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The Linksys EA9200 is a Wi-Fi router for the richWant people to know that you're rich? Go and buy the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi EA9200 Router. CNET editor Dong Ngo didn't buy it, but that's only because he's better than rich. Really!
Hi guys **** Ngo, and this is the AC3200, Smart Wi-Fi router, EA9200 from Linksys. Now, this one is the second Tri-Band router on the market. Rivaling this Netgear R8000 I have right here. Now the two of them are very similar in a way that they have a three Wi-Fi band. One 2.4 gigahertz bands and two 5 gigahertz bands. You can put the two bands in a single wi-fi network or use them as two separate wi-fi networks. The idea is that by having two 5 gigahertz band you can handle more 5 gigahertz clients but most importantly because there are fast clients and slow clients. The router can group the slow one to one band and the fast one to the other, making sure that each client can connect to the router at the fastest possible speed. And speaking of speed, this router here support the three stream set up of the 802.11ac WiFi standard. Meaning that on the 2.4 Ghz band, it can handle up to 600 megabytes per second and under. Five gigahertz band up to 1,300 megabit per second. Now because a three band can work at the same time you have the total combined bandwidth of 3,200 megabit per second. Now in real life you can never achieve that. Speed, but in my testing the Linksys here was actually very fast, offering the top speed of some 600 Mb per second. That is about almost as fast as Wi-Fi can get for now. The EA9200 here shares a similar feature set as other Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers. This include a nice network map that display all connected clients, a good QoS feature, an effective parental control that is very easy to use. And now the router can support guest networking in both 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz band. You can even change the name of the guest networks to whatever you like. Now hardware-wise, the router here has six antennas, even though only three of them can be seen from outside here, the other three are hidden inside the chassis. On the back it has the usual 4 Gb LAN port and one gigabit WAN or Internet port. There's also one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port to host a storage device or a printer. Now when hosting a storage device, the router can also work as a very good network attached storage server. It doesn't support. Machine backup however. Alright so in short this here is a very good product even though it is overkill for most homes it doesnt hurt to have it though. If you can afford the 300 dollars price tag. For more on this one here check out my full review at CNET.com again it's a great router but not exactly $300, great. But that means you get it people know you are rich. Not for me though cuz I got it for free. Which is better than being rich. And I like it very much. And that's because I'm **** Ngo and this has been the first look at the AC3200 Smart Wi-Fi router from Linksys.