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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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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
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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
  • 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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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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