Linksys offers new flagship in high bandwidth wireless three band router – the Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router. How does it compare with most popular Netgear AC5300 Nighthawk X8 that has been around for some time?
What this product does
It’s not much different regarding the wifi technologies applied to this router with other AC5400 routers that have been around for some times in the market such as Netgear AC5300 you probably call it as Nighthawk X8, or you may familiar with the one from TP-link Archer C5400 router which offers competitive price compared with others. See also comparison TP-link Vs Asus Vs Netgear AC5400 and as well as comparison TP-link Vs D-link Vs Linksys AC5400.
High end features
All of those routers have similar features regarding wifi technology applied including Beamforming technology that focuses clients with solid wifi signal while roaming within the homes, 4×4 data streams and MU-MIMO technologies which assures all clients receive boosted wifi signal concurrently it’s not like traditional non MU-MIMO routers which deliver signal one device to other devices one by one.
Generally you find that wireless routers come with default number of Ethernet ports which typically consist of 4x Gigabit ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port. Linksys AC5400 (EA9500) is designed with more Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 8x Gigabit LAN ports double numbers than routers in general.
- Three band technology based on 802.11AC AC5400 wifi technology
- Total bandwidth of up to 5400Mbps, delivering speeds up to 1000Mbps (2.4GHz) plus 2x 2165Mbps (5GHz)
- Featuring high end Beamforming, 4 data streams and MU-MIMO technologies
- Engineered with 8x adjustable external antennas
- Double number of Ethernet ports (8x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN ports)
- Twin USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
- Smart Wifi software
The design of the appearance body is nearly the same with the previous Linksys EA8500 AC2600, except the number of external antennas and Ethernet ports. Even Linksys AC3200 router is designed differently with three external antennas, with the addition of internal antennas just like the same as Netgear AC5300 router.
You may pair it with new Linksys cable modem – the new Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3 24/8 cable modem for maximum internet throughput.
Linksys AC5400 vs Nighthawk X8
Comparison between Linksys AC5400 and Asus RT-AC5300 has been discussed at the other article. You can find that physically the apparent difference is the number of Ethernet ports. Actually you will love how Asus RT-AC5300 is designed with the eight antennas, it’s very unique like a crab with a rigid square flat body. What about the way Linksys and Netgear design the antennas?
Linksys AC5400 comes with eight external antennas just like other AC5400 routers with 8x external antennas, even though the design are different physically such as D-link AC5300 with two main antennas in addition of 6x smaller antennas. Typically the amplifier is located and embedded with motherboard except Netgear Nighthawk X8.
Netgear designs the antennas differently with 4x active antennas in addition of four internal antennas. Traditionally antenna amplifier is located on the router’s motherboard, Netgear with active antennas designs the antennas amplifier on top of the four external antennas. This model will helps the wifi performance improved significantly compared with the amplifier on motherboard.
Wireless routers in general come with default four LAN ports in addition of one WAN port. Linksys AC5400 routers comes with more LAN ports, double number of normal four ports. For homes with more Ethernet-based devices Linksys EA9500 is beneficial. On the other hand Netgear AC5300 offers different feature with the first two LAN ports can be aggregated to become a single super fast 2GB teaming network. Do you require this teaming network? Typically high speed NAS requires this super speed network link.
Take a closer look at the spec comparison table below, comparison between Linksys EA9500 AC5400 and Netgear AC5300 routers.
Table Linksys AC5400 Vs Asus AC5300
|Linksys EA9500||Netgear 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) + 2166Mbps (5GHz-1)+ 2166Mbps (5GHz-2)|
|4×4 streams MU-MIMO||Yes||Yes|
|Antennas||8x adjustable external antennas||4x external active antennas
4x internal antennas
|Ethernet Ports||1x Gigabit WAN port
8x Gigabit LAN ports
|1x Gigabit WAN port
6x 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||ReadyCLOUD USB access|
As a new comer in the AC5400 segment, Linksys EA9500 AC5400 router is still tagged with higher price than Netgear AC5300 which has been around for months earlier than Linksys. While Netgear Nighthawk X8 is very successful in the market with high customer ratings. Can Linksys AC5400 router compete with this Netgear AC5400 router successfully?