LINKSYS EA9200

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Of all the tri-band routers avail­able to­day, the Linksys EA9200 is ar­guably the most con­ser­va­tive in looks. Since it is de­signed with a stand, it sits tall at around 30cm, in­clud­ing the an­ten­nas, but as a re­sult, it takes up lesser desk­top space than its ri­vals. All in all, it’s ac­tu­ally rel­a­tively com­pact for a tri-band router.

The other thing to no­tice is the fact that the EA9200 makes do with just three ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas, un­like the more com­mon six. In re­al­ity, the EA9200 router does have six an­ten­nas; it’s just that three of them are hid­den in­ter­nally. Ac­cord­ing to Linksys, the de­ci­sion to do so was to give the EA9200 router a less busy ap­pear­ance, plus they were cer­tain that per­for­mance would not be com­pro­mised.

Round the front panel is a Linksys logo that lights up, but apart from that, there’s lit­tle else. There aren’t any LED sta­tus in­di­ca­tors, and the only way to know if some­thing is wrong is if the Linksys logo starts flash­ing - it should glow solidly. There are, how­ever, LED in­di­ca­tors on the WAN and LAN ports and even for

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APRIL 2016 the USB ports, but since these are on the back of the router, their help­ful­ness is lim­ited.

As we men­tioned ear­lier, al­most ev­ery AC3200­class router is pow­ered by Broad­com’s 5G XStream chipset, and the Linksys EA9200 is no dif­fer­ent. The chipset con­sists of a sin­gle du­al­core Broad­com BCM4709A run­ning at 1GHz and three ad­di­tional off­load Broad­com BCM43602 pro­ces­sors, each ded­i­cated to one of the router’s three ra­dios.

One thing we re­ally like about the Linksys EA9200 is its ease of use. Linksys’ Smart Wi-Fi user in­ter­face is ar­guably the most user-friendly one in the in­dus­try and of­fers a thought­ful bal­ance of ease of use and con­trol. It is not un­com­mon that ad­vanced router fea­tures like parental con­trol and QoS can be daunt­ing to con­fig­ure and use; the Linksys EA9200 makes ev­ery­thing look invit­ing and ac­ces­si­ble.

Through the Smart Wi-Fi app that’s avail­able on iOS and An­droid, users can re­motely con­trol and edit their router set­tings, change pass­words, en­able Parental Con­trol, and even ac­cess con­tent on ex­ter­nal stor­age de­vices con­nected to the router.

Be­hind the router are a sin­gle USB 3.0 port and another USB 2.0 port.

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