WiFi router

Linksys EA9500

Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
Linksys EA9500
Performance Class (Standards Compliant):
  • N600 in 2.4GHz (SU-MIMO 4x4:4)
  • AC1733 in 5GHz (MU-MIMO 4x4:4)

Linksys EA9500
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • EASY SETUP - Installation is fast and easy. No CD required.
  • TRI-BAND Wi-Fi TECHNOLOGY - Three bands that deliver the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds to more devices.
  • MU-MIMO - Latest Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.
  • SEAMLESS ROAMING - Enables your device to automatically switch to the strongest Wi-Fi signal as you move around your house when Max-Stream Routers are paired with Max-Stream Range Extenders.
  • VERY LARGE HOUSEHOLD - Experience powerful Wi-Fi coverage throughout a large house.
  • 1.4 GHz DUAL-CORE CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU) - Promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing.
  • 8 GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS - Transfer data 10x faster than Fast Ethernet, ensuring high-speed connectivity for wired devices.
  • 4x4 AC - Four streams of data for stronger, faster performance when gaming and streaming.
  • 8 HIGH-PERFORMANCE ANTENNAS - Ensure optimal coverage and maximum signal strength – even in large, multi-story buildings.
  • ADVANCED WIRELESS SECURITY - Safeguard your network with wireless WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall.
  • GUEST ACCESS - Create a guest network with a unique password for convenient and secure guest access using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.
  • LINKSYS SMART WI-FI - Monitor and control your home network from anywhere through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi website or mobile app.
  • Mac + PC COMPATIBILITY - Compatible with Mac and PC devices.
  • BEAMFORMING TECHNOLOGY - Optimizes performance by focusing wireless signal to connected devices.
  • USB 3.0 PORT - Share files and add external storage across your network with the USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 offers enhanced speeds over 2.0.


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Linksys EA9500 Test Review (methodology)

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 78.9%
Whole Home Average: 78.9%
1st Floor Average: 99.6%
1st Floor Average: 99.6%
2nd Floor Average: 58.2%
2nd Floor Average: 58.2%
analiti @1: 99.5%
analiti @1: 99.5%
analiti @2: 99.6%
analiti @2: 99.6%
analiti @3: 99.7%
analiti @3: 99.7%
analiti @4: 59.0%
analiti @4: 59.0%
analiti @5: 16.5%
analiti @5: 16.5%
analiti @6: 99.3%
analiti @6: 99.3%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 53.7%
Whole Home Average: 53.7%
1st Floor Average: 62.0%
1st Floor Average: 62.0%
2nd Floor Average: 45.4%
2nd Floor Average: 45.4%
analiti @1: 90.7%
analiti @1: 90.7%
analiti @2: 56.2%
analiti @2: 56.2%
analiti @3: 39.2%
analiti @3: 39.2%
analiti @4: 53.7%
analiti @4: 53.7%
analiti @5: 71.0%
analiti @5: 71.0%
analiti @6: 11.4%
analiti @6: 11.4%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -61dBm
Whole Home Average: -61dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
2nd Floor Average: -67dBm
2nd Floor Average: -67dBm
analiti @1: -44dBm
analiti @1: -44dBm
analiti @2: -56dBm
analiti @2: -56dBm
analiti @3: -65dBm
analiti @3: -65dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @5: -72dBm
analiti @5: -72dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -62dBm
Whole Home Average: -62dBm
1st Floor Average: -56dBm
1st Floor Average: -56dBm
2nd Floor Average: -68dBm
2nd Floor Average: -68dBm
analiti @1: -46dBm
analiti @1: -46dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @3: -66dBm
analiti @3: -66dBm
analiti @4: -61dBm
analiti @4: -61dBm
analiti @5: -73dBm
analiti @5: -73dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 430Mbps
Whole Home Average: 430Mbps
1st Floor Average: 670Mbps
1st Floor Average: 670Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 190Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 190Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @2: 612Mbps
analiti @2: 612Mbps
analiti @3: 531Mbps
analiti @3: 531Mbps
analiti @4: 143Mbps
analiti @4: 143Mbps
analiti @5: 75Mbps
analiti @5: 75Mbps
analiti @6: 351Mbps
analiti @6: 351Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 870Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 870Mbps
Whole Home Average: 418Mbps
Whole Home Average: 418Mbps
1st Floor Average: 657Mbps
1st Floor Average: 657Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 179Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 179Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @2: 570Mbps
analiti @2: 570Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @4: 137Mbps
analiti @4: 137Mbps
analiti @5: 50Mbps
analiti @5: 50Mbps
analiti @6: 350Mbps
analiti @6: 350Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
Best Possible (for this analysis): 1733Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 1733Mbps
Whole Home Average: 1356Mbps
Whole Home Average: 1356Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 978Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 978Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @4: 600Mbps
analiti @4: 600Mbps
analiti @5: 600Mbps
analiti @5: 600Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 96%
Whole Home Average: 96%
1st Floor Average: 98%
1st Floor Average: 98%
2nd Floor Average: 94%
2nd Floor Average: 94%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 97%
analiti @2: 97%
analiti @3: 96%
analiti @3: 96%
analiti @4: 95%
analiti @4: 95%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @6: 99%
analiti @6: 99%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 90.1ms
1st Floor Average: 94.6ms
2nd Floor Average: 85.7ms
analiti @1: 34.1ms
analiti @2: 133.6ms
analiti @3: 116.0ms
analiti @4: 93.0ms
analiti @5: 54.5ms
analiti @6: 109.8ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 146.0ms
1st Floor Average: 147.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 145.0ms
analiti @1: 62.3ms
analiti @2: 194.7ms
analiti @3: 184.0ms
analiti @4: 149.7ms
analiti @5: 120.0ms
analiti @6: 165.3ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 26.5ms
1st Floor Average: 28.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 24.3ms
analiti @1: 12.2ms
analiti @2: 43.0ms
analiti @3: 31.0ms
analiti @4: 24.9ms
analiti @5: 18.5ms
analiti @6: 29.4ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 97%
Whole Home Average: 97%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 95%
2nd Floor Average: 95%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @3: 99%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @6: 98%
analiti @6: 98%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 57.3ms
1st Floor Average: 54.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 60.3ms
analiti @1: 53.8ms
analiti @2: 52.9ms
analiti @3: 55.9ms
analiti @4: 58.2ms
analiti @5: 69.8ms
analiti @6: 52.9ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 106.5ms
1st Floor Average: 91.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 121.1ms
analiti @1: 86.0ms
analiti @2: 79.7ms
analiti @3: 110.0ms
analiti @4: 108.3ms
analiti @5: 157.3ms
analiti @6: 97.7ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 12.2ms
1st Floor Average: 10.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 14.3ms
analiti @1: 9.4ms
analiti @2: 9.8ms
analiti @3: 11.2ms
analiti @4: 12.0ms
analiti @5: 22.4ms
analiti @6: 8.4ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 98%
analiti @5: 98%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.1ms
1st Floor Average: 3.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 13.0ms
analiti @1: 3.2ms
analiti @2: 3.5ms
analiti @3: 3.0ms
analiti @4: 11.2ms
analiti @5: 24.4ms
analiti @6: 3.5ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 23.0ms
1st Floor Average: 4.6ms
2nd Floor Average: 41.4ms
analiti @1: 4.3ms
analiti @2: 5.0ms
analiti @3: 4.3ms
analiti @4: 37.7ms
analiti @5: 82.0ms
analiti @6: 4.7ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 5.9ms
1st Floor Average: 1.5ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.2ms
analiti @1: 1.8ms
analiti @2: 1.3ms
analiti @3: 1.3ms
analiti @4: 8.7ms
analiti @5: 20.0ms
analiti @6: 2.1ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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