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Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

  • High speed (up to 300 Mbps) for fast wireless transfer rates
  • Reliable range with MIMO antenna technology
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to connect wired devices to the network
  • WPA/WPA2
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4 out of 5 eggsDecent budget router

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: price and a proven brand.

Cons: no gigabit ports, lackluster compared to others in this price range.

Other Thoughts: First off this is not a bad router. But it has its share of problems and successes. This router is designed for a small home with 1 or 2 wireless devices looking for connection. It comes in right under $40 and will provide a good basic wireless connection for the average home user. People looking for a little more features, range and speed can spend $5 or $10 more and get a lot more.

The setup CD went fairly well and did successfully setup the router. But I noticed 2 things right after that, good and bad. First during the setup it asks you to name and secure with a password your new wireless network, after it uses that password to protect the admin page of the router as well. This is a nice feature as most do not and the local admin password has to be changed manually or is left as the default. But what I noticed after was might get a few people. By default (WPS ONLY) was enabled as the wireless security instead of mixed with WP2/WPS. What this meant was that devices such as phones, tablets and laptops could not connect unless they had a WPS access button. After I found this out I logged in and changed it and all was well. (It is possible that I missed a step during the setup but I’m not sure, but it’s also possible for that to happen to you so keep an eye out for it).

It has a lot of different wireless security options and decent range. And as an N-300 router it will give decent speeds. If you are a light wireless user and looking to get something from a trusted company for cheap then this would be a great option. If you’re looking for a cost effective device with lots of options, good range and breakneck speeds, then you probably want to look elsewhere.

Not a bad device if used for what it is intended for. Just don’t expect a lot.

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5 out of 5 eggsFast and Friendly

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: This is a nice router that installed effortlessly.

Speeds across my network were fast as you would expect from an older "N" router.

I have been using this router for a number of months, and only had to reset once, when the cable went down.

Cons: It is single band, Dual band would have made it a much better value.

Other Thoughts: As others have stated, I'm not sure why you would want to pay a premium for this router over similar N protocol routers.

Cisco is obviously a well know brand, but I understand the consumer router section was acquired by Belken.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Easy to operate, easy to set up. I had it up and running in no time. The access to tthe router is eay to navigate. Once I changed the name and password everything ran smoothly.

Cons: There is no hole to mount it anywhere. The cables will drag it to the edge of your desk.

Other Thoughts: Simple and fast. The speed test takes you to a website for testing the speed of the router

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4 out of 5 eggsStandard Entry Level Router with Good Speeds wired and wireless.

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: I’ve had this plugged into the system for a few weeks. It’s been rock solid ever since. Indeed this is a small 100mbit router with wifi N. Testing file transferring speeds: I tested this using 2 gigabit ports on PCs,with factory made cat6 and cat7 cables, transferring from RAMdrive to RAMdrive thus you can be assured that there are minimal bottlenecks in my PC test system.

WIRED SPEEDS:
Single Large File 11.88MB/sec or 95mbits (out of 100 which is just about as fast as you can get with overhead)
Hundreds of Medium files 8.42MB/sec or 67.3mbit/sec
Thousands of tiny files (1k each) 5.55MB or 44.4mbit

I will say right here that these results are the some of the FASTEST results I have ever tested for 100mbit wired. Very efficiently.

WIRELESS SPEEDS:
Large single file = 21 MB/sec (this is 168mbits)
Medium files = 13 MB/sec (104mbits)
Tiny files = 1.5 MB/sec (13mbits)

These seem typical. The wireless speeds are nothing to wow over. Even AC wireless is a far cry from 300 mbits from all the other routers I’ve tested. Menu is packed with lots of options to change everything. What I like is plug and play. No silly CD or tape over the ports, it just worked point blank, without having to do anything. If not you can throw DD-WRT on it.

Cons: For the price? Not much. No wall mount holes, no external antennas but those are going the way of the manual transmission.

Other Thoughts: 1 year warranty seems a bit low but it’s standard. Price seems fair. All in all it’s a solid average router. I personally can’t live without gigabit ports, but that’s just me. I hope manufactueres are building in planned obsolecence. Love those bulletproof WRT54G's over a decade old still kicking around.

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3 out of 5 eggsNothing special

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Quick to setup. Easy to use interface. Consistent performance.

Cons: Unremarkable in every way. Trouble keeping up with higher bandwidth connections. Not for power users.

Other Thoughts: The very best thing about this router is that it was easy to set it up. Out of the box and operational took about 10 minutes. However, once it was online I found that the performance with a 50mbit down and 5mbit up connection was about a tenth of the rated capacity. Remove this router and install the original and performance went back up, so it wasn't a period of poor performance.
I must say that where this router really shines is in a location where high bandwidth isn't a concern, but ease of use is. Then it is really in its element.
For performance testing I connected my phone, tablet and laptop at the same time and started a few file transfers. Again, performance wasn't stellar. The connection would burst to 100Mbit and then average out to about 20Mbit.
When used as a wireless bridge for a PS3 the performance was much more consistent. Where a PS3 cannot stream BluRay files on its native wireless connection, with this in place it can easily do so.
Overall don't expect this router to set your world on fire and you'll be happy. Power users, however, should look elsewhere for their router fix.

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat for Basic Networks

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The Linksys E900 is a great router for anybody who is looking for a router for a simple network. If you're looking to upgrade to wi-fi from a wired configuration, then this is a great start point. The E900 has 2 internal antennas and 4 ethernet ports. The range is decent, not fantastic. It is actually right on par with some of their high end routers in terms of range and signal strength. The E900 is compatible with most modern operating systems, everything from Windows XP to Windows 8 and most of the Mac OS's. I don't know much about Mac so I can't go into much detail there. I've got a 50 Mb internet plan and this router can handle all of that speed no problem. The E900 is pretty small and it doesn't really get warm. It has a basic WPA2 wireless encryption that you have to set up, using the included disc, to get the full potential out of your router and it also has an integrated firewall. The E900 is covered by a 2 year warranty. So for the price, you really are getting a decent router. No bells and whistles and nothing fancy. Just your most basic router for the average Joe, and the setup is as simple as it comes.

Cons: The 4 ethernet ports aren't gigabit. They're limited to 100 Mb/sec bandwidth. Which really is enough for most people. There is no USB port, so no file sharing via USB. The wireless network is 2.4 Ghz band only, which isn't really a problem. However, when you start connecting multiple devices to the wireless network on this router it does start to bog down. If you like to stream a lot of HD video on multiple devices you might run into trouble. I was able to stream 1080P video on two devices but when I tried to add more than that the third device had hardly any bandwidth at all. The software leaves a lot to be desired. In fact I wasn't even able to install the software. I tried it on two separate computers and neither one would install correctly. I was able to setup my user name and password and that was the end of it. And even that took forever. The software is slow, really slow, when it's connecting with the router. And trying to trouble shoot with this router is a pain. There are no status lights to be found anywhere. There is no guest network and no parental software. Again, not really a problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning. So this router has a very limited feature set. If you want advanced features you're gonna have to spend more money.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately there are a lot of cons, but, you also have to take into consideration on some points that I am used to a much better Linksys Smart Router that is sensational and also way more exspensive. I actually really like this router. It is possible to use it as a range extender for your current router, you'll just need a really long ethernet cable. For what you pay, you're getting a great piece of equipment from a brand that is known for reliability. I recommend this router to anyone who wants a basic wi-fi network or anybody who is a newcomer to wireless technology. If your plan is to run half a dozen wireless devices and file share across your network, then you may want to go with something a bit more advanced like Linksys Smart Router line.

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3 out of 5 eggsLackluster

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: As an Eggxpert reviewer, I was a little surprised to see them doling out cheaper, low-to-mid range routers. In the past, they've had nice wireless AC routers. I'll do my best to not compare this router to those.

This router comes packaged in a pretty attractive package. It has advertised 300 mbps speeds and comes with 4 ethernet ports for hooking up wired devices. Setup is easy enough if you read the instructions and it has all the options you'd expect in terms of security and whatnot.

Cons: Unfortunately, I've got more negative to report than positive.
Previously, I said that setup was easy enough... if you read the instructions. Every other router I've used in the past 2 years worked as soon as it was plugged in with default SSID and password settings. However, this router requires you to first log in to their web portal to download software to set up your network. If you're trying to setup from your phone (like I did), this obviously won't work. If you opt not to use their setup, it creates a default wireless network with absolutely no security.

Trying to set up your network isn't particularly hard, though the interface is very outdated and slow. Saving after each step seemed very slow, and for those of us setting up a slightly more advanced network, it adds quite a bit of time.

Once everything was up and running, I struggled to get advertised speeds. Even my internet speeds slowed down noticeably compared even to the router built into my ISP-provided modem.

And the price? You can pick up a bare bones, cheap wireless-N router for less that will do the same thing and provide reliably fast throughput.

Other Thoughts: After about 2 weeks of using this, I ended up loading it with DD-WRT since it is compatible. I tried to set it up as a wireless repeater. This seemed to work for about a week, then all of the sudden my wireless signal dropped off. I can't fault the manufacturer for this, but it is worth mentioning that the router does support DD-WRT for full on customization.

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2 out of 5 eggsNot good at all

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The router is light weight and modern looking. The default SSID seems randomized which is good in case a laptop has been attached to a network just named “linksys” in the past but with different settings. That would normally cause issues during setup.

No matter how much traffic I sent, I couldn’t jam this router up from a single computer. The box claims it can only support around 3 devices though so apparently it will fail under high usage from multiple sources.

Over a relatively short distance, this router had the same signal strength as another model from a different manufacturer that costs exactly the same.

The included CD had really helpful setup instructions for a new user but you can also set up the router just fine yourself if you’re familiar with the process.

Cons: This is one of the worst routers I have ever tested. Right out of the box, it is outdated and poorly designed with bad initial security settings.

I have never seen a router with no status lights anywhere on the device but now I have. You can’t tell if the link is live to the modem or which Ethernet are in use. It’s unbelievably detrimental when it comes to diagnosing any problems.

This router apparently has 2 model numbers, which can get slightly confusing. It’s an n300 as well as an e900. I assume the N300 is the family of routers or something because it indicates that the N protocol is in use and the router is capable of 300Mbps

No encryption is turned on by default on the “cisco 02837” SSID being broadcast as soon as it boots up. I haven’t seen a router like that in recent years so it’s a significant step back in wireless security. This is a non-issue if you bother to simply log in and set up the network and password yourself, which you should do.

Speaking of ancient technology, the wired ports only support 100Mb connections, NOT gigabit. This means you’ll likely never exceed 13MB/s file transfer speed. Even large print jobs will be delayed on such a slow connection let alone file transfers.

Other Thoughts: Once this router is properly set up, if you can deal with the non-gigabit speeds and lack of status lights, it shouldn’t give you any trouble. My low rating is due to the fact that you can get such an immensely better router for the same price from other manufacturers.

As with any wireless devices, anyone claiming it has poor signal or drops wifi all the time is likely mistaken. They are either too far from the router, installed it in a bad location, or are using an inferior wireless adapter on their device. I carefully compared the signal strength and packet loss over a static distance compared to a very high grade router and it was exactly the same.

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3 out of 5 eggsAn okay router

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: I suppose Cisco considers this a successor to the venerable WRT54; time will tell. In the few weeks I've used it, it's given me cause for neither grief nor celebration. It seems to be a capable entry-level router, running stably in my installation, and smoothly streaming video. The included Cisco Connect auto-install software should, in most cases, save one from the headaches of network configuration. It's small and discrete has a high-efficiency wall wart power supply.

Cons: I wanted to set this up as an access point, so couldn't use the Cisco Connect software. That's when things started getting rough. Cisco really wants you to use that software, and after you finally figure out how to bypass it, you'll find yourself staring at the ancient interface from the WRT54. To one intimately familiar with this interface, this may be a welcome sight. For the less adept, it's a flashback to long-forgotten configuration nightmares. Get ready to call tech support.

Not a lot of thought seems to have been put into the housing design (no wall mount?); hopefully they worked harder designing the innards.

Other Thoughts: The market is crowded with entry-level routers such as this, some for half the price, so I was looking for some benefit to buying this unit aside from brand recognition. Couldn't really see one. Yes it's true my WRT54s are still working a decade on, but the E900 has no physical similarity (it weighs half as much), so I'm not going to assume such longevity. And my experience with Cisco tech support has recently been quite disappointing – they offered free support for a very short time, and then wanted $40 to tell me that the default logon username and password were "admin."

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1 out of 5 eggsIt was nice until it died...

This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: - Decent entry level router, ideal for 1-2 users in a casual networking environment (streaming, gaming, internet etc.)
- The BOX tells the consumer what to expect out of the router. THANK YOU FOR TRUTH IN ADVERTISING
- Compact

Cons: - Construction feels kinda cheapish.... but its an entry router what do you expect?
- GUI isnt as user-friendly as I would have hoped... but what can you do.
- Died after a week or so of use... (Very light use for < 5 hours a day at that...)
- Only 300mbps... meh.

Other Thoughts: Linksys makes good stuff, I have 3 other models in my closet. Awaiting a reply from Linksys cust service...

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