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
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.