Linksys brings mu-MIMO Router EA8500 out




Linksys EA8500 brings out, according to the company’s first enabled router mu-MIMO support. With this technique the capacity of a hotspot can be better utilized, but only with compatible receivers. The device costs 299 euros in the Netherlands.

Linksys announced the EA8500 at the CES in January; in the United States, the router on the market come . Netherlands is expected to follow within a few weeks. The device is already in PriceWatch surfaced for 299 euros.

The EA8500 is an ac router based on a Qualcomm chipset with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. The four detachable antennas, four data streams, making the maximum theoretical speed of the network on the 5 GHz band is 1733Mbps. The 2.4 GHz band is achieved according to Linksys maximum 800Mbps. The device can operate simultaneously at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The router includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port and one USB2.0 / eSATA combo port.

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The EA8500 has the multi-user MIMO technology. Thus the capacity of a Wi-Fi hotspot can be better utilized. In a normal WiFi hotspot devices have in turn provided with the total bandwidth of the hotspot. As a result, the average bandwidth goes down to extent there are more devices are connected. In addition, often not all of the devices in a network operate at the maximum speed of the access point. Devices that support higher speed, to wait for slower ones, which is especially a problem when a slow device must make extensive use of the access point.

A mu-MIMO enabled device can simultaneously serve multiple clients. The device can for this purpose in different directions emit a different signal. Connected devices that are not too close together, can get a higher bandwidth. An important condition is that clients must also support the technology. At present, there are hardly any devices that can handle mu-MIMO, but support is for example already used in Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processors.

Earlier Asus and Netgear came even with products that support MIMO mu, as the Asus RT-AC87U . Before buyers of those devices that can enable function must be applied a software update. That has not happened yet, so Linksys now claims the first one acting mu-mimorouter have marketed.


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