EA8500

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Availability

Since this product is advertised on Linksys, this model is currently being manufactured.

Performance

Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 4 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 1733.2 mbps

Important

This is classified as a “Top-Performer” and therefore the fastest 802.11ac wifi system.

Security

  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? Yes.

Tip

To stay up-to-date, make sure to enable “Automatic Firmware Upgrade” from the dashboard.

Download the latest firmware from linksys.com

1.1.8.185832 (2018-02-02)

  • Addressed WPA2 KRACK security vulnerability
  • Addressed DNSMASQ security vulnerabilities
  • Addressed issue of PPPoE mode overriding DHCP mode even PPPoE is detected first
  • Various minor bug fixes and enhancements

1.1.7.182977 (2017-08-09)

  • Update for compliance of the latest CE requirements (European models)
  • Addressed IOActive security issues
  • Additional security fixes and enhancements
  • Resolved issue of DHCP reservation feature not working properly if user changes local network configuration
  • Resolved issue of toggling Wi-Fi disable/enable button may disable guest network
  • Resolved issue of DMZ feature not working properly
  • Resolved issue of PPPoE detection overriding DHCP detection in a dual server environment on WAN even though DHCP is first detected
  • Resolved issue of IPv6 incompatibility when prefix is not 64-bit
  • Resolved issue of not being able to display IPv6 prefix address in status report if the prefix is not 64-bit
  • Resolved issue of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi and NTP not working with Universal Telecom in Sweden
  • Resolved issue of IPv6 firewall blocking inbound, unsolicited IPsec traffic (IKE and ESP)
  • Addressed an issue of notification function of the product
  • Various minor bug fixes and enhancements

1.1.5.178908 (2017-02-16)

  • Resolved issue of displaying “bad” in Domain Name field when ISP’s domain name does not strictly follow RFC1035 standard.
  • Latest security fixes
  • Various minor bug fixes

1.1.4.173728 (2016-07-01)

  • Updated based on the latest requirements of FCC 15-407

1.1.4.173045 (2016-06-06)

  • Seamless roaming enhancements with the Linksys RE7000 Wi-Fi range extender

1.1.4.171079 (2016-03-25)

  • Simplified Chinese support
  • Various minor bug fixes

1.1.4.170630 (2016-03-01)

  • Addressed 2.4GHz disconnection issue in noisy environment
  • Addressed automatic channel selection issue in noisy environment

1.1.4.169978 (2016-01-08)

  • IPv6 pass-through
  • AllJoyn / AllSeen integration (no expanded features)
  • Local web GUI access is now blocked from WAN port even when firewalls are disabled
  • In case there is Internet connection error, error indication on the illuminated Linksys logo is now shown only after the router has been set up to avoid confusion
  • Various bug fixes

1.1.4.168206 (2015-08-12)

  • Resolved issue of periodic router reboot in some environments

1.1.4.167984 (2015-07-17)

  • Further improved system and wireless stability

1.1.4.167542 (2015-08-26)

  • Added “Wireless-AC only” mode
  • Addressed issue of power LED being turned off when user disables activity lights via GUI
  • Addressed issue of unsupported partition appears in GUI for disk drive with GPT partition table (MacOS 10.6.8, disk utility 11.5.2)
  • Addressed issue of wireless bridge/repeater mode not being able to connect to upstream AP that is using WPA2/WPA-mixed wireless security
  • Addressed issue of being slow to establish WAN connection following factory reset

1.1.3.166845 (2015-05-07)

  • Further improve wireless performance
  • Update radio chip configuration

1.1.3.166747 (2015-04-21)

  • Improve MU-MIMO and 2.4GHz performance
  • Various bug fixes

1.1.3.166556 (2015-04-07)

  • Initial release