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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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  • Kyle M.
  • 7/9/2015 3:34:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsStay away at all costs

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, really. If I had to pick one I guess it has brand recognition.

Cons: Overheats. Big-brother cloud software. Unreliable. Constantly needs to be reset.

Other Thoughts: A family member purchased this router and I'm constantly getting called because their internet stops working. Every time it's because this router has locked up. The plastic case feels very hot, to me. I think it's overheating. It wouldn't be the first Linksys product that didn't manage heat well (or at all). This router is a complete waste of money. Don't bother.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/28/2015 4:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsComplete garbage. 2 in 4 months

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: I am in IT and have used LinkSys routers for over 18 years. This router is NOT up to their former 'standards'.

Cons: the first one stopped working altogether 2 months in. Linksys RMA'd it. The new one started dropping connection to cable modem after another 2 months. Sometimes it drops, sometimes it locks up. endless chats to linksys tech support and customer service are pointless. "linksys cares" agent. linksys, check cases: 04907440 and 04890714 and ref:_00D306e4T._50080hmxpa:ref and 04492623.

Newegg customers - DO NOT BUY THIS.

Other Thoughts: Linksys will respond with something pointless below. I have spent hours on phone, chat, email, hold, etc... DO NOT BUY THIS.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Robert,

We are sorry to hear about your experience with the router and the Support team. We have reviewed all the Support case numbers you provided. It appears that you have not yet contacted our tier 2 Support team about this matter. If you are still experiencing the same wireless connection drops, we request that you contact our 2nd level Support team at your most convenient time for further assistance on your case. You may also inform us over email (LinksysCares@linksys.com) if you would like us to have someone from the 2nd level Support team call you instead. Feel free to contact us anytime.


Regards,

Linksys Support
www.linksys.com

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  • Nathan E.
  • 4/21/2015 10:07:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Router - Horrible Cooling Design

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: I have had this router running for the last 7-8 months with 0 problems, never drops net and stays absolutely rock solid. The wifi signal strength is superb, the mobile configuration app is pretty handy. Overall it is a wonderful router to have and works perfectly for what I bought it for.

That being said there is one LARGE catch. I have had this router actively inter-cooled with a home built and designed cooler from day 1 which uses a 120mm fan to force air through it. Without the active cooling this thing would be dropping packets and net like crazy and probably need daily resets.

Cons: Cisco has opted for a sleek stylish design on this router and completely ignored the router cooling. If set flat on its feet the curved top with no vents just pools all the hot air in it. The only vents are on the bottom and sides and the bottom vents are blocked by the board. I have the router sitting vertically and jammed into some thick 4 inch foam with a 120mm fan in the compartment below it to force air through its side vents and out the top. It stays cool to the touch. With proper cooling the router runs flawlessly. But since it overheats within a few hours without active cooling its basically a piece of junk if you don't want to take steps to keep it cool.

The only other con I have is you can not disable the SSID broadcast, but really that's not a big con, its better to have it enabled anyways, but the option to disable it should still be there.

Other Thoughts: I had to active cool the last router of this form factor too by having it sit on a stand that blew a fan onto its bottom to keep it cool as well. I bought this knowing I would need to cool this one too, if you don't want to actively cool this thing in some form or another I would stay far clear.

Again the hardware is very good but only if you can keep it cool.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/11/2014 1:19:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK!!

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: I've had this router in place for 6 months. I'M DONE!!
From day 1 it's been a problem. Dropping connections and the SMART GUI doesn't work.

Cons: JUNK!!

Other Thoughts: JUNK!!

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  • Shawn M.
  • 11/29/2014 3:19:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

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: Cannot really say there is.

Cons: It is junk. The interface is overbearing. It will not hold a consistent connection. Internet would drop and drop.

Other Thoughts: Well after having good Linksys routers over the years I did not think twice about getting a new one after the old one was not going to keep up with newer speeds. I was wrong. I had the cable people out 4 times trying figure out what was wrong with my connection. Linksys tech support is more interested in charging you then fixing it. I would guess because they know it cannot be fixed. I got an ASUS router to be sure and have no problems at all. So I am now stuck with a paper weight.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, limited firmware

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: Simple and light weight.
It has decent wi-fi range. Currently I'm using Tp-LInk WDR4300. This router has 3 external antennas, but range of EA3500, which has internet antennas, have better range.
What I found out by searching internal picture of the router is that it actually has 6 internal antennas. 3 antennas for each of WiFi modem chip.
Antennas are manufactured by Catronics.

It has gigabit ethernet and a USB port.

Cons: This router is too expensive unless you are purchasing refurbished. You can buy better, higher quality routers from other manufacturer for the same price.
The firmware has all the settings you need for use is normal household environment. However, it lacks advanced settings and features such as bandwidth control, ability to set your own NTP server, statistics and many more.
There has been no firmware updates since 11/19/2012. This tells me they have stopped developing any further improvements to this router. This is understandable being this router lowest model of their Smart Wi-Fi router series.
But still, it looks like they spent more time making web interface fancy than trying to add features.

Their AJAX based web interface may be easy for the beginners, but for those who have advanced knowledge, it is just slow and hard to navigate. Also, they are really pushing customers to register account at linksys and remotely setup the router from it. It may be easier to setup, but not going to be as secure.

Only available DDNS provider are DynDNS.com (which now is paid service) and TZO.com, which is acquired by DynDNS.com.
So, this router does not support any free DDNS now.
More reason they should update firmware and add more DDNS service providers.


There is no wall mount screw holes and this router cannot be mounted on the wall without modification. I do not know why, but linksys had no wall mount capability since their first router.

For some reason, there is no 3rd party firmware available. Maybe licensing issue ?

Other Thoughts: Only thing that impressed me was WiFi range. Other than that, this router is too expensive for what it can do.

It is just a little more than a basic router with a little better WiFi modem.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood, but nothing special

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: Pretty user interface, plenty of options, nothing special
Mobile app lets you change settings easily, but seems pointless
App does let you control access to specific devices (parental controls)

Cons: Setup CD requires internet access, automatically disconnects computer from current wifi without warning. As usual setup doesn’t work right in off nominal configurations.
No mounting hardware included or mounting holes
No USB 3.0
No 802.11ac

Other Thoughts: This router is a pretty standard, run of the mill router for its price. Its user interface is a little prettier than most, but the features are pretty standard. The only added feature I felt was notable was the smart app, though it depends on your own use case how useful it will be. Linksys provides a mobile app (iOS or Android) which lets you control the router remotely. It requires you to create an account with Linksys online, where presumably they handle all the secure connection with your router. It allows you to change router settings, enable/disable guest access, and see devices connected and such. For me, I don’t see this being terribly useful and there are equivalent routers at a lower price point which don’t have this feature. If you feel the feature is worth the extra cash then this could be the router for you. Linksys touts an “app store” in its advertising and suggests many future devices that will take advantage of the SmartLink, but it’s hard to recommend a router based on future claims.

The setup disc is a standard CD size which is nice, although CDs are a dwindling media nowadays. Following the instructions led my computer to automatically disconnect from my current wifi and connect to the router, leaving me without an internet connection. If you don’t currently have an internet connection, the setup instructions do not work as given. As with most routers you can browse to the 192.168.1.1 and use admin as the password to get in.

Hardware wise, again this Linksys EA3500 has nothing noteworthy. It maxes out at 802.11n, which is a bummer with several 802.11ac products coming out. Also a downer is the USB port only being 2.0 and not 3.0. At this somewhat higher than standard price point, it should definitely at least provide a USB 3.0 port. The included four gigabit ethernet ports is good, but also somewhat standard nowadays. There are no mounting holes or hardware included, so if you want to mount this router, you’re out of luck.

Overall this is a good router, but there are many comparable ones at much lower price points. If the parental controls and mobile app access are worth that price difference, then this offering from Linksys would be a good option.

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  • Justin M.
  • 5/23/2014 6:14:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

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
  • Verified Owner

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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