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Linksys EA4500-NP SMART Dual-Band Wireless N900 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

  • Dual-band 3x3 wireless supports high speed up to 450+450Mbps
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsCan't get any easier.

Pros: Linksys has yet to fail me on packaging, everything sat nice and tight inside the box. Looks professional and of quality.

I took off my old router and plugged this one in and then reset both router/cable box. After everything powered back on I was able to connect and configure the router to my settings. I cannot stress how easy it is to set up Linksys routers with there built in app. It's a simple 1,2,3 step process and anyone can set up this router without an issue.

Smart Wi-Fi is a must after you get to own one of these routers. Be able to control who is on your network, control what is available to the users. You can even prioritize a computer to give it maximum performance gains such as when gaming or streaming media.

The linksys ip address webpage to setup and configure your settings couldn't get any easier than this. I would highly recommend this router to anyone who wants a headache free setup and a router that gives power to the owner.

Cons: I couldn't get a few of my USB sticks to be recognized through the USB ports in the back of this router but did manage to get one to work. After that I did have issue with trying to stream the video I had on the USB to another computer. Setting up folders is somewhat confusing in the linksys ip webpage but I did manage to configure it and it has been working flawlessly.

This was not worth a deduction!

Other Thoughts: This router will not increase your internet speed UNLESS it is truly your router that is bottle necking your speed. (For EX, older B/G routers)

My router is about 40-50 foot away from me with a wall in between and I have yet to see signal drop or lag spikes. I do tons of gaming and uploading on youtube and have my computer prioritized for more performance from the router and so far I am liking this feature quite a bit.

This router does have two USB ports on the back, one of my favorites about that is one of them is actually a USB 3.0, that is simply icing on the cake.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent simple and fast router with many features

Pros: This router setup could not be easier. It does require that you load the software to be able to use the router but the software is straight forward and the whole setup took less than 5 minutes. It was great to see that right out of the box, the software was installed and worked so easily. I have had nightmares working with routers in the past which took much grief to get working correctly but not with this router.

Next, the features on this router are outstanding. Let me explain why a cloud based router would be a perfect solution. If you need someone to help you with router settings, then the cloud based setup is perfect. For anyone with family that isn't technologically inclined, this is a welcome feature.

A feature that most people would never consider changing is QoS (quality of service) which would let you give more bandwidth to your video streaming TV and less to other devices so that that you can enjoy smooth video playback without having another device spike the bandwidth. This is just an example and this router makes this service as easy as dragging and dropping devices to prioritize them. This feature is outstanding!

This router has Dual Band 450+450Mbps, Network modes of Mixed, N, B, or G, and security modes of WEP, WAP Personal, WAP Enterprise, WAP2 Personal, WAP2 Enterprise, WAP2/WAP Mixed Personal, and WAP2/WAP Mixed Enterprise. Lots of security options with this router!

USB setup was easy and I found no issues with it. After mapping it, I was able to view all my folders and files on my WD passport 1.5T drive across the whole network including my Samsung Smart TV.

Tech support is fast and great. I contacted them on 2 separate occasions and they were very knowledgeable and it is 24/7 so you will have peace of mind knowing there is help if anything should go wrong.

The guest account lets you have up to 50 connections. I was able to connect 3 devices with no issues to the guest account with full bandwidth that my ISP provides (15 Mbps).

Cons: I am still working with this router to find any major issues. Some minor issues were that I could not get WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) to work so far. I already set up my printer with USB before doing this so I do not believe it is the routers fault. I can get the access code from my printer, but when adding this to the router, it does not find it. I will eventually get this to work and I really believe it is because I already have set up the printer by USB.

There is no way to wall mount this router which I would like to do. This is not a deal breaker, but it would be nice to have this option.

Other Thoughts: This router preformed well and exceeded my expectations. The features of this router are top notch and being able to change settings on the cloud is a very welcome feature to me. The setup couldn't be easier and to be able to drag and drop items of importance into a QoS environment makes this router one of the most simple but effective routers on the market.

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5 out of 5 eggsN900 is the way to go for lots of devices

Pros: - N900 supports multiple devices no problem.
- Transmit range is excellent
- NAT works flawlessly
- Port forwarding and configuration is fine
- Extremely fast

Cons: - Web UI is slow
- Mobile configuration app is lacking
- "Apps" are fairly useless

Other Thoughts: I really liked this router. If you aren't really up to speed with all the N150/N900 lingo, N900 basically means that there are 3 transmit and 3 reception antennas in the router, combined with a transmit/rx speed of 450MB/s (450 + 450 = 900).

N900 also is capable of 5Ghz transmissions. The 5Ghz spectrum has a shorter range than the 2.4Ghz but it much less congested, meaning if you live in an apartment or dorm then this router will perform much better than a standard router which will be overloaded with all the other traffic on the 2.4Ghz spectrum (channel 6,11 etc). 2.4Ghz is also inherently overloaded from wireless phones, microwaves, all that stuff.

I consistently got maximum transmission speeds through my iPhone running ookla speed tests, and in an 1100Sqft area I never had any signal loss on the 5Ghz spectrum. My roommate had no problems on his older phone in the 2.4Ghz spectrum. At one point we had about 10 devices running with no slowdown of any sort.

The EA4500 looks great if you care about aesthetics. It's sleek, has a low profile for wall mounting, and matches most decor. It's a nice sight for sore eyes from someone who has been using a soda can looking router from DLink for the past few months.

The main problem with this router is the firmware. It's clunky, it sucks, and unless you have a keen eye and figure out how to get around the cloud setup it requires a constant internet connection to even sign in. I can't believe how long it takes to open the web UI, and changing pages inside of it is slow also. There are "apps" that you can buy for it which add things like parental controls (which are mostly built in anyways), but the selection is extremely limited and would probably just slow down the already slow UI.

After initial setup you usually don't need to worry about the web UI, so I don't really think it is worth docking points for due to the extreme performance of the router in general.

High recommended for homes and businesses alike.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood router, no 3rd party firmware

Pros: First of all let me start by saying that while I do not know everything that there is to know in the universe about computers, I do know networking, wifi, and a thing or two about 3rd party firmware. Several of the reviews on here smash this router saying it doesn't work, blah blah blah....the truth is I don't care what it says next to their tech level--they have no clue. This router is a fully acceptable router for anyone looking to upgrade to gig ethernet and solid wireless N. I expreienced no problems or slowdowns. It's not my favorite router, but it's FAR from the worst.

First the pros:

Rock solid.
Zero performance issues. Wifi and gigabit Ethernet performed as expected even through walls in a two story home with a basement.
New web interface is easy to use.
Fast processor and lots of ram.
Good build quality.
Stays cool overall. No heat issues like I had with my E3000 back in the day.
Not too big or heavy.

Cons: My only con is that due to it's Marvell chipset, you cannot run 3rd party firmware such as DD-WRT or Tomato nor will support for that ever come. The EA4500 is essentially the same thing as the E4200 v2 (v1 utilizing a broadcom chipset that IS compatible with 3rd party firmware).

Now while this may not affect the average user, it is something that I greatly desire in a home router due to all the extra features that you get. The only stock firmware IMO that comes close to doing what I need it to do out of the box are routers made by Asus. Again, this isn't a deal breaker for most people and truth be told this router is solid as is out of the box. However, if you require very advanced features, this isn't the router for you.

Also it's not mountable on a wall if that matters to you.

Other Thoughts: All in all my experience with the EA4500 was a positive one. Placing the router in a central location between the top floor and bottom floor worked perfectly for coverage. 5 Gig performed well. Not the best, but again far from the worst. Same goes for the 2.4. Both were solid performers and honestly for a home router (and the price) this is a very capable and acceptable router.

As for the cloud software and your ability to configure the router online from anywhere: I get it. I know why they are trying to do this. However, for me personally, I'd rather not have my router be accessible anywhere except from inside my own home. Call me paranoid but that's how I feel. It is nice and convenient and it did work rather well.

Again, good solid product especially for the price.

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4 out of 5 eggsStable, Simple Router with Quick Setup

Pros: This router is great for those wanting something set up that's intuitive and stays simple. It is also very stable. The wireless coverage seems decent.

A great feature is having management through your smart phone via an app.

It also gives you parental controls if you need to manage access.

Cons: Requires CD for initial setup, and then management through the Linksys website. Be sure to use a computer or laptop with a disc drive.

Other Thoughts: This router is best suited for use as a simple router at home.

Its antennae are internal, yet it still has good range.

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1 out of 5 eggsNot a fan of this one

Pros: - Well built
- Linksys tech support has improved since its past. Reached them quickly and they were competent.
- CD for setup. You can by-pass the typical installation to do a manual setup by checking box a bottom of page.
- Could work as your first router for a small home network.
- Speeds (those that I could test) were moderate.

Cons: - Seems to be designed principally to be the first router on a network.
- Documentation on CD is not complete; you must download complete version from the web.
- See other thoughts below.

Other Thoughts: Where to begin?
- My current local network is setup with a "192.168.0.###" IPs but this router is defaulted to 192.168.1.1. Should be trivial to change? But I've not been able to get it to interface well with my 192.168.0.### devices. Spent 1-2 hours with tech support and did get it working as another AP but I don't need a third AP. Tech support said you could set it up using the bridge mode but at this point it wasn't worth the effort for me. I refuse to change my network setup to get this thing to work better.
- Manual tells you how to place this router into an existing network but then wants you to use the setup CD to update your other computers. This appears it might change your original network setup (or use bridging?) but I refuse to even try that after the time I've already spent.
- I would say this router is not for rather complex networks with other routers and APs, home or particularly small businesses. I have ~dozen devices on mine including 2 APs already.
- Setting it up into a more complex small business requires time. Not worth the performance you'll get I think.

Bottom line: Buy something else if you have a home or business with many devices.

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1 out of 5 eggshorrible setup process

Pros: Neat backlit Cisco logo

Gigabit LAN

No external antennas, nice overall look

Cons: Only a/b/g/n standard, no ac

Only 1 USB 2.0 port.

no "simple" web interface, better have a CD drive or download the software (see below)

Other Thoughts: I went to set this up at my sisters house since her router died.
Plugged it in and saw the cool little backlit logo.
Got onto her netbook to set it up; found the wireless network, typed in 192.168.1.1 and it said browser not supported? IE 11 on Windows 7. Tried compatibility mode, still no go. Had a copy of Opera USB on my USB and it too said not compatible. Hmm. No CD drive on the netbook and no CD drive in the house. The Ethernet port on her netbook is dead and no other computer in her house, so I can't download the setup software.
Grab my iPad and go to 192.168.1.1, it also says not compatible, but lets me check a little box and continue anyway. Get to the log in page and enter "admin" for the password, safari closes. Did this 3 times. Get on my iPhone, same thing.
Why does Cisco make the setup process like this? My WRT54 GL (and every other router I have sued, 15+ different brands and models) was simple to set up, even once I put DD-WRT on it. Why is this so complicated?
I ended up bringing this thing back home and put it back in the box. In trying to make it simple, they make it harder for a power user to use IMO.
I did play with it at home and finally got it to work with the web interface using chrome (yuck). Same issue on 4 computers with IE 11, not compatible. It does not like Opera either.
If you have a CD drive or are able to download the software, the software works fine, but why do you need software to set up a router?

The bad experience I had in trying to set this up initially just soured my view on this router.

I also had the same issue with the EA-3500NP model.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Relatively small

No external antennae

LED Backlit Cicso Logo

Normal sized AC adapter plug compared to the TINY one my ASUS uses

Wall outlet plug is tall and thin to fit in surge protector

8 minutes from plugging in to fully setup

Latest firmware came installed

Making changes in router setup apply quickly

Stays fairly cool to the touch, no worse than any other router I’ve owned

Speedtest app built in to router settings

WPS button is large, blue, and protrudes from the chassis for easy use

Painless WPS pairing for my Wi-Fi printer

Cons: Initially did not detect my modem through CD setup; Had to use Smart Wi-Fi Setup via web.

Initially both 2.4/5GHz bands shared same SSID

Only 1 USB port

Only 1 year warranty

Other Thoughts: I created a spreadsheet with detailed comparison to my ASUS RT-N56U. URLs are unfortunately not allowed in reviews.

Test Hardware & Setup:

Comcast: 58Mbps/12Mbps

Motorola Surfboard SB6141

ASUS RT-N56U ~VS~ Linksys EA-4500NP

Main PC direct to router: 4770k @ 4.5GHz, 16GB 2400MHz RAM, All SSD, R9 290, Custom water cooling. Win7 Ultimate 64-bit No bottle necks

Smart Phone: LG G2 Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

ASUS K55A Laptop: i5 3210m, 8GB 1600MHz, 128Gb Vertex 4, 500GB Scorpio, GbE LAN, 2.4GHz Wi-FI, Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Old Desktop: Athlon 64 X2, 2GB DDR2 800, 320GB 5400RPM SATA, 10/100 LAN, Edimax AC600 5GHz USB Dongle, Win7 Ultimate 64-bit

Using Speedtest.net, the Android SpeedTest app, and Android Wi-Fi Analyzer app via my LG G2, I compared:

Upload/Download speeds, signal strength in dBm (power ratio) and the simplistic signal bars.

I tested these stats in 8 different areas in/around my 1,100 ft^2 condo which is on the top (2nd) floor of my building. Those areas are as follows: Living room (router), Office, Master bedroom, Kitchen, directly outside my front door, the bottom of the stair case, in my garage, and at the end of my driveway.

I also tested file transfer speeds over my network. I did so wirelessly over 2.4/5GHz bands, as well as 10/100, and 10/100/1000 connections.

Avg xfer speeds were found by dividing file size by xfer time. I used a 982MB video file, and a folder with 263 pics, of varying sizes, for a total of 2752MB. All tests were done 3 times to find an average.

Network transfer speeds were tested as follows:

Over 2.4GHz Wi-Fi from Main PC SSD to Laptop HDD
Over 5GHz Wi-Fi from main PC SSD to Old PC HDD
Over LAN 10/100 fro Main PC SSD to Old PC HDD
Over LAN GbE from Main PC SSD to Laptop HDD
Over LAN GbE from Main PC SSD to Laptop SSD

The ASUS consistently benchmarked better download speeds via SpeedTest in 17/22 tests. The Linksys consistently benchmarked better upload speeds via SpeedTest in 14/22 tests. ASUS download had far better performance, as much as 2.5X. The Linksys was consistently better at upload, but the margins were much smaller, usually < 1Mbps.

The ASUS had better dBm in 9/27 tests via Wi-Fi Analyzer. The Linksys in 6/27; the other 12 were a tie. Neither router was able to deliver a usable signal at the end of my driveway. Despite the ASUS having better signal in my garage, the Linksys showed 2.4GHz speeds that would actually be functional.

Final Conclusion:

Traded blows with my ASUS. Linksys tests lower in SpeedTest, but performs better in real world applications. ASUS gives less variance in speed, but on average the Linksys was still faster.

Wi-Fi speeds were consistently 7% higher than my ASUS. However, this could differ for someone with a larger domicile.

LAN speeds were much closer and a tie with each router besting the other twice.

My ASUS is $15 less, has double warranty, for slightly less performance. It is a solid rout

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid Performer

Pros: The setup was relatively easy. It might have been a little confusing for someone with no background to setup.

I really like the feature that you can turn off the lights at the back of the router. I have not come across that before.

Performance wise it covers my entire house no problem while being placed in the basement on one far side.

Speed wise I get the same speed test results behind the router and directly connected to modem.

Local network I'm able to fully saturate a gigabit connection with a file transfer no problem.

Wireless speed is about average. Nothing mind shattering but perfectly fine for 99% of tasks

Cons: I can really only come up with two.

The first being that it would be nice to be able to put ddwrt on the router but the chipset used prohibits it.

I've had bad experience with former linksys routers overheating and power cycling. No problems with this one yet though.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really like the router. The one thing stopping me from it replacing the router i had before is the lack of support for ddwrt or even the future possibility of it.

It's a solid performer so far but I probably would go elsewhere for the cost of this router. Looking for one with similar specifications that supports ddwrt.

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5 out of 5 eggsEasy, breezy, cover... I mean router!

Pros: Right off the bat the packaging was good. There was nothing flopping around. Standard "wall wart" type power adapter, CD which I do not think is needed since this is such an easy device to setup (typical default settings, i.e., 192.168.1.1 admin/admin) and CAT5 patch cable for your modem. Firm Ware on my device was 2.1.39.145204. The web interface was fast and very nice looking. There was no delay in menu tasking / switching, with an older IBM Thinkpad T60 and an Macbook Pro (Core2Duo). I feel that I have tested this product out quite well (for almost a month of solid use) and it has not had any issues. With cheaper routers they have a tendency to flake out here and there and may require a power cycle. This router performed as it should, even with large amounts of data being passed through it. I made use of the Media Prioritization settings and found that while streaming large HD 1080p video there was no lag via wireless or wired connection while others (my wild family) were using this router. Wired connection is 1000base, as fast as you would expect, 80-150MB/sec. Media Prioritization is very easy to set up, a "drag and drop" affair within the web interface of the router. I did compare this router to another that I had and I was consistently surprised that while gaming I had a slightly lower ping while playing Rust and some HL2 Multiplayer, this could be attributed to a better chipset within the device.

VERY easy to setup and administer Parental Controls. IF you are looking for a router to keep the kids off the net at certain times of the day (or block sites that they should not be on), it does not get any easier than with this device. Again, very WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) NOT intimidating at all. I know that there are users out there that do not have networking skills nor do they want to possess them, if that is the case, this is a very easy device to setup. I was literally up and running on my Time Warner cable internet within minutes (DHCP). This router has a USB port on the back and I had no issue using a 500GB WD external hard drive as a NAS drive. Plugged it in and a small configuration and it was up and able to be used by whomever. While I did not have the need to set up, this router supports 5 to 50 "guest" users which is nice to have during those cumbersome holiday times.

Being a Dual-Band router the range was very acceptable. I had no issue with coverage in my 1500 square foot home and was even able to get decent speed in my back yard, although it was too cold outside to tear up Reddit...

Cons: This device is NOT wall mountable. It would look REALLY nice if you could wall mount it. Very slick and professional looking, especially since the logo on the front of the device glows when it is powered up to it (don't worry it is not too bright).

Other Thoughts: While this device does have support for apps and remote administration I did not use or try them (I did not feel there was a need to use them). If you are a tech person or likes to get your "hands dirty", this device may not be for you. But, if you want something that will play nice with all the stuff on your network, be easy to configure and be reliable then I would say that this is a good wireless router to purchase. The ease of use alone will make you glad that you went with it. I think in the near future we will start to see more products that are aimed at easy administration with a smooth and unintimidating interface.

Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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