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Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

  • Up to 300+450Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Two spatial streams (2TX and 2RX) for 2.4G band and three spatial streams for 5G band (3TX and 3RX)
  • Smart Wi-Fi Apps, tools and mobility
  • USB and 4 Gigabit port
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  • Justin M.
  • 5/23/2014 6:14:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3 out of 5 eggsOk light use router for two devices

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Cheap. Still waiting on rebate, so.. maybe not so cheap if I dont get it. Clean looking enclosure. Gig-ethernet connections. Can turn on/off the blinky flashy lights. :)

Cons: I seem to be limited to a max of two devices for full speed. Speed on those are great ~30mbit/sec speedtest.net results up to 50 or so feet away (I have this router on a 50 Mbit cable internet connection.) When I add a third device, be a tablet, laptop, or cell phone the speed drops to ~1Mbit/sec. Even if those other devices are not doing anything I cannot get any bandwidth on the 3rd device.

Mind you that I am a foot away from the router when testing. It almost acts like QOS/media priority or something is turned on when the other devices connect.

This router would work well in an appartment or a smaller home. Set this up in the center of a 100' long home and it barely covers the ends.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had much time to research into this router on why it is not giving me faster speeds on the other 2 devices that are connected to this router.

Not for my personal use, someone else's network I set up. I'm sure if it was mine this would drive me crazy.

The menu to me feels limited. I miss the older router (WRT's) config pages. For a long time I had them memorized by heart and could tell anyone over the phone where to go to change a setting.

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  • gerald g.
  • 5/1/2014 8:01:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsLinksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: extremely easy setup with the CD. i have windows 7 pro. i am using this just to be able to take the laptop out on the deck. it is connected to my 8 port linksys wired router. however in getting that setup i needed to talk to tech support because i needed a second IP address.

Cons: download/upload speeds as fast as the hard wired connection but does fluctuate a bit, unlike hard wired.

Other Thoughts: nice overall package...unit looks slick...i am a loyal linksys customer...i've rarely had problems with any of their gear.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router w/ Beautiful interface

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Here's he typical stuff people look at: (I never used the CD)

*Solid construction, attractive design. Stays fairly cool.
*Internal antennas
*The Dual 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz bands have decent range.
*Gigabit speeds
*All the typical Port single or range forwarding, port triggering, DMZ,
*Firewall settings IPv4 and IPv6
*VPN passthroughs
*Has an ALG to enable SIP
*DHCP with reservation spots

*Easy setup with or without CD. I did not use the CD. It knows that it's never been setup, and if so it will ask you if you would like to create a Linksys account to where you can monitor and control the device remotely, easily and securely without having to know your IP Address.
* Interface it beautiful and easy to read. Laid out and easy to find areas of interest.
* Fast reset times
*Troubleshooting / Diagnostics screen makes it easy to figure out what is going on.
*Voip friendly, works with my Ooma home phone service
*Wireless printer works fine
*USB storage works great with XBMC and LG Blu Ray player to pick up media and stream 1080p movies, and music with no problems.
*Streaming Netflix in HD while kids play Xbox live no problem and no hiccups.
*I've extended my wifi capabilities by just plugging this into another router with no issues (some may say use a switch or bridge them, but you decide what works best for you either way worked)
*Built in Speed test diagnostics page is really cool
*nice Guest and Parental controls
*The Media Privatization feature is really cool for making sure Apps, Games, or even a Device has priority over another. For example if you want to make sure your First Person Shooter match is always taking precedence over your kids playing Wii, then it will let you easily set it up on one of the built in menu items.
*The connected device list it pretty cool as well and lets you customize the list along with the names and graphics.



So much more on this router that I wouldn't even use. For 90% of people this will work just fine.

Cons: * Could be a Con for some: Power supply takes up a lot of room on a power strip unless it's hanging off the end or your plugs are horizontal.

*No mounting holes or brackets. I like to mount my routers behind the desk rather than take up real estate on the desk.

Other Thoughts: First off I took a little extra time to play with this router due to the negative reviews that didn't quite stack up to my typical experience with Linksys/Cisco routers so i had to see what was up with that.

Other than not having the newest and fastest wifi it's great. I'd recommend this to any of my family.

If you have a large house or yard then distance is always a factor and you can bridge or link multiple routers up with no hassle.

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4 out of 5 eggsIt works

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: All devices get a good strong signal within my home which is 3000 sq. ft. Can allow a guest network which is a good feature to have to seperate visitors who need access to your ISP while keeping them off the rest of your network. Haven't had to reboot yet after 3 days of use so that's a good sign =)

Cons: If you're not use to setting up routers or access points it will take a bit of time, the interface is not terribly friendly. Accessing it via browser for config was easy though as was the endpoints getting connected to it. Really wish this router had an Application Control type of feature like Watchguard. The unit sent to me for review was bad out of the box so I replaced it through the manufacturer with no issues in the RMA process so that's a good sign that if yours does ever fail that you can get it replaced rather quickly without to much hassle.

Other Thoughts: For the money this is a good unit. If you're looking for good strong signal with a stable connection then this will do. It's a simple router, with a not-so-simple interface lol.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice, fast, and simple

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Setup could not be easier. Insert the CD and follow visual prompts with very simple instructions. The router searches for your modem and will do all of the setup for you. All you have to do is follow the on screen prompts. It really does not get simpler than this. Comes with Router, ethernet cable, power cord and CD.

Speed tests were spot on to internet advertised speeds and consistent each time tested. HD video playback was excellent with no issues to a smart TV locacted in another room aprroximately 12 ft from the router. No issues connecting up to 4 devices at a time to the router and believe it would have no problem handling a few more.

Very sleek design and looks nice sitting on a desk. There is no lighting other than the back of the router where the ports are located so it is not distracting which is an added benefit to this router for those who like less distraction, but this can also be a con, see below.
Has USB 2.0 port for printer, sharing or storage capability. It makes hooking up a networked printer easy so that it can be used on multiple devices. Sharing files from a external hard drive is great for this also.

Cons: No wall mounts. This is not a deal breaker but it would be nice to have this option for those who like to place their routers up high for maximum range or out of the way and even concealing it on the backside of a desk.

No lighting other than the rear of the router. There is no way to tell if this router is getting power without looking at the rear where the ports are located. No a big con, but troubleshooting would involve looking at the back of this router.

Other Thoughts: This is a very good small compact router for a medium sized home with multiple devices. If you are using a few devices (5 or less) in a single story home than you will have no issues with this router. The simplicity of this router makes it an excellent choice for those who want a trusted brand with very little input from the user. Plug and play could not be any easier than this.

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3 out of 5 eggsAverage Router

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: -Nice matte plastic and appearance.
-Dual band ABGN
-Internal Antennae.
-Functions but nothing spectacular.
-Constant connection.
-Good Range to upstairs PC
-usb 2.0 plug in back for printer/usb hard drive
-setup is easy but requires CD

Cons: -NO DD-WRT firmware support.
-CD installation required.
-USB 2.0 port not 3.0.
-No AC wireless.
-Slows to a crawl when torrenting.
-Didn't notice prioritized gaming.

Other Thoughts: It's visually a nice looking router. Black Matte Finish, square shape, and ~1" thickness. Includes 1 ethernet cord for connecting to your modem. Also has has 4 ethernet ports for wired connection to your computer or networking device. There is also a USB 2.0 plug for connecting a printer or hard drive for network access. The signal range was about 4 bars to my pc that is located upstairs. The signals so far seems to be reliable, but torrenting files seems to hang up the router, slowing it down. For gaming I didn't notice much of a difference in terms of prioritized gaming. For $90, it's too much money in my opinion for something that is not AC wireless networking. For a normal consumer that doesn't like tweaking settings and wants something to stream video/browse the internet/ and gaming it works well. Just nothing too special about the router, it would be nice for USB 3.0 and AC to make it future proof.

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4 out of 5 eggsadequate

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Bonehead simple to install and configure
Good for basic home router duty
Decent wireless range and connection rates
Software interface is fluid, responsive and easy to understand
No issues setting up wireless printers, Roku, X-Box 360, Direct-TV, laptops, Desktop PC's, Apple IOS or Android phones.

Cons: Bonehead simple to install and configure
Requires CD software installation to configure it
Pricey - Should be a $70 router
I would not install this for my personal use. I am not a fan of ANY router that requires a software install to setup.
Not supported by DD-WRT firmware

Other Thoughts: Replaced a failing D-Link DIR-655 with this unit
Now get better wireless connect rates
Guest network is turned on by default
Did a wireless survey to configure best channel
Cannot speak immediately to reliability of this unit. Time will tell and I will update my findings.

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3 out of 5 eggsSolid router for typical home networks

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Aesthetics are nice. Has a clean look that blends in with most other gear nicely. Doesn't take up very much space.

Set-up procedure is implemented very well. Linksys have always made things easy on the average joe. It's just a matter of inserting the setup CD, creating a Smart Wi Fi account, then following the directions. If you get stuck along the way or want to learn how to disable or enable a specific setting, the PDF user guide is extremely well-written and easy to follow.

WPA2\WPA mixed mode is enabled by default after the setup CD is ran, which ensures the network is secure. This is useful for those folks that really don't understand how the wireless security works.

After creating a Smart Wi Fi account, it's possible to manage this router from anywhere over the internet. If this feature is something you don't need, remote access can easily be disabled.

2.4 Ghz range is pretty good. Not the best I've seen, but solid. The EA3500 features six internal antennas so it should perform admirably in most scenarios. Transfer rates are solid across the board, whether you're using legacy 802.11g devices or newer 802.11n devices.

Speeds on the 5Ghz band are excellent, but like any other router the range is limited.

USB 2.0 port allows printers to be shared, as well as external hard drives.

Can be optimized for gaming or VOIP by simply toggling a setting. There are advanced settings for us power users, however Linksys made it easy for anyone to tweak the router for their specific needs.

Very reliable. I have 5 devices connected (mixture of 802.11g/n) and I don't experience any dropped connections at all.

Cons: Doesn't support 802.11ac. Other more advanced routers (like TP-Link's Archer C7 or Netgear's R6200) are only around $10-$20 USD more.

5Ghz range is pretty disappointing. Granted, most routers aren't great with their 5Ghz range, but the EA3500 is worse than most other modern routers I've tested.

USB 3.0 is not supported. Again, other modern routers support this for around the same price. USB 2.0 severely limits the transfer rate of external drives that support the standard.

No built in media server. This is disappointing, as this is a very useful feature in this day and age. Plenty of folks love to stream media to multiple devices in their home, and most wireless routers can accomplish this all by themselves.

While the EA3500's software is very easy to set-up, it doesn't offer very much to advanced end-users. This is a basic wireless router at heart, yet it's pricey considering that.

Other Thoughts: I would only recommend this router to folks that want a no-nonsense wireless router for a basic home network. In that sense it does it's job very well. It's very easy to set up, reliable, and offers solid security features.

That said, anyone wanting more than a basic home network (including streaming HD video to multiple devices) should be looking at the EA6500, or one of the many 802.11ac wireless routers that are currently available.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Router

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: -Easy Setup
-Nice user interface
-Dual band wireless N speeds
-USB port works fairly well
-Don’t HAVE to use the included software
-Built in Ookla speedtest from router interface
-Separate guest & main network device lists
-Mobile app works well

This is a fairly decent router. The setup was quick and painless, just plug it into the modem and type the IP address into your browser, follow the onscreen instructions and your off and running. Alternatively you can use the CD to set up the router which was also easy and a huge pro with that is the application runs straight from the CD, you don’t have to install anything on your computer. Has all the standard options you would expect to see in a router so I won’t go into much detail about that. Setting up a guest network is simple. You can enable a webpage based password protection, or entirely unsecured either way it will keep guests off of the main network.

The USB port works well on this router, as do the options associated with it; FTP and LAN access plus user controls. Some reviewers are complaining about the fact that it only has a USB 2.0 port and not a USB 3.0 port. The fact of the matter is you will not be able to get that kind of speed out of the hardware in this router. The router CPU and memory are not capable of providing the resources necessary to see that kind of speed. I ran several tests on file transfer speed using a portable hard drive, a hard drive with an external power source, and a flash drive. The two hard drives average about 6-11MB/s transfer speeds (read and write) over the course of several tests on several different file sizes and formats. The flash drive actually got up to about 15-18MB/s transfer speeds, however because of the small capacity compared to the 1TB drives I decided to keep the external drive as my network drive. It is very easy with windows to set up a mapped network drive so it acts like a hard drive that is in your computer. It is also easy to set up and app on your phone to be able to access the files stored on the drive. I am able to stream HD video files from the router either to my computer or from another house. What more could you want??

Dual banding is nice, except for a house the size of the one I live in there is very poor penetration of the 5GHz signal. As GHz increases, range decreases. We are spaced far enough away from other houses that there is not really an issue with 2.4GHz channels being clogged. If you live in an apartment then the 5GHz range issues will probably not be an issue.

Continued in Other Thoughts.....

Cons: -Internal Antennas
-Router app center lacking options
-DDNS lacking

I don’t like the fact that the router has internal antennas; there is no option to upgrade in the future and generally speaking internal antennas perform worse than external. Now that is not to say that the performance of this router is lacking, I’ve found it to be better than the old router that I was using which did have external antennas. This router has 2x3 for 3.4GHz and 3x3 for 5GHz antenna configurations which seem to work quite well.

The app center for this router is kind of a joke. There are two options for additional apps, netproofer and Device Monitr. Netproofer allows you restrict access to sites from your phone… which can be done through parental controls. Device Monitr allows you to see which devices are connected to your router… which can be done through device list. And you would have to pay for both of these apps which is silly to me.

Finally the DDNS options are lacking, and by lacking I mean you only get two options; TZO.com and DYNDNS.org. If you want to use another DDNS provider or set up your own you are out of luck.

Other Thoughts: Continuation from Pros:

I saw an overall increase in performance with this drive compared to the Buffalo router I was using. I am getting an average of 15Mbs download speed increase over the old router both on and off a VPN connection. I am also getting very consistent speeds checked over several different days and several different servers. I found that the built in speed test which is also powered by Ookla, is +- 5% of what I get via browser method which is very accurate if you ask me.

The mobile app for Linksys works very well. It gives you access to basically ALL of the configuration items of the web based interface right from your phone. In addition it is very stable on Android, not one force close issue. The only thing it lacks is the ability to browse the network drive, but other than that it is really quite good.

Other Thoughts:

Other than that, this router is rock solid. I haven’t tested it long term, but if it continues to perform like this I will be a happy camper. This has a lot options that everyone needs in a good router, and a lot options that you don’t need, but are nice to have! The ultimate questions I think when reviewing a product is: “Would I recommend this item to a friend?” The answer is an absolute yes.

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1 out of 5 eggsno thanks

This review is from: Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: none, never go to the point of using it

Cons: Horrible setup process. I could not get it to work with the web interface with 3 browsers. You basically have to use their setup software to configure it (CD drive needed, or download it), and I refuse to do that.
Let me set it up without having to use some fancy software.

Also, only 1 USB 2.0 plug. Why gigabit connection and no USB 3.0?
Same for why no wireless ac signal?

Other Thoughts: Maybe if your not tech savy the software setup would work for you, but I like just being able to type in the address of the router and set it up that way. I could not with this so I am not going to use it.

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