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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Cisco Linksys E4200 Review

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    Well, we needed a wireless router for a second location and the E4200 is our third router in three days as the other two, first the Linksys E2000 and then the Netgear WNDR3700V2, just would not give the distance or signal strength. All three were to be used in a ranch style single family residence with no second floor and no basement. Further, only two computers would be hooked-up, a hardwired computer and a laptop. The intended use of all three is for basic internet use, email, downloading, and movie streaming of Hulu and Netflix. The distance is through the house and outside to the back porch for the wireless connection through two bedrooms, a kitchen, and to the porch where I spend most of my time on the laptop. I would guess the distance between the laptop and the router is around 40-60 feet. The first router we purchased was the Linksys E2000 because we did not need anything fancy and we did not want to spend the kind of money we did for another location which we use a Linksys 610. We do not need to hook up a printer for wireless use or use a router with a USB connection, so The Linksys E1000 at around $50.00 was our first choice, but the E2000 was only $10.00 more on sale so we went with that. The setup of the E2000 from the hardwired computer was very simple and I was very excited and had high expectations, until I went to the porch and saw only one bar out of five for signal strength. At this Poor connection, the laptop would either connect, or it would not; and if it did connect, the signal would drop and the connection would be lost. Rebooted router and moved router around a little for best results, but no change. Therefore, we did some research on the hardwired computer for “The best wireless router” and instantly noticed the Netgear WNDR3700 as the “Best” and off we went to “do it right this time” and we exchanged the Linksys E2000 for the Netgear WNDR3700V2. The Netgear WNDR3700V2 was easy to setup on the hardwired and I was again excited to go to the laptop and finally be able to surf the internet and watch movies, but a quick glance at the signal strength and I was again disappointed as the 2.4ghz was only at 2 of 5 bars of signal strength and the 5ghz was only at 1 of 5 bars of signal strength. Rebooted router and moved router around a little for best results, but no change. Our laptop would connect at 2.4ghz, but only at a severely decreased speed which was VERY noticeable and severely lagging. The laptop would not connect at the 5ghz connection at all. Ok, now we are upset and very tired of this. More internet searching revealed the same problems with the Netgear WNDR3700 that we were experiencing, which forced us to wonder why the WNDR3700 could even be considered a “Best wireless router” if it can not even be used at a distance of 40-60 feet? Now there are only two routers left, both from Cisco-Linksys, the E3000 and the NEW E4200. Professional reviews online show the E4200 is vastly superior to both the E3000 and the WNDR3700, so we went with this router even though it is WAY past what we wanted to spend, but the WNDR3700 was also WAY past what we wanted to spend. The setup of the E4200 was the same as the E2000 we returned and is just super easy. After setup on the hardwired, I now walked cautiously to the laptop as I have already been disappointed twice. I sat down at the laptop, looked at the signal strength and was floored at the signal strength of 4 of 5 bars of signal strength! Internet searching, downloading, email, and movie watching is no different between the hardwired and the wireless. In summary, we love everything about the E4200 except the price. Actually, we didn’t like the price of the WNDR3700V2 either. However, without the E4200, we would not even have a connection so maybe I should not complain? I will say $130.00 to $180.00 for a router is stupid priced and I do not like it one bit. I wish the E2000 worked because it was only $60.00 on sale. The WNDR3700V2 was $129.99 and the E4200 was $179.99. In the end, we spent WAY more money than we wanted too for a distance of only 40-60 feet and the E4200 is the ONLY router to accomplish this seemingly simple task.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Router for Home Networking

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    The Linksys E4200 provides a great base for a home network. Setup with the included CDROM is completed in a matter of minutes. The only potential problem is that the setup uses the MAC address of your current (attached) PC for the MAC address clone. If this is not the MAC address you have registered with your ISP, you will need to enter the correct address directly into the E4200 firmware. Range is excellent. We have the E4200 located on a desk hutch in the basement and there is no problem connecting to an iPod in a second floor bedroom. Anywhere in the house we get a good to excellent signal. Speed is also excellent, with download speeds constantly greater than 24 Mbps to my laptop. Streaming video and music seldom pauses. Both 802.11g and n devices achieve excellent throughput. The USB 2.0 port can handle a large disk drive for network storage and media access and works equally as well with Windows and Mac OS devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Rock solid stability with 1.0 firmware!

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    I've owned D-link, Netgear, and many Linksys routers these past 12 years, and this is the most stable firmware I've ever had, particularly given it's a 1.0 release of the code! I've had the E4200 for 2 months, and once I was done configuring settings to my liking, it's stayed booted for a month solid with absolutely no hangs or reboots required, despite heavy iPhone 4 and numerous laptops applying wireless N and wireless G on both 5 and 2.4GHz bands all day long, and several desktops hammering at Cox DOCIS 3 cable connection as well. I've usually experienced numerous issues which require router reboots, so this is very promising so far. And while it's a bit silly, the Cisco glowy-logo frankly looks great on this slick router, right when you walk into my home's office.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Next step router when you are ready for more..

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    1. Better range 2. Better throughput 3. Better mixed mode performance Check this out: http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/linksys-e4200-maximum-performance/4505-3319_7-34473222.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody;1r#reviewPage1 4. Future proof ( for the next 6-12 months anyway) or until someone else comes up with a wireless router than exceeds "wired" or Ethernet or cabled capabilities. *While not the perfect powerhouse wireless router we all want-- you know the blow through-walls and span the square footage of those humongous American homes we all own ( doesn't exist yet) ..this router will be sure to please you. Flat/apartment, row/town-house/duplex dwellers make sure you "secure" this baby so your neighbors don't enjoy your paid internet! *Future proof. Its 5ghz broadcast range is up to 450 Mbs. I don't know many wireless cards out there today that can handle 450 Mbs--until then most of us will be happy with 300 mbs! And yes--I was able to achieve 300 mbs with both a Dell e4200, iMac i5, Mac Books and my old HP Tower!. Granted this means I was right next to the router. A room away got me 168, 214, 276 Mbs etc. depending upon how far away and how many walls in between. MUCH MUCH better than my old D-Link DIR-655 ( don't laugh D-Link Dir-655 used to be the king of the hill a few years back) *Be warned--the 5ghz range is not soooo long. If you are more than 2 rooms away from this router-no worries--use the 2.5 Ghz. Remember this Linksys e4200 is a dual band 5ghz/2.5ghz wireless router !.. Yep...you get TWO wireless signals bouncing around your humble abode. In general use 5ghz for your newer electronics ( 2010/2011 purchases 802.11N ) and the 2.5ghz signal for your "legacy" wireless electronics 802.11 A/B/G. OR--if any of your new or old wireless devices are more than 2-3 rooms away from your wireless router--use the 2.5ghz signal--it has a much longer range than the 5Ghz broadcast. *e4200 set-up.. EASY, EASY, EASY. Use the enclosed CD. Its as easy as #1 set up your wireless router and plug it in to the AC, cable or DSL router and a computer. #2 Start-up your e4200 CD..answer a few questions and WALLAH--you are ready to rock-n-roll. *Price---yeah it's expensive $180 list. However, If you don't need long range or maximum throughput--buy the cheaper ( work horse) D-Link Dir-655. *Heat--some users complained that this router runs hot. I found that if I turn off the back port lights--this results in a cooler running unit. *Router test-- I streamed an HD movie on two macbooks, one iMac, and one Sony LX900 TV simultaneously for about 45 minutes. All ran perfectly with no buffering and no lag. While not scientific--this test was real-life to what goes on in my house every day.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast & reliable. FTP could be better

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    After being fed up with reliability issues with competing routers, reliability & uptime without the the need to reboot I can say I'm very pleased with the E4200. Before you read on. Note that I immediately upgraded to Firmware version: 1.0.01 (build 10) which fixes a "2.4GHz wireless unstable issue." This is the wireless performance issue that some of the 1&2 star reviews complain about. First, my AT&T Microcell (AT&T's femtocell) connects very quickly on this router and performs well. The Microcell is very fickel & sensitive and other routers (perhaps their firewalls) don't always play nicely with it. Microcell requires a constant VPN tunnel to provide essentially VOIP traffic to AT&T (I enabled port forwarding to it on ports 500 & 4500, something that is recommended.) Microcell works perfectly so far and this is one litmus test that it passed. Second, in the 2 weeks that I've used it, this router seems solid. I have had no performance or connectivity issues that I've had with competing products. What I like most: 1) This is very very fast. I get way better performance on this one (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) than I did on my previous router. I have not done any tests on maximum speeds nor do I really need/use them. Read other reviews for that info. But this is the fastest router I've used and I'm pleased with it. Also range seems very good (as good as other's I've used.) 2) Reliable. 3) Most configuration changes don't require a reboot of the router. Some competing brands require reboot to implement any change. The rare times a reboot is necessary on the 4200, it does reboot and come back up and online pretty quickly. 3) The USB hard drive features. What I don't like: 1) I really like the FTP server (network share) features for your attached USB drive. It has a built in guest (which can be disabled) and admin accounts and you can create accounts & groups and assign who gets to see what directory. However, the FTP server has the option to enable anonymous logins to the ftp site. This is a simple check box and when checked enables anonymous FTP access to the entire USB volume (from the root directory.) I'm just a bit perplexed as to why the anonymous ftp option opens up the entire disk volume by and you can't specify which directory it can be enabled for. So you'll have to settle with the guest account. 2) FTP and disk share options could be a little less confusing. But they work when you figure it out. 3) Can't turn off the WiFI radios. Most routers I've used you can disable wireless and use the router as a wired-only router. But the most you can do with this is tell it to hide the SSID. 4) It's a lacking in the more advanced features you might find on competing models. However, I'll take the reliability and performance 5) As of today no IPv6 support. But this is expected to come in a firmware. I do recommend this router because it seems reliable, fast, and has all of the features you should need.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great router

    Posted .

    I picked up this router a little over two weeks ago and so far, no complaints. I have an extensive IT background and have put this router through some rigid use. Previously, I had been using the Linksys WRT600N for 2 years then the E2000 for a week. My internet connection is a Fios 20mbps down/5mbps up connection and my home network consists of the following devices: - 2 desktop PCs (CAT5) - a wireless laptop (802.11n 5ghz) - Linksys WGA600N wireless bridge (802.11n 5ghz) with a desktop PC on the other end - 2 Slingboxes (CAT5) - 2 TivoHDs (CAT5) - 1 Audio-Video Receiver (CAT5) - 1 Bluray player (CAT5) - 1 Directv box (CAT5) - 1 Wii (CAT5) - 1 Linksys DMA2100 Media Center Extender (CAT5) - 1 Evo 4G smartphone (802.11n 2.4 ghz) - 1 Linksys 8 port gigabit switch - 1 Linksys 5 port 10/100 switch. As you can see, I have several pieces of equipment that are networked through this router. The wired ethernet (CAT5) performance is great just as it was with the WRT600N and the E2000. Transferring large files between PCs is fast as expected and streaming HD video over the network with the Slingboxes is as smooth as ever. Netflix works great as well on the desktops PCs. I can be streaming HD movies, transferring large files, surfing the web, etc, all simultaneously, and this router has handled it all with ease. No slowdowns that I have noticed and other than the initial setup, haven't had to reboot the router either. The biggest performance gains I have seen over the two other routers I was using though are with the 802.11n 5ghz connection. With the other routers, range was quite limited in the 5ghz band and connection speeds dropped sharply with a simple wall in between the laptop and the router. I could have just switched to using 2.4ghz but since I live in an apartment building with a ton of other 2.4ghz networks from my neighbors, I prefer the 5ghz band where there is less chance of interference. I was quite skeptical of the internal antenna design (the WRT600N I had been using for two years had several external antennas) but since Linksys has had a few years now to improve their internal antenna design, I figured I'd give the e4200 a try. With the e4200, I saw a dramatic increase in speed, distance, and quality of the signal over 5ghz. Whereas I would get a 42% signal strength on my wireless bridge over 5ghz, I now get anywhere between 85-95%. HD video now streams without buffering and it basically feels like a wired connection. With my old WRT600N router, the laptop would connect at 270mbps but drop off to anywhere between 100-150mbps if I deviated only but a few feet from the rotuer. Now with the e4200, the laptop connects at 300mbps and maintains that connection speed no matter where I go in the apartment. Again, no problem wirelessly streaming HD video from the web, from the Slingboxes, or from Netflix. This router may be a bit overkill for someone with a more modest home network and with only basic networking needs. However, if you have an extensive home network like I do with multiple high-bandwidth applications running simultaneously and demand the absolute fastest speeds from your router, then you should strongly consider the e4200. So far, it has been worth every penny I spent on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    FINALLY A ROUTER WITH THE GAMER IN MIND

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    Finally a router with the gamer and video streamer in mind without messing with port forwarding or advanced setup. With the technology today and the amount of devices that you own that need connection to the internet you need a good router and let me tell you this one is just that "good" or should I say "awesome"! I bought this router after having one heck of a time with the Netgear N600 WNDR 3800. I have a review under that device on here explaining everything I went through with that router. Bottom line - that router did not work out for my needs at all. Heck, that router wouldn't even send a signal to one of my bedrooms 20' away. In my home we are connected to the internet via cable modem and we have four Xbox's; a TV with WiFi; a Bluray player with WiFi; three iPod Touches; two lap tops; one desktop computer; WiFi printer; and Sonos with five Zone Players. I've been through a few routers through the years and this one by far is the best. Out of the box you just insert the software CD into your PC and it tells you step by step what to do next. Once my E4200 was plugged in and hooked up to my modem I then named my network, set up the WPA security code, and then went to the "add a new device" section. I hooked up each device individually starting with each Xbox. After setting up the Xbox's, I then realized that there isn't anywhere in the program that you could go into to see what was connected #what you just named and added to the network#, so the other devices I didn't use the "add a device" through the Cisco-Linksys E4200 software. I just went through the steps for each device that you would do to hook up to any WiFi connection. The only issue I had was hooking up the WiFi TV and Bluray player to the 5 GHz band. Not that it was an issue, it's just the fact that both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz have the same name when you look for available networks on your devices. Luckily the TV actually showed both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the end of the network name, but the Bluray player did not and I had to take a gamble on which one it was. If you do hook up to the 2.4 GHz connection at first you can always pick the other one, which is just process of elimination. I mention this as other dual band routers let you name both bands with different network names. There may be a way to do this with this router, but I'm unaware of it. Now for the big test - will each Xbox be able to connect and get into the same Xbox Live party without having to call technical support in order to tweak the settings???? The answer is - "Heck Yes!" This router gave 5 bars with each Xbox #one Xbox is wired# even in the room where Netgear told me I had a dead zone in my house. The best part was that we #me and my boys# were able to get into a game and party chat without being disconnected. We've been playing via Xbox live with four Xboxs with no disconnects or lag for several days now - SWEET! This is without having to tweak anything. I then had my daughter put on one of her shows downstairs via Netflix while three of the other Xbox's were online playing a game of Battlefield 3 with no issues what so ever. Then I had my wife connect to the internet with the wired PC and her lap top while everything else was connected to the internet that I mentioned above. Again, no issues! I've been through a Belkin N+ router, which gave a good signal throughout the house, but was not Xbox friendly when you had more than two Xbox's connected. Someone got disconnected every time a third Xbox tried to connect and it continues in a cycle until you give up. The other issue with the Belkin N+ was that it was sporadic on your video streaming through Netflix. I then heard about the Netgear N600 WNDR 3800, so I purchased one. I had so many issues with the WNDR 3800, but by the time I had enough with it, I was past the 30 day refund window. Netgear did come to the conclusion that it is a defective router and is sending me another router that I have to try and sell myself or use it as a $140 paper weight. I have a full review of my issues with that router on here. If you are looking for a router that you can connect several Xbox's, stream movies, and surf the net all at the same time then look no further than the Cisco-Linksys E4200. I love this router. The main thing is that you do not have to mess with any of the settings; it just does it for you. The only con I can think of is the price, but as they say - "you get what you pay for." In this case that is so true. It is an expensive router, but when you have several devices especially gaming and video streaming you need a good router.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best out there!!!

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    After having owned many single band routers since the Linksys WRT-54g (which to this day remains one of the best routers) I went set out to upgrade to a dual band router. If first purchased the Netgear 3700. After trying it for a week, I returned it because of poor transmission speeds and have and overall mess in regards to its firmware. Thankfully that week, the E4200 was released. As with other linksys routers, installation was a breeze. Didn't bother using the software that came with it to do the setup, I simply used the routers interface through the web browser. Linksys got it right with this model. Everything is able to be set through the browser. You no longer need to use Linksys' software to change setting that are inaccessible through the browser interface. This router is fast as compared to the netgear 3700. The nas input for a usb storage device 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 as strong as I can only pick it up one house over in my neighborhood. But 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 tech in their router.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A little too easy?

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    Seems to be a very nice router and extremely easy to configure. I set it up first manually out of habit but later tried their Cisco Connect software just out of curiosity. This was the first such "EZ Setup" program I've tried that actually resulted in a working configuration, although it was not able to connect to my manually configured router until I reset to factory defaults. Seems to have good output power on 2.4GHz band, producing 5 bars where other "hi power" router had 4. I really like the way the guest access works, allowing one to see the guest network as an "unsecured" network and connect with no password needed, then prompting for password as soon as you request a URL in a browser. I tried this with IE, Firefox and Chrome. This works like a wifi hotspot in a hotel, etc. A little surprising, though, IIRC other protocols such as FTP are allowed to pass without entering the password. i.e. if the first thing you do is run an FTP session, it will work in spite of the fact that no password has been entered. Maybe this is typical but it surprised me. Unfortunately, I will be returning this router because it will not let me apply access restrictions to the guest network. The functionality is there but they can only be applied to the regular/non-guest subnet. I wanted to use the access restrictions to impose time limits on guest access but it won't let me. Therefore I will be swapping it for a router that is not quite as easy to configure but will let me do what I want.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    How much is your time worth?

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    OK, after an absolute nightmare trying for hours to configure an Apple Airport router without success (see my review of that product), I gave up and went back to BestBuy and exchanged it for this LinkSys E4200. I was absolutely astonished at how fast and easy the setup was. 5 minutes tops, and I wasn't really working that hard on it. The setup program is all you need if you just want a wireless network in your house. Thats all I wanted, I don't need to get that fancy with it. The range is very good. I have a full signal on the bottom floor of my house, 3 bars outside on the porch, and a usable signal on the second floor. So for ease of installation, I don't think it could be much easier. It is costly at around 180 dollars, but if it keeps working like it has been, then it is worth it. The annoying thing is that it doesn't include a manual. You have to read the instructions from a PDF and that is really lame. The fact of the matter is that I will probably never know half of the things that it can do because I will never sit and read 60+ pages on the computer screen. I probably would read it if it were hard copy (and I am not going to print it out, partly out of principle). So I had to bump it down a star for not including a manual (I would make it a half star bump if that were possible). Bottom line, if you just want a secure wireless network that's easy to set up and has very good range, then this is a great product. I can't really speak to the advanced features or capabilities, but it certainly serves up the internet around my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Product

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    I've been in the IT field for the last 30 years, when 24bps modems were hot stuff and 96bps ISDN modems was the Cadillac of connectivity. I've had my fair share of headaches and long heated support calls but this product far exceeded my expectations in all areas. I'm in a 2 story 2300 sq ft house and finally decided to jump in and upgrade my existing wireless after many complaints of dis-connectivity in certain blind spots. At home we have 1 droid cell, 2 iPhones, 2 windows pc's, 1 linux box, 1 laptop, an iMac, iPad, iPod, WII Game Console, all of which stream Netflix at any given point; then there's all the other internal devices like printer sharing, storage devices, etc... I list these because before the upgrade I turned everything on and did some measurements for comparisons. Some devices just stopped connecting others were at best crawling. After upgrading the old router an older WRT54G to the E4200 router; I got all the devices back on the network and started everything up and wow ~ what an improvement. The two blind spots I had now had descent connection (actually in correlation to bars they went from 0 bars to 2 bars) and every other device now has 5 full bars throughout the house and backyard.... The installation: because I've done this for so long I never hold my breath and always expect the worse because you never know. Upgrading to the E4200 was a snap. Compared to some of the installations I've done in the past this one was actually a pleasant experience. There was nothing complicated at all about it. Configuration: Out of the box and initially installed there really wasn't anything to configure. Everything was just working perfectly fine. But, for myself I use port forwarding, QoS, DDNS (DynDns.org), and a couple others... Configuring all these was also a snap. All in all, from installation to configuration to up and running was as less as 10 minutes, and it was that long because I took a few extra minutes to read through all the other goodies... Now as far as those two blind spots that were now 2 bars..., the same day I went back and picked up the Range Extender (RE1000). Installation of this was even easier and within about 1 minute after installation those two blind spots which became 2 bars are now 5 bars. No more blind spots or weak spots.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Router

    Posted .

    I purchased this Router because of the CNet rating which gave it a glowing review. I had purchased a top of the line Netgear wndr3700v2 and it was very slow to load web pages requiring several refreshes for some pages. Tech help had me reinstall the firmware which was v1, but that did not solve the problem. So I returned it and bought the Linksys E4200. I first installed it without using the cd as recommended by Cnet which worked fine. But then I was having trouble accessing my network files, so I reset it and reinstalled with the cd, but still had the same problem, Discovered finally through chat that the Norton internet security firewall was causing the problem. After disabling Norton firewall it worked fine.Tech help assured me Norton firewall was not necessary so for now I've turned on Windows firewall until I can check out that assertion further. And, since I used the CD I found I could also use Cisco Connect which gives you a speed test if you need that, otherwise it's no big deal. If you use the CD you have to make any changes to the ssid name, password and encryption through Cisco Connect, not the browser. If you install through the browser you cannot use Cisco Connect, at least I couldn't. There are no written instructions to help you make these installation decisions, which I did not like. Once, up and running it works great, with one exception. I hooked my external WD drive up to the USB connection just to try it, it worked very slow and I was not too happy so I disconnected it, but to my dismay the drive would not work at all after that until I reformatted it, fortunately I had backups of everything on it. So I would be careful using the USB connection on the router. So, in summary I am happy except for the oversimplified instructions (none except CD) which actually make it more difficult unless you just follow the CD, and the USB connection is not very great. I've had the router about one month with no other issues, so I am happy with it but only give it four stars because of the issues I mentioned, the usb connection and instructions.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The E4200 makes a great AP and media server

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    I bought the E4200 after reading several pages of reviews on line, ignoring reviews that gave less than 2 stars or reviews about the difficulty of setting up this router. I have fios so speed isn't a large problem to me. I brought the E4200 home, followed the instructions for set up, and then changed the IP address to a IP address within my domain, disabled DNS, set up security to WPA2 with manual password input. Then set up the router to accept a USB 1TB drive as my media server, then rebooted. Flawless. After reboot tested the connection, which is rock steady. Set up both the 5 mhz and 2.4 mhz radios with their own ID. Both show up in my Network. I'm using this as an access point downstairs with it hooked to CAT5 from the fios router upstairs. Then branching off the E4200 I have another access point that runs on POE that services the other side of my house. Not only does this router look awesome but its performance is rock solid and fast! It has been running very cool. I mention this as some users of Cisco home routers complain about them running hot. Not all but some. This router was expensive but it does exactly what I bought it for, an access point. I also installed the latest firmware from Cisco website. I am very happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent for heavy wireless demand

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    I initially purchased the number one competing router to the the E4200 based on recommendations from the store's sales associates. After getting it setup and connecting upwards of 8 wireless devices to it, I quickly realized the competing router could not handle the capacity and demand. After a bit more research, I was convinced that the E4200 would be a better choice for my wireless demands. Scientific analysis and professional reviews indicate a slightly better or at least more uniform performance with the E4200, albeit, this varied depending on the source. In any event, I went back to the store and purchased the LinkSys E4200 which was ten dollars less than the competitor. I setup the E4200 in the basement of my 3800 sq. ft. house and connected it to the modem. Then I ran the CD and entered a single SSID and password when prompted, although the software did offer an SSID and password for me to use. I hit next and that was it. No need for an Ethernet connection in the configuration process like its competitor. The software ran for about 1 and a half minutes, if that, and my router was configured. I then started adding all my devices to the router as I did with the competing router. Everything went well and unlike the competition, the LinkSys E4200 appeared to be using the 802.11n standard instead of just the 802.11g. The range was slightly better than the competitor at the farthest corner of the second floor of my house (3 bars versus 2). More so, with up to 8 wireless devices connected, including 2 Rokus, Xbox Live and a computer with a VPN connection, the performance of the E4200 was noticeably better than the competition. Overall, if you have serious wireless demands and computing with numerous wireless devices, then my recommendation is the LinkSys E4200. The E4200 can handle way more wireless devices than its competitor in my experience. Furthermore, the E4200 is easier to setup and configures perfectly out of the box. However, if you are the type that likes to tinker with your router for better performance, it affords that option as well, although, you would have to be pretty savvy to do better than the out of the box settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Router

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    I purchased this to replace a D-Link DIR-655. The DIR-655 has been around for a few years now and is still considered one the best routers out there. I replaced it with the E4200 because the DIR-655 lacks 5ghz which I would like to use for my wireless bridge and laptop. I am extremely amazed at the strength of signal that the E-4200 puts out. I have maximum bars in my two story house anywhere that I go within my house. I usually had around 2-3 bars with the DIR-655. My Droid X had problems at times with the DIR-655 where it would lose connection when I was downstairs (router is upstairs). My Droid now has maximum bars downstairs and does not lose connection. The amazing thing about this router is that it has very fast output via wireless. My laptop and Droid load pages almost instantly with speed that rivals my hard wired desktop. The feature that I noticed is lacking is the user interface options compared to D-Link. There is significant amount of custom features that I had on my D-Link however I am still fine with the current settings feature on the E-4200 because it works extremely well without much customizing. The reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because this router (as well as most current Cisco Linksys routers) can only be placed on horizontal surface. There is no option to place the router vertically to save desk space. There is also no option for wall mount. Cisco needs to add this feature on future models.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Router

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    I am a novice when it comes to routers. I found this one very easy to use and get set up. It was almost too easy which wa the down side. With my home network I wanted to customize certain items such as I have two Xbox 360's in the home so I wanted to give those priority on the network for gaming. I found it difficult to get the right information on how to set up the router with advanced settings. The other issue I had was assigning or forcing certain machines on the network to use the 5G and others to use the 2.4G. Im sure some of the problem is that I am a novice at it but I was able to fnally figure it out. Over all it is a good router. I have had no problems with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Happy With Purchase, Great Signal Strength

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    I'm happy with my Linksys E4200 as it improved signal strength, gave me more Gigabit ports, connected my USB drive, and improved data throughput. (Compared to my Verizon/Actiontec Fios G WiFi router.) My Verizon Fios (Actiontec) router is only G and has limited range. I needed a stronger signal & more bandwidth for the Xbox360 as well as the Roku, Wii, laptops, Android phone, & Nook. I only needed an access point (AP) since I read I have to keep the Fios router as the DHCP server. COMPARED TWO ROUTERS - Based on reviews & salesman comments, I looked at the Linksys E4200 & Netgear WNDR4000. I bought both to do my own side-by-side comparison. (CNet gave the nod to the E4200. Check out their comparison review for details on features & performance.) --> What's the Same? -- Right out of the box, both started working as a DHCP server with no WiFi security on a stand-alone LAN (not on internet). But I wanted a protected WiFi as an AP. I couldn't set this up with either unit using the configuration CDs. But I did it easily thru their web interfaces (chngd IP addr, turned off DHCP, & set up WiFi). Both linked up with the USB network hard drive and gave similar performance. (I didn't do any USB speed tests, but they were way faster than my old NSLU2). Neither would do both WEP and WPA/WPA2 security on one band at the same time. (I think this is typical, so I'm using the Fios router for WEP devices.) The guest networks didn't work with either. (I think this is because they were acting as APs, not DHCP routers.) Both improved the connection time and data throughput for the Xbox360. In a couple days, I didn't have any disconnects. --> Differences? -- With the two sitting right next to each other, I tested signal strength around the house. Except in one location, the E4200 was better by as much as 20%. In some locations, the Netgear strength was worse than the old Fios router. Signal strength was really the only difference that I found between the two with my simple tests. Also, the Netgear can be wall mounted and runs cooler. --> Conclusion -- I recommend the Linksys over the Netgear due to signal strength.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Product Overall

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    The e4200 that I purchased was on sale @ Best Buy for less than all the but the most basic entry level model in the series, this made it a must have as I had been considering replacing my WRT54GS for some time. This unit has the QoS features and added administrative features that I was looking for in my next switch/ap/router. Pairing this with my DSL modem was no problem and was seamless to accomplish. The throughput speed has been excellent, especially with my new MacBook Pro, which is compatible with the higher "speed boosted" 450 Mbit/s wireless N. The printer server function which I am using in conjunction with my Brother laser printer was a snap requiring no extra software like with my Iomega NAS that I has been using. Additionally, as I use a VOIP phone attached to this unit, it does well handling that traffic without degradation to the rest of the devices on the network. I've had excellent call quality with none of the issues I had while using the WRT54GS model. Some little things: With booted/larger CatX RJ45 connectors, the design of the unit can make connection impossible on the back of the unit for the ports on the outer edge, so this required some port swapping. Additionally, some people may be bothered by the status lights for the ports being in the back. This is not an issue for me as I can sit up and see them easily from my desk, and the unit's web interface has some nice features showing what is going on with the ports, including link and speed. The glowing Cisco logo is a nice touch to show "all ok" is a nice touch and not obnoxious in any way. For the price, this unit is a real step up from its predecessors in form, factor, design, and at a reasonable price; especially on sale! I would recommend this unit to anyone in the market for said type of device.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Finally - user friendly wireless for anyone!

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    I never write reviews, but I was so impressed with ease of set up, I felt I needed to share this experience. I originally bought this as a second router to get to a distant weak spot in my home. I installed this in place of my old Cisco Wireless N and Eureka!, the range was greater and I no longer needed the second router. The real gift was the ease of setup. You know all those questions of WPA or WEP, and will the N band work with WEP and will my wireless gaming adapter be recognized and what is my MAC address...? You don't need to answer any of those questions (although if you like to tinker, you can still access all those settings). I actually named it with the same network name and password as the router I removed and it all worked perfectly. It is almost completely plug and play. Finally!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good wireless N router

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    Got this router as I was looking for a longer range. Setup was very easy - web interface for fine tuning different aspects is great. Range is definitely good and so is the speed. Router is installed at the top floor and I can get a decent speed downstairs. It is compatible with all my Wireless G and N devices. Mixed mode works without any hitch. These are all expected from a premium router anyways, but comes with some gotchas. 1. I am yet to figure out what kind of video is compatible with Twonkey DLNA server that comes with the router. Some AVI plays work like a charm on my LG smart TV - but most show as invalid files. Audio works fine. FTP directory setup to the connected drive is lost every time you shut down the router. 2. There is only one light and if it blinks if something is wrong with the router. Very hard to find out what the problem is. And sometimes it just starts to blink randomly for no apparent reason - router works fine 3. Web interface admin does not display what devices are currently connected These problems are definitely not something major - and this is definitely a keeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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