Best Linksys Routers

Linksys is a known brand in the field of wireless routers for personal and commercial use thanks to the wide variety of options on offer and the good customer service. The company offers routers catering to almost all budgets and feature requirements and we must say that it has done a good job.

Compared to other router OEMs, Linksys offers a few features and enhancements that differentiate its products from the competition. For example, most Linksys routers offer good speed and great coverage along with MIMO capabilities. More importantly, these routers also feature user-friendly administrative controls along with data usage analytics that helps you get the most out of your ISP’s plan.

For this article, several factors were considered for narrowing down the best Linksys router options available in 2019. These include the maximum potential throughput, number of bands supported, maximum coverage offered, connectivity options, software UI, etc. The popularity of these routers with buyers was also taken into account.

So, with that information, here are the 11 best Linksys routers available in the market currently.

1. Linksys EA9500

Linksys EA9500
  • Features: Tri-band (2.4 + 5 + 5); MU-MIMO technology; 8 antennas; 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU; Beamforming
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 5.3 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 8 / 2 (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 14.29 x 5.39 x 11.73 in

The Linksys EA9500 is not just one of the best Linksys routers available but is also one of the overall best routers of 2019. With a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and support for MU-MIMO, each device can connect independently to the tri-band router and without affecting the bandwidth of the other devices for a total potential throughput of about 5.3 Gbps. The EA9500 is not the most aesthetic-friendly of the lot but with 8 powerful antennas, coverage even in large homes shouldn’t be a problem. If you notice dead spots, however, you can use the Linksys Max-stream range extender to further extend coverage. The presence of 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports caters to those who prefer wired connections.

There have some reported concerns with respect to connectivity issues and signal drops but when it comes to overall performance and range, the EA9500 is hard to beat. Some of these concerns can be easily fixed by disabling MU-MIMO or IPv6 depending on the problem. Those who’d prefer fiddling with some of the advanced firewall options will be pleased to know that flashing DD-WRT on this router is possible.

  • Pros: Great coverage; Tri-band
  • Cons: Heavy; Pricey; Issues with enabling MU-MIMO

2. Linksys WRT1900ACS

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Linksys WRT1900ACS
  • Features: Dual-band (2.4 + 5); 4 antennas; QoS prioritization; 1.6 GHz Dual-core CPU; Open-source ready; Smart Wi-Fi app; Repeater and Bridge modes
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 1.9 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 2 (1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 2.0-eSATA combo)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.76 x 7.67 x 2.01 in

The Linksys WRT1900ACS is a more affordable option for those who are looking for a good long-range router. It is one of the best wireless routers for home use with a combined theoretical throughput of 1.9 Gbps. It does not sport the 5 GHz multiplexing option as the WRT3200ACM but home users are likely not to be affected by this. The 4 antennas are boosted well enough to provide optimal signal strength and coverage in large homes or even multi-story buildings and they are adjustable. Although the WRT1900ACS lacks MU-MIMO, the onboard 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU ensures easily catering to multiple devices at once without any noticeable lag.

File sharing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the WRT1900ACS offers an eSATA port for easily connecting NAS devices and USB drives at full speed for media sharing for fast media sharing across the network. When configured as a repeater or bridge, the WRT1900ACS can extend the range without having to configure multiple SSIDs. This being a Linksys router, installing custom firmware can greatly enhance the performance of the router. The only major gripe with the built-in software is that there no monitoring tools available and you’ll have to rely on third-party offerings.

  • Pros: Open-source ready; Powerful antennas; Range extender function built-in
  • Cons: No built-in data monitoring; Stability issues on the 5 GHz band; No MU-MIMO

3. Linksys EA6350

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Linksys EA6350
  • Features: Dual-band (2.4 + 5); 2 Antennas; Beamforming; Easy setup.
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac.
  • Data Transfer Rate: 1.2 Gbps.
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 1 (1x USB 3.0)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8.9 x 6.92 x 1.11 in

If all you need is a basic but capable router under $100, the Linksys EA6350 is a very good option. Its dual-band support can yield a maximum throughput of 1.2 Gbps and the included USB 3.0 port allows fast transfer of data on storage devices to other devices in the network. The EA6350 does not look to break many records when it comes to operating range or speeds as it sports only a dual antenna set up but they have adequate power and their positioning can be adjusted to maximize coverage in a small apartment.

Beamforming capability is available, which is somewhat of a rarity in this price. While setting up the router is a fairly hassle-free process, make sure to update the firmware to the latest version as there have been some reports of having an unstable connection in the 5 GHz process. Disabling MU-MIMO function if you don’t need it also helps to increase connection stability.

  • Pros: Dual-band; beamforming; MU-MIMO function
  • Cons: Only 2 antennas

4. Linksys WRT3200ACM

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Linksys WRT3200ACM
  • Features: Dual-band (2.4 + 5) with Tri-Stream 160; 4 antennas; QoS prioritization; 1.8 GHz Dual-core CPU; Open-source ready; Smart Wi-Fi app
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 3.2 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 2 (1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB-eSATA combo)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.7 x 2 x 7.6 in

The Linksys WRT3200ACM was one of our recommendations for the best secure routers category. The WRT3200ACM uses multiplexing to double the 5 GHz bandwidth using what Linksys calls as Tri-Stream 160. Unlike most other routers, the WRT3200ACM can operate in clear dedicated airspace instead of the other crowded ones using Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS). This means less interference when it comes to using it alongside other wireless devices such as microwaves or wireless input devices or even other routers in the vicinity, which also occupy the 2.4 GHz band. This also adds to the security aspect of the router and the clients connected to it as well.

Like other Linksys routers, installing custom firmware can eke out more performance out of this router. Linksys routers are generally OpenWRT compatible so it is easy to download a compatible open-source firmware to not just get new features but also advanced security options. The included smartphone app, however, should get you by for basic security functions.

  • Pros: 5 GHz multiplexing; DFS; OpenWRT compatible
  • Cons: Default firmware is not feature-rich.

5. Linksys E1200

Linksys E1200
  • Features: Single-band (2.4); MIMO antenna; Cisco Connect software; Parental controls
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11n
  • Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 7.4 x 6 x 1.2 in

If you’re still pressed for cash, the Linksys E1200 is one of the best budget routers available. It is a single-band router under $50 that offers speeds up to 300 Mbps. It might not be much but if just basic wireless connectivity is what you’re after, the E1200 perfectly fits the bill. While the E1200 supports 10/100 Ethernet connections and MIMO internal antennas, it forgoes USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, or advanced packet scheduling options. The web interface is easy to set up and configure.

The coverage is not out of this world but should suit most small to mid-sized apartments or homes. A rudimentary QoS scheduling is available but you’d do good to disable it when you first boot up the router for best results. You also need the CD to set up the router at first so if your PC does not come with a CD drive, better download the software beforehand and keep it handy.

  • Pros: Cost-effective; good performance
  • Cons: No USB port; Requires CD for initial setup

6. Linksys AC3200 WRT32X

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Linksys AC3200 WRT32X
  • Features: Tri-band (2.4 + 5 + 5); 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU; 4 antennas; Killer Prioritization Engine
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 3.2 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 2 (1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB-eSATA combo)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 2 x 9.7 x 7.6 in

The Linksys WRT321X is one of the few routers to come with support for the Killer Prioritization Engine. Killer works with Wi-Fi solution providers to create products that accelerate game performance over the network by reducing peak pings. The Linksys WRT32X incorporates Killer’s network prioritization enhancements to decide which data packets need to be prioritized to deliver a great online gaming experience.

A welcome feature is that the WRT32X can sync settings with other Killer-enabled PCs and laptops such as those from Alienware or other gaming brands. Those using other devices such as Xbox One or PS4 consoles can still prioritize their game bandwidth via the custom interface. There have been some issues with the firmware of the device and the lack of advanced security options. However, since the device is OpenWRT compatible, you can install compatible custom firmware to unlock additional functionality.

  • Pros: Killer QoS; Great for multiplayer gaming
  • Cons: Lacks advanced security options

7. Linksys WRT54GL

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Linksys WRT54GL
  • Features: Built-in firewall; Linux-based
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11g
  • Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.76 x 10 x 2.79 in

The Linksys WRT54GL might not feature some of the bells and whistles as some of the other fancy routers in this series but for those looking at a basic wireless setup, this is definitely an option to consider. While it does not offer USB connectivity, you still get 4 10/100 Ethernet ports. The wireless compliance is only up to the 802.11g standard, which is understandable as the overall throughput is just 54 Mbps.

The WRT54GL is built for custom firmware installation thanks to its support for Linux-based open-source firmware. However, we must say that the 802.11g is now succeeded by higher standards such as 802.11n and 802.11ac so unless you’re really strapped for cash, we’d suggest you look for other options.

  • Pros: Very economical; Open-source ready
  • Cons: Only supports 802.11g

8. Linksys EA8300

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Linksys EA8300
  • Features: Tri-band (2.4 + 5 + 5); MU-MIMO; DFS certified; 4 antennas; Quad-core 716 MHz CPU
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 2.2 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 1 (1x USB 3.0)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.37 x 8.42 x 2.16 in

The Linksys EA8300 features a tri-band setup that can cater to demanding users who have multiple wireless devices that stream 4K videos or games. The router also comes with a quad-core CPU for segregating traffic without any bottlenecks. The included 4 antennas are powerful enough to cover a mid-sized home without any dead spots. Perhaps, one of the best features of the Linksys EA8300 is the ability to use less-congested airspaces to minimize packet loss and interference.

There have been a few reports of connectivity issues but most of them have been resolved by new software updates or by ensuring adequate power supply to the router.

  • Pros: Tri-band; DFS certified
  • Cons: None as such

9. Linksys EA7500

Linksys EA7500
  • Features: Dual-band (2.4 + 5); MU-MIMO; Beamforming; 3 antennas; 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 1.9 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 2 (1x USB 3.0 1x USB 2.0)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 10.03 x 7.2 x 2.2 in

The Linksys EA7500 is one of the best wireless routers for home use at a price that is within reach of many. With a maximum throughput of 1.9 Gbps, the Linksys EA7500 should be able to cater to moderately-sized homes with a reasonable number of devices. The router can deliver 3 simultaneous data streams thanks to its 3×3 wireless AC technology. Beamforming ensures that clients get a good signal even when not placed directly in the line of sight while the dual-core CPU keeps bottlenecks out of the way.

A good thing about the EA7500 is that it enables easy setup without requiring a CD. The web interface is capable enough but flashing custom firmware is easy as well. Parental controls are available but not infinitely customizable. Issues have been reported with its beamforming abilities so if the client is not able to get a good signal, try changing its placement.

  • Pros: 3 wireless streams; Easy setup
  • Cons: Beamforming not up to the mark

10. Linksys EA9300

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Linksys EA9300
  • Features: Tri-band (2.4 + 5 + 5); MU-MIMO; Beamforming; 6 antennas; 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 4 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 4 / 2 (1x USB 3.0 1x USB 2.0)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 11.5 x 9.01 x 2.24 in

If the Linksys EA9500 is one of the best performing routers in 2019, the EA9300 comes in at a close second. The EA9300 sports 6 antennas that offer a great range and signal strength. The 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU might seem a bit overkill for a router but it does a good job of ensuring the free flow of upstream and downstream traffic. For further extending the range, the EA9300 can be paired with a Max-stream Range Extender to remove any dead spots.

However, we’d suggest you keep expectations tempered if you’re planning to purchase this router. It is a great performer no doubt but some of the promised features such as LAN aggregation, DFS channel support, and OpenVPN were not released in the shipping version. Linksys might release a future update to address this so we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Pros: Great range; High speeds
  • Cons: Some features missing in the default software

11. Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC2200

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Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC2200
  • Features: Tri-band (2.4 + 5 + 5); Easy app controls; Works with Amazon Alexa; Beamforming; 6 internal antennas; 716 MHz quad-core CPU
  • Wireless Protocols: 802.11ac
  • Data Transfer Rate: 2.2 Gbps
  • No. of Ethernet / USB Ports: 2 / 0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.1 x 7.3 x 6.2 in

The Linksys Velop is a mesh router system that comes in packs of two or three units called nodes. The Velop is designed well and will complement most home decors. One of the units can be used as the main router or modem while the other can be used as an extender. The setup process is easy but there’s no web interface and you need to use a smartphone app to get things running. The Velop is a tri-band router with one of the 5 GHz bands used as a dedicated backhaul to ensure connectivity between the nodes.

Performance of the Velop is typical of most mesh routers but the back-haul has limited bandwidth. So, if you place the nodes far apart, there will be loss of speed to the clients connected to these nodes. You still have the option of linking these nodes with an Ethernet cable but sort of defeats the purpose of having a wireless mesh in the first place. The app does not offer too many customization options so power users would be left wanting for mode. It should suffice for the casual home user, though. The pricing also puts the Velop at a disadvantage compared to most mesh routers in the market. However, we can expect more features via future firmware updates and a price drop coming soon.

  • Pros: Good performance; Sleek design
  • Cons: Expensive; Limited back-haul bandwidth

Dear readers, that would be all for our list of the best Linksys routers to consider buying in 2019. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. We will do our best to provide a timely response.

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