Linksys Max Stream AC3000 Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 5 Router (MR9000-CA)
- Whole home mesh router with Wi-Fi 5 offers high-speed wireless connectivity throughout your house (up to 3,000 sq. ft.) on up to 25 devices without dead zones
- Works with additional Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi nodes (sold separately) to expand the network coverage
- Bluetooth 4.1 LE allows for simple and secure Linksys app based set-up via a mobile device
- Parental controls allow you to manage content and screen time to keep your children safer
- Guest access gives you an easy, secure option for guests to connect to the network
- Tri-band router (2.4GHz and two at 5GHz) reaches total speeds of up to 3Gbps
- Gigabit WAN port and 4 Gigabit LAN ports enable a fast wired connection
- USB 3.0 port allows you to connect a printer or other device
- MU-MIMO technology makes it possible for multiple devices to stream and browse simultaneously without lag
- Future-proofing Intelligent Mesh technology is a smart system that adapts to your needs to maintain a reliable connection
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Of the 765 reviewers who responded, 691 would recommend this product.
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- Linksys Continues to Up the Ante- October 13, 2019
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Linksys has introduced their next iteration of their "Max Stream" router, an upgrade from the previously successful MR8300. The package comes with the Linksys MR9000 Max-Stream router, AC power adapter, CAT5 jumper cable, and Quick Start guide. DISCLAIMER: I already have the Linksys VELOP Tri-band 3-tower system. I replaced the main VELOP tower with this Max-Stream router, then factory-reset the VELOP towers, and started from scratch to add all 4 total nodes. I made this Max-Stream router the main wired router on my AT&T U-Verse Fiber network. PROS: ----------- * Nice sleek, black chassis. If looks matter to you, it looks cool. * Using the Linksys app, setup was a breeze. Adding additional nodes process was easy but did take a few minutes per node. I started with the Max-Stream router and continued with the additional 3 VELOP nodes with no issues. * This is an upgrade from the previous MR8300 Max-Stream - the main difference between the 2 are the improved throughput overall. The 8300 was able to handle combined speeds of up to 2.2Gbps. This NEW MR9000 has a combined speed of 3.0Gpbs throughput. * The tri-band concept combines one 2.4 GHz frequency band and two 5 GHz frequency bands. This helps with DL/UL throughput at higher speeds. The 2.4 GHz is still there for distance purposes since a 2.4GHz wave will penetrate through barriers better than 5 GHz. * Very good range compared to most other extender-type systems - though at long distances, the 2.4GHz will be used and speeds will suffer a bit. This is normal. * If using with VELOP nodes, a new SSID can be created which can cover your whole house. This saves the user time and keeps devices from pinging from one SSID to another in those gray areas. * It can be mounted if necessary. * The big rubber feet on the bottom keep it in place nicely. * WPS feature included, which is pretty standard. * There are multi-colored lights on each of the 4 ports on the back to indicate connection/speed. * A feature in the app does try and find the best channels to use for each of the 2.4/5.0 GHz channels based on current interference patterns around the area. Many times, homes in the same area (or apartments/condos) use a default or common channel... too many of those in close proximity to each other can create interference and hinder speed. The Linksys app will try and hunt a "less-hindered" channel that will optimize your internet speed. CONS: ----------- * Under Parent Controls (in the Linksys app), the user is unable to block all "inappropriate" websites based on website metadata. Instead, you have to enter specific website addresses one-by-one. This may still do the trick ultimately, but entering each individual website could be a bit tedious. * I don't see a web GUI interface available. The only way to talk to your network is via Android/AppStore apps. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ----------------------------------- * AC plug uses a basic-sized sideways "brick" that may take up plug space next to itself on the power strip. * It would be really great to have a very simple way to plug in an external HDD or high-capacity thumb drive in the 3.0 port in the back of this unit which would create a network storage point. Currently, the only thing I can see it do is charge a device (likely at 1A). It does charge, but I'm unable to see any other use for it right now. Perhaps a firmware update will change that in the future. * There is an ON/OFF switch on the back so the unit doesn't have to be unplugged to power on and off. Sometimes getting a cord unplugged and plugged back in could be difficult to reach if placed/mounted in certain areas. See picture of rear ports included with this review. CONCLUSION: =================== Performance and adaptability to the current VELOP system are great reasons to get this broadband router with the MESH feature and 3Gb/s total throughput. As discussed, that's an upgrade of 800Mb/s over the previous model, the MP8300. I don't see any other reason to upgrade other than to get the better throughput. If you don't need the faster rate, you can stick with the previous model; however, future-proof your home network and get the upgrade if needed. The simple interface also makes this system worth getting - it's identical to the VELOP system/process which was easy to deal with. Overall, it's a nice product and a good addition to the VELOP family. The 3Gb/s allowable speed is great too as we continue to enter deeper into the digital age. Nice work... but throw in a few more hardware and software features to really make the product wow us more.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Solid router, easy setup- October 19, 2019
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Linksys Max-Stream MR9000 has been a solid router so far. The android or ios way of setting up was surprisingly easy to get the thing up and running. The device has handled all things thrown it's way with ease. Media consumption in our 3000 sq. ft. home is all done via streaming including YouTube TV on two devices simultaneously, with no hiccups whatsoever. The mesh technology makes this device future proof with the option to add "nodes" to extend the coverage of the router. For me a good sign is not having to reset the router, this one has passed that short term test. Time will tell though if things stay rosy in Linksys land. It has a tough road to follow since the router its replacing was one of the best I've used.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Linksys Max-Stream MR9000- October 10, 2019
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have to say this has been a great test for me. I am really happy about the way the Linksys WIFI Router has performed. I posted some speed test photos on here to show you the difference from my WIFI router that came with my service to the new Linksys MR9000. What an improvement it has made. Not just on the WIFI speed but on the direct line in has increased to. My old WIFI could only handle 10 to 15 items on it the MR9000 can handle 25 or more that's what it says. On my old WIFI i had 14 devices on it and was always getting something kicked off of it. I have the same number on the MR9000 and haven't had 1 issue with a disconnect from the internet. I have a Ring door bell and have saw that connect so much fast then it has ever done. I use to get a notification on my phone and when i would go look they were gone. Now i see them at my door. This was very easy to set up did it all from my phone. Just download the app and it will walk you step by step on how to do it. MR9000 is small so that is nice it wont stick out. 4 antennas to direct the signals witch is nice. It will cover up to 3000sqft that's more then enough for what i need. I stay connected even outside mowing the lawn. The app is very nice clean gives you an update if you are offline. Let's you see who or what is online you can prioritize devices parental control set up guest access. There is a lot to do with the app. So far very happy with it and i think i will stay that way. There is also 24/7 support if you need it.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best router ever- October 16, 2021
I have a lot of dead zones in my place but when i setup this router which was easy to use o man this router killed them all no more weak spots in my home and my internet is strong and fast its perfect i strongly Recommend this device its worth the moneyYes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small in Size, Works Great!- October 8, 2019
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have used several models of Linksys routers over the years. The AC3000 is by far the smallest, but still provides strong performance. Pros: - Perfect for apartments or small homes. It covers up to 3000 square feet. I had no issues with signal strength in my 2300 square foot home. - 4 extra ports to hardwire additional devices. - Easy to set up - Fast speeds, rated at a max of 3 Gbps. Speed tests had me maxing out the download and upload speed offered by my ISP. - Uses MU-MIMO tech which allows for multiple devices to use data simultaneously instead of taking turns. Great for large families! Cons: - I'm still not a fan of using apps to set-up routers, but that seems to be the way things are going with most routers these days. At least the process is easy and allows you to tweak settings. But I like to minimize the amount of apps I have on my phone. The AC3000 is a terrific buy. Nice job, Linksys.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.