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Pros: I really don't have much good to say about this router. I have reviewed many Wi-Fi routers over the last few years for NewEgg and other sites, and this is one of the worst ever.
Yes it offer VPN passthrough, Static IP reservation, MAC address filtering, as well and MAC address cloning, but so does every other router out there.
Cons: *Price is too high for what you get. Let's face it, this is an entry level Wi-Fi router that even Linksys doesn't recommend for over three devices at one time. There are better buys out there for the money, some with even concurrent dual band tech.
*Not Easy to set up. Very hard to get the disk to work correctly. Like Other reviewers, I actually got it to setup better using wireless.
*No Gigabit Lan ports. Really there is no excuse anymore for purchasing a router that doesn't have Gigabit Lan ports. I don't know why manufacturers even make this obsolete tech anymore. Spend a few more bucks and get a router with Gigabit Lan and get better use of your network.
*Not wall mountable. For some this is not a dealbreaker, but for me it is. I would never consider a Wi-Fi router that wasn't.
*No front LED lights to signal any kind of activity. Sorry, but I like to see whats going on with my network.
*Bottom mounted reset button. When will manufactuers get away from puttin the button on the bottom where it is so danged hard to get to? There is no excuse for this.
*No written set up documentation, just a CD that may or may not setup correctly. Really??
*Range is just absolutely the worst of any 300N router I have ever tested. My setup is mounted in my bedroom and from here I feed the entire condo, and can reach downstairs into the parking lot, or out to the patio for my guests to use their smart phones and tablets using my current router. With this Linksys E1200-NP, there was nothing past the front door, and a laptop in the living room had less than a 50% signal and wouldn't stream Netflix. Within 10 feet of the router, I was getting my 29Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload through Comcast, but 15 feet away, that dropped over 20%, and 25 feet, almost 50%.Terrible....What has happened to Linksys??
*No USB ports for adding a flash drive or adding a NAS. Not that you would want to only having 10/100 ports, but a lot of routers in this price range have them.
*Even when up, there is a constant loss of signal during different times of the day. I kept track when I was testing this unit, and it lost signal or quit transmitting at least six to seven times a day, often requiring a re-boot, which takes forever. As an aside, I did remove the terrible Linksys firmware, and install Tomato. It didn't help, so don't waste your time.
*Guest Network and Parental Control only configurable if you use the setup disk. Oops...what if the setup disk won't configure the router??How about it Linksys??
*Lack of bandwidth. If you have a computer connected doing web browsing, then connect a laptop and try to stream NetFlix, forget it. Both computers slow to a crawl. Horrid bandwidth...simply horrid.
*Lack of support from Linksys. I am not going to pay $30+ to call for support on a modem that costs under $50.
Overall Review: I really try to like every product that I am given to test by NewEgg. I like testing new and modern tech and hope that every piece of new tech that I test, offers something new to the mix.
Unfortunately, you are not going to find that here. Linksys has really taken a step backward from their infamous WRT54GL router, which was a mainstay in home networking for years, and is still loved by many who convert it to DD-WRT software.
With a pricepoint that is more than what it is worth, setup that is too hard for an average user to deal with, poor performance, lack of range, lack of bandwidth, and no free support, the Linksys E1200-NP is one N300 router that I would recommend any user stay away from. Your money is best spent on one of the other brands in the same price range with better ratings, and there are quite a few on NewEgg in that category to choose from, some will even have concurrent dual band capability. The E1200-NP gets a One Egg rating.
Disclaimer: I am neither paid by NewEgg or the manufacturers to review their products. I am provided the products to review for NewEgg, and I do so to the best of my abilities. I have operated a small custom computer business for years as an AMD system builder, and I am certified in networking and do network consulting.
Pros: If you need a wireless router and you live in a single floor small footprint dwelling (e.g. apartment) and have just a few devices to connect and have a working knowledge of wireless setup, this will serve you just fine.
It has a lot of configurable features if you know how to use them. That said, this product isn't marketed to those individuals. It is for people who live in a smaller open space with little to no technical knowledge of wireless networks.
The one feature that I did find nice for an entry level wireless router is the guest network. It is nice to have your own private network but allow guests to join your network when they visit without sacrificing your privacy.
As for performance, this is an entry-level router with entry-level performance. As such, you can expect it to perform well with just a few devices connected, unobstructed access (no walls), and when you are within 15 feet of the device. I had reliable speeds up to 50 Mbps under those conditions. Beyond that, signal quickly degrades and speed suffers along with it.
Cons: With all the caveats noted above, most do not have a working knowledge of wireless configuration to maximize their investment in this router. Further, the "easy" push button configuration works but is no easier than just entering a pre-defined password.
I live in a three-story townhome, and as a word of warning, this device doesn't handle multiple levels well as it was simply underpowered to reach beyond the floor it was located on without significant signal degradation. We're talking about going from 50 Mbps down to 1.5 Mbps after 40 ft and one floor (no other walls).
For initial setup, I inserted the CD, in an attempt to setup the device quickly and easily and found instead that it was incredibly clunky and clumsy. After aborting that "recommended" procedures, I just connected wirelessly to the router and used the web-based configuration which was much easier -- except for how it rebooted every time a configuration change was saved. The setup experience over all was terrible.
Finally, the default out of the box configuration enables some QoS (quality of service) prioritization technology, which I actually found to be a detriment. Some have noted it restricts access with their ISP. I simply found the whole implementation to be bad even locally; though it could have been a conflict with the main routers configuration. With this enabled, maximum throughput was limited to a paltry 2-4 Mbps.
In my opinion, for the asking price, all of these issues should be resolved and very user friendly while stripping out all of the advanced features no one buying this will know how or care how to use.
Overall Review: I had considered deploying this router to extend a network, but being a basic entry level router, it doesn't have fully featured firmware to allow it. It can be setup as a bridge, but requires an ethernet connection to do so, negating the purpose of extending a wireless network to a hard to reach place. I didn't factor this into my rating as it was ostensibly not the purpose of the device. It would have been a pleasant surprise though.
Pros: price is right
small foot print
no antennas sticking up
Cons: outdated N protocall
low number of connections
no venting on the top
Overall Review: Sorry but I did not like this router for my use. This router is for a single use home as it can not handle a lot of connections. I also found it very troublesome to setup requiring a computer and a cdrom drive for software installation just to connect and set it up for the first use. Most routers I have reviewed are pretty much plug and play. I also found the firmware was not up to date even though this was an older router I had just recieved so I updated it. I found range is limited compaired to my Nextgear Nighthawk X4S, yes I know comparing a Corvette to a Volkswagon Bettle. Also even though the unit itself is small with no cumbersome externa antenna the unit is not square so if you want to stack it , it must be on top.
Other people seam to have had problems with its use but mine worked flawlessly with only one device connected. Newegg is selling this for only $26 at the time of this review so it is a good deal for a very simple network with few devices and a slower internet connection, but for anything else spend the extra money and get a better router.
Pros: First of all lets get something straight. This is a super basic router made for single room apartments with a few tablets for reading e-mails with. To expect any more than this would be wrong.
On the box it advertises "Capacity Group A". Sounds good? Well A is the lowest capacity while D is the highest so don't get fooled. Group A has a picture of a shack next to it while D has a large house. It also says this router can only handle up to three devices. I am assuming it means wireless devices since it has four ethernet jacks.
There were a few issues during setup that are covered in the cons section, but beyond that I was to get things running fairly quickly using the included CD. Updated firmware from 2.0.04 to 2.0.06(8/28/2013) so firmware is still fairly updated. My home, though not huge, is bigger than a shack and has 15 wireless devices. I had no problems connecting all of them, with some degradation in performance, and the signal reached the entire house.
No dropped signals and no reboots. Everything ran smoothly and "stable"
Cons: First, the internal wireless adapter in my laptop is defective. I have it disabled with a USB adapter plugged in. The included CD would enable the defective adapter, and complain it couldn't find any signals. There is no way to force use of the external adapter, forcing me to use another computer.
It is advertised as 300Mbps. Thats true if you combine the 150Mbps for personal use and 150Mbps for the guest network. I could not find anywhere in the settings to use the full 40Mhz spectrum for 300Mbps with the quest network disabled. Of course with 15 wireless devices my connection would drop to ~70Mbps frequently.
Overall Review: To put the router through it's paces I used it at home where I normally use an 802.11AC router with advanced QoS and other nice features. Though I am not happy with the advertising on the box, I would recommend this router for basic use if the price is below $50.
Buy this if you only want to browse the web and check e-mail. HD videos and gaming is NOT recommended on his model!
Pros: The router interface is very easy to use. As with most routers, it does allow for Static IP Reservations, MAC Address Filtering & Cloning, comes with its own firewall, and allows for channel changing.
It offers DDNS through two suppliers and IPv6 Support, as well as Static Routing, which was very easy to test. Coming with a guest band, and the standard 2.4GHz band, it does offer wireless MAC Address filtering.
The VPN Passthrough is kind of cool, if you have that service running. It offers lots of selections for port forwarding/triggering and even remote access. However, I don't think the remote access would be very good for you network, even with the VPN Passthrough, but you need to see the cons section for that.
Cons: The physical design of this router is ultimately flawed. It is heavy on one end and has a lip on the side with the ports. It offers no option for wall mounting. Put the nasty lip and lack of wall mounts together, and that pretty much eliminates its selection from corporate integration, who like to mount it near ceilings, as the lip prevents you access, except from one side.
Speaking of the ports, this device would not be suited for corporate environments as the maximum Ethernet speed is 100Mbps. It hindered by Gigabit Ethernet computing environment.
Speaking of speeds, I was able to max out the 802.11n at about 250Mbps on average. And I selected the best channel, which was 11. However, the device did not allow for a 11u or 11l selection.
Going into the thoughts of signal, the only time it was lower than -50dBm was when I was in the same room. As soon as I stepped out, it shot up to -75 or worse. I went two rooms out, and then it went to -85! And I have a studio apartment (very small)!
Streaming media across the network was a failed effort from the start.
Overall Review: If you have devices that support Gigabit Ethernet, this device will hinder your network. If you have walls in your house, like mine, then this device will be weak. If you host your media on a network attached device (NAS), don't bother watching until you have downloaded it to your PC, as opposed to streaming.
If you have one room for your entire home, and only like to browse the internet and not watch YouTube or anything fancy, then yes, this router is for you, but kind of overpriced at that.
Pros: The Linksys E1200 comes in a colorful box protected by a recycled cardboard insert. Included are the router, the wall wart, a setup CD and a bright blue network cable. So far everything seems OK. This is an internal antenna router designed to sit flat on the desk or shelf. I suppose if you really wanted to you could mount it on the wall but there are no holes on the unit to do so. The look is rather austere in flat blue plastic with a small Cisco and Linksys E1200 logo.
This is a bare bones router. There are no Gigabit Lan ports or USB ports. You get (4) 10/100 Ethernet ports, your router/Internet port and a WiFI Protected button. On the bottom is a clearly marked ‘reset’ button which is nice. This is a 2.4Ghz device with support for the b/g/n bands and a top speed of 300Mbps. You won’t be impressing your techie friends with this router. It does however have parental controls for them that appreciates such things and a dedicated guest network. This is best described as a ‘newbie’ router. Everything is nice and simple.
Nice and simple means no status lights. There are LEDs on the Ethernet ports but this is the first router I’ve encountered with no lights on the front. To be honest I don’t usually look at the lights except as an indication the unit has power but it’s strange not to see them.
I will say here that the guest network is a nice addition on a router this inexpensive. It just works and although it's not configurable it does give access to the Internet and is easy to turn off if you don't need it.
Cons: But while simplicity is nice, not so good range and throughput isn’t. I have 3 wired computers in my network and 2 laptops. Both my Lenovo laptops have whitelisted 2.4 wireless adaptors so it would appear this wireless router would be ideal. My normal router is a high end ASUS ac dual band unit and it works fine. But when I hooked up the Linksys E1200 I found things weren’t so great. My router sits at one end of my house and one of my laptops is in my bedroom at the far end. There are 2 walls between router and laptop but both have open doors. My main use for this laptop is surfing the web and streaming video. Surfing the web was fine but I could no longer stream video. I could get small video files OK but anything larger was a no go. While I could connect, the video would stutter and the picture would freeze. We’re talking about maybe 60 feet of distance here.
My other laptop sits maybe 30 feet from the router and streaming video over the network was no problem. I also tried the guest network and was able to connect on both laptops using the default password. All the guest network gives you is Internet access and that worked just fine.
The setup routine for the E1200was not easy or intuitive. You get a CD and you pop it in your wired computer. It didn’t autostart which was strange but I clicked on the setup routine and it started. If I was a newbie then I’d be lost in thirty seconds. It gives you the option to set a user name and password and you think it’s to access the router but apparently it’s not only for that but it’s also wireless password. But they don’t bother to tell you that. I spent twenty minutes looking for the wireless password to no avail. I did get things going after futzing around for a while but this is obviously a router designed for people who just want to get on the Internet so why make things difficult?
Once you get the router set up it does offer plenty of advanced settings such as parental controls and port forwarding for gaming. But I get the impression the person who buys this kind of low end router won’t be much interested in those settings.
Overall Review: Honestly, this is not a good router. It works but not well and the setup is really convoluted. I’m not a network guru but I can find my way around setting up a router and this one had my stumped for a good while. An inexperienced person might give up in frustration. If all you want is a cheap, simple router to get online then this might serve you OK. But if you have a network then avoid it. I’ll put it back in the box and keep it as a backup in case something happens to my regular unit but that’s about all.
Pros: It’s pretty. These are the speeds with real world data:
I transfer from Ramdrive to Ramdrive with 9.5GB/sec read and write speeds, over a Cat6 network, with 1 switches and 1 patch panels, with factory made CAT6 ethernet cables with a flagship Linksys gigabit router, which is get very near gigabit speeds all day, no internet connected, meaning, I don’t see how you could ever expect faster speeds than these: (for my house)
One large file = 11.8MB/sec (this is 94.4 mbits)
Thousands of Medium files = 8.97MB/sec (71.76 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 0.25 MB/sec (2 mbits)
WIRELESS N: (Connected @ 144 mbits) Same Room. With Comcast’s average internet speeds @ 130mbits increasing over the years, and this router claiming capped at 100mbits wifi, I remind people that all things computers and networks are only as fast as the slowest part.
Large single file = 11.7 MB/sec (this is 93.6 mbits)
Medium files = 9.58 MB/sec (76.6mbits)
Tiny files = 0.56 MB/sec (4.48 mbits)
It’s faster wireless small files than wired which is weird -eh?
Cons: I am a linksys fan. There is a linksys at the center of my house’s CAT6 network. It’s a champ, zero problems ever. Anyways, adding a router to your existing network is EASY = 192.168.1.1 admin/admin > change to 192.168.1.2 and disable DHCP and you’re ready to rock and roll. This should take about 1 minute. Total. With this router... not so. It would just soft-brick the router. Router is not accessible at default IP or the new IP I assigned. Computer defaults assigns itself a weird IP. Nothing can be done but reset the router and try again. I tried several times all the with same results. So first things first, let’s see if there is new firmware. The firmware page tells me to go to home.cisco.com . . which doesn’t exist. LOL. How embarrassing Cisco! So, while I’m @ Cisco.com I might as well search for the router while I’m @ Cisco, right? None found. LOL! Seriously? It’s getting funny. No worries, I’ll go to Linksys and sure enough I find it there. For hardware version 2.0 (they have a v2.2, but the router I got was 2.0) and I updated it to Ver. 2.0.07 (build 5). That went fine enough time to change the IP address and disable DHCP.... FAILED again. But it’s new fail this time. After I hit save it kicks be right back out to the login screen with “Session failure - Please Login again” message. LOL. Nothing will let me change the IP/DHCP. So this is getting very embarrassing Cisco/Linksys and the frustration is mounting. I knew the CD wouldn’t work, but I even tried it, AND I also tried downloading the software off the internet. What’s funny is, even when I’m using the internet, through the router, the E1200 doesn’t even detect the internet, so setup won’t go forward. The install also wanted me to turn on wifi on my laptop... and won’t let me continue until I turn on the wifi. Fine. Then it couldn’t find it’s own wifi network. I even “helped” it and manually connect to the router via wifi, so it’s doubly connected now, wifi and ethernet. And.... “We couldn’t find your router” No kidding?!?!? Could it be because it has the same IP address of the primary router? Oh it wants me to go to linksyssmartwifi.com okay, I do and sign in, guess what? It goes to my main router! No kidding. Well to make the longer shorter, I spend hours doing various 30-30-30 hard resets, reboots, power cycles, trying everything I can think of again and again, until one of them, that I know I tired at least a dozen times before, works, and I can change the IP and test the router.
After contacting support, guess what? They didn’t know how to fix it. But I found a workaround and I will explain here. So Linksys, listen up this is how you can workaround this common problem: When you change the DHCP/IP and press "save settings", yes it will redirect to the login page with a ERROR message stating that the "session failed" etc. the trick is press "back" button on your browser (Chrome for me) and press "save settings" once more. That’s it!
Overall Review: I can’t recommend this router. Setup was the most buggy I have ever seen. I spent hours troubleshooting and rebooting and power cycling and more hard rebooting and factory resetting before what I’ve done dozens of times when it finally decided to started working and I could then test this proper. I would be terrified if I ever had to change the IP address of the router again. Another few hours of headaches? No thank you. The software is ridiculously poor, it couldn’t detect that it was connected to it via weird or wirelessly when it was 100% sure connected to the right SSID and password time after time after time. I wanted to murder this router several times. Dear Linksys, the 1 minute traditional setup, that requires no software and no registering for accounts is not difficult nor hard for end users. Why make it more complicated, more cumbersome, more time consuming and less effective? Anyways, again I can’t recommend this router. I can’t comment on reliability, but it should be easy to setup and 100mbit just isn’t going to cut it there either.
Pros: I was actually surprised at how easy installation was using the supplied CD. Typically router installation CDs are clunky and not very intuitive. The instructions were well written and I don't see the average user having much trouble at all installing this device. I think it took me longer to unbox the router than it did to get it up and running.
It has a very small footprint and is very suited for someone without a lot of desk space. It shares its form factor with the rest of the Linksys E-Series devices and features internal antenna, which are both a pro and a con. Internal antenna make the device look sleeker, but don't offer the range of an external antenna.
The device features Parental Controls and allows for website blocking, up to a maximum of 8 URLs. I would have preferred the ability to block via key word, but this device is URL based only. You can also block specific devices at certain times of the day. The Parental Controls are one thing about the Linksys devices that have stood out recently. I feel they are doing a very good job compared to other vendors.
The router supports all the normal features such as port forwarding, port triggering, guest wifi and VPN passthrough. I really liked their support of Dynamic DNS.
Cons: The range is pretty bad and the speed at any appreciable distance seems to drop off exponentially. If you have a larger house or multiple floors, I would keep looking. As soon as I stepped outside, my device could no longer locate the network. My house is brick and I was probably only about 30' from the router. Going upstairs isn't too bad, but my little TrendNet blows this out of the water for around the same price point.
Overall Review: Not a bad router depending on your situation. If you have a larger house or need some range, keep shopping. However if you only have a few devices and live in a small apartment, this might be the perfect router for you.
Installation was an absolute breeze, so if you aren't very technically inclined, this is a great choice. I can't imagine it being any easier.
All in all, it's not a bad device.