Why The LinksysEA4500 Is Excellent –The Linksys EA4500      ReviewBy Kym RaymondIf you are looking for a good router; one ...
Here are some of the reviews from owners of the Linksys EA4500:5.0 out of 5 stars As good or better, April 24, 2012By Davi...
better than the old router (2 of 5 bars signal strength with the old router to 3 of 5 bars signalstrength with the new rou...
I didnt realize this until after my initial review. Some devices will only connect via the 2.4frequency like my older Blac...
5.0 out of 5 stars Cisco EA4500 Wireless Router, July 1, 2012By GlenI purchased this Linksys EA4500 to replace the Linksys...
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Why The Linksys EA4500 Is Excellent – The Linksys EA4500 Review

  1. 1. Why The LinksysEA4500 Is Excellent –The Linksys EA4500 ReviewBy Kym RaymondIf you are looking for a good router; one that is easy to setup, has a long range and does notgive you problems, then you should check out the Linksys EA4500. I put together theexperience of some owners in this Linksys EA4500 review to share with you the informationso that you do not have to look all over the place if you intend to purchase a new router orreplace your existing router.Some of the owners in this Linksys EA4500 review have been season user of routers andhave owned many routers. As such it is interesting to find out what they thought of theirLinksys EA4500 router. Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. Here are some of the reviews from owners of the Linksys EA4500:5.0 out of 5 stars As good or better, April 24, 2012By David Stapleton (California)Like many of the other reviewers, I have been through a number of wireless routers over thepast decade or more, everything from the A/Bs to the Gs and multiple instantiations of theNs. I, originally, started with Linksys routers due to their reputation for reliability and ease ofuse and continued with them through several upgrades for those same qualities and the abilityto secure and configure to fit my home network as it grew.However, my experience with the last couple of routers (continual connection problems andneed to reset the routers), culminating in the WRT160N V3, caused me to stray to a NetgearRangeMax (very stable and reliable router) when I needed to setup a second network. Giventhe opportunity to upgrade my home network (the WRT160N V3) with a new Linksys, I tooka chance that Cisco/Linksys might have returned to their old values, and at this point I seemto be rewarded with a quality router. On with the details...Setup: the initial install on my main system took roughly 10-15 minutes, this was an upgradefrom an older Linksys router (quick tip: if upgrading from an existing network, leave the oldrouter connected until the setup program requests that you connect the new router, this allowsthe setup program to download updates). That time included downloading an update to thesetup program before the new router was connected and a firmware update for the new router.My extended setup (the whole network: 2nd desktop, netbooks, Wii, XBox, Roku,smartphones, wireless printer, 1TB USB storage device added as network storage) took andadditional 30-45 minutes, for an overall install/setup time of about 1 hour (I configured alldevices manually entering the security code rather than PIN, because it was easier than tryingto figure out which devices could use the PIN vs. the security code). The onlytroubleshooting necessary was a simple reboot if the router did not connect immediately afterconfiguration.Network Speed: I ran the numbers from multiple sites, and they tend to vary so I settled onSpeedtest.net and Speakeasy speedtest. I ran both desktops and a remote netbook (trying tostretch the limits by moving to the backyard in an effort to promote a weak connection anddropped packets - the router is positioned on the second floor of a 2500 sqft house near thefront, so the signal traversed most of the house through a floor and multiple walls, includingstucco).Upload speeds all ranged from 1.4 to 1.8 (no real change, but then I expected that since mostISPs restrict upload speeds well below download speeds); download speeds with the oldrouter ranged from 10.86-11.92Mbps with Speedtest.net and 8.40-13.06Mbps withSpeakeasy. The new router (EA4500) ranged from 15.22-24.01Mbps with Speedtest.net and11.54-21.80Mbps with Speakeasy. So anywhere from 50-100%+ increase in downloadspeeds across a single system from an older wireless N router to the EA4500. (Note this is nota head to head of comparable models, so take it as just my experience with the routersmentioned)As noted the range was tested through multiple walls/floors/materials and seems to have been Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. better than the old router (2 of 5 bars signal strength with the old router to 3 of 5 bars signalstrength with the new router at extreme range).Problems: I have only a couple of misc. points: the wired network connections on the back ofthe device are somewhat tight due to the lip overhang of the top of the device, also,attempting to push the window a little I connected a USB drive through a USB hub to therouter and was told that the hub (device) was not supported (direct connect of the WDPassport device worked with no problems).Overall, a good router (a seeming return to higher quality values by Linksys), perhapsoverpriced, but it is the Linksys top end model, so you can scale back as desired based uponthe feature set desired. P-)5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, April 18, 2012By G. Lapidus (Bay Area, California USA)I purchased this EA4500 to replace the Linksys 3000.Just received and finished setting up. Took 15-minutes and was extremely easy. Just followthe directions and youre home-free.This router is faster and offers a much stronger signal. Here are a few results:Using SpeedTest with same browser and server.Wired Connection:Linksys 3000: 20ms - 28.46 dl - 7.81 uploadLinksys 4500: 21ms - 32.90 dl = 7.68 upload2nd Computer using Wireless Belkin Medialink adapter?Linksys 3000: 25ms - 11.35 dl - 7.21 uploadLinksys 4500: 24ms - 29.15 dl = 6.61 uploadLaptop (Gateway P-7811FX) built in Wireless connection:Linksys 3000: 22ms - 23.07 dl - 7.64 uploadLinksys 4500: 22ms - 32.86 dl = 7.41 uploadWill update this review after living with it for a while but I can already notice the differenceand very pleased.UPDATE: June 29, 2012: Having now lived with this product for 2-months I remain totallysatisfied and love it.TIP: If you enter the Advanced Setting "Wireless" tab you will note that the two frequenciestransmitted must have different names. What this means is to get the higher frequencyconnection which is usually recommended for larger bandwidth like media streaming andsuch, be certain you are connecting to the correct name. Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. I didnt realize this until after my initial review. Some devices will only connect via the 2.4frequency like my older Blackberry as an example. Id recommend first trying to connect tothe higher frequency and if you have an issue try again using the wireless name of the lowerfrequency. If you look at the setup as explained you will better understand what Im referringto.On another note, I was having lots of connection issues and spent a lot of time with CISCOsupport. The case was escalated and they spent a lot of time with me and were very patient.After thoroughly trouble shooting we identified my issue to be at the source and not therouter. We narrowed it down to the modem or the cable line itself. Comcast came out the nextday, changed out the modem and all is perfect!!! The issue was an unstable connection due to3-year old modem that was simply malfunctioning.I would purchase this product again in a heartbeat and the respect Linksys products haveearned from me over the years; continues. Keep up the great work CISCO and kudos to yourtech. support team.5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, reliable router compared to a Belkin N750, July 24, 2012By John W. Graham (Orlando, FL United States)I got this router to replace a Belkin N750 Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router.The dual band Linksys EA4500 supports 450+450Mbps using 6 internal antennas while theBelkin N750 supports 300 Mbps (2.4GHz) + 450 Mbps (5GHz) using 5 MIMO internalantennas. The extra 150Mbps really does make a difference on the 2.4Ghz band. In addition,the EA4500 seems to have fewer dead spots than the Belkin, effectively eliminating the needfor something like the Belkin F9K1106 Dual Band Range Extender.One of my biggest complaints with the N750 was its poor support of the USB ports, which Iuse for a multifunction printer and a NAS device. The EA4500 supports USB 2.0 (alas, not3.0) and I was able to use my Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drivewith no issues, though others seem to have had issues with WD externals. My printer, anEpson Artisan 800, worked just fine on the USB port. I also used one of the gigabit ports toconnect a local PC to the network; again, no issues.All of my devices were able to connect effortlessly to the Linksys EA4500, includingmultiple iPhones, an Android device, an iPad, an HP Elitebook laptop, a MacBook Pro and aDell Inspiron PC. My Apple TV MD199LL also connected to the Linksys EA4500 and I wasable to stream Netflix and iTunes content while enjoying excellent speeds on my otherdevices.Most of the negative reviews revolve around a firmware update to the device. I have notupdated the firmware, even though I am a so-called techie type. Fact is, automatic update isonly enabled if you have the auto-update firmware box checked, and I dont. I do valueprivacy, so I do understand that it is possible to Opt Out.Performance-wise, I like the Linksys EA4500 over the N750 because I am able to maintainhigher throughput. I see noticeable gains based on being used to the N750, and I am happywith the upgrade so far. Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. 5.0 out of 5 stars Cisco EA4500 Wireless Router, July 1, 2012By GlenI purchased this Linksys EA4500 to replace the Linksys E900. Not that the E900 is bad, itwas just didnt have enough coverage as the Linksys EA4500 has. I am pretty satisfied withLinksys routers, so far no problem, everything set up quick and safe, if you can afford it, buya nice router, like this one EA4500, you wont regret it.5.0 out of 5 stars Great router for streaming, August 25, 2012By glindagoodwitchThis Linksys EA4500 router is perfect for streaming videos. Fast and rarely have to reload,especially using the apps on my LG smart TV. Delivery was excellent; I had (trial) Primeshipping at the time of purchase. I had a TP-link before, but had some issues with streamingmy Dish Network. I upgraded to this router, and have been very satisfied. My husband drivesa truck and uses the streaming of our Dish for his TV viewing when he is OTR.I hope you find this Linksys EA4500 review helpful. Click here or the image below to get the Linksys EA4500 from Amazon. Page 5 of 5

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