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Item#: N82E16833124496
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
  • $129.99
  • $85.99
  • Save: $44.00 (34%)
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Pros:

Linksys router EA3500 comes well packaged and protected from shock that might occur during shipping process. Kit includes all parts necessary to start wireless network right away: wireless router itself, power adapter, 5 feet long ethernet cable and an setup CD. Included power adapter is of switching type which is more energy efficient that conventional step-down transformer type and does not emit much of heat. Power adapter is designed in such a way that it does not obstruct your second power outlet. Rear panel is clearly marked and you will find there 5 ethernet ports (each with own Link and Activity LEDs), USB 2.0 port, WPS button, power indicator and power adapter port. All of antennas are builtin and there is 6 of them in total, 3 for 2.4 Gigahertz band and 3 for 5.0 Gigahertz band - this design saves desk/floor space compared to routers with external antennas. Ability to turn off port lights is nice and I’ve never seen this before in D-Link, Linksys or TP-Link routers. Also worth mentioning modern looking interface and builtin speed test utility. Router ships with latest firmware.

Cons:

Router is equipped with an USB 2.0 port that will be your bottleneck if you intend to use this feature along with builtin Gigabit ethernet ports. Included user manual contains 531 page in various languages in alphabetical order, beginning from Arabic. Actual user manual in English for EA3500 begins on page 114 and contains 16 pages. This is the first wireless router that I could not manage to set up without supplied CD. Older Linksys routers were much friendlier to end user and did not require use of CD.

Other Thoughts:

Included setup CD is compatible with Windows and Macintosh machines, however like with most standalone routers use of such CD is not required unless you setting up first wireless network in your life. This product comes with 12-months limited warranty in USA and Canada. External USB disk attached to this router must be formatted in FAT, NTFS or HFS+ file system in order to work with this router. By default, WPS button is disabled. I’ve conducted simple network speed test through this router: an notebook with Gigabit port was connected to ethernet port of this router and Totusoft’s LAN Speed Test Server was launched. Then I’ve placed another notebook 10 feet away and connected to wireless network provided by this EA3500 router. Writing speed I’ve achieved was 195 Mbps and reading speed as reported by software was 161 Mbps.

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