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Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR

E Series vs EA Series.

Comparing these two series of wireless routers from Linksys is one better then the other? Are there many differences?


Lasko

@qwest.net
This might be better asked in the Linksys forum. Most people in this forum are Cisco users and unfamiliar with Linksys products.


Kyawa
Premium
join:2006-01-26
Middletown, MD
reply to Jammers
Looks like the primary difference is Cloud, which I'd personally stay away from and gigabit ports. Do you want dual band (do your wireless devices have "n" capability)?

BTW, this is the Linksys forum.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR
Laptop and desktop both have n wireless cards so i'm looking at a dual-band router. I will only be using wireless with the laptop and probably not the desktop so i probably don't need a top of the line router.


Kyawa
Premium
join:2006-01-26
Middletown, MD
Check out the E2500.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR
So what is this about Cloud? What is that?


Kyawa
Premium
join:2006-01-26
Middletown, MD
It's were Cisco collects info about you and your setup. When they first rolled out that line, it forced you to use it. The end user community exploded so they made it optional.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR

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Just pulled the trigger on the Linksys E3200. Anyone have this router? How good is it?

Nick1996

join:2012-06-04
Edmonton, AB
I have had the e3200 since January and it's great! Gigabit ethernet, simultaneous 2.4 and 5 GHz. The firmware is very stable and I haven't ever had to restart the router because of a problem. I wouldn't ever get an EA series router and I have no use for Linksys' "cloud".

Honestly though, Linksys seems to be going downhill and my next router will probably be an ASUS with full DD-WRT compatability. The stock firmware is still pretty limited and DD-WRT doesn't run well on it. I have a server and it gets me by, but it isn't very advanced (using the web UI BTW since the included software is totally useless). I would recommend changing the SSIDs on 2.4 and 5 GHz. By default both SSIDs are the same, so it will be difficult to know which frequency you are on.

Sorry if my post is kind of all over the place. It's late, and I'm a bit tired.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR
Yeah it seems to be running pretty good for me too. My new laptop however doesn't have a dual-band wireless card in it though so i can't take advantage of the 5GHz bands.

Nick1996

join:2012-06-04
Edmonton, AB
I don't even use 5GHz; the range isn't good enough through walls.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR
That's what i've heard but this apartment is small and there's only one wall to really worry about.

Nick1996

join:2012-06-04
Edmonton, AB
5GHz in an apartment would be really useful. I'd imagine you had a lot of interference when you were on 2.4.

Hitman05

join:2003-05-26
reply to Jammers
I've had an E2500 for about a year, and it's been just as solid as the WRT54G V4 it replaced. I use both bands (5GHz for the computers, which all have N cards, and 2.4GHz stuff like tablet, smartphones, etc). Works well.

Jammers

join:2009-01-15
Tillamook, OR
reply to Nick1996
So far 2.4Ghz is working good for me. I don't have that many 2.4 Ghz devices. I do have a couple wireless mice and a wireless keyboard and a microwave oven but so far no interference. Might need to either get a internal wireless card that supports dual-band or a USB adapter.


koolman2
Premium
join:2002-10-01
Anchorage, AK
reply to Nick1996
I've never had a problem with 5 GHz. I have a WRT650N, and 30 ft away and downstairs (5-7 walls) a wireless bridge offering an Ethernet port to my computer. With a 40 MHz channel, I get 50-60 Mbps from one to the other.