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LINKSYS launches the first ever MU-MIMO enabled Wi-Fi Router in the Philippines

The first ever MU-MIMO technology which brings router experience to unbelievable level is now in the Phlippines, as LINKSYS launches Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router(EA8500)
Linksys AC2600 MU-MIMO Router (EA8500)
MU-MIMO Is Like Having An Individual Router Dedicated To Multiple Devices In Your Home

Linksys,  the  first  to  sell  100  million  routers  globally  and  a  leader  in wireless  solutions  for the  home  and  business,  introduces  –  the  Linksys  Max-Stream  AC2600  MU-MIMO  Gigabit Router  (EA8500) in Philippines.  The  new  Linksys  router  leverages  the  802.11ac  Wave  2 MU-MIMO  (Multi-User,  Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to all the devices in the home and function as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the entire household  can  stream  movies,  play video  games, listen  to music,  shop,  check  email  and  more  –  all  at  the same time.

The Linksys EA8500 router incorporates Qualcomm® MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology+, which helps to provide  up  to  3x  faster  speeds*  compared  to  current  Wi-Fi.  The  combined  2.53  Gbps Wi-Fi  speeds  (up  to 1733 Mbps for 5 GHz and 800 Mbps for 2.4 GHz‡) help minimize buffering and enable faster downloads. A supercharged  1.4  GHz  dual-core  CPU  and  four  Gigabit  ports offer  blazing-fast  speeds  perfect  for  heavy-bandwidth wired gaming. Users can attach devices to the USB 3.0 port and a combo USB 2.0/eSATA port for uninterrupted personal cloud content streaming or to share data across their network. The four removable external  antennas  are  adjustable for  maximum  coverage,  while  beamforming  technology  concentrates  the Wi-Fi signal to each device for stronger, better performance and increased mobile speed and range.

MU-MIMO technology revolutionizes the wireless experience in the home,” said Mike Chen, Vice President of Product Management, Linksys. He continued, “The average home has more than 8 devices connecting to the Internet, and they’re not used for just sending emails and tweets. We’re streaming movies and TV shows in high definition, we’re video chatting with our friends and family, and we’re playing video games against competitors  around  the  globe,  all  on  different  devices  and often  at  the  same time.  To  have  dedicated bandwidth for their devices simultaneously will enhance the users’ experience so they won’t see that buffering icon when streaming a movie or listening to choppy music or worse, playing games with lag. We are so confident in the experience that MU-MIMO provides that we will be expanding our product line in the future to include more MU-MIMO routers.”

“Qualcomm MU / EFX is designed to greatly improve Wi-Fi performance and consumers’ connected experiences,” said Gopi Sirineni, Senior Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. He added, “Industry leaders like Linksys recognize the impact that MU-MIMO can have on home networks, and are delivering advanced products with the speed and efficiency to address the ever-increasing number of devices and high-bandwidth applications.”  

In an  IDC  InfoBrief,  sponsored  by  Linksys,  titled  The  Home  Network,  the  Neglected Workhorse,  IDC surveyed participants in the US that had at least 3 wireless access users in their household to understand the behaviors of wireless Internet use and how MU-MIMO can benefit multi-user/multi-device households.

The research  project  found  that  people  are  doing  more  on their home  networks  but  are  using older  wireless technology  that is not suited  for the type of wireless households today  -  which are multiple-user/multiple-device households:
  • 84% of the respondents said they were streaming movies/TV and another activity such as streaming music, playing games, or surfing the Internet at the same time.   
  • Nearly 50% still use routers running versions of Wi-Fi at least 12 years old. 
  • 2/3  of  the  respondents  said  they  had  at  least  5  devices  connected  to  the  Internet  and in use  at  the same time.  
  • More  than  half  of  survey  respondents  said  they  frequently  or  always  experience buffering, interruptions or other performance issues on their home network.  
  • 84%  of  survey  respondents  cite  performance  as  a  key  attribute  to  their  router  buying decision,  far out-distancing range, security and even price. 
  • Average selling price of routers is growing too  – respondents said they would spend an average of $84 MORE on a router to eliminate performance issues.   
  • People want their Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet access ranked #2 of the things that people would not live without. Food ranked #1, followed by Wi-Fi, Smartphone and Sex.  
The  Linksys  AC2600  MU-MIMO  router  will  help  address  these  issues  customers  are having today. Consumers  can  future-proof  their  home  wireless  networks  as  MU-MIMO  becomes  the next  generation Wi-Fi technology in the market.

Pricing and Availability

The  Linksys  Max-Stream  AC2600  MU-MIMO  Gigabit  Router  (EA8500)  is  immediately available  at leading  retail  and  online  retailers  including  Complink,  Octagon  Computer Superstore,  PC  Worx, Silicon Valley, Villman Computers, and Thinking Tools at an MSRP of Php 13,990.00

Router Leadership

The EA8500 is added to the list of more than 60 Linksys routers introduced since it pioneered the router in 1999.  Linksys  recently  announced  it  has  sold  more  than  100  Million  routers  and  has become  part  of  an elite group of consumer electronics manufacturers to have a device hit that milestone number.

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