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Cisco-Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter

by Linksys
200 customer reviews
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  • Networking Equipment Features: WEP Security, WPA Security, Easy Setup, WPA2 Security
  • Computer Platform Compatibility: Windows
  • Wired Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wireless-N
  • Wireless Technology: Wi-Fi Enabled
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model Number: AE1000
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Item Display Weight: 0.25 Kilograms

Product Description

Product Description

The Cisco Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter provides wireless-N capability to Windows desktop computers and laptops. Plug the Adapter into the USB port on your computer, and use the included Cisco Connect software to wirelessly connect your computer in a few simple steps. Wireless-N dual-band capability offers the flexibility to connect on either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency, and industrial-strength WPA2 encryption helps keep your communications and information private.

From the Manufacturer

Introducing the Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter

Wirelessly connect your Windows laptop or desktop computer with the incredible performance of Wireless-N. The Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter plugs into your PC's USB port and a step-by-step setup wizard will have your computer connected wirelessly in minutes. Industrial-strength encryption helps keep your communications and information private. Easily upgrade your PCs and wired devices with this High Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter.



The Linksys AE1000 Adapter provides a reliable wireless connection to non-wireless desktop and laptop PC computers. 

In addition to this Wireless-N Adapter, the Linksys E-Series includes the E1000, E2000, and E3000 Wireless-N routers. Check out a comparison chart of these three models. Additionally, the E-Series offers the customizable, Linux-based E2100L router.

Key Features



Cisco Connect screenshots (see larger image).
  • Provide Wireless-N capability to your Windows desktop computers and laptops.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of selectable dual-band Wireless-N--connect to either a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz wireless network.
  • Set up your Adapter in a few easy steps with the included software's simple setup wizard.
  • Use the included USB extension cable and Adapter base to place your Adapter in a convenient location and improve wireless connectivity--ideal for hard-to-reach USB ports.
  • Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with customizable security settings, including WPA/WPA2 Personal and WPA/WPA2 Enterprise.


The AE1000 Adapter with
included stand.

Flexible Connectivity

The AE1000's Wireless-N dual-band capability offers the flexibility to connect your wired devices wirelessly in either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz radio bands. The Adapter comes with a USB extension cable and base, allowing you to place your Adapter in a convenient location and to improve wireless connectivity, making it ideal for hard-to-reach USB ports. The Linksys AE1000 also works with Wireless-G, -B and -A networks.

Quick to Install

Set up your Adapter in a few simple steps. Just insert the Linksys AE1000 CD; a step-by-step setup wizard makes it easy to get connected and to configure to your network's settings. Soon you'll be sharing your home's Internet connection with your family's other computers and devices and experiencing the incredible performance of Wireless-N.


State-of-the-Art Security

Connect to Linksys and other wireless routers using advanced WPA/WPA2 wireless security that helps protect your data and privacy.


Other Linksys Products


Linksys E1000
  • Enjoy the benefits of Wireless-N in your home--ideal for wireless Internet usage and home office productivity.
  • Connect your computers, wireless printers, smartphones, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps of transfer speed.
  • Use four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices.
Linksys E2000
  • Connect your computers, gaming consoles, Internet-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps of transfer speeds.
  • Use four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for faster file sharing with other Gigabit-enabled devices, including computers, hard drives, and servers.
  • Utilize selectable dual-band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) to avoid interference on your network, allowing for smoother file transfers and media streaming.
Linksys E2100L
  • Utilize the built-in Linux operating system to use additional customization options.
  • Enjoy the benefits of advanced Wireless-N technology--connect your computers, gaming consoles, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps of transfer speeds.
  • Use four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices.
  • Stream video and media content via a built-in UPnP AV media server to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other compatible device.
  • Includes detachable antennas.
Linksys E3000
  • Connect your computers, gaming consoles, Internet-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps of transfer speeds.
  • Enjoy the benefits of simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), including smoother HD video streaming, wireless gaming and file transfers.
  • Stream video and media content via a built-in UPnP AV media server to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other compatible device.
  • Use four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for faster file sharing with other Gigabit-enabled devices, including computers, hard drives, and servers.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.3 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003B20F5E
  • Item model number: AE1000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 31, 2010

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

156 of 160 people found the following review helpful By D. Niemeier on July 4, 2010
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I've been working to get the AE1000 (Windows 7-64) consistently connected to my E3000 router on N on 40Hz for over two weeks now. This is what I have learned:

1) If you are running Zone Alarm firewall software you need to uninstall it, not disable it, prior to running the AE1000 setup. If you do not the setup will indicate you are running wireless management software that is not compatible. You can reinstall Zone Alarm software after the AE1000 is setup.

2) All important wireless features work, including WAP2, MAC address control, and QOS.

3) I was able to get 250+ Mbs from one end of my house to the other with signal strength in the 50% to 70% range even through two walls and 50 feet away.

4) All the above dies after anywhere between 8 and 30 minutes, especially if there is significant throughput, like streaming music or video. The blue light on the AE1000 glows a steady blue and there is no connection to the router.

5) A reboot and reconnect works for a few minutes and then the connection to the AE1000 is dropped again.

6) Updating to the latest firmware for the AE1000 did not change things.

Other wireless N devices I have connect to the E3000 on N on 40Hz with no problems and maintain stable connections for days with not problem. I'm going to try the AE1000 on an XP Pro laptop to see if it is only a Windows 7 64 problem and will update this review at a later date.

Cisco-Linksys High-Performance Wireless-N AdapterTried using the AE1000 with an XP Pro laptop on 2.4Ghz G with no success.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Howard on November 20, 2010
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I have been using this adapter for a couple of weeks now and it is doing a pretty good job considering the distance I am from the router. Living in the boonies, I have a rinky dink WiFi ISP with only a 1.5Mbs system. My computer is set up in another building about 100 feet from the house. The antenna adapter is outside the building and is connected via a 10 foot extension running through the wall to the computer inside. As you can see, this is not the most desirable setup. So I am asking a lot out of this adapter. My router, in the house, is a Linksys E3000 and is running two computers in there. I usually run the computer in the outbuilding on the 5GHz side and those in the house on the 2.4GHz. Actually, it's just the opposite of the way it should be run. But it works for me. Today I watched a 3 hour Internet movie on the computer in the out building with no drop-outs.
The one problem I have had with this I've also had with my other Linksys adapters, constant drop-outs. Aggravating drop-outs that produce that little white circle going round and round and round. After doing a whole lot of research on the net I did not find anything except a bunch of people putting down the Linksys products. Then I saw one article where a guy said that Linksys (Cisco) has been around for a long time and if they made inferior products they would not still be in business. That made a lot of sense. So, if the router is good and the adapter is good why the problems?
I started searching for the problem. I went to the Device Manager to see what I could find. First place I look is Network Adapters. It lists the AE1000 but also a Microsoft Wireless Router Module. Without getting any good answers searching the net I decided to Disable this. Kazaam! No more drop-outs.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark K. Johnson on August 30, 2010
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The verdict is still out on this puppy. I haven't been able to get it installed and running. My problems are similar to those described in other reviews: Conflicts with other software controlling network and incompatability with my anti-virus program. I can't believe that Cisco hasn't thought about these very, very common situations and developed a fix. Like others, I have been told to uninstall my anti-virus program. I may do that, but am in no hurry. Customer support also seemed to struggle with installing the device under Windows 7. HELLO CISCO!!!!: Windows 7 ships on just about everything these days. Perhaps I will come back in a few weeks and sing the praises of this device, and the Cisco Router I purchased at the same time, but we will have to see. Beware.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gogo on March 26, 2011
I would steer clear of this one... high defect rate.

I could not get consistent speeds (over 13Mbps) no matter what I did.

I tried on two different computers - Win XP Home SP3 and Win7 Professional. Tried connecting to two different routers (DLink DGL-4500 and a Linksys). Reinstalled several times (although each install worked perfectly). Downloaded the most recent drivers from Linksys support. Nothing worked.

I was too late to return, so I tried to get Linksys to RMA... after two very long support calls with people who spoke poor english, they finally agree its defective... now must send back at my cost.

If you do decide to buy this, get it from amazon and test it immediately so you can just ship it back if it does not work.
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