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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good router

    Posted
    Lobos59
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    I have had the router for several months and really like the speed and ease of use. My only complaint I it seems Linksys is not supporting it with firmware updates

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great hardware, poor firmware and support

    Posted
    Damian
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    This router was great when I first took it out of the box, with a few exceptions. The wireless signal was very powerful and was strong throughout my entire house. Speed and internet connectivity was great at first, except the fact it would drop the connection to my devices every once in a while. After owning this for maybe a year at most the router has gone downhill and now it's to the point my phone will connect to the internet about 50% of the time, while mainting a very strong signal to the router. I've to turn off my WiFi and turn it back on to get it to work. I contacted Linksys about this and they were absolutely no help and try to sell me support for my $150+. I'm also very tech savvy and have tried every possible fix I've thought of and have read on the internet in regard to this and simply cannot fix their firmware bug. Live and learn. Last linksys product I buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Damian,

      We're sorry to hear about what happened. The router is expected to perform as it's expected to even after a year of usage. We might just need to adjust or refresh its settings. Allow us to have our Escalation Engineers contact you for assistance instead. Just send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with your contact information and a link to this review for easy reference.

      Regards,

      Rosalyn
      Linksys Support linksys

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Security Issues

    Posted
    Josscue
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    I returned this router after 5 days of use. I just did NOT feel that the software and firmware were secure. I am used to ASUS routers and maybe that is the real reason. I am sure that it would work just fine for someone who is not interested in making changes to their LAN.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hello Josscue,

      As long as the router is running the latest firmware, there shouldn't be any problem towards vulnerability as we constantly monitor the reports and update our products with the necessary firmware. We understand that the EA7500 is no longer with you, and feel free to email us at LinksysCares@linksys.com anytime should you have further concerns.

      Regards,

      Klaudette
      Linksys Support linksys

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad

    Posted
    GeoNyc
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    Bought this to replace my Netgear router because the adapter overheated and damaged the router. I have been having a lot of intermittent connection issues with this Linksys, currently not too happy with it. My Netgear was excellent and my connection never went down. Intrie firmware updates and modem and router resets and still same problem. I will see if I cal holdout and eventually go back to Netgear.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi,

      This is a very unusual behavior for the router. Allow us to have our Escalation Engineers assist you with further troubleshooting to fix this. Just send us your contact details at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with the link to this post to complete your case.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good wifi coverage, 8-year old buggy OS

    Posted
    phil
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this router 3 months ago. I've been working with Linksys customer support since that time to try to get them to fix a firmware bug with the USB ports (4TB USB drives are not supported). There has been no progress in that time. Last night I was advised by Linksys that I should return this router and buy a different model, since that bug still exists and new issues have come to light. Linksys customer support doesn't even think this is a good router :( The wifi coverage of this router is awesome, it covers my whole house. The speed is nowhere near the advertised 866Mbps, but I get at least 300Mbps everywhere. With my 120Mbps internet connection, that is just fine with me. The problems I've with this router are all due to the firmware. Keep in mind that this router updates itself...but, Linksys has failed to release a new firmware version since 1/30/2018. This router runs an 8-year old version of Linux (2.6.36, released in 2010) which includes NONE of the major security fixes released in the past 2 years, and NONE of the fixes since 2010. This ancient OS also includes a known bug that prevents the usage of some 4TB USB drives (mine included). And the killer for me...a memory leak that requires the router to be rebooted at least once a week so that it continues to function. I've been advised by Linksys customer support to return this router and buy an EA9300 or EA9500. I've purchased an extended warranty from Best Buy, so I will do this after I've saved up the difference.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Wifi Coverage

    Posted
    Navdeep

    Bought this device weeks ago. So reviewing after extensive testing and usage. Pros: * It has very good UI for managing everything. @@@@@ easy to setup * easy to manage * Wifi performance and coverage is best in the price range and better than the ISP's device. Cons: * For wifi channels the firmware doesn't select free available channels, so had to do it manually to get max performance. Suggestion: * These should be autoscan option to select free wifi channel to avoid collisions with neighbouring wifi devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Drops connection constantly

    Posted
    Wiired
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    Worst router I have ever bought. Drops connection dozens of times a day, reboots do nothing, firmware updates did nothing, tech support just shifts the blame back to "user error". Its obvious by the reviews both here and elsewhere that this router has issues but Linksys support will not acknowledge that fact. Linksys "tech support" just keeps telling me its my fault, and that it couldn't possibly be there gem of a router. Even after I revealed my 25+ year background in network engineering. Now they want me to pay to return this brick so they can send me the same brick back. Not happening... this was the last Linksys purchase I will ever make.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Linksys Staff

      Hi, Wiired,

      We appreciate your feedback. Give us a chance to make things right for you. Send us your case number at LinksysCares@linksys.com so that we can prioritize your concern and help you resolve it. Don't forget to include the link to this post as a reference.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Regards,

      Thaddeus
      Linksys Support Linksys

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Gigabit Router

    Posted
    BigBlue78
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I've had the AC1900 for 2 weeks and am thoroughly satisfied. Out of the box to fully set up took minutes and was completely painless. I opened the package just to get an idea how complicated set-up would be and wound up setting the Router up completely in about 15 minutes (including the firmware update). I completed the whole set up from my couch using an iPad and the process was straightforward and simple. I set this up as a test network at first to compare it to the wifi from my Google Fiber modem. I immediately noticed better speed and stability throughout the house, even in places where I've needed extenders in the past. The network is also really stable and consistent. This router also solved a problem I had with a previous router that, despite its Gigabit claims, couldn't pass Fiber speeds through a wired connection to my desktop. I've since made the AC 1900 the only wifi network and my son has noticed the improved speed and reliability in gaming (getting him to say anything positive about the wifi is high praise! @@@@@@@ . The AC1900 paired with my existing extenders (though I don't really need them anymore) by simply power cycling the extenders. We now have a very consistent, high speed network through this challenging house. Really impressed with the AC 1900. I received the AC 1900 from Linksys in exchange for an honest review of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Router

    Posted
    Justin
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    This is an excellent router! Its very fast and has a lot of great features like prioritization, USB 3.0 for external storage, and an app used to access the settings and monitor the router. Prioritization allows you to select 3 devices or services like xbox live, PSN, or a chromecast and the router will automatically make more bandwidth available for them so there's no lag (a great feature for gamers especially). There is a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port on the back. This can be used for mass networked storage which can be controlled through the app. The app is free and useful. Its easy to use but it can definitely use an update. You can see and control what devices are connected, control guest access and parental controls, choose what to prioritize, troubleshoot issues, update firmware and passwords, set up port forwarding, and much more. Set up wasn't 1-2-3, it was more like 1-2-3-4. There was a minor hiccup when I tried to use my computer to link the router to the Linksys account that I made but it was resolved very easily by using the app instead. Last but not least is the size. While its definitely not the biggest router I've seen, its not the smallest either. It looks great though so I wouldn't mind putting it on display if necessary. The size is about what you would expect from a router with this many features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's about the same as most other AC router

    Posted
    IceFire
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    I was very happy with the product the first week, but turn out to be short lived. I use and this up as an access point. I am not using NAT, DNS, or other function of this router. I use the manual configuration and not the wizard. Set G/N on the 2.4 GHz and AC on the 5 GHz. Channel were on auto. Have about 8 device on wireless with about 4 active at any given time. Pros: - It has an intuitive interface, so I didn't even need to use the manual other than for the login and password. Of coarse, you have to have some basic understanding of how to configure the router. - Wireless security was setup with the highest encryption for home use thus ensure the average user is protected. I just change the SID, pass phrase, and enable access to configuration through wire. - AC speed was 866 Mb/sec about 35 ft away with direct line of sight using Lenovo T450s with Intel wireless Cons: - Really, the only con I have is that the router slows down and need to be restarted about once a week. This happen on the AC side of my old router and never on the G/N side. However, the first time this router slow down was on the G/N at 2.4 GHz. All the following was on the AC side. After the first 3 times, I just do a quick on/off as I walk by the router. Same issue after I updated to the latest firmware which is a minor version update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi speeds on 5ghz, easy setup

    Posted
    allib
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    We have been using this router for about two weeks. Prior to this we had been using a Netgear, dual band router. The setup for this router was very easy. Even a novice computer person should be able to handle it. After installation, you will see two network names under the name you assigned for your network during setup. One name will also indicate that it is the 5GHz band. The other is a 2.4GHz band that many wireless devices typically support. It is my understanding that the 5GHz will provide higher connection speeds, but may not cover quite the distance of a 2.4GHz. We have typically received wifi speeds on our pcs that were about 50 to 60% of the internet speed we are paying our service provider for when using the 2.4GHz connection. On the Linksys 5GHz band we are getting close to the internet speed we are paying for. The difference on 5GHz alone makes these dual band routers worth the cost in my opinion. The one negative to our experience is that we were unable to connect on the 2.4GHz band on two Windows pcs. One is running Windows 10 and the other an earlier version of Windows. I contacted Linksys and received a knowledgeable support person, but we were unable to resolve the problem. It was reported to their engineering team and she indicated that we would have to wait for a firmware update to fix this issue. All of our Apple devices had no issues connecting to either band on this router. Lastly, we are using a wireless HP printer that supports only the 2.4GHz band and we were able to print from our printers just fine on this dual band Linksys router. Linksys states this router can support up to 12 devices with no buffering or lag issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great router if you can get past nightmare setup!

    Posted
    CriticalEye
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    Product Model Description: Linksys EA7500 Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 MU (Multi-User)-MIMO (Multiple Input & Multiple Output) Dual-Band Wi-Fi (Wireless-Fidelity) Gigabit Router (1.9 Gbps) Intro: Based on the initial installation instructions from the quick-start sheet, I thought this would be a snap, as the guide appeared to be pretty cut & dried. As a precaution I downloaded & read the PDF manual to better prepare for setup & installation. Unfortunately, the installation didn't proceed according to the instructions, AT ALL. Setup Nightmare: Warning! : If you have a modem/router or gateway, you'll likely need extra IT assistance. This router didn't work with our DSL carrier-provided modem/router in accordance w/the Linksys instructions. And, yes, we knew to place our modem in a 'bridged' mode & to use our ISP/DSL connection settings on the router. But we were still forced to make multiple IT support calls to our DSL carrier, as we continued to suffer incessant router disconnects over several days. Other than the unit's generic flashing Linksys light, there was no diagnostic indicator as to WHY the connection was being repeatedly lost. Ruling Out Other Variables: Eventually, our DSL carrier even made an on-site service call & performed comprehensive diagnostic tests, but found no faults or errors w/our DSL line. @@@@@@@@ On background, U-verse is still not available on our particular street; we don't want a tacky satellite mounted on our roof; & we'll never again suffer w/our local cable provider, the abysmal Cox Communications. @@@@@@@ Resolution: In the end, we performed yet another manual firmware update to the router & reset it to factory defaults. Though this didn't work in multiple previous attempts using the recommended auto-update feature & power cycle--the router, inexplicably, has worked flawlessly ever since the last reset several weeks ago. 2 More Cons: -Unfortunately, the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) would not work w/our newer networked HP printer, which required manually entering the long tedious password. -Belkin failed to include a packing slip in/on the box of their Linksys router. This is minor but basic. Some Pros: -Generally, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Interface software & website are very good & easy to navigate. The ease w/which one can add other devices & view settings, etc., is a huge improvement over our older carrier-issued modem/router user interface. There are options, however, that only an IT expert can help with; so the avg. user likely would be lost w/those. -Range is very good on both bands (2.4GHz & 5GHz). -Stability: We have only 7 wireless devices connected at this moment, including PCs, printers, tablets, & cell phones, & all are receiving strong, reliable signals at good speed from the router. Future: We're looking forward to trying out the new Linksys EA9500-AC5400 Max-Stream Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (MU-MIMO) which we hope will incorporate some needed improvements over the EA7500.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Home Router With Many Great Features

    Posted
    nthnkirsch1
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    This is an excellent router that offers the latest and greatest technology as of early 2016. You'll be hard pressed to find another router that offers MU-MIMO, dual band support, 802.11AC, and 2 USB ports. Included in the box you will find the router itself, presented front and center, along with 3 solidly constructed and hefty metal antennas, a power cord, documentation and a quick start guide, a Gigabit Ethernet cable, and a CD with preloaded software for setup. The front of the router is clean with a minimalistic design, the only main attraction being the subtle glowing Linksys logo. On the back of the router you will find 3 antenna ports, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a Wi-Fi protected setup button, a reset button, an internet in port, 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a power input port. I am currently using the USB 3.0 port to connect an external hard drive to my network. With it I am able to access files from my hard drive anywhere in the world through my Linksys account. I'd highly recommend making a Linksys account so you can monitor your router even when you aren't home. The setup process was very simple and better than any other router I've seen or used. After plugging the router in you simply connect to the open Linksys network and either begin setup through the browser window or you can download the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. You could also use the included CD but I'd avoid that and stick with the more practical methods of setup. I used both the browser window and app to setup the router and they both worked much the same, the setup was easy peasy either way. The graphical interface for this router is outstanding, it offers a great blend of functionality without being overly complicated. Starting from the home page, you can access everything from the status of your internet connection, to the local area network map, and even external storage access. A non-techie person should have no issue navigating through the settings and easily be able to find what they are looking for. After the first time setup the router is ready to roll. Unfortunately for me, the first two weeks I had my unit, I experienced several connection issues and dropouts. After the second week, Linksys pushed out a new firmware update that has since resolved all of the issues I faced. I utilize the maximum potential of my network, regularly having over 20 devices connected at a time, with usage consisting of a mixture of 802.11n and 802.11ac using both 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I'ven't come across any interference issues with either of the bands. Doing a range test, I was able to go around 100 feet away from the router with the 5ghz spectrum and around 300 feet on the 2.4ghz spectrum before losing signal. I've a relatively medium sized house and had no issue getting coverage in every room of my home. Conducting a speed test resulted in a maximum download speed of around 180mb/s and an upload speed of about 12mb/s when wired directly into the router. When using the wireless 5ghz spectrum I got around 165mb/s download speed and roughly 11mb/s upload speed. The router had no trouble keeping up with my internet service, ensuring I get the fastest speeds possible. Another cool feature is media prioritization. The router will adjust which devices get priority either automatically or set by the user. In conclusion this is one of the very best routers you can buy and one you should definitely consider. It has a very solid interface that is both easy to use while offering a plethora of settings to tamper with. It is very future proof with 802.11ac, dual band support, and MU-MIMO. I'd easily expect this router to last for several years. I really do enjoy this router and it is definitely a worthwhile upgrade from my older router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great router for home usage

    Posted
    BillFromKC
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    Disclaimer - I received this router from Best Buy in exchange for an honest review. The TL;DR synopsis: The Linksys EA7500 is definitely worth its price for what you get. On top of being a great dual-band wireless router with terrific range in both the 2.4 GHz (B, G, and N) and 5 GHz (A, N, and AC) bands, it's also functional as a network file server, network printer server, and DLNA media server - just attach an external USB storage device and your USB printer that doesn't support WiFi connectivity and you're ready to go. There are a couple of features that advanced users and those looking to put one (or many) in a small office may miss, and there could be a couple other features added to make life easier, but overall it's a great router for the home. And the rest of the review: In terms of setup, it couldn't be easier. The router walks you through the initial configuration, which includes setting a router hardware password. After the basic configuration is done and internet connection is verified, it does ask you to setup a Linksys Cloud account, which allows you to configure your router from anywhere, including disabling wifi (you're welcome, parents; sorry kids). Keep in mind this cloud account is optional and only used for remote access to the router. From this point on, you can change advanced settings using either software provided from Linksys on your mobile devices, or the web interface on your computers. In terms of settings, you can change almost everything in the router that you'd want or need to - enable and disable file and media servers, security settings, IP ranges and connectivity modes to your internet provider, and more. The only setting I'd want to be able to change but I'm not able to is wifi signal output; the reason for this isn't to turn up the strength of the signal, but to turn it down so not every one of my neighbors sees my wireless network. When it came to testing wifi, it covered the entirety of my lawn (200'x200') from just about anywhere in my house with the 2.4 GHz signal. The 5 GHz signal was nearly as good while located in my office but not as strong in my side yard (west side of the home) from the kitchen (east side of my home). In terms of receiving that signal, I was able to walk around 250' away from my house before the 2.4 GHz connection between my iPhone and the router became unstable. Compared to my current router (Apple Time Capsule 3rd Gen), this triples the 5 GHz coverage and nearly doubles my 2.4 GHz coverage. With that wireless connectivity comes speed. It connects to Wireless AC devices at up to 1300 Mbits per second, Wireless N devices (2.4 and 5 GHz) at up to 600 Mbits per second, and is compatible to legacy A, B, and G devices; unlike some older routers, connecting a legacy device doesn't slow down the connection speed of newer devices. This is a great thing, especially for those with ultra high-speed connections (fiber and >250 Mbit cable internet) or that do a lot of streaming from a media server, especially with 4k resolution media. It's also very stable. Testing while connected to Google Fiber didn't cause this router to become warm. Considering that most routers I've owned or used over the years tended to become warm with heavy use, this is very reassuring. Transfer rates are also great - I was getting regular wired speed test results over 900 mbps and transferring large files over the internet at speeds close to what you'd see on a local network with Google Fiber. Being that the only wireless AC devices I had to test with were limited to the devices' own top wireless speeds, I can tell you that both phones pegged out their speed tests at 180 mbps each while running those tests simultaneously (Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6s). For connectivity on the router itself, it marks off the important checkboxes - USB 3 connection for a hard drive or flash drive, USB 2 for a printer or another flash or hard drive that doesn't need to transfer data as fast, a gigabit ethernet connection to whatever your internet connection is brought into your home with, and a 4 port gigabit ethernet switch. The second USB port not being USB 3 is a little bit of a detriment if network printing is something you don't want to use this router for. It also doesn't have an eSATA port like some higher-end routers do, but as fast as USB 3 is, you won't miss that connection at all. Keep in mind this router supports hard drives and flash drives formatted as either FAT, NTFS (Windows), or HFS+ (Macintosh). exFAT and Linux file systems aren't supported by this device. Network printing requires either Windows or Mac OS X (Lion 10.7 or later). Linux isn't supported and I didn't get a chance to see if the print server emulated established network printing standards. This router also won't act as an AirPrint server, so you won't be able to use your USB printer with your iOS device or Android device without either AirPrint server software on your computer or a printing solution for Android. One thing this router really has going for it's style. It's something that will look good sitting out in the open, with sleek, smooth lines, and the Linksys logo being the only light on the front of the unit, glowing in white. While ultimately not as stylish as Apple AirPort or Google OnHub, it's still a step above everything else on the market right now, including Linksys' own WRT line, in terms of style, and it easily outperforms both the AirPort and OnHub. I do have to knock the firmware for the router for not supporting exFAT with external storage devices, the reason being that households with both Mac and Windows computers are more likely to have external hard drives and flash drives in this format due to larger file support and universal compatibility between the two OSes; exFAT is also a common file system for SD cards larger than 64 GB, used by Android phones. I also have to knock this router on the configuration pages; many advanced settings are buried. For those of you used to looking at Linksys configuration pages like what's included in the WRT54G among others (what looks like a web page from the late 1990s or early 2000s), you'll be disappointed, not because it's easier on the eyes, but because the settings you're used to seeing are two, sometimes 3 clicks deeper than they were in the older firmwares or just not there at all (such as the ability to set signal strength). For beginners or those looking for an easy to use router, however, you'll be pleased that its basic settings are the only things shown and the interface is actually pretty easy to navigate in that regard. Overall, this really is a great router for home usage. It supports connectivity to a lot of things at once, it has incredible transfer rates, and it's a quality product. Advanced users who want more control over their router may want to look at the step up from the model (the Linksys WRT series), but for 90% of everyone out there, this is a router that you'll probably never outgrow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid router with good range and speed

    Posted
    CraigB
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    I'm posting this review after about a week of use. If I find anything more significant after posting I will add it as a reply to my original post. Be sure to check there for additions. I needed to upgrade my WiFi because the internet service in my area was about to be upgraded to exceed the capacity of my current wireless N solution. This router seems as if it was marketed towards moderate power users as well as people with less technical skills who need an upgrade. Packaging is minimal the same as most routers today. It comes with a CD for documentation but it is not used for setup. This is a good thing because as an AC router most people upgrading to this would have newer devices, few of which have an optical drive. For the non-technical This is not very hard to set up. You plug power into the only spot it fits. There are three antennas that screw into very noticeable spots on the back. And the internet plug is clearly labeled. The instructions tell you what to do in a few steps to get the device to take care of the rest. It also has the wireless already set up if you are afraid to do it and even comes with a sticker with the information so you will know what the password is to get on the WiFi. It already has a guest WiFi too but there is a separate login so someone can't just borrow your internet without you giving them the password. If you feel more comfortable there are apps for iPhones and Android phones to control the device. Speed and range are very good but if you can it is always recommended to install it as close to the center of your house and avoid metal. The router can pretty much take care of itself after that and it shouldn't require any further work. For the technical people If you are looking for a device with tons of granular settings, this might not be the device. Of course the power users I'm referring to would probably be better suited sticking with the WRT series. I doubt this device will ever see an aftermarket firmware. It attempts to have a clean interface but that means it will feel slower than a power user router for some settings changes as transitions and animations run their course. Setting changes that require a reboot happen nearly as fast as the fastest routers out there. Although the stock firmware attempts to look fancy and simple it still has a decent amount of settings for all but the most extreme power users. The antennas use a standard connection so if you wanted to upgrade to larger ones later that's possible. Hardwired speed has been very good. I'm just a casual gamer but this hasn't slowed me down at all and I cannot tell the different hardwired from my old gaming router. Wireless speed is actually very good as well although I was never able to achieve the 1300Mbps link speed advertised even right next to the unit. I maxed out at 900Mbps and it is possible that's related to my AC devices. My old router would drop down to the 39Mpbs on the opposite side of my house whereas this one can maintain at least 177Mpbs and often more. So far during my ownership the stability of this device has reminded me of the old Linksys routers how even the cheap ones never locked up. I'm hoping it stays this way. If you want to change settings, you can do so the standard way most technical people do via the IP address or it has a built in URL. Thankfully it doesn't require some odd application for initial setup. Unlike standard routers, this one is cloud connected when you choose so meaning remote access is passed via the cloud. It does support some dynamic DNS options but they seem more to push you towards connection via their cloud. Fortunately, this is optional except if you want to take advantage of the built in USB ports and access files remotely. I don't have a spare drive to test right now so unfortunately I could not test the NAS performance. It does have a very basic QoS which allows you to set up to 3 services or devices as high priority but that's pretty much it. It has some newer options but then oddly has more old services, such as Real Player and Rhapsody. Pros Large, replaceable antennas Great Range Reliable Gigabit Ports Fast Processor Status lights can be turned off Decent amount of features for all but the heavy power users Doesn't require a special application for setup or CD Has USB ports for attaching a hard drive Offers automatic firmware upgrades to keep security up. Good for keeping non power users safe (Can be turned off) Documentation is thorough if you need help. You just click help on the top bar Major changes that require a restart are almost unnoticeable to users as it restarts fast Has WiFi secured by default and requires a password to be configured during setup. This is good if you are buying one for family and just want it secure without needing to help them. It even has a handy sticker with device specific WiFi passwords so someone can't just look up a default WiFi password for the unit and borrow internet. Cons Interface tries too hard to be attractive slowing it down with animations Only supports 2 Dynamic DNS providers. QoS settings seem to cater to power users but offer little customization QoS rule changes require moving service or devices boxes around and the interface jumps quickly between sections. This often causes you to accidentally move something you didn't intend to. Included "Apps" are of limited usefulness and only work on iOS and Android which leaves out anything Windows (No Windows 10 Universal Apps) and no Mac. No configuring your router with touch, like via a Surface, using a Windows App. Final Notes Higher end units near this price point I have owned have had large aluminum heatsinks to dissipate heat. This one has one very small heatsink. I suspect heat stress will be higher on this unit and might be why this case has such a large open cavity you can easily see straight through the vent holes. I suspect longevity will be lower but only time will tell. So the unit hasn't felt very warm so fingers crossed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great WiFi, with simple configuration options

    Posted
    emiliosic
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    Interface: All the configuration was done via a web brower with a modern interface. There is a well organized network map widget that displays useful information about connected devices. The router will suggest you go through an assisted setup; or skip it and configure it manually. I tried manually first; and end up resetting and starting again with the assisted setup first; because the assisted setup provides better default options. Assisted Setup: - Note that assisted setup; which link sys calls 'Smart Wi-Fi Setup' won't run unless the router is connected to the internet; so it's best to connect it to the cable modem or an existing network first. Note that some cable modems need to be rebooted when changing routers in front of it. The link sys setup lets you 'clone' a MAC address of another device if you cannot reboot the cable modem. The first thing the setup does is to check for firmware updates. Then lets you configure both WiFi bands under the same name or select different names for each (i.e. homeNetwork or homeNetwork-5G). My preference is to set up both with the same name. Most AC capable devices will pick up the 5G network first and downgrade to 2.4Ghz as necessary. Linksys setup defaults to different names. There is no default admin password when using assisted setup (better security); so you'll need to enter a new password for administering the router. If the assisted setup isn't used; the default password is 'admin'. At the end of the setup; the router will guide you to crearte a link sys account. This account (optional) can be used to access the router remotely (unless is in Access Point mode; see below). This is optional; and it's in addition to the local user. This is also used by the mobile apps (iOS / Android). USB ports: There is one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports that can be used to shared storage (but not for printing). - Connect an external storage on USB ports and by default if's open for windows shares with no password. Network Security: IPv4 and IPv6 SPI (Stageful Packet Inspection), IPv6 port filters, DMZ settings, IPv4 Port forwarding, triggers. Security concerns: - WPS is done through a button on the back of the router; or through its web interface; so you don't need to walk to the router to pair a new device, if you have web access through another computer. - Firmware updates are not automatic in manual setup; but automatic updated are enabled if assisted setup is selected (Smart Wi-Fi). - Local management supports http and https but https is disabled by default. There is no way to load https certificates. - The default WiFi mode is WPA/WPA2 Personal. I can't find a good reason for having the old WPA mode enabled. WPA2 is mandatory in WiFi devices in the past 10 years or so. Network: Local network: Allows to define a netmask so there is no pre-set limit of how many DHCP reservations it can handle. By default is only 50 devices when using a /24 mask (255.255.255.0); but can be set up to 155 devices when using this mask. For some reason; it leaves IPs 1-100 reserved. This is way better than other basic routers that don't allow much flexibility; however the DHCP parameters are not configurable; except for external DNS servers (like Google DNS, OpenDNS or DynDNS). Configurable DHCP parameters are useful in some home offices with IP phones that sometimes need extra help booting. - Activity lights can be disabled; except for the power / status indicator; which is a bright white 'Linksys" logo, and by far the brightest on the device. Advanced Network setup: Can toggle between NAT routing or RIP (but there is no way to disable RIP if NAT isn't checked). It also supports static routes. QoS settings: Only allows three entries; that can be either a device, a range or ports; or defined applications (like Vonage, certain games, etc). This would give certain applications priority when competing for broadband access. I think it could be more comprehensive without making it more difficult but it's sufficient for the most basic home applications. It's ny no means required. Ethernet ports support VLAN tagging on ethernet WAN port and LAN ports 3 and 4; but it's confusing on how it's expected to work. There isn'thing on the routing tab to define what to do with VLANs; so it looks like a hardcoded workaround for certain providers. Could not find a way to define different networks between VLANs nor any type of VLAN routing. VoIP: - It supports a SIP ALG. It's either enabled or disabled. It's disabled by default; which is probably good; since there is no documentation on what it does to SIP signaling, and no way of configuring ALG ports. Parental controls: - I was excited to test the advertised parental controls; but found them quite lacking: - It allows time of day settings per device (MAC Address) which is good; within a weekly schedule; in a nice chart interface to select the time ranges. - Then it allows a list of optional web sites to block; that's it. It would be very easy for a teen to get around this very simplistic filter. - If you're interested in some form of parental controls with this router, your best option would be to set MAC based time restrictions (if each restricted user has their own device), and set up a DNS based filter like OpenDNS for the whole household. Naming resolution: DDN Support: Dyn.com and NO-IP. com It supports bonjour but its name is hardcoded to 'myrouter'. It does not match the UPnP / DLNA name; like any other service offered by the router. If the router is changed to Access Point mode; the hardcoded mDNS (Bonjour) name becomes 'Linksys' instead of 'my router'. This seems like a double oversight. Network shares: It supports sharing via SMB (Windows shares) with local user names; and the workgroup advertised is 'WORKGROUP'; which cannot be changed. It supports FTP but not SFTP nor WebDAV. This limits how data can be accessed; and offers no encrypted access. DLNA: It offers a DLNA media server, on the drives configured for network sharing. The only options are which folders are accessible through DLNA and selections on scan intervals. IoT: There is a setting to enable 'AllJoyn Notifications'; which is disabled by default. There is no documentation on the router. What it's; as simply as possible; it's a standardized gateway for IoT devices (like WeMo lamps; etc); which provides additional interfaces and security ( https://allseenalliance.org ). Access Point: Changing the router into an Access Point mode is an interesting process. It almost feels like a whole different firmware is running when in this mode: It's done by changing the mode (Connection Type) on the WAN port; however; this setting is only available when logged in as the local admin user; it'sn't possible to change it by using the Linksys account created during the initial setup; and there was no indication on the router's interface about this. Once it's in access point mode; it'sn't possible to use any other additional feature; like the network map nor the USB ports; and it'sn't possible to log in with mobile apps or remote access. Hardware: Remains rather cool; with plenty of ventilation. It has three removable external antennas; so it's possible to replace them with high gain antennas. One gigabit WAN port and four gigabit WAN ports. One USB 3.0; one USB 2.0; power plug and a power switch! . It consumes between 5 and 6 watts. The power supply is a power brick type that's actually quite large (It takes what it amounts to four plugs on a power strip). The power supply is rated 100-240V; so it should be good for use in any country; with a plug adapter. WiFi Configuration: Very flexible configuration options. Allows automatic channel selection on both radios; or manual. Automatic channel selection is a nice feature on some newer routers that selects the least congested channels for each radio. This is the default mode. It has Network mode controls (i.e. which wireless protocols are allowed, like in most routers of this type) and supports Radius for WPA2 Enterprise; has MAC filters, and scheduler with hours and days of the week. As noted earlier; The security model enabled by default is WPA/WPA2 Personal. It would've been preferable to leave only WPA2 enabled by default. Wi-Fi performance: In my few days of using this product; Apple MBPs, iPhones, Amazon tablets, Surface Pro; etc all connected reliably. As a point of comparison, I'm also currently using older Apple routers (5th Gen 'N') that are over three years old. I set up one Apple router next the Linksys, in a house that's two stories high plus basement; so set them on the basement; using different channels for 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. Computers and tablets right above the router get about -20 dBm more with the Linksys than the older apple devices. Moving to the 2nd floor and on the opposite side of the house; the differences are not as pronounced. On 2.4 Ghz, the Linksys provides between -10 and -5 dBm more than the older devices. The newer radios in the Linksys should perform better when multiple devices are transmitting large amounts of data; yet I had no issues with either device with at least two Netflix streams and several other devices connected. I didn't test performance outside the house; but this unit should reasonably be able to serve a medium size house with usable signal reaching outside the house; so I could replace the two 802.11N units at each side of the house with this; centrally located. Support: Tried to contact Belkin, d/b/a Linksys by email and I was surprised to find out I couldn't open a support case by web or email. There are community forums, live chat, twitter support ?? or phone support (90 days complimentary); but no way to send them a detailed explanation on my questions. Phone support is nice; but email or web support would've facilitated more technical support exchanges that are simply not possible with current options.

    I would recommend this to a friend