|Standards||802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.3ab, 802.3u|
|Security||WEP, WPA, WPA2 up to 128-bit encryption|
|LEDs||Power, Internet, Ethernet (1-4), Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Wireless|
|Buttons||Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Reset, Wi-Fi, Power|
|Wireless Data Rates||Up to 2.6Gbps|
|Antenna||5 (4 external and 1 internal)|
|Interface||Internet, Etherent (1-4), USB 2.0/eSATA combo, USB 3.0, Power|
|VPN support||IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP VPN pass-through|
|Power Adapter||12V / 3.5A|
|System Requirements||PC: Wi-Fi enabled with CD or DVD drive, Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Mac: Wi-Fi enabled with CD or DVD drive, Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard v10.6.1 or later, Lion v10.7, Mountain Lion v10.8, or Mavericks v10.9 Web Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5 (for Mac), Firefox 8, or Chrome configuration|
|Package Contents||Linksys AC2600 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA8500 Quick Start Guide CD-ROM with Documentation Ethernet cable Power Adapter|
The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA8500) is the ultimate solution for multi-device households. Breakthrough MU-MIMO technology delivers 3x faster* Wi-Fi speeds to everyone and everything on your busy network, allowing multiple users to simultaneously stream movies, play games online, and browse the Internet without lag or buffering.
Thanks to Qualcomm MU | EFX, the Max-Stream AC2600 Router can target multiple devices at the same time to relieve heavy network traffic. It's like having an individual router dedicated to each of your devices.
In today's data-intensive multimedia environments, more and more households and offices require a router that can support high-speed connections to multiple devices at once. Thanks to Qualcomm MU-MIMO technology, the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 Router meets this demand.
MU-MIMO builds upon existing broadcasting principles--such as spatial multiplexing and beamforming--to deliver a higher overall throughput for today's multi-device networks. The result is a fast, fairly distributed connection across all of your devices. With MU-MIMO, you'll be able to simultaneously stream HD video on a Smart TV, download large files onto your smartphone, and engage in other data-intensive tasks without experiencing latency on any of your devices.
Most routers use SU-MIMO, a technology that transmits multiple spatial streams to a client device. However, SU-MIMO can only hone in on a single device at once, resulting in a huge amount of wasted router capacity.
By contrast, MU-MIMO allows the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 Router to transmit spatial streams to up to three different devices at once. By taking advantage of the router's multiple antennas, MU-MIMO can instantly measure the time it takes for its three client devices to receive data. Once it has acquired a picture of its environment, it uses the router's beamforming technology to send a stream directly to the four targeted devices, delivering just the amount of bandwidth that's needed.
Because it gives each of your devices a dedicated spatial stream, MU-MIMO helps ensure your devices won't have to compete for bandwidth. It's like having a dedicated router for each of your devices.
Qualcomm's MU-MIMO system is also highly adaptable. By using sophisticated grouping and scheduling algorithms, it can assign priorities to devices that are generating the most traffic. This helps the router distribute bandwidth more equitably, ensuring each of your devices gets the fastest connection possible.
MU-MIMO is already becoming the next major enhancement in the world of Wi-Fi. It has been optimized for client devices that have lower antenna counts, ensuring you get the most out of your smartphones, tablets, or USB Wi-Fi adapters. And as more and more devices adopt the 802.11ac specification, MU-MIMO will be able to pass on higher connection speeds to an increasing number of users.
With four dedicated data streams per band delivering simultaneous content at speeds up to 2.53 Gbps**. You'll be able to take advantage of faster downloads and HD video streaming to multiple household devices without annoying buffering.
Equipped with a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 Router offers the cutting-edge speeds you need for lag-free gaming, online movie streaming, and mobile device viewing.
The Max-Stream AC2600 Router uses Beamforming technology to send focused Wi-Fi signals to devices on your network, improving the wireless signal throughout your home. Four adjustable antennas on the router direct signal flow, so you can enjoy fast connections on all of your devices.
For expedient networking, this router is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports that boast speeds 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet. A USB 3.0 port allows you to add external storage devices for sharing content across your network or a printer for the office. The Max-Stream AC2600 Router also features an eSATA port, which can serve as a USB 2.0 port, to support external SATA devices.
Monitor and control your home network anytime, anywhere with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software. Using a Web browser or the Smart Wi-Fi mobile app, you can set parental controls to restrict Internet access at certain times of the day, create unique Wi-Fi passwords for guests, monitor and add devices on your home network, check your upload and download speeds, and prioritize bandwidth usage for your devices to reduce lag time and buffering when streaming media or gaming online.
The Max-Stream AC2600 Router utilizes the Linksys Network Map tool when using your Smart Wi-Fi account. Network Map offers a visual overview of all the connected devices on your network, letting you monitor each device's online status, signal strength, and bandwidth usage. You can even give each of your devices personalized names for easy identification.
*Three or more 1x1 MU-MIMO-enabled client devices must be connected to achieve the three (3) times faster physical data rate.
**The standard transmission rates--600 Mbps or 1733 Mbps (for 5 GHz), 800 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz), 54 Mbps, and 11 Mbps--are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.
Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA8500), quick start guide, four detachable antennas, Ethernet cable, power adapter, and CD-ROM with documentation.