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Linksys E2100L 802.11b/g/n Linux OS Wireless Router with USB Built-in AV Media Server

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  • 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
  • Open Source DD-WRT Base

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router

Pros: Works like it should, multi wireless devices can all stream beautifully.

Cons: simplistic setup software is slow if you know what you are doing and skipping it caused setup to have issues at first.

Other Thoughts: Love this router, was an upgrade from a Linksys Wireless GL that died after 7ish years of valiant service. Was hopeful that having dual band wireless would ease some of the streaming issues we were having and it did. If you need a workhorse of a router for basic home uses this is a great one.

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  • Evelyn B.
  • 4/20/2012 1:54:58 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot worth your time

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Everyday slows down to a crawl and I need to reboot it to get full download/upload speed back.

Dont even bother with's a joke on this thing.

The USB media feature does not work well enough to be of use to anyone.

Other Thoughts: I have a 30mb connection and over the course of a day it will drop down to .5 down and need to be restarted via software or hard reset.

I am as of late having issues with it dropping connection to devices intermittently.

I'm a CCNP and have been working with Cisco hardware for a long time now. I have come to expect a degree of quality from a brand like Linksys but sadly I can't back this company.

Do yourself a favor and get a cheap $25 router if you are expecting something better from this one.

If you look around online, you will find other reviews of this thing slowing down and needing reboots a lot.

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5 out of 5 eggsUpdate after 2 years

Pros: Still a great router and I bought it at launch time. Easy to use, looks good and a solid performer. For the basic user, the firmware it comes with can't be beat and for the more advanced, you know what you're putting on it and the hardware is more than enough.

Cons: Cons... I'll have to get back to you on that when I find one. Wait it still hasn't got back to nearly the price I got the first one for and I want another.

Other Thoughts: Okay if you're complaining about the cd or cisco easy connect or the other little stupid things you don't get to use number 4 for your tech knowledge try 2 at best. Hell I even seen one egg removed "because it didn't have DD-WRT out of the box" Really one egg of for something that's stated in the description!? you are a moron. It is DD-WRT with a cisco tag and a few minor tweaks. I'm surprised they were allowed to get away with it given the DD-WRT license.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/17/2011 7:41:32 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsFine for wired connections, terrible for wireless

Pros: - Very easy to set up, either using the CD or by logging into the router directly
- Has all the standard wireless security features (WEP, WPA / II, MAC address filtering, etc.)

Cons: - Mixed B/G/N mode is useless. The signal strength drops, and my G devices seem unable to maintain a connection. Putting it into B/G mode fixes this problem, but the whole reason why I even bought this router was for my wireless N devices. If I set it to "N" only, my G devices are left out.
- USB port for file sharing is shaky, at best. Connection seems to drop every few minutes, even via wired connections.

Other Thoughts: I've upgraded to the latest firmware available from Cisco / Linksys, and I'm still having wireless connection issues for B/G/N mode. I won't bother trying another Cisco product in the near future.

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  • Honore H.
  • 7/5/2011 11:50:04 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK!

Pros: It worked as generic router fine.
AV Media Server

Cons: Not a GB router. It claimed 300Mbps wireless, but not true and the guts are all 100Mbps. 12MB/s file transfers to my server is horridly slow.

Other Thoughts: I guess they conned me with their 300Mbps wireless. Definitely not buying from them again.

I now made my own roiter with my old PC and a $50 switch and a $10 nic card (need two nic ports) with free version of Untangle that not only turned my old into a router, but a full blown firewall and an AV machine. Untangle has apps like Anti-virus, phishing filter, ad blocker, web filter, and more for free with the lite version.

amazing program that cost less than the router and does 100 times the performance.

plz, visit untangle dot com. you won't regret it.

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  • Ray W.
  • 3/12/2011 5:10:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswaste of time and money

Pros: Looks nice. If you like to waste a lot of time, this router is for you.

Cons: Supplied connect software takes a long time to do every step, painfully slow. And you get to do it over and over and over. Wireless speeds were 1 Mb or slower with N only and wide channel spacing or in the default mixed auto mode. My old D-Link 625 consistently runs 35 Mb speeds wireless and 52 Mb wired. I had high hopes of loading dd-wrt open source but didn't want to chance not getting a refund for this hunk of junk.

Other Thoughts: I think I'll look into a higher end piece of hardware, sorry to say LinkSys just isn't what it used to be. My first LinkSys router ran for 6 years and then died slowly over a month. Replaced it with the same model LinkSys just way newer version and it lasted a whopping 6 months and died. I should have taken that into account on brand selection.

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  • David C.
  • 2/14/2011 4:43:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsJust what you'd expect

Pros: Simple to setup by people with limited knowledge with the option to go into all the usual advanced settings for those who know what they're doing. Good amount of settings like you'd expect from a quality router. Range seems to be perfect, even in it's hidden spot where I used to have my old wired router (self made "shelf" under the desk).

Cons: Cisco Connect which is kind of useless if you're an advanced user. Impossible (as far as I know) to turn off the guest networks if you configure through Cisco Connect first and forget to turn it off before going into the advanced mode (as you cannot go back into Cisco Connect). There simply doesn't seem to be an option for it in advanced mode, which meant that I had to reset the router and go through all the configuration again.

Other Thoughts: While not a con per se, still no IPv6 and no paper documentation other than a basic guide through the steps needed to hook the router and get it working. I still have not tested the network storage option through the USB connection but it seems like a nice option for those that want to hook up an external drive or perhaps an USB key. All in all, for the price paid, I'm satisfied of my purchase !

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2011 10:30:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Router and AP

Pros: security settings are great, lots of options, wireless mac filtering is a huge plus, great compatibility since it can use just about any type of wifi, linux

Cons: cisco home connect, but you are not forced to use it

Other Thoughts: not 5 eggs, because i ran into some trouble keeping my droid 2 connected. had to change settings to wireless G only, but would probably be the same on any ap.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Upgrade

Pros: I do consulting sell these routers to my clients all the time. Customers want faster than wireless G, but also some open source flexibility (VPNs, etc). I previously sold only WRT54GL routers due to their firmware choices and rock solid stability, but N routers are coming more into demand all the time. This router is a fantastic choice if you're used to the 54GL. It runs DD-WRT as other reviewers have mentioned and it is lightening fast loading config screens compared to the GL.

Cons: It stinks that it comes with Cisco firmware pre-installed - get DD-WRT and upgrade it before doing anything else with this router. Unfortunately, Cisco probably figures with a linux based router the community will take apart their firmware right away, so they don't put that much effort into it. If you're buying a "L" series linksys, you should know that going in, so this isn't really a CON!

Other Thoughts: I don't know what other reviewers that have had a hard time with this router are referring to. It configures in every browser I have tried - especially when running DD-WRT on it. It runs cool, it is stable, I have seen no wireless radio chipset or interference/performance issues that requires frequent reboots. If these problems have plagued your router, exchange it or upgrade your firmware, but don't rate the product down!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/30/2010 3:41:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs"beacon stuck" problem , but good router

Pros: Nice form factor, visually attractive router. LEDs on the front are visible but not ostentatious. Fantastic hardware specs for running DD-WRT on. USB port for media sharing works well enough for simple home or small office use.

Cons: Beware those of you in wifi congested areas of any router that uses the Atheros chipset and offers DD-WRT support. There is a common, known problem with the MadWiFi drivers used for Atheros chipsets in DD-WRT and the problem also exists with the stock firmware from Cisco/Linksys on this router. The wireless speed drops to 5Mbps then 1Mbps then traffic stops through the wireless interface all together until you reboot the router. There are afew "work arounds" that may or may not work (none did for me) but unless you've only got a few (no more than three) SSIDs in the area in which you wish to use this router, go with a Broadcom based router instead. I wish I didn't live in such a congested area because I like everything about this router _except_ for having to reboot the router ever few hours because of the driver issue inherent to this hardware and associated firmware.

Other Thoughts: I've always enjoyed Linksys and Cisco hardware and networking products. Cisco/Linksys is aware of this problem and still put this device to market. The MadWiFi drivers and the AT9K open source drivers reportedly both have this problem, so it should be something that consumers should be warned about.

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