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Linksys EA9200 Is The Latest Router To Sport Wi-Fi AC3200 Connectivity

Linksys’ WRT1900AC router is more than adequate to suffice the needs of most users, but enthusiast users looking for the best in terms of wireless connectivity have had to go with Asus’ (TPE:2357) six-antenna behemoth, the RT-AC3200, or the Netgear X6. Linksys is finally addressing the issue today with the launch of a tri-band router that offers Wi-Fi AC3200 connectivity.

Dubbed the EA9200, the router is targeted at users looking to stream content from several devices simultaneously. The tri-band technology – which features one 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands – excel at connecting a host of Wi-Fi AC-enabled devices. As far as data transmission is concerned, users will be able to transfer up to 600 Mbit/sec on the 2.4 GHz channel and 1300 Mbit/sec through each of the 5 GHz channels.

The router features three internal antenna and three removable external antenna that offer six data streams in total. The EA9200 is powered by a 1.0 GHz dual core CPU (most likely the Broadcom BCM4709), offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one WAN port. As is becoming more and more common, the router comes with beamforming technology, which determines the location of a device and focuses the signal to that location, enhancing signal strength. Beamforming is increasingly becoming a must-have feature, with Samsung set to offer the technology in its connected devices and mobiles next year.

There’s also a built-in DHCP server with the ability to assign dynamic and static IP addresses, along with DLNA, UPnP and virtual USB support. You can additionally connect a USB-based hard drive or flash drive (AT, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ file formats) to the router to stream media to connected devices.

Linksys is offering the EA9200 for $299, which is what both Asus and Netgear are targeting with their high-end solutions. The router is now available direct from Linksys.