Linksys MR8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Router With Mesh Networking Support Launched at CES 2019

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Linksys MR8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Router With Mesh Networking Support Launched at CES 2019

The Linksys Max Stream AC2200 is the latest in the range of mesh-supported routers from the company.

Wi-Fi routers aren't necessarily something a lot of us pay attention to, but they are more useful than we give them credit for. A good router will enhance your home Wi-Fi connectivity and make your Internet usage and device connectivity a breeze, so it's really something you should bother investing in. And if you have a large home, it might make sense to consider a mesh router. Belkin-owned Linksys has launched its latest mesh-supported network router, the MR8300 Max-Stream AC2200 for $200 (approximately Rs. 14,000), at CES 2019.

While the router itself is powerful enough, the advantage of a mesh router is that you can add compatible nodes which work just like a Wi-Fi repeater, but without the typical flaws and issues that come with using a system of repeaters. Therefore, if your house is large or over multiple floors where a single router wouldn't cover the entire space, nodes would help to ensure the connection is evenly distributed over the entire area of your house. It further does a decent job of ensuring that bandwidth is also evenly divided up among connected devices, rather than forcing slow Internet on unsuspecting family members.

The Linksys MR8300 Max-Stream AC2200 is compatible with Velop nodes - also priced at $200 each - which allows you to turn your network into a mesh network. While the router along with maybe two or three nodes would be an expensive affair, it's a definite solution to Internet connectivity issues in a large home or office space.

Linksys has already put the MR8300 Max-Stream AC2200 router up for sale in the US on its own site, as CES 2019 is ongoing. In case you're looking for more detail on how a mesh network functions, take a look at our review of the Netgear Orbi.


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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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