Mbps (2.4GHz) + 2165Mbps (5GHz-1)+ 2165Mbps (5GHz-2)
4×4 streams MU-MIMO Yes Yes
Beamforming Yes Yes, AiRadar universal beamforming
Smart Connect No Yes
Antennas 8x adjustable external antennas 8x external antennas
Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit WAN port

8x Gigabit LAN ports

1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports; two ports can be used for link aggregation

USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 port

1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 port

Processor 1.4GHz dual core processor 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
Cloud feature No AiCloud
Other feature Multi-mode operation: Wireless Router / AP / Wired or wireless Bridge AiProtection with Trend Micro
Price $399 $385

 
Probably you may also upgrading your aging cable modem with new Linksys cable modem – the new Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3 24/8 cable modem for maximum internet throughput.


You may also like comparison between Linksys EA9500 AC5400 and Nighthawk X8, the same wireless AC5400 model.

Summary

Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router has advantage of twice number of LAN ports than wireless router in general. All other features are almost the same with other competing products have been around so far. On the other hand, Asus RT-AC5300 offers aggregation ports to combine single speed up to 2 Gbps.

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