With a strong Wi-Fi connection and reduced buffering, this Linksys router lets your household enjoy uninterrupted entertainment, downloading and more. Plus, you can keep track of your kids’ online activity with Linksys Connect parental control.
Died after 3 months!
Posted by: kjam67 from: Belchertown MS on
This item worked great for the three months that it was working, but it suddenly died! We problem solved with the internet provider and discovered it was the unit. We confirmed that the unit was defective when we plugged in the old router and it worked, but this one did not. I called customer service and was told that I would need to pay to have a service technician to problem solve before the unit would be replaced because my 90 days was up almost 3 weeks prior.
We were surprised that the company would not stand by their product. We chose not to pay the company to confirm a damaged item so that we could get an exchange. This technical support cost would not be refunded if the item was found to be defective by the technicians. This seemed silly to us since the product is covered by a one year warranty!
31 out of 33 found this review helpful.
I'm happy with the router
Posted by: Valing from: Virginia Beach, VA on
Our home's wireless connection was broken after Cox Communications upgraded our modem. I was told my router was out-dated and I need a new router. So I stopped by Best Buy and an associate recommended this product after asked my home's setup - I have multiple devices (computers, laptop, and printer) needed to be hooked up via wireless. This product serves my multiple devices' needs. It also has a CD that will guide you for installation. It is very easy to setup and it only took me a few minutes to get everything worked again! I was very happy to have everything back to order and appreciate the good advice from the Best Buy's associate.
-- I purchased this product a couple of weeks ago and have not found any problem with it.
23 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Excellent, Reliable Product
Posted by: myFairGamer from: Winston-Salem, NC on
I've been in the market to buy a wireless router that will support my laptop computer around my home. The primary purpose, besides internet, is for gaming (MMORPG's). As any gamer knows, maintaining a solid internet connection is vital. I'm a little technologically-challenged, and was anxious about finding a reliable yet affordable wireless router, especially having never used one.
Based on Amazon reviews, I decided to try this one. I am so happy with my purchase. It was extremely easy to set up. I just inserted the installation CD that came with the router into the laptop, and it launched an easy visual step-by-step process. I think it totaled about four steps.
Tip: If your computer doesn't pick up on the router right away, turn off the modem, router, and computer and then restart them all (in that order). This causes the computer to recognize the router (resets).
Anyway, I've gamed several days with this router's connection, and haven't experienced so much as a lag. No connection drops, fast Internet, it's been wonderful. I definitely recommend this router.
26 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jssbugsy from: Michigan on
Our wireless signal is some much stronger than before. We have multiple devices running at once and still get great speed.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Good product, even easy for non-techies
Posted by: Susan1027 from: Woodway, Texas on
This product is very easy to set up and use. The signal is strong enough to work through all of our house - even with three rooms between the device and one of the computers. Our last Linksys lasted for more than three years, so it's a great brand as well.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Easy setup and it works great
Posted by: geekygrammi from: portland, OR on
My old Linksys router had worked well for about 8 years which was well its expected useful life, but finally gave up the ghost. Since it had done such a good job for so long I decided that I would replace it with another Linksys product. The new one was easy to set up and has done a great job.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Excellent wireless router
Posted by: stoneybrook from: Atlanta, GA on
I bought this router to deal with some dead spots in my home from our other wireless router. Performance is so good, that I generally make sure I'm on this router, even when I'm in the room with the other one. It was easy to set up, and I've had not issues with it in the few months I've been using it.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great reliability, features, range and price!
Posted by: from: Ann Arbor, MI on
You can never go wrong with this product brand or the pricing offered by Best Buy. The minimal limitation for bandwidth and interference that an IT professional or heavy multiple device household found in this intermediate product offering greatly out weights the cost for higher level models. This does the job in a 2800 SQFT house with 7 wireless devices connected at all times. (This includes simultaneous usage of 3 TV’s streaming video, heavy online PS3 gaming and one constant social media user in our house.) Ease of use is the best part of this brand and model. For those of us with a significant other who is “technically challenged”, it is extremely easy for them to keep connectivity up and running so that the entire family is happy when I am at work or traveling.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Constantly dropping wireless connection
Posted by: EricT from: on
This is the worst Linksys router I've ever purchased. I replaced my wireless G router due to being too old and starting to give me problems. I replaced it with E2500 and my connections drops frequently. About 10-15 times through out the day. I have the latest firmware and changed the default signal to no success.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jalind from: Indiana on
I've had a number of Wi-Fi routers, mostly Linksys, going back to the WRT54g(v2). Wanted to replace a pair of older Linksys WRT150n "n" routers that were aging (single-band, dual-stream MIMO, and 40 MHz channel binding). Bought one E2500 to try it, and then a second after it proved to be solid and stable with the most current firmware from Linksys. Nearly all of my portable devices with Wi-Fi in them can use the 5GHz band now making a simultaneous dual-band more desirable. These do the job just as well as the WRT150N they replaced, and with better throughput now by selectively using the 5GHz band for the bandwidth hungry devices. Setting up separate SSIDs on the two bands allows being selective about which band each client device uses, letting the bandwidth hungry ones use the 5GHz band. I like the "guest" network feature that can be turned on and off as house guests come and go, and that it is restricted to Internet access (out the WAN port) without any access to my personal network (wireless or through the LAN ports). I'm not doing real-time 1080 HD video streaming which would severely tax any 802.11n network (and probably not work all that well at times), but I am moving extremely large files around my network and my Internet access is about 30 MB/s. The Wi-Fi routers are no longer any limiting factor in file movement, or in throughput with the Internet. I did update them with the most current Linksys firmware, which is very stable and reliable. These are solid performers. My only wish is that the Ethernet ports on the back were Gigabit; not a big deal with the WAN (Internet) port as I only get about 20-30 MB/s max Internet, but would be nice for the LAN ports. They have very nicely replaced the WRT150n adding ability to use the 5GHz band for high throughput as continuing to use the 2.4 GHz band for it was becoming more problematic (see remarks below about 2.4 GHz band in general).
There is a learning curve to using 5GHz. Compared to 2.4 GHz, it doesn't have the range through walls and floors. Don't expect it to go from the basement to a 2nd or 3rd floor, or from one end to the other of a large house. Putting the router on an elevated shelf about 18"-24" below the ceiling can help coverage on a single floor, reducing it to penetrating through walls, but not having to go through furniture and other furnishings. Don't expect as good vertical coverage between floors as horizontal; the antennas inside are designed to radiate more signal horizontally, not vertically (the physics of antenna design; you generally get one or the other, but not both). If you need to span floors more than providing horizontal coverage, try mounting it vertically (even though it doesn't have a bracket or holes to do so). In some U.S. regions using the upper channels is much better than using the lower ones (and I presume vice versa). The 5GHz band is shared with some other licensed services and the gov't. has required Wi-Fi boxes in that band to do some things such as DFS to keep from interfering with them. Experimenting with which 5GHz channel works best may help throughput. Been around RF devices . . . having designed, built, and used systems of them for decades . . . and the RF limitations of the 5 GHz band are not the hardware or firmware inside these routers, it's the basic physics of the extremely short 5GHz wavelength. A single Wi-Fi router generally does not do well for overall coverage in a large multi-story house in either band.
Regarding the seeming 130 Mb/s max "n" link possible in the 2.4 GHz band . . .
I've discovered this is not Cisco/Linksys' doing. Yes, if 40 MHz bandwidth is enabled, one should be able to get a 270-300 Mb/s link in the 2.4 GHz band (using "channel binding") if the client device also supports dual-stream and channel binding (and if both are also enabled). It's important to note that unlike the 5GHz "40 MHz" setting, the 2.4GHz setting only allows for a dual mode "20/40 MHz." Getting more than a 130 Mb/s link now is highly unlikely in any environment where other 2.4 GHz networks are operating within range. The "Wi-Fi Alliance" is responsible for this, not Cisco/Linksys. It's an industry organization that grants certification approval for 802.11 wireless network devices that they are IEEE 802.11 compliant and will work with other compliant devices properly, regardless of mfr. They control the use of their logo which is important to marketing an 802.11 device. This is different from FCC type certification (required by law) which concerns itself with the device conforming to FCC regulations. The basic issue is 802.11n 40 MHz channel binding was never envisioned for the 2.4 GHz band which is only 60 MHz wide in the U.S. An 802.11n device running 40 MHz bandwidth channel binding consumes 2/3 of the entire band, hammering on all its neighboring wireless networks. The level of interference is intolerable without some built-in mechanism to drop back to 20 MHz bandwidth in the 2.4 GHz band in the presence of other networks. In September 2009, the Wi-Fi Alliance required all mfrs to do this. Thus, if it's seemingly impossible to get more than a 130 Mb/s link on the 2.4 GHz band with newer wireless routers, it's not Cisco/Linksys doing, it's the entire industry and compliance with the Wi-Fi Alliance's requirements to get their certification and permission to use their logo. In the presence of any other 2.4 GHz networks (i.e. unless you quite literally live in the middle of nowhere), you're not going to get more than a 130 Mb/s link on the 2.4 GHz band. This is not imposed on the 5 GHz band.
Regarding 2.4 GHz band interference from other devices . . .
Be aware that a host of other wireless devices use the 2.4 GHz band and can, at times, cause severe interference with a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network making it nearly unusable. These include microwave ovens (especially as they age), cordless phones, wireless speaker systems, and some Bluetooth devices. Anything wireless is a possible suspect, and it may not be yours, it could be a close neighbor's; apartment complexes are a real challenge. Had a set of wireless speakers that made my 2.4 GHz network nearly worthless. Took me about a week to figure out and confirm what was going on (about 6 days longer that it should have) but turning them on and off made the extreme problem appear and disappear. The speakers were promptly returned for a refund.
I've been accustomed to doing custom, detailed manual Wi-Fi system setups for years. Was disappointed that the detailed wireless setup page was apparently missing from the router's internal configuration. Discovered using Google that it's still there, just hidden without any link to it on any internal menu. Because I still do manual configuration setups, the entire "Cisco Connect" feature and "Wi-Fi Protected Setup" (aka WPS) are not of any use to me. That said, I'm not surprised the consumer product side of the industry is trying very hard to make setting up a secure Wi-Fi system easier for the average consumer. Wi-Fi is not a simple technology. Cannot speak to the "Cisco Connect" personally but have seen mixed reviews from others about it. I'm not convinced that having remote access one's home Wi-Fi configuration from anywhere in the world via the Internet has very much value (this is different from wireless or LAN access at home). I could have manually configured this feature over the past 8 years in prior routers, but have never had any perceived need or desire to. Seems to me it's more marketing "gizmo" than useful feature for 99.999% of consumers. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPS) and how it's been implemented in this router appears to be quite solid and fairly simple to use. That's a Good Thing to help the non-tech get a secure setup using WPA2 / AES running quickly.