Well, I got this router last year holiday season for $90. I thought AC2600 for $90 in 2016 was a great deal. But wait, it wasn't. You get only what you pay for. I cannot return it now, past the window. Here is my honest experience from one year.
1. Drops Connections internally frequently. This is not at all acceptable to remote work logins via VPN passthru. The corporate networks require stable connections which lasts 24 hrs at a stretch to build a VPN tunnel. If you drop and reconnect internet connection even for a 1/2 sec, everything on VPN is immediately lost. Most networks are built that way to secure their networks. This router fails the test completely. Most consumer users do not notice this because it doesn't matter when streaming, reading a file etc.
2. Relative signal strength is marginally higher compared to TP LINK. 5% more. Any consumer router cannot have more than 1Watt power by regulation. So all these claims that it is powerful is all bogus. TP-LINK AC1200 which is slower than this, fares much better; as good a signal strength as this.
3. All the claims of this router is just marketing huff. Within 1W, you can only increase bands, raise the speed of bands, but you can't make it big, they have to play within the limits. So this all more marketing stuff confusing the consumer and trying to win among competitors. Whoever makes more noise will get noticed.
4. The beam forming is not useful for VPN passthru. It keeps changing the signal strength at a place and connections are lost. Old technology was better than this.
5. They have nice APP interface to router; you can enable/disable guest networks on the fly via your phone. Most routers give it now a days. Very easy setup. Very catchy and impressive APP. What is the use of all this nice features when the product does not work ?
6. Reliability: Very poor for remote logon to corporate work. Kind of okay for consumer use. Even lower priced and lower band AC1200 routers such as TPLINK AC1200, fare much better than this. Changing channels did not solve the problem. There is some serious issue with software inside, it keeps dropping somehow, trying to do some 'Hitech' thing.
7. SPEED: Worse than lower technologies. I did a test comparison with TPLINK AC1200. Place routers at the same location, measure the signal strength at a fixed same location for each router. Speed on 2.4GHz band on Linksys router is 54 Mbps. TPlink AC1200 at the same spot as Linksys, gives 85 Mbps. On 5 Ghz band, TPLink goes 115 Mpbs! Linksys never even connects well on 5Ghz band. So where is the gain with AC2600 ?
Years back I had another Linksys 802.11g old technology router, outdated today. I remember that one fried after 1-2 years use. Same experience again. I think this company is more marketing dust than reality. I will not venture into buying another Linksys in future.
Featuring the latest in Wireless-AC, the AC2600 Dual Band 4x4 MU-MIMO Router (EA8500) delivers four data streams--instead of the traditional two or three--to all your devices for a seamless entertainment experience. Take your gaming and streaming to the next level with the AC2600 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. The AC2600 is equipped with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and features MU-MIMO technology, so it can handle heavy-bandwidth activities and heavy network traffic at a combined speed of up to 2.53 Gbps, making it the ultimate in fast Wi-Fi technology.