Linksys jumps into the cable modem market and announces the all-new mid-range EA9300 Wi-Fi router

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Cable companies can deliver very fast broadband service because
the coaxial cable they use offers so much more bandwidth than
the twisted-pair cable that DSL service relies on. And the
cable companies will happily rent you the equipment you need,
on top of the fee they charge you for internet service. But
they can’t force you to use their equipment, so router
manufacturers are building cable modems you can purchase.
Linksys jumped into that market today with its CG7500, a
two-in-one DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem/router.

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The Linksys CG7500 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem features a built-in
802.11ac Wi-Fi router.

DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) is the
standard that enables existing cable-TV systems to carry data
in addition to TV programming. Being a DOCSIS 3.0 device,
Linksys says its CG7500 is compatible with broadband packages
offering download speeds up to 300Mbps. If your cable company
is delivering faster speeds, you’ll want to look at a modem
based on the newer DOCSIS 3.1 standard. The Xfinity xFi cable
modem that
Comcast announced earlier this week
, for example, is a
DOCSIS 3.1 device that can accommodate broadband service with
download speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The Linksys CG7500 also incorporates a dual-band AC1900 Wi-Fi
router in the same enclosure to deliver throughput up to
600Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band and 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz
band. The gateway has a four-port gigabit switch and a USB 2.0
port. Linksys says its cable modem is priced at $199.97 and is
available now. Based on a rental fee of $10 per month, it
should pay for itself in about 20 months.

Linksys Max-Stream EA9300 tri-band router

Linksys is also filling in the middle of its Max-Stream series
of tri-band routers: The $300 EA9300 is an AC4000 model that is
now bookended by the entry-level EA8300 (an AC2200 model that
sells for $200) and the high-end EA9500 (an AC5400 model that
sells for $400). All three models operate one wireless network
on the 2.4GHz frequency band and two independent networks on
the 5GHz band, with an auto-steering feature that automatically
assigns 5GHz clients to the most appropriate network to balance
the router’s load. They also support multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO,
a technology we explain in depth
in this story
).

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The new Linksys EA9300 is a mid-range tri-band Wi-Fi router
that retails for $299.99.

The EA9300 delivers wireless throughput of up to 750Mbs on the
2.4GHz band, up to 1,625Mbps on the lower channels in the 5GHz
frequency band, and up to 1,625Mbps on the upper 5GHz channels.
A “seamless roaming” feature offers mesh-like performance when
the router is deployed alongside a Linksys RE7000 range
extender: The router and the range extender use the same SSID
and client devices are automatically passed back and forth
without any connectivity interruptions.

Linksys promises that an upcoming firmware update will
introduce several new features including “dual WAN,” which will
aggregate the bandwidth of two broadband connections to provide
internet bandwidth in excess of 1Gbps; link aggregation to
support file-transfer speeds up to 2Gbps; and dynamic frequency
selection, which will provide up to four times the wireless
channels available on the 5GHz frequency band.

Linksys says the EA9300 should be available now.

This story, “Linksys jumps into the cable modem market and
announces the all-new mid-range EA9300 Wi-Fi router” was
originally published by TechHive.

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