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Cisco Linksys E2500 Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (Certified Refurbished)

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  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty
  • Connect your computers, wireless printers, smartphones, and other wireless devices at up to 300 + 300 Mbps of transfer speed
  • Double your network bandwidth with simultaneous dual bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) to help avoid interference
  • Enjoy the power of simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N (802.11n) technology with double the capacity for surfing the web
  • Set up your wireless network in three easy steps using included Cisco Connect software
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.9 x 1.4 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005S0BYQ6
  • Item model number: E2500-RM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (807 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Cisco Linksys E2500 Factory Refurbished 90 Day Warranty From Cisco Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Customer Reviews

My old Cisco router worked well for many years and that is why I took a chance on this one.
ChrisV
It worked fine for the first 6 months and then the problems began.... drops the WiFi signal to most of my WiFi devices after about 20 minutes of connection.
AudiophileHeadCase
Often refurbished items were returned for reasons other than a problem and I hoped that would be what I received.
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652 of 660 people found the following review helpful By Crocuta on January 26, 2012
Verified Purchase
About buying a dual-band router
Based on the reviews here, it seems that a lot of people have unrealistic expectations of what a dual band router will do for them, so I wanted to start my review by addressing the expectations you should have when you buy any dual band router. Many people seem to think that the 5GHz frequency band is inherently newer and better than the 2.4GHz band. That's simply not true as both bands have been around for a long time (802.11a ran at 5 GHz) and each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Some reviewers here have discovered one of those, noting that they didn't get as much range from the 5 GHz channels as the 2.4. That's exactly right. Higher frequencies do not travel and penetrate obstructions as well as lower ones, so we'll all get more distance from running in the 2.4 GHz band.

Another consideration is that many 802.11n devices run only on the 2.4 GHz band and won't even see a 5 GHz network. (The iPhone, for example, see only 2.4 GHz, while the iPad 2 sees both.) [Update 8/2/2013: Some commenters have noted that the iPhone 5 (released after I wrote this) does support both bands. They are, of course, correct... my iPhone 5 does see both networks.] Even if your router runs at 5 GHz, it's useless if the device you want to connect doesn't also run it. Before investing in a dual band router, it's a good idea to check out what you want to run and be sure it will work. I'd call the ubiquity of 2.4 GHz devices an advantage for that band.

Two advantages 5 GHz does have over 2.4 are that 1) it carries more data and 2) there's generally less interference at 5 GHz, so its more likely to achieve its potential to carry that extra data. There is a lot more 2.
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165 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Sara A. on December 19, 2011
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If your refurbished router still has the name/password from the previous owner, use a pin or paperclip to push the "Reset/Reinitialisation" button on the underside of the router. Hold the button down until all the lights on the back go solid and it is reset. Then reboot the router and start the software program over again and all should be well.

Aside from that one little hitch I just set up the router and it works fine.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Diego on October 30, 2011
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It dos what it is supposed to do, even though it is refubrished it is in perfect shape. It reboots quite fast I have to say, and most settings change do not require reboot.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Abadsafian on March 20, 2012
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The university I go to has really really tough regulations when it comes to anything connecting to their ethernet ports (which school doesn't?). And I was really worried that this dual band router would have to go through some intense trouble shooting because of our school's anti router-in-the-dorm policy. Certainly not a problem for this guy!! I was so happy when I installed my router and got an immediate connection! It's no Gigabit router, but it's sure faster than the G routers and really makes use of our school's T1 lines.

At first I was really hesitant when I read the negative reviews for the refurbished products. Let me just say this... if it says "Cisco Certified Refurbished Product" you really have nothing to worry about. It states clearly that you have a 90-day warranty on top of their certified label. In addition, my router came looking brand new! It didn't even have scuffs or blemishes or any malfunctioning parts. Another plus. So for the sake of first appearances, I was overjoyed to get such a deal. Now onto the mechanics.

I do not know how much I can comment on since I am not a techie or know a lot about routers. All I knew was that this router had to bypass concrete walls and have a really strong signal. I did a bit of research into the dual-band properties of this router, and while my iphone doesn't connect at the 5Ghz broadcast, it gets a very strong connection at 2.4Ghz. A lot of equipment at your office/home run on the 2.4Ghz signal and therefore congests the signal between your wifi devices and the router, leading to suffering connection speeds. Your laptops/wifi devices should be able to connect to the 5Ghz and get a much stronger and solid connection at this level with your router. Really nice in my opinion.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Klaatu63 on January 28, 2012
After six years of faithful service I had to retire my beloved Linksys WRT54G router. The next logical step is buy another Linksys product, they are very reliable. The E2500 installed quickly and easily. However my plans were to split my video traffic and Internet traffic. I then ran into a couple of challenges. First, I assumed that my new Sony KDL60EX720 TV supported the 802.11N standard, it did. However the TV will only function on the 2.4 Mhz channel and not on the 5 Mhz channel. Ok, no problem I will place the video traffic on the 2.4 channel and put my Mac(s) printers, iPhones on the 5 Mhz channel.

Then I discovered the very limited range of the 5.0 channel. My daughters Mac is directly one floor above the E2500 router in a wooden framed home and the signal level occasionally falls below a single bar. It looks like the 5.0 channel is well suited for people who live in a studio apartment, not a two story home.

So I have abandoned the 5.0 channel and placed everything on the 2.4 channel and everything works OK, slight improvement over my beloved WRT54G.

UPDATE, March 24, 2012 experimented with changing the 5.0 channels and found a channel (161) that seems to have solved by problem. But overall the speeds that I am seeing on both channels do not improve over my beloved Linksys WRT54G.

FINAL UPDATE: well I am back to the same old problem that I had with the WRT54G, having to power cycle the E2500 every few days. Worked with Cisco "support" for a few weeks without success. Why companies staff their support centers without training the support staff is hard to understand. call Apple Computers and see the comparison. No wonder that Apple is making money and Cisco struggles along.

A good way to judge the reliability of a router is to do a quick search on Craigslist. You will find a large number of E2500 routers for sale, cheap, including mine. So far no offers.
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