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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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