Earlier this month, Linksys launched a new flagship router featuring the companies’ Tri-Band wireless-AC technology. The Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Router is built especially for homes or offices that have many connected devices and simultaneous wireless activities. If you have multiple computers, smart phones, tablet PCs, game consoles, home automation or other networked devices, this might be the router you need to consider. The new Linksys EA9200 can be purchased directly from the Linksys store for $299.99 or is available for $259.99 at BestBuy (from an MSRP of $329) .
Not long ago, we evaluated Belkin/Linksys’ redo of one of the most popular wireless routers to ever hit the market, the WRT1900AC which is built like a gigantic tank and featured multiple antennas with an iconic paint job. The Linksys EA9200 is a slimmer and much more office-friendly looking router that is equipped with three Wi-Fi radios – or Tri-Band technology – that adds an additional high-speed 5 GHz band for a combined speed of up to 3.2 Gbps.
Of course when a company like Belkin/Linksys reports that the speed of their router is a whopping 3.2 Gbps, you must dig into this claim a little. Like we said above, the Tri-Band EA9200 has three radios built into to the router: One 2.4 GHz band and two 5.0 GHz band radios. On the 5 GHz band, you get 2 independent streams, each running at 1300 Mbps. When you add up these hypothetical maximums you get: 2.4 GHz (600 Mbps) + 5.0 GHz (1300 Mbps) + 5.0 GHz (1300 Mbps) = 3200 Mbps.
The Linksys EA9200 router features something Linksys is calling their Smart Connect technology which optimizes the performance of connected wireless devices by balancing them across the multiple Wi-Fi bands to provide the best overall coverage and speed. The router has 6 active antennas (three external and three internal powered by a Broadcom BCM4709A0 dual-core 1GHz CPU. This particular CPU functions with 3 integrated co-processors for a total of 2.96 GHz processing power.