Transmits Streams to Up to Four 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.
Dramatically Increases Total Network Throughput
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.
Built for the Next Generation of Smart Devices
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
More Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 Features
Supercharged 4x4 Dual-Band Wireless Speeds up to 2.53 Gbps**
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.
Blazing-Fast Wired Speeds with 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
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.
Beamforming Focuses Wi-Fi to Each Device on Your Network
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.
Faster Wired Speeds with USB 3.0, eSATA, and Gigabit Ethernet Ports
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.
|Name||LINKSYS EA8500 MAX-STREAM AC2600 MU-MIMO SMART WI-FI ROUTER| EA8500|
|Standards||802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.3ab, 802.3u|
|VPN support||IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP VPN pass-through|
|Power Adapter||12V / 3.5A|
|Wireless Data Rates||Up to 2.6Gbps|
|Buttons||Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Reset, Wi-Fi, Power|
|Security||WEP, WPA, WPA2 up to 128-bit encryption|
|Frequency Band||2.4 GHz / 5 GHz|
|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|