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Linksys EA8300 Review

You can get a more modern router for the same price, but the EA8300 still holds its ground.

Linksys EA8300 from above

Is the Linksys EA8300 right for you?

Let’s get this out of the way first: the EA8300 is old. Like, six years old at the time of this review. We can’t sit here and recommend this router. Not really. You can find a newer Wi-Fi 6 model for the same price, if not cheaper. But there are a few golden nuggets to dig up here that make this router worth a look, especially since it’s a better deal now with the lower price.


  • 3 Wi-Fi bands
  • Amazon Alexa support
  • USB sharing


  • No real parental controls
  • No outstanding security
  • Low speeds at long range

Linksys EA8300 standout features

Close-up of Linksys EA8300 showing logo and lights

The EA8300 doesn’t have a lot of standout features. Its biggest selling point is the three Wi-Fi bands, and the USB port is a nice touch.

The best features at a glance:

  • 3 Wi-Fi bands
  • USB sharing
  • Amazon Alexa support

Compare the Linksys EA8300 to the competition

ProductWi-Fi versionMax throughputPrice*Order online
Linksys EA8300Wi-Fi 52,200Mbps$79.00View on Amazon
TP-Link Archer A10Wi-Fi 52,600Mbps$59.99View on Amazon
NETGEAR Nighthawk XR500Wi-Fi 52,600Mbps$189.99View on Amazon
ASUS RT-AC88UWi-Fi 53,100Mbps$349.99View on Amazon

We’ve tested very few Wi-Fi 5 routers, so the comparisons are slim. The ASUS RT-AC88U has the Linksys router beat in speed and range, with the RT-AC88U testing 596Mbps at 30 feet and the EA8300 at 503Mbps. In fact, all three competing models tested faster at 30 feet, showing the older EA8300 just can’t push speeds through the air like its rivals.

And while the EA8300 is the only router with three Wi-Fi bands, the dual-band ASUS RT-AC88U feels like a better buy. The ASUS router has four streams per band, eight Ethernet ports, two USB ports, and free security and parental controls. The Linksys EA8300 has only four Ethernet ports, one USB port, and free basic parental controls.

The RT-AC88U is a better choice but it costs a bit more.

See our full coverage of the best Wi-Fi routers.

Our Linksys EA8300 scoring breakdown

Category Score* Summary
Performance 4 Has great 5 GHz speeds at close range.
Features 3 Lacks real parental controls and VPN tools.
Design 4 Includes a third Wi-Fi band and USB sharing.
Setup 3 Takes longer to set up than competing routers.
Ease of use 3 Has one of the best interfaces we’ve tested.

* out of 5 points

Side view of Linksys EA8300 with antennas up



Wi-Fi configuration:

  • 2.4 GHz band: 400Mbps (2 x 200Mbps)
  • 5 GHz band: 866Mbps (2 x 433Mbps)
  • 5 GHz band: 866Mbps (2 x 433Mbps)

The EA8300 has good speeds at close range when you use the 5 GHz band. It tested better than the TP-Link Archer A10 and the NETGEAR’s Nighthawk XR500 with a throughput of 675Mbps. Not bad.

But the EA8300 has a steep speed dropoff compared to the other two. It’s definitely not ideal for long range either, as we recorded a mere 57Mbps at 120 feet compared to 235Mbps with the XR500. That’s a big difference, and the XR500 costs more too.

The 2.4 GHz numbers are pretty boring at first glance. A throughput of 89Mbps at close range isn’t much, but when we look back at other scores, it’s actually in line with the Wi-Fi 5 routers we already tested. The XR500 recorded a decent 110Mbps at close range, while the far more expensive ASUS RT-AC88U tested at 85Mbps.

Side view of Linksys EA8300 with antennas pointed in different directions



Notable features:

  • 3 Wi-Fi bands
  • USB sharing
  • Amazon Alexa support

The Linksys EA8300 is as bare-bones as you can get. It has all the basics you need—firewall, guest access, and limited device prioritization. But if you want robust security features and parental controls, this is not the router for you.

But we can give a callout to the USB port. It doesn’t share printers, but you can share files, create an FTP server, or create a media server to stream your favorite music and videos across the home network. Link aggregation is nice too, if you want to stream media from a NAS device instead.

What we wish the Linksys EA8300 did better

  • VPN tools
  • Better parental controls

Many modern routers at this price offer a VPN server component at the very least—some even include a built-in client. The fact that this router only enables VPN passthrough shows how much we need better security now than in 2017.

Meanwhile, the parental controls provide means to block websites and internet access only. You can’t create profiles, custom bedtimes, or apply filters like other routers at this price.

Rear of Linksys EA8300 router showing ethernet ports and USB port




  • Power button (back)
  • Reset recessed button (back)
  • WPS button (right)


  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (back)
  • Gigabit Ethernet WAN port (back)
  • USB 3.2 port (back)

There’s nothing to see here, really. The only standout is the third Wi-Fi band. Then again, why not cram the four streams into one band like other routers? Answer: Because the two 5 GHz bands use different channels, which translates to less congestion in that spectrum. Generally, the second 5 GHz band uses channel 100 to 165.

Another callout is the USB port. You can attach a storage device to share files and folders across your local network, create a media server, or set up an FTP server.



Inside the box:

  • Router
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CAT 5e Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter
  • Regulatory and warranty information

The setup process is easy enough, but it automatically updates the firmware in the second step, so it may feel longer than other router setups. The good news is there’s no head scratching involved until you set the Wi-Fi network name and password.

The router enables band steering by default, but if you select to use different names for each band, a pop-up appears with a warning, saying your devices won’t roam between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Fine. Whatever.

Yet there’s a second 5 GHz connection you can’t name until after the setup—when you can go into Wi-Fi Settings and turn off band steering altogether. This extra step was a facepalm moment, for sure.

Blue and white web interface for the Linksys EA8300 router

Ease of use


Router interface:

The Linksys EA8300 has one of the best web interfaces we’ve seen to date. It’s clean, it’s well organized, and it makes network management downright simple—and we really like simple. The Linksys app is just as dandy, packed with more settings than we usually see on competing products. You don’t need a cloud account to use it locally, either.

The only drawback is the router’s age. The App Center link in the web interface no longer works, so don’t expect to add extra tools. Frankly, we can’t even remember what the App Center added back in the day.

Are there any additional costs?

No, there are no additional costs.

Linksys EA8300 router from above

Our Linksys EA8300 review: The verdict

The Linksys EA8300 is six years old, so we can’t really recommend it. You can find newer routers on the market for the same price. There’s plenty of speed at close range though, but it doesn’t have enough oomph to push that speed to length like other routers.

Still, we like the third Wi-Fi band. You have less congestion on the 5 GHz spectrum, which translates to better speeds. The USB sharing is a nice touch too, but that’s about it. If you aren’t looking for the latest and greatest, the EA8300 is definitely worth a look.

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We test router speed by setting up each router in an office and connecting it to a local test server. Then, we transmit test data between our wireless devices and the server, taking numerous measurements to account for fluctuations in Wi-Fi speeds.

The first tests occur close to the router, without obstructions—so the Wi-Fi is as strong and fast as it’s gonna get. We repeat the process straight out at 10, 20, and 30 feet, with only a glass door obstructing our view of the router. The same glass door and an exterior door blocks our path when we test outside at 40 and 50 feet.

We also run tests in a hallway to the left of the TV room and office—where there’s a glass door, three walls, and an air handler unit blocking our view of the router. The dining room, another testing point, sits to the right of the kitchen, TV room, and office—two walls and a glass door block the path in this test.

To test video streaming, we connect a fast storage device to the router and stream a 4K video to six wireless devices simultaneously—two phones, three tablets, and a laptop—connected to the same wireless band.

Client devices used in testing

iPhone 12 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 3
Wi-Fi versionWi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 5
Stream configuration2 x 22 x 2
Max channel width80 MHz80 MHz
Max 5 GHz speed (AX)1,200Mbps
Max 5 GHz speed (AC)866Mbps866Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (AX)195Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (N)195Mbps144Mbps

Linksys EA8300 benchmarks (5 GHz only)

iPhone 12 Pro Max*Google Pixel 3*
2 feet675659
10 feet662657
20 feet569503
20 feet (hallway)151144
30 feet503427
40 feet (porch)338297
120 feet (neighbor’s yard)5742


Author -

Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At, he focuses on network equipment testing and review.

Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.