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Old 08-07-2017, 01:00 PM   #1
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Sharing my experience of the Linksys EA8300

Sharing a good deal and a simple writeup of the EA8300.

Tri Band routers were a hype in 2016, but they were priced too high for the masses. For example, a 4T4R aka 4 streams tri band router can easily cost above $400. So here is dilemma, do we want more streams or more bands?

Linksys kind of figured out that most of our devices are still 2/3 streams, so by halving the stream counts, maintaining the tri band capability comes the EA8300 at a never before price, $259.

Quick sneek peek into the box





For a start, Singtel and Starhub users should have no issue using this router as it support VLan options.



Plenty of connections as well, it definitely can do double NAT by default or you could make it a bridge (I don't see why you want to, this is probably your next best investment to ditch your Singtel router or other yesteryear routers you are still using)



Wi-Fi portion, since this is a tri band router, you could enable band steering for 5Ghz or micromanage your own Wi-Fi with all 3 individual bands and SSIDs.

Fast forward to tests and here I am.

So in the same room using my MacBook Air as a test client. This router is centrally located in my house

A good healthy link rate


Speed test results are pretty decent - not the best tool to analyse performance


How about throwing in a copy from NAS results? Closing in average 65MB/s, do your maths on conversion to mbps.



To be continued...
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:12 PM   #2
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Let's move 2.5 rooms length worth away, basically the furthest end of my place with 2 walls in between.

Link rate, dropped but within expectations


Speedtest results? Still decent


Read performance from NAS using the same file


There is a 3rd part of the review which is another end of my place with 3 walls in between. That failed, the 5Ghz did not reach there, link rate was close to 7mbps only and not very usable.


In short, I am left pretty impressed with the performance it can provide on 5Ghz (I did not test 2.4Ghz) in a 5 room flat. It really depends on router placement and the number of walls. The EA8300 provided a solid 5Ghz experience in within 2 walls but fell short after the 3rd wall.

Can I replace my AC5300 with the EA8300? That's for me to test out and you guys will find out real soon.

What the EA8300 lacks now is a companion, and that's where a 2 Pack Velop comes in handy to extend the 5Ghz capability. Instead of dishing out all your money on 3 Pack Velop and pair with a stock router, why not save and go for a 2 Pack Velop + EA8300?

The EA8300 offers much more customisation and the regular configurations you can mess with it. On top of this, app control is top notch from Linksys.




Currently, the router is priced at $259 there is a promo for this router that comes with a $30 EzLink card at Challenger outlets or you could get from Hachi.Tech with 15% off capped at $25 using Citibank card!

Linksys EA8300


Anybody else who got this router please share your experiences!
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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In this price range, you could have gotten a 4 stream Linksys router E8350 to maximise performance. A pair can be used to form a wireless bridge to extend your network coverage.



Review here: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wire...outer-reviewed
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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E8350 is already EOL since last year

In this price range, you could have gotten a 4 stream Linksys router E8350 to maximise performance. A pair can be used to form a wireless bridge to extend your network coverage.



Review here: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wire...outer-reviewed
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:25 PM   #5
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I also have this router and my first impression of it is quite refreshing. First of its kind to have a coloured display for linksys logo, ethernet icon and wan icon..

Packed in this router is a new quad core processor which promises better performance as well.

For those who doesn't know linksys software upgrade programme, your router is typically checked for software periodically in the night when traffic is low.. The router installs the software itself and its by far different from Asus, for example..

I'll come back with more pictures if I can.. Lol..
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:24 PM   #6
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Just to share that linksys, as usual, offers the hidden advanced wireless menu which tweaks the core settings. Here are the screenshots:

Wireless settings related to 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz:




Wireless settings related to Qualcomm Chipset:



If you guys are using asus router with mu-mimo enabled, you will realise that for mu-mimo products connected to it, the spatial stream gets reduced to only 1x1. For linksys ea8300, with mu-mimo turned on, my s8+ can still yield 866mbps with it without downgrading the spatial stream to 1x1. I'm not sure if this is just s8+ or what, i don't have other mu-mimo device to test out so yeah, waiting for people to confirm as well. With this triband router, i've turned off smart connect which steers between the 2 5Ghz bands, force the non data intensive devices like IoT to 2.4Ghz, mu-mimo on one 5Ghz and su-mimo on another 5Ghz.
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Is this more reliable and stable than Asus AC88?
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Is this more reliable and stable than Asus AC88?
Well not sure what do u mean by stability? On ea8300, I have no wifi drop before unless its out of range Lor. The last I used ac88u was before all these instability of firmware surfaced..
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Does this router support Singtel Miotv 1Gbps? Any speed or range upgrade over the stock Singtel AC1900 router?

Between this, Linksys EA8500 and AC68u which is better if they are priced the same?
Ea8300 does support SingTel fibre..
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Which linksys is better now in range and stabliy for hub users ?
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Ea8300 does support SingTel fibre..
Currently deciding between EA7500, EA8300 or EA8500. Do all 3 EA models support MioTV or just Internet?

EA7500 is about $35 cheaper then the other 2 but which of them has the best range, speed and stability?
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Currently deciding between EA7500, EA8300 or EA8500. Do all 3 EA models support MioTV or just Internet?

EA7500 is about $35 cheaper then the other 2 but which of them has the best range, speed and stability?
For the time being, avoid using EA7500 v2 model which is currently circulating in the market from StarHub subscribers. All the above models do support vlan and do support singtel with no issues except for EA7500 v2.

EA7500 v2 has a built in vlan profile, but it has a critical bug which prevents setup of vlan. So before the software fix comes, donít buy ea7500 v2 for singtel fibre usage as yet..
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I just got myself Linksys EA8300. I like to use the DFS channel but I am not able to find it. It is not showing up.

Band steering is off.
5GHz 1 Ch 36, 40, 44, 48
5GHz 2 Ch 149, 153, 157, 161
They are non-DFS channels.

Anyone knows, how to have DFS channels show up for DFS channel manual selection?
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FAQ says it support DFS channel but I am not getting it.
Not showing up for DFS channel for manual selection.

https://www.linksys.com/sg/support-a...icleNum=226167
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FAQ says it support DFS channel but I am not getting it.
Not showing up for DFS channel for manual selection.

https://www.linksys.com/sg/support-a...icleNum=226167
EA8300 is not supported for DFS channel.

from my recollection, only EA8100 supports for the family of linksys routers.

I'm reaching out to linksys technical support singapore, to see if the information on website is accurate..

will update here again.

UPDATE: EA8300 does not support DFS for local units. the article is valid only for US models and Canadian's.
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