Updated 19 Dec 2017

Linksys

EA8500

Bottom line: This dual-band Linksys router has OK incoming fibre speeds. Outgoing WiFi speeds are very good on 2.4GHz and good on the 5GHz band. Obstructions were a minor challenge for this router making it a great choice if you have an old villa with thick walls.

EA8500
Consumer score
68
Avg price

$300

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Test results

Overall score
OK
68
WiFi performance
Good
7.5/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
6.0/10
Security
OK
5.7/10

Good points

  • OK fibre speeds.
  • Very good WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Good WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • OK security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Excellent documentation provided.
  • Has guest networks, but they're not enabled by default.
  • Can be mounted on the wall.
  • Has 2 USB ports.

But

  • Doesn't support VOIP.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$300

Speeds

Fibre
6.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
n/a
Vectoring speed increase
n/a
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
8.0
WiFi performance 5GHz
7.0
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Load test
Moderate drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
No
VDSL
No
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
4
Antenna placement
Rear and sides of device. All 4 are removable and can rotate 360deg from horizontal and fold back by 90deg.
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
317x211x178
Weight (g)
723

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
0
USB ports
2
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
×
Installation wizard
×
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling, block websites and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable

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Notes
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