4 LAN ports provide decent amount of connectivity options
Good value for money
Nothing special about the design
With service providers able to deliver faster broadband speeds, it is all the more important to ensure that you actually have the gear to support and bring out the best from your internet plan. We take a look at the Linksys MR9000X and take it for a spin.
The folks at Linksys sent us the MR9000X Max-Stream AC3000 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 5 Router for a couple of weeks to review, and we were suitably impressed with its performance. Out of the box, there are no surprises when it comes to the MR9000X. It is exactly what you would expect when you purchase a modem.
Aesthetically the Linksys modem isn’t going to win any awards with the 4 large antennae. It’s not going the be the visual centrepiece of your living room, unlike Linksys’ other product the Velop Wifi Mesh which does look modern and will fit in most spaces, you will be quite tempted to tuck the MR9000X in a not so obvious space. The design is extremely functional and it looks like what it is – a powerful WiFi modem/router.
The modem features 4 LAN ports for your connectivity needs (which is pretty standard) and 4 antennae.
Now I think it is fair to say that the stock modem that you receive from service providers aren’t going to supercharge your network, be it for home or work. It will very likely be a bottle neck that limits the complete capabilities of the plan you’re paying for – especially with the number of devices that are constantly connected to the modem.
Mobile phones game console smart TVs tablets and your laptops and PCs this easily take up a significant load on your internet bandwidth. It isn’t uncommon today for a typical household to have 10 or more devices connected to the internet the same time. With advanced graphics, greater amount of content in the apps on the smallest devices today, take up the bandwidth of desktops and PCs of a few years back. Add on streaming services, desktops, tablets and smart home features, you’ve got a device that’s in he thick of all of this traffic in danger of getting clogged.
The Linksys MR9000X Max-Stream AC3000 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 5 Router is promoted to deliver speeds of up to 3 Gbps with coverage up to 175 square meters. However, those numbers are theoretical and under best case scenarios. While I don’t think you’re ever going to get 3 Gpbs speeds on the Linksys MR9000X, you are going to be able to run everything and run it well.
Just like everything else, performance is closely linked to management. While speedtests are a great way to measure the maximum speeds, and look at those numbers, at any one time but what I prefer to look at is keep my devices work well and seamlessly when I’m using the most amount of resources and that is where the Linksys shines.
The MR9000x tri-band router With mesh Wi-Fi is built to deliver extreme speed and coverage for all your streaming and gaming needs. With MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multi-Input Multi-Output) technology, the modem is able to determine what device or resource needs the bandwidth best. Just like most things that you need in an office space or life organization is extremely important and what the router does is organize the data flow and transfer effectively to make sure that your device gets the bandwidth it needs to perform the functions that you wanted to.
When it comes to Wi-Fi signal strength and speeds again this is extremely subjective. The design of your home place a big part in the strength of your Wi-Fi coverage. The more open spaces you have the better signal.
We consistently hit speeds over 400 Mbps over WiFi across multiple devices and both upload and downloads speeds close to 900 Mbps for a simultaneous wired connection – all this while placing the modem under serious load by streaming Netflix, gaming online on the PS4 and PC as well as with all our mobile and tablet devices connected at the same time.
Once again the Linksys MR9000X performs admirably. It able to broadcast and send a strong signal to all ends of a 145 meter square apartment. It was only in small areas like the toilet when the signal dropped with the door close. This was easily fixed by boosting the signal with the Linksys Velop. At around SGD $280, it is extremely competitively priced and good value.
While its not going to win any beauty pageants, the Linksys MR9000X Max-Stream AC3000 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 5 Router is definitely a powerhouse and will make use of all that bandwidth you have without bottlenecks.