And if we're going to get all excited about MU-MIMO routers, how about some discussion about MU-MIMO clients and how there aren't any.
The router guys (and Qualcomm) are pushing this so hard that they are having to send MU-MIMO laptops along with the routers for reviewers.
The slow processor speed won't be able to handle a VPN encryption/decryption and still make any good speed.
Well, if anyone is itching to get their hands on the EA8500 today, Best Buy's site shows that it is in stock at their stores as of Saturday, May 9. Pretty much every Best Buy near my location shows in stock.
Hi,I'm not going to buy it. I got burned after being one of the first to get the Asus RT-AC87 which continues to be a huge pain for me even with the latest firmware. I am curious whether the Qualcomm solution is more stable than Quantenna but I'm off the early adopter wagon. I'll leave it to others to play and report on the shiny new things.
I'm not going to buy it. I got burned after being one of the first to get the Asus RT-AC87 which continues to be a huge pain for me even with the latest firmware. I am curious whether the Qualcomm solution is more stable than Quantenna but I'm off the early adopter wagon. I'll leave it to others to play and report on the shiny new things.
Seems to me that SoC providers are trying too hard to work around the existing limitations of 802.11, coming with all kind of tricky hacks and patches that introduce a fair amount of interoperability issues. Turbo/NitroQAM, beamforming, MU-MIMO, Airtime Fairness... Sounds like band-aids on top of a sucky technology (802.11 wireless).
Before returning it can you test whether the camera works with the EA8500 2.4Ghz set to 20Mhz?I have wanted a 100% QCA 802.11ac router solution with beamforming, and the first one to market is this Linksys. Sadly QCA’s first gen 802.11ac solutions did not support beamforming I recall reading an interview sometime ago where a QCA VP of Product Management said they have spent 7 years developing MU-MIMO techniques, so one would think we will be getting something good from them compared to some others. This is my first Linksys router I have picked up in almost a decade. So far my first quick impressions are:
- The EA8500 runs MUCH cooler than the Broadcom-based Netgear R8000 I have been using.
- Firmware update right out of the box to v188.8.131.52845. No release notes provided (boooo).
- Two of the four external antennas make a rattling noise inside them when moved about during the unpacking and install process.
- The Linksys Network Map is buggy showing (some) devices long disconnected from the network. Only way to clear them out is a router reboot.
- 5G band signal is on par with the Netgear R8000, but much more stable than my Netgear R7500 (client devices used in making this observation are a Win 8.1 laptop w/ Intel 7260-AC and Nexus 5).
- 2.4G stronger and maintains better at distance compared to the R8000, however the R7500 has a slight edge over the EA8500 (client devices used in making this observation are a Win 8.1 laptop w/ Intel 7260-AC and Nexus 5).
- My D-Link DCS-2132L(revB) network camera (has a Ralink 1x1 2.4G) does not like this router. I have the camera recoding to my ReadyNAS312 24/7 and since yesterday it has dropped and missed a total of 7 hours of recordings. I have never had these issues with any router b4 with this camera. I have switch to the R7500 overnight and so far, no recordings dropped to the ReadyNAS.
I may end up returning the Linksys EA8500 to Best Buy and wait for the Zyxel ARMOR Z1 NBG6816 (see ftp://ftp2.zyxel.com/NBG6816/datasheet/NBG6816_1.pdf ) which is another 100% QCA 802.11ac Wave 2 solution. The Zyxel unit will have the optional traffic shaping Qualcomm Streamboost engine, which is a plus in my book.
Before returning it can you test whether the camera works with the EA8500 2.4Ghz set to 20Mhz?