CES 2016: Linksys Unveils Max-Stream MU-MIMO Line-Up

Written by Martin Kovacs     06/01/2016 | 11:16 | Category: ROUTERS AND SWITCHES

Linksys has taken the wraps off its line-up of new Max-Stream MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) networking solutions at CES 2016, leveraging 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO technology.

CES 2016: Linksys Unveils Max-Stream MU-MIMO Line-UpLinksys expanded MU-MIMO portfolio includes two additional routers, a range extender and a USB adapter.

Linksys states the MU-MIMO tech helps "ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to all the devices in the home and function as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router".

- Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA7500)

Leveraging 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO, the EA7500 features:

- A Qualcomm IPQ 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
- Dual-band AC1900 wireless speeds up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz + 600 Mbps 2.4 Ghz
- Four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 1 Gigabit WAN
- USB 3.0, 2.0 ports
- Smart Wi-Fi app for remote access, control and troubleshooting

- Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO (EA9500)

The EA9500 "provides business grade functionality to get your home or small office up and running quickly", featuring:

- A 4 GHz dual-core processor
- Tri-band wireless AC5400 (1000 Mbps 2.4 Ghz + 2166 Mbps 5 Ghz + 2166 Mbps 5 GHz)
- 802.11ac Wave 2 includes MU-MIMO
- Nine Gigabit Ethernet ports (8 LAN, 1 WAN) and USB 3.0, 2.0 ports
- Eight external antennas
- WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall
- Smart Wi-Fi app for remote access, control and troubleshooting

- Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE7000)

Linksys states that the combination of a Max-Stream router and range extender "creates a single network
in the home with a single network name (SSID), so users can roam throughout their home without having to manually connect to the range extender".

The RE7000 additionally features Spot Finder Technology (patent pending), showing users where to place the range extender using a mobile device for optimal performance.

RE7000 features include:

- Dual-band wireless AC1900 - AC1733 + N300
- 802.11ac Wave 2 includes MU-MIMO
- Seamless roaming
- Crossband technology
- Plug-in form factor
- Multi-mode - repeater, access point
- One Gigabit Ethernet port

- Linksys Max-Stream AC600 USB MU-MIMO Adapter (WUSB6100M)

Linksys states the WUSB6100M is the first MU-MIMO-enabled adapter on the market, enabling users to connect their laptops and computers to a wireless-AC network as well as a MU-MIMO router for optimal performance.

WUSB6100M features include:

- AC Wave 2 - MU-MIMO  (AC433 + N150)
- Beamforming
- USB 2.0
- Plug 'n' play with simple pairing
- Works with any Wi-Fi router; optimised with Max-Stream

"Our new line-up of Linksys MU-MIMO solutions provide the networking backbone to allow consumers to enjoy high-performance and simultaneous Wi-Fi, including speed, range and coverage," Justin Doucette, Linksys director of product management, commented.

"With the rise of 4K streaming and the growth of MU-MIMO clients, having the latest MU-MIMO technology is the best way to ensure users get the best Wi-Fi experience possible."

The EA7500 carries a price tag of $329.95  RRP, with Australian availability planned for March, the EA9500 a price tag of $549.95 RRP, with availability planned for April, the RE7000 $219.95 RRP, with availability planned for June, and the WUSB6100M $59.95 RRP, with availability also planned for June.