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Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • MIMO antenna technology
  • Four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
  • WPA/WPA2 Personal and SPI firewall protection
  • $59.99
  • $39.99
  • Save: $20.00 (33%)
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Buy For Average Users 03/26/2014

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros:

- Designed for Utility - Small Unit, Matte Finish, Thin, Rear LED’s only which can be turned off
- Low Cost – Very affordable, Good Basic Router for internet browsing
- Easy Setup – Literally plug in to wall, put Ethernet cord in, connect to wifi, put CD into PC – Done.
- Features – All the basic features you might want out of a device this range. (Port Forwarding, Guest network, Parental Controls (Restrict access on devices on up to 8 URLs always, during a time schedule, or specific time), WPS for easy device connect.
- Range vs Price – It actually does cover a decent amount of area on the same floor. That being said, I would refrain from using this for multilevel households if your house is larger. A home on all the same level on the medium size works best with this device.

Cons:

Ethernet Ports – 10/100 Mbps ports, why doesn’t everything have 10/100/1000 these days? It shouldn’t cost them too much more.
Firmware Upgrade – They still require you to go to the site and download the file, why can’t I just click a button that checks the server for updates and have it apply them automatically? The demographic that will buy this router is less technical and might struggle with this.
Speed – N300, Not so much a con because you get what you pay for but it’s not a pro. I’m a power user and I play games, I would not recommend this for do anything other than basic internet browsing/downloading. You could get by with basic streaming as well too (Netflix/Hulu).

Other Thoughts:

The targeted audience for this product will be browsing the internet on a basic level (email, facebook,
youtube) and will/should not be playing games or download large files. The average everyday user will probably find this product perfect for their needs and I would recommend something like this to someone who is budget conscious and looking for average everyday performance.
I am not happy about Cisco’s home networking division now being owned by Belkin but models like this will still be Cisco’s technology. Whether or not the quality keeps up after Belkin starts designing new products under the Linksys logo, only time will tell. I used to work for an electronic retail giant, whom I won’t mention, but seeing the new packaging roll on the shell from Belkin for Cisco products made me cringe at how basic and cheap they present their products, very economy.

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