Linksys EA7500 Vs D-link DIR-879 AC1900

New AC1900 variants

Linksys and D-link, and other networking vendors, introduce other variants of AC1900 routers. D-link offers new D-link DIR-879, while Linksys offers new Linksys EA7500. What are the enhancements?

Linksys EA7500 Vs EA6900

The newest flagship introduced by Linksys is Linksys EA9500 which delivers total bandwidth of up to 5400Mbps, not available in the market yet up to Mar 2016. Besides, it also introduces new cable modem wifi combo – the Linksys CG7500 cable modem gateway based on AC1900 in addition of new EA7500 and new version of WRT AC1900ACS Linux-based router.

So what is the main difference between Linksys AC1900 EA7500 and EA6900? The apparent difference is Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream features Multi User MIMO technology but Linksys 6900 doesn’t . What this stuff is used for? The router sends data streams to multiple wifi devices  concurrently, it is not like standard non MU-MIMO router which sends data streams one by one to wifi client devices that might cause lagging and data buffering when they run heavy duty applications at the same time.

D-link DIR-880L Vs DIR-879

Several new products are also introduced by D-link this 2016 and some are not available in the market yet, but a couple of them are including the newest flagship DIR-895 which is based on AC5300 and DIR-879. The last one is offered based on AC1900 router in addition of the previous DIR-880L. Are there any enhancements for this new 879?

The apparent different with new D-link AC1900 DIR 879 is the fancy design, and physically this new product is not embedded with the USB ports like its predecessor DIR-880L with two USB ports. Moreover, the apparent different is the antennas. Unlike DIR-880 that comes with three dual external antennas, the DIR-879 is more powerful with 4 external antennas and with high power 1,000mW amplifier.

Linksys EA7500 Vs D-link DIR-879

Now let’s make a spec comparison between these new products, the Linksys EA7500 vs D-link DIR-879 wireless AC1900 routers. You may also like to see comparison between older version of Linksys EA6900 Vs D-link 880L Vs Archer C9 AC1900 routers. Users prefer to select the AC1900 than AC1750 routers which generally prices are not much different with the AC1750 models, moreover AC1900 routers are speedy. So that’s why competing routers in this class is very tight.

Linksys EA7500  AC1900

Linksys EA7500 AC1900

Table 1 helps you see the main specification differences between the new AC1900 routers.

Wifi technology

There are several feature differences and similarities between the two AC1900 routers, high performance features typically adopted by high end wireless AC routers such as Beamforming, Smart-connect and Smart-connect technologies.


Beamforming is typically applied to high end wireless AC routers, a technology to allow wireless routers to send beam of signal to each of wifi clients and following the clients wherever they are roaming within the home. Thanks that both routers support this high performance Beamforming technology. Not many wireless AC models support this feature, just to cut the selling price of the products.

D-link DIR-879 AC1900

D-link DIR-879 AC1900


Multi-User MIMO technology is high performance feature, the router sends data streams to multiple wifi devices concurrently, not one device by the other like standard non-MU MIMO routers. With this technology your clients can stream video and online gaming simultaneously with no lagging. This feature is typically applied to high end wireless AC routers such as new Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 router, high power Asus AC5300 router – a three band router technology with total bandwidth of up to 5,300Mbps , Linksys AC2600 EA8500 and its rival TP-link Archer C2600 and still more.

Linksys EA7500 features this MU-MIMO but D-link DIR-879 doesn’t.


This Smart-connect feature is also a high end feature typically applied to high end routers such as D-link DIR-885 AC3100 dual band router powered by 1.4GHz dual core processor, or Linksys EA9200 AC3200 three band router and still more. What this feature does? Your router select best wifi band available to each of the wifi clients intelligently. Lower speed devices don not compete with high speed devices in the same band, the router select which band is ideal for individual wifi devices. Linksys AC1900 EA7500 doesn’t feature this technology but D-link DIR-879 does.


Antennas design applied to each of the products is different, you can see the apparent difference by seeing the number of external antennas in each of the product. Linksys is engineered with three external antennas while D-link with four external antennas. In addition, d-link comes with high power 1,000mW amplifier to provide you wider range within your large house.


One thing that many people think the important of the USB ports in the router will disappoint the fact that new D-link DIR-879 doesn’t come with USB ports. This is contrarily with Linksys EA7500 which is like other standard high end routers that always come with two USB ports, USB 2.0 and super speed USB 3.0. Probably it is just to cut the price by adding other high end features such as high power 1,000mW amplifier, intelligent Smart-connect and intelligent QoS.

For a better understanding how they compare each other, the following comparison table helps you select which one is best to meet your business need.

Table 1 Linksys EA7500 Vs DIR-879 AC1900 router
  Linksys EA7500 D-link DIR-879
Wifi AC1900 AC1900
Speeds Dual band 1300Mbps (5GHz) and 600Mbps (2.4GHz) Dual band 1300Mbps (5GHz) and 600Mbps (2.4GHz)
Beamforming Yes Yes
Smart connect No Yes
Antennas 3x external dual band antennas – 3×3 antenna design 4x high power external antennas
Amplifier No High power 1,000mW amplifier
Ethernet Ports Gigabit Ethernet 4x LAN and 1x WAN ports Gigabit Ethernet 4x LAN and 1x WAN ports
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

No USB Ports
Operating modes Wireless router / AP / Wired Bridge / Wireless Bridge Wireless router or Wireless AP
Price Around $139.00 MSRP $180.00 (today it drops up to $49)



Both EA7500 and DIR-879 offer high performance features including, MU-MIMO (Linksys) and Smart-Connect (D-link), thanks that both comes with beamforming technology. D-link offers high power 1,000mW amplifier but with the absence of USB ports.

Now which one meets your need, to help you select see more information below:

  1. Click here for Linksys EA7500 high speed AC1900 spec details and current price.
  2. Click here for D-link DIR-EA7500 spec details and current price

Cheers, Ki G

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