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PeteC2
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Re: [Wireless] Linksys EA4500 router?

Okay, I am up and running on cable now, so I hooked up the EA4500.

Installation was a virtual snap...did not even require being ethernet-wired to intiate. I have to say that initial setup was the quickest, easiest that I have ever seen. My wireless printer, laptops, NAS, Roku, desktop (wired), android devices all installed without a hiccup.

One nice improvement over the previous E-series:

Although it is simplistic, I really think that the Cisco Connect software is a winner! Previously however, Cisco Connect did not directly work with the router's firmware page, and you could only make limited changes through it. That now has changed, you can go directly into the router web page through Cisco Connect now, which is great, since you can do the easy-schmeasy initial set up, and yet still have direct access to the more advanced user settings. Cisco Connect has a goof-proof routine to set up a flash drive as an "easy connect" fob, much akin to what the Linksys Valet series used to come with. Just for the heck of it, I made one and set up a netbook with it, and sure enough it could not be any easier.

The default set up is similar to the Airport router in that the 2.4 and 5ghz bands are the same SSID, although you can easily enough separate those for those who want to know which device is using which band.

The guest network is also set up by default, and can easily be turned off or on as needed...nothing of particular note there.

Nothing particularly new or exciting as far as the web page...those who like the control that dd-wrt and tomato give will find little to get happy about, but I am a pretty "pedestrian" user who is finse with the stock firmware.

I actually prefer the lack of constantly blinking leds which have been moved to the back of the router, and in fact, it is easy enough to turn them off if one wants to do so.

The router runs warm, but not at all hot even during extended activity.

A down-side to some will be the inability to wall-mount this router, but on my home-office desk, it is understated and unobtrusive, (again, like the E4200), which works for me, and I suspect is Linksys' idea that many users will have this in a living room type setting, and are aiming for a "civillized" appearance. I certainly prefer the appearance to my old 610N, with that funky flying-saucer styling and annoyingly bright blue leds.

I have not utilized the USB port since I already have a NAS, but hopefully the throughput will be as good as that of the E4200...I will probably use it sooner or later.

Performance seems very transparent, but until I try moving a lot of things through it simultaneously, I really can't say. My 15 - 20 Mbps connection runs as quickly through the router as when connect directly to the modem,and the range looks very good, however, I really don't have a challenging residence to reach all corners at full signal.

I apologize as this certainly is not a very in-depth review, but hopefully it may helpsome folks.
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Nice review. Glad to hear about the ability to manage the router's firmware page through the Cisco Connect software. That is the one thing that always kept me from using their software in the past. Sounds like they have now corrected that issue.



PeteC2
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said by Oregonian:

Nice review. Glad to hear about the ability to manage the router's firmware page through the Cisco Connect software. That is the one thing that always kept me from using their software in the past. Sounds like they have now corrected that issue.

Thank you. I set up an E2500 Linksys for my mom with Cisco Connect...an extremely vanilla set-up, but her requirementsa are minimal, but I was less than enthused over the split personality between that and using the router's web page. This makes a whole lot better sense! I see this giving folks with a range of needs vs experience the ability to keep it as simple as they want without sacrificing flexibility when they need it.
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Thank you for the Review.
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KoRnGtL15
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reply to PeteC2

Nice mini review! I still cannot believe Cisco/Linksys has not added a traffic meter yet. That is pretty standard with new routers today. Also. I think the whole interface needs a refreshment. Very generic and boring looking. They have not changed it since they introduced their consumer routers to the market. Do you realize how many years that is?!?! Sheesh! I never have used the Cisco Connect software that comes with any of those routers. Prefer to set it up manually and have that control. Good to see they are making things easier for people though. Depending on deeper reviews when it officially hits the market. And if it is not a V2 basically rebadged. I might consider upgrading from my E4200 V1. But, if it is in fact a rebadge. Might as well hold onto my current E4200.



PeteC2
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said by KoRnGtL15:

I still cannot believe Cisco/Linksys has not added a traffic meter yet.

I second that! It was one thing that I really had expected they correct as so many of us have at least some kind of purported or real cap nowdays.

No doubt about it: The Linksys interface is somewhat limited, boring (good word for it!), and clumsy to navigate as well. Back in the day, it was well and good enough, but really one would expect better now.

I am guessing that Cisco thinks that the majority of users will go through Cisco Connect and seldom bother going any deeper into the firmware...which for a consumer router does make a certain amount of sense.

My 82 year old mother could have set this one up.
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