Linksys EA7500 reviewed at SmallNetBuilder

I think this is the only MU-MIMO AC1900 router I’ve seen so far. It’s certainly a unique product there, and at $200 it is consistent with other AC1900 802.11AC routers. So it might be worth having a look at the Linksys EA7500.

Linksys shook up the evolving market for MU-MIMO enabled routers at CES 2016 with the introduction of the EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router. Unlike most new routers these days, the EA7500 doesn’t pitch higher performance. Instead, its main claim to fame is its unique (at least so far) 3×3 radio configuration using one less antenna than all other MU-MIMO routers on the market.

The MU-MIMO rule of thumb for the number of MU-MIMO clients that produce peak total throughput has been # of RF chains – 1. This should mean that the EA7500’s peak throughput will be with two MU clients vs. the three you get with AC2600 class 4×4 MU-MIMO routers.