Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

  • Transfer rates up to 300 + 450 Mbps speed for a premium home network experience
  • Full 3x3 MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength to provide exceptional coverage and reliability
  • Double your network bandwidth with dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput
  • Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall
  • Quick to install and easy to manage

The Linksys E4200 offers maximum speed (up to 300 + 450 Mbps), optimal range, and simultaneous dual-band technology to create an ultra-powerful wireless network designed for home theater performance. Simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N technology allows for smoother and faster HD/3D video streaming. A built-in USB port lets you add external storage to share files across your network. And a built-in UPnP AV media server means you can seamlessly stream media files across your network. Plus, included

List Price: $ 179.99

Price: $ 179.99

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  1. M. Eaton says:
    486 of 496 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast router.. wish it was faster, May 4, 2011
    M. Eaton (Southern California) –

    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (Electronics)

    I would say the E4200 router provides a solid connection, roughly the same throughput performance as the NETGEAR N750 450 Mbps Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WNDR4000 (another 450 Mbps router), easy setup with `Cisco Connect’, and the lack of LED lights in the front of the router really helps with the light pollution on the office desk.

    * Supports 3 data stream (450 Mbps) on the 5 GHz band. The tested throughput on the 5 GHz band was 129 Mbps up and 148 Mbps down (laptop with Intel 6300 wifi card to a server with a wired connection). About 15% faster then my old WNDR3700 router, but I was hoping for a 50% increase (300 Mbps -> 450 Mbps).
    * Easy to setup with the `Cisco Connect’ application. The application guides you in setting up the wireless security, parental control, and guest network.
    * No issues connecting to the router with my PS3, Windows Home Server, Vulkano, and iPad

    * Only 2 data stream (300 Mbps) on the 2.4 GHz band. The tested throughput on the 2.4 GHz band was 60 Mbps up and 70 Mbps down
    * No extra features like WDS repeating/bridge
    * WNDR4000 has better parental control features

    Having the E4200 and WNDR4000, the E4200 has roughly the same throughput performance as the WNDR4000 (134 Mbps up and 140 Mbps down on the 5 GHz band). The difference between the two comes down to features. The E4200 has a great setup utility that will allow any newbie to configure the router with ease. The WNDR4000 provides more useful features such as WDS repeating and traffic meter. As for the range of the router, I really can’t comment on it due to living in a small apartment.

    Some extra background info:
    One thing that I feel is missing in the `router comparison table’ is the processor speed. The CPU speed gives you an idea about the performance of the router. So here is what I found on the internet.
    E1200 – 300 MHz CPU with 32MB RAM and 4MB Flash
    E1500 – 300 MHz CPU with 32MB RAM and 8MB Flash
    E2500 – 300 MHz CPU with 64MB RAM and 8MB Flash
    E3000 – 480 MHz CPU with 64MB RAM and 8MB Flash
    E4200 – 480 MHz CPU with 64MB RAM and 16MB Flash

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  2. Jennifer Ray says:
    301 of 318 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great router with robust features, although the 5GHz band signal and speed is erratic, June 15, 2011
    Jennifer Ray (Nashville, TN United States) –
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    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (Electronics)
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    (Review updated 06/20/11 to add details concerning firmware version 1.0.02 and USB printer support with the E4200 router. Please see the end of the review for that update.)

    I networked my home long before wireless routers were even available (or affordable) for home users, using Ethernet back then and moving to wireless as soon as it was available for home use. Throughout the years, I’ve almost always used Linksys routers, and the few times I’ve tried other brands, I was soon sorry and switched back to Linksys. I won’t say I’ve always had perfect experiences with this manufacturer, but my overall experience with them has been very good enough to position Linksys as a name I trust.

    When I saw the feature set for the new Cisco-Linksys E4200 router, I was more than intrigued, particularly by the dual-band feature and the potential speeds it boasts.

    As it turns out, only one of the wireless adapters I already owned supported the 5 GHz band, and it was the internal NIC on one of my computers. In order to fully test the Linksys E4200, I bought one Cisco-Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter and connected it to each of my computers to test it with the new router.

    The dual-band feature by default uses the same SSID for both the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHz band. This allows a wireless adapter to seamlessly connect to whichever of those bands it can, but doesn’t help if you want to force certain wireless devices to connect using the 5 GHz band, which is potentially faster. Fortunately, you can manually name the two wireless bands with different SSIDs, and simply connect your devices that support 5 GHz bands to the SSID for that band.

    Before I progress, I should state that I live in a three story townhouse, and I placed the router as centrally as possible, in the den on the second floor. I use the den as my office, and I have a good spot for wireless routers that has no reflective surfaces near it, nor any other items that might interfere with the wireless signal.

    The living room is just down the hall from the den, and there are no doors in between the two rooms. I get a fantastic signal using the 5 GHz band when I am anywhere on the second floor, whether using my laptop’s internal wireless adapter or the AE1000 USB adapter that I bought. I connected the AE1000 on my desktop PC, my laptop, and my netbook and each enjoys speeds of 300 Mbps when using the 5 GHz band on the second floor. However, when I use the 5 GHz band with the same laptop and netbook and the same wireless adapters on the third floor, the signal is weak and the speeds jump wildly from 13.5 Mbps to 300 Mbps, with the 300 Mbps being a rarity upstairs.

    Conversely, when I connect to the E4200 router using its 2.4 GHz band, the signal is strong on every floor and in every room and the speed is stable rather than erratic. I find that the 2.4 GHz band connects my devices with speeds on par with my older wireless routers – 65 Mbps to 130 Mbps, depending on which wireless adapter I use.

    The configuration itself is very easy and users who run the setup disk to configure it will find themselves with a basic, mostly secure network. There are some things I don’t like about the Cisco Connect software that runs the setup, but I’ll get to that a bit later.

    For more experienced users with more advanced needs, the advanced configuration is where you’ll spend more of your time, if not all. This is where you can set additional levels of security, name the two wireless networks and the guest network with different SSIDs, manage connected storage devices, and more.

    I prefer to not rely on only WPA encryption for my wireless security. In addition, I employ MAC address filtering, don’t broadcast my SSID, and I limit the number of DHCP connections to the number of devices I need to use on my network. For those who don’t know, a MAC address is the unique identifier for a network device. Every network device has one, and no two devices use the same MAC address. I set the filtering to only allow devices with a MAC address I’ve specifically allowed to connect. Even if someone were to break the code on my wireless connection, they would also have to have a MAC address that is permitted on my network. On top of that, since I don’t broadcast my SSID, no one can see it, even if they are in range. You have to know the name of my SSID to manually configure it, or you must have access to the router to use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button. You can also use the Easy Setup Key if you choose to create one, but we’ll get to that a bit later.

    I have a number of devices that I regularly connect to my network, some wired, some wireless. All were easy to configure and connect. Some I connected using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button, others using the Easy Setup Key, and still others I connected by manually entering the wireless network information. These devices…

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  3. Mark Stran "Marked and Stranded" says:
    130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best out there!!, May 1, 2011

    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (Electronics)

    After having owned many single band routers, it was time to upgrade to a dual band model.

    I first tried the Netgear 3700. After using it for about a week, I returned it because of poor transmission speeds and messy firmware.
    Thankfully that week, the E4200 was released. As with other linksys routers, installation was a breeze. I use more than 15 networked items in my house. Using the included software to do the setup is very simple and straight-forward. Linksys really got it right with this model.
    This router is super fast compared to the netgear 3700. The NAS input for a USB storage devices is about 10 times as fast and the 5ghz band works better in my house on the E4200 than on the 3700.
    Range on the 2.4ghz band is great. I can pick up signal on my laptop two houses over. It is nice when you are at a neighbors house and are able to use your own internet connection at a decent signal strength.
    The 5gz band is not quite as strong but I was still able to pick it up one house over. For me, as long as I can sit poolside in the far back portion of my yard and get a strong signal, that is all that matters.
    I recommend this router to anyone who is looking to get the most up to date technology in a beautiful package.

    Only negative for me is the price point. I think we all have to suffer because of Cisco’s huge margin requirements..

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