Product Comparison: Linksys EA8500 vs ASUS RT-AC87U

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General Specifications
About the Product
The Max-Stream AC2600 Router is the ultimate solution for multi-device households. Breakthrough MU-MIMO technology delivers 4.6x* faster Wi-Fi speeds to everyone and everything on your busy network.
RT-AC87U delivers the world's fastest speeds of up to 1734 Mbps at 5 GHz — even faster than tri-band 3x3 routers — plus class-leading concurrent 600 Mbps speeds at 2.4 GHz for an amazing total bandwidth of 2334 Mbps! This means RT-AC87U gives you lag-free online gaming, silky-smooth 4K/UHD video streaming, and effortlessly copes with even the most bandwidth-demanding tasks.
Key Specs
Wi-Fi Speed
2600 Mbps
2400 Mbps
Number Of LAN Ports
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Linksys EA8500 Dual Band MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • My internet speed is much faster than I had before and this handles it with no problems.
  • Great speed and range. Great device.
  • This router was passing my full speed on ethernet (greater than 100 Mbps).
  • Handles more attachments at faster speeds with no drops.
  • The speed of everything is absolutely amazing!
ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Router
  • Amazing increase in download speed over BT Smarthub 6 - Highly recommend!
  • Good reception and great speed, recommended!
  • The speeds of upload and download are always high unlike on my superhub 2 and it looks very good, it shows a powerful look.
  • I replaced a Virgin SuperHub 2 with this - now I have wi-fi that reaches every room and has decent speeds.
  • This router is really good, provides all my devices with great speed and range as I have many devices connected.
Size & Weight
2.21 in.
1.87 in.
10.09 in.
11.3 in.
7.22 in.
6.6 in.
1.57 lbs.
1.65 lbs.
QoS Traffic Prioritization
Auto Speed Sensing
Number Of WAN Ports
Wireless Standard
Wireless - AC
Wireless - AC
Ethernet Standard
Number of Antennas
Ethernet Switch
What customers say about "Network"
Linksys EA8500 Dual Band MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • Range in my basement has increased greatly.
  • The WiFi signal range is so strong that it enables me to listen to Pandora on my phone in the garden.
  • Range at 2.4GHz is excellent, reaching across my whole house.
  • The WiFi works pretty well but the 5 Ghz range isn't great.
  • The range is terrible with dropping a lot.
ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Router
  • The speed and wireless range of this router is amazing, I would estimate that my wireless range is about 2 to 3 times more than I was getting with my old router.
  • It does have both a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 sockets which allow you to plug in a hard drive for example and you can actually stream media to your tablet over the internet to watch anywhere.
  • Worth the money, the range is excellent and reaches well beyond what most routers can.
  • Easy to setup, great wifi range, fast, loaded with features.
  • Works well, easy to adjust, good range on 2.4 GHz.
Data Encryption
Encryption Type
RADIUS, 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support
Parental Controls
Security Features
IPsec, L2TP, PPTP, VPN passthrough, WPS, UPnP, SPI and NAT firewall
SPI intrusion detection, DoS protection, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter, VPN support
What customers say about "Security"
Linksys EA8500 Dual Band MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • My smart tv now receives the signal with no drop off. It has the latest security features.
  • Good router. The firewall security is excellent.
  • The router features automatic firmware updating which can help keep your router secure should security defects be discovered.
  • If you drop and reconnect internet connection even for a 1/2 sec, everything on VPN is immediately lost.
  • The guest channel is not secure. Only has one secure channel for log-on purposes.
ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Router
  • Has so many features It's hard to know where to start, the security features are what impressed me most.
  • I chose the RT-AC87U to solve a very specific issue and give me greater network control.
  • The traffic analysis tools are great for seeing what's happening on the network and which device is active the most.
  • Having it filter the traffic through Trend Micro is a nice touch and adds to your safety with all the cyber attacks currently happening.
  • Good hardware, but parental controls needs to be better.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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