The Linksys EA8500 router has Gigabit WiFi, 4 N/A ETH-ports and 0 USB-ports. It has a total combined WiFi throughput of 2600 Mpbs.
It is also known as the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router. It also supports custom firmwares like: OpenWrt, LEDE Project
The EA8500 is featured in our
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Linksys EA8500 default Password , Login & Gateway settings :
If you have performed a reset of your EA8500 device or not changed the defaults, you
be able to access it with the following settings
Default Network name (SSID): LinksysXXXXX,LinksysXXXXX_5GHz
Default password: admin
Default subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
How to factory reset (hard reset) Linksys EA8500 :
You can factory reset your Linksys EA8500 in the following way(s)
Through the web interface
Open your browser and navigate to the router interface (see default settings below)
Under the Administration tab you will find a sub-tab called Factory defaults
On the Factory defaults page click the button labeled Restore Factory Defaults
With the reset button
Have your unit powered on
Press and hold the reset button for at least 10 seconds until the power light starts blinking, then release.
When the power light goes solid, unplug the power to the router for 10 seconds
Plug the power back in and start the router
When the power light goes solid again the router is ready to use.
Linksys EA8500 router specifications :
CPU: 1.4 GHz
RAM: 512 MiB
Flash: 128 MiB
Custom firmwares: OpenWrt, LEDE Project
WiFi: Gigabit (abgn+ac)
2.4GHz & 5GHz
WiFi throughput: 2600 Mpbs
1 x N/A port
4 x N/A ports
Linksys EA8500 review (quick overview)
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Staying up to date with the latest firmware is a good idea to keep your router even more
from various security flaws.
If you want to squeeze a little bit of extra functionality out of your router, consider
an open-source firmware like dd-wrt, openWRT or LEDE. Flashing a custom ROM can greatly
the stability and functionality of your old router.
Following are the firmwares that we have identified existing for the Linksys EA8500
Flashing OpenWrt on the Linksys EA8500
The Linksys EA8500 is supported by OpenWrt according to their Table of
flashing OpenWrt onto it should be quite straigthforward.
We couldn’t find any specific instructions for flashin OpenWrt on the Linksys
EA8500, but since it’s listed in their Table of Hardware as supported, you can
over to the
OpenWrt install instructions and read on there.
Note: Flashing custom firmwares is always on you’re on own risk. Make sure to
read OpenWrt’s wikis to understand the risks and how to proceed if something goes
Flashing LEDE Project on the EA8500
The Linksys EA8500 is also supported by the LEDE Project.
To install LEDE aquire the correct firmware from their
Firmware downloads page and
then follow the instructions on their
Quick Start Guide
Note: Make sure to read the LEDE wikis carefully before flashing.
Linksys stock firmware for the EA8500
Stock firmwares for the EA8500 are available under the download section on the
support page. You can also refer
to the router’s manual for instructions on how to upgrade the firmware.