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Linksys EA4500 App Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB

  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Up to 450+450Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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Linksys EA4500 App Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB

Features:

  • Ultra fast wireless speed connectivity (up to 450 + 450 Mbps)
  • Simultaneous dual-band to maximize throughput and help avoid network interference
  • Maximum range and reliability with full 3x3 MIMO antenna array
  • Gigabit ports for speeds 10x faster than Ethernet
  • USB Port to add a range of devices such as storage and printers
  • Cisco Connect Cloud (Available summer 2012)- Get anywhere, anytime access to your home network from a browser or mobile device. Plus, optimize your online experiences with included apps.

Powered by Cisco Connect Cloud

Anywhere, anytime access to your home Wi-Fi devices.
Cisco Connect Cloud gives you a new way to experience the connected devices in your home. With your secure Cisco Connect Cloud account, you can:

  • Access your home network from your mobile app or browser
  • Easily give guests Internet access
  • Set parental controls
  • Add devices to your network
  • All from anywhere at any time.
  • Plus, a growing library of apps is now available that delivers one-click control of your home Wi-Fi devices.



CISCO CONNECT CLOUD

Cisco Connect Cloud

Compatible with Linksys EA-Series Smart Wi-Fi routers, Cisco Connect Cloud gives you secure access to your home network from a browser or mobile device. You can instantly tap into your home network to check the connection status of your devices, give a guest access to the Internet, or block your child from accessing social networking sites when they should be doing homework.

You can even prioritize what devices on your network get the most bandwidth to eliminate lag times and buffering. Plus, over time, continue to get new apps and capabilities that will enrich your connected lifestyle.




BENEFITS

HOME THEATER TECH TOYS WORK AND PLAY GO FURTHER
Get faster HD/3D video streaming on tablets, laptops, and Smart TVs so you can watch movies, live concerts, and your favorite shows from any room in the home. Connect your Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles to take your quality family time to a whole new level. Chat with friends, download large files, print wirelessly, share and back-up your photos, web conference, and more with all the wireless devices in your home. Wirelessly stream movies and music, surf the web, and more on your tablet or mobile device.



COMPARE THE SPECS

Choose the Linksys Wi-Fi or Smart Wi-fi Router that's best for you.

E900 E1200 E2500 EA2700 EA3500 EA4500

*Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.

THE CISCO ADVANTAGE


  • Cutting-edge technology from the networking leader
  • Best-in-class security
  • 24/7 award-winning customer support
  • 1 year hardware limited warranty; 90 day complimentary assisted support (includes only technical phone support and live online chat support). Cisco's online support resources are available 24/7
    http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/linksyswarranty
 

PACKAGE CONTENTS


What Your Purchase Includes
  • Linksys EA4500 N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB
  • CD-ROM with Setup Software and Resources
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Package Dimensions: 12.00" W x 9.25" H x 2.88" D



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model: Linksys EA4500
  • Technology: Wireless-N
  • Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Transmit/Receive: 3 x 3 for 2.4 GHz, 3 x 3 for 5 GHz
  • Antennas: 6 Internal
  • OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac
  • Software Setup: CD Install
  • Ethernet Ports x Speed: 4 x Gigabit
  • Cisco Connect Software: Yes, App Enabled
  • USB Port: Yes, Shared Storage, Virtual USB and Media Server
 

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • PC: Wi-Fi enabled PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, or Windows 7
  • Mac: Wi-Fi enabled Mac with CD or DVD drive, running OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or later, or Lion 10.7 or later
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Safari 4, or Firefox 3 or higher for optimal browser-based conguration




 











 

Learn more about the Linksys EA4500

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Matt T.
  • 9/14/2014 3:35:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRandomly Drops Wireless Clients, Firmware upgrade to classic 2.0.37 bricked it, Linksys support very poor

Pros: Dual band, can run concurrently with different SSIDs for 2.4/5Ghz networks or as one network with same SSID.

Linksys firmware upgrade bricked it... I have done countless firmware upgrades and know how. I even pulled up the Linksys how-to since I hadn't worked on a Linksys device in a while. Followed it to a T and ended up with a fancy paperweight. If I can find the information, I'll be trying a Serial/JTAG repair on this piece.

Wireless dropped clients periodically (every 10-30 minutes) for about 30-60 seconds and then re-connected. Very poor performance... especially when a VPN connection needs to stay alive, or gaming, or working on remote files. I attempted to work with Linksys support, but in the end... they asked me to pay for "one time support". I refused and let them know I'd be submitting a corporate complaint. Well, that got me a free one-time support, which merely proved that I had already done every troubleshooting step they were going to make me pay for...

**I am completely aware that this device was out of warranty and didn't expect Linksys to jump up and replace it, but at least... send me a refurb or at the veryyyyy least... provide me with anything aside from the steps I've already completed.**

See cons and other thoughts for the corporate complaint I sent.

Cons: Linksys/Cisco,

12 months after purchasing the router began dropping Wireless clients intermittently. About 30 seconds afterwards, the connection would be re-established. Multiple hard-resets to factory defaults and mild reconfiguration (IP address/scheme) did not resolve this issue. Power cycling the device daily seemed to help, but 6 months of DAILY power cycling wasn't acceptable. Despite this, I set the device up on a power timer so it would reset automatically every night (off at 2:30am, on at 3:00am). At this point I began shopping for a new wireless device.

21 months after purchasing I found my firmware was out of date (current firmware was the classic 2.0.36). I found the classic 2.0.37 (FW_E4500_2.0.37.131047.SSA) available from http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/firmware/FW_EA4500_2.0.37.131047.zip. I downloaded this firmware and unzipped it. I verified the file name and size to ensure the download was successful and the file wasn't corrupted. I then followed the steps to upgrade the EA4500 firmware using the classic web interface. I used a computer that was hardwired to the router, with a static IP address set on both devices.

After ~10 minutes the device was unresponsive and the white Cisco logo blinked slowly. After an hour passed the same symptoms were present. I had not unplugged the router from ethernet or power, yet the light flashed slowly and the device perpetually rebooted itself about every 20-30 seconds. The rebooting was confirmed by monitoring the Ethernet link/activity lights, Cisco logo, and Ethernet link to a hardwired desktop computer (which showed as "cable unplugged" every 20-30 seconds).

Over 2 hours after attempting the upgrade with no response or successful boot of the router, I followed multiple Linksys support articles to repair the device. I am not a novice user here, please keep that in mind. Below are the articles I followed:

1.) Article ID=4573
2.) Article ID=24587
3.) Article ID=23669

Other Thoughts: All of these methods did not resolve the issue so I resorted to Linksys chat support. The agent who assisted seemed to have a difficult time understanding that I had already followed multiple self-help articles. I was then asked to pay for step-by-step support which was outrageously expensive (over 20% of the retail cost of the device!). At this point the frustration began, not only was I being asked to pay for support, but the support that was going to be provided was already performed!

Despite the misunderstandings, the agent was able to provide one time advanced troubleshooting at no cost. I appreciate the agents efforts, but ultimately my point was proven... the Linksys firmware and support articles have bricked my device, and I (the consumer) am out of a product that was previously working (putting aside the wireless client drop-outs).

Due to the issues with this device, and many that came before it, I will never purchase, use, configure, or recommend Linksys products myself or for my clients. Despite the agents best efforts, it appears the only resolution for this device requires a serial/JTAG connection... which is obviously outside of any documentation Linksys will provide.

At this point I would accept a replacement device, but consider my patronage to Linksys forever dismissed. I will never suggest, buy, or use a Linksys product again. I will even refuse to configure a clients Linksys device from this point forward, suggesting they move to a better brand. I am not expecting any action to be taken based on this complaint, because I would rather not be disappointed. A negative review will be posted on Newegg.com.

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  • David P.
  • 8/14/2014 8:26:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied after 18 months

Pros: Ok range for an apartment. Like the dual band for tv.

Cons: Died after 18 months. After a series of lock-ups and reboots it just decided not to reboot, factory reset failed.

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1 out of 5 eggsZero EGGS

Pros: zero

Cons: Requires CD software installation to even use this router

Immediately starts online account setup via linksys for management.

Other Thoughts: I refuse to use ANY router that requires software installation to even get in the thing.

I should be able to cable to a switch port and connect via my favorite browser to whatever subnet the router has given me: 192.168.x.1 and start configuring. In all my years this is the first I have EVER seen just worthless out of the box. Sorry but this is a MAJOR FAIL. I will not even waste my time to go further. I am not interested in having more bloatware clogging up my PC. It is unnecessary.

This router goes in the trash.

Get something else.

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  • Autumn
  • 2/4/2014 8:42:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great range and easy to use. I have mine in my basement and it is strong on the second floor. I could move it to the first floor but have no need to. I don't use a lot of its features, but port forwarding is easy to set up (once you find it).

This is the best router I've ever used, never needing to be power-cycled (which I've had to do a lot on slower models of different brands).

Cons: Web setup is a maze. Runs a little hot, but it's doing a lot. Can't handle wirelessly streaming HD to several computers while Skyping and transferring files via remote desktop... but that seems reasonable.

Other Thoughts: Like so many other products, it's really amazing how many people list their tech knowledge as "high" then say something really dumb.

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  • Trevor K.
  • 1/14/2014 2:44:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Dual Band, Slim, USB Storage.

Cons: "Smart" Wi-fi, Marvell chipset (No DD-WRT etc.), Slower than advertised speeds with Wi-Fi on either and both bands.

Other Thoughts: Not worth the money compared to other routers from linksys.

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  • Weldon W.
  • 1/13/2014 6:44:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

Pros: Any bad reviews for this router were made by beginners, or it was not setup correctly. This is by far the best router I have used and I highly recommend it.

Cons: NONE

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  • Matthew N.
  • 1/1/2014 10:59:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I has tecnically is Wi-Fi

Cons: Horrible wireless speeds.

Other Thoughts: Just had one firmware release almost two years ago. They just hyped up a basic router. Absolutely not worth the money. Will make me think twice from buying a Linksys device again. Read all of the reviews.

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  • Lynn S.
  • 12/28/2013 1:20:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsLooked ok...

Pros: It looks cool and is slim.

Cons: I can't come even close to the advertised speeds nor distance. On my phone I cant get 20 ft away from my router without loosing the signal. On my computer-which is about 10 ft away from the router-I loose connection all the time! Even when I have connection, I get slow, low quality internet. The firmware also stinks, but you can read that in other reviews. I wish I could say something good about this router but I cant. With a $150 price tag it is not worth it. I'm not even sure if I would buy it if it was a penny.

Other Thoughts: I have been using linksys for almost 11 years now, and the 11th will be the last.

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  • herb a.
  • 10/14/2013 8:43:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggswaste of time and money

Pros: After setup all good except usb features. Sees hard drive but no functions.

Cons: Firmware sucks. Tried several times to revert to Classic, no go. Back to stock and as soon as you reconnect it showed router not setup and wouldn't connect wirelessly. No dd-wrt, tomato, ect. options.

Other Thoughts: reliability is more important to me than speed or bells and whistles that are buggy. Going back to my Linksys wrt600n that has run hard 5+ years with no problems.

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  • Gregory N.
  • 10/6/2013 1:44:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsthrew mine out

Pros: The advertising for it is very seductive. A very large range. A very high bandwidth. Wow!

Cons: The real range was maybe a quarter the advertised range. It broke after 13 months when it was past warranty. I didn't want a replacement or a fix. I just need stuff that works.

Other Thoughts: So, I bought TWO WRT 54 GLs and connected one to the other with CAT 5. Now I have excellent connectivity through the whole house. Reliability is rock solid.

But the connectivity is for my guests. For my own purposes I ran, according to the need, CAT 5 and DVI all over the house.

When you see the high end linksys routers pulling in 5 stars and high reliability ratings like the WRT54GL, that will be the time to get one. Meantime I have an extra WRT54GL in the closet in case they stop making them.

So the question is, did linksys make a MISTAKE in marketing the WRT 54GL? Is it their INTENTION to make things that break just after warranty? You decide.

Anyhow, bottom line: I don't have time to mess with junk and warranty, so I just threw this out and moved on, as described.

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