Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Smart AC Wi-Fi Router Review

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EA9200 Summary and Conclusion

After examining five AC3200 routers over the past few weeks, we must say the Linksys EA9200 is among the best of the bunch. It's an extremely well-rounded package with no major flaws or shortcomings, and when you consider the fact that as of press time its the least expensive of all the AC3200 routers we've covered, it's a slam dunk. If it was around $300 retail like the D-Link 890L/R or the Netgear Nighthawk we'd say "flip a coin," but the Linksys EA9200 has them beat on price and performance.
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Despite its low (for this category) price you really aren’t giving up anything in the way of features or performance, save for support for Apple's Time Machine, though admittedly the Linksys router doesn’t sport the bevy of “advanced” features for IT folks that some of the other routers offer, such as the Asus RT-AC3200. For the vast majority of home users though, the EA9200 will be just the ticket, especially in households with plenty of devices. It’s easy to use, extremely fast, affordably priced, and was super consistent throughout our testing. Though we had a few weird issues at the beginning of our setup routine, and we thought the Speed Test utility screen was a mistake, those are more annoyances than deal-breakers. Throughout a week of testing, the Linksys EA9200 router was always fast, always connected, and easy to use and configure. Overall, it’s the total package and sets the bar for affordable AC3200 routers.
  • Affordable Street Price
  • Modern, Clean Interface
  • Internal and External Antennae
  • Strong Performance
  • Initial Setup Hitches
  • IE Recommendation For Speed Test
  • No Time Machine Support

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