Top speed of Linksys’s new EA8300 router
This Wi-fi router is ready to connect to an existing modem, such as one supplied with cable or fibre broadband (it doesn’t include an ADSL modem), and could be a good replacement for an outdated model. Its tri-band technology creates one 2.4GHZ network, supporting older devices, and two on the less congested 5GHZ band (with MU-MIMO) to maximise efficiency with the latest products. Band steering is used to decide which network devices join, with a choice of schemes.
In our tests, the 2.4GHZ network wasn’t as fast as some, especially across longer distances. 5GHZ fared much better, at around 450Mbps downloading and 200Mbps uploading, falling to around 375 and 125 in more distant rooms. It’s not the best performance we’ve seen, but decent. Linksys’s setuptup web page is neat and simple,ple, although features like parentalarental control are fairly basic. IGMP proxying is not supported, so live Youviewvi channelshael such as BT Sport won’t work.
The EA8300 normally sells for £140, but at the time of writing it’s discounted by Very to just £100. That makes it well worth considering. At the regular price, it’s a decent router but nothing special. If you already have a reasonably modern router, with Gigabit Ethernet ports, but want to improve your coverage, consider adding BT’S Whole Home Wi-fi mesh router (£180 from Amazon www.snipca. com/27228) instead. Other mesh systems – which, unlike BT’S, include a router – are more expensive, but may be the right solutionluti ffor bigbigger hohomes (ssee Iissue 523523, page 24 for more options).