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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: 1.6 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 (725 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884 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

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Customer Reviews

Awesome router, I bought this one over a 1yr ago and it has worked from day 1. The set up was easy and it product doesn't take that much room and it looks nice. Read more ›
I downloaded the Linksys Connect software to setup this wireless router, because the browser-based setup was not working. Read more ›
I would recommend this to anyone in the market for a small to medium sized home…Setup was easy and I had all of my household devices connected in a matter of minutes. Read more ›
Setup was quick and painless. Just plugged it into the outlet, unplugged my old router, plugged this one in and was running strong without a hitch. Read more ›
Set up is easy. There's a CD, or you can also do it online. Read more ›
Makes everything run smooth without freezing and not affecting internet…As usual with Linksys routers, setup is really easy and shouldn't be a concern when buying this. Read more ›
Never had a down time. I have mine located upstairs, and I can sit in my basement and the signal strength is as good in the basement as it is on the main floor. Highly… Read more ›
It is pretty stable, and i seldom need to…The signal is pretty strong, there are quite a few wifi hotspot in my neighborhood, and this router is strong enough to perform. Read more ›
No more dead spots. Even in the areas of the house where the signal is the weakest, it still works. So I can be in the basement or at that section of the house that had the… Read more ›
perfect, exactly for my computer my internet and all the devices, the signal is too strong, it is exactly what i wanted, thanks AMAZON Read more ›
Packaging was nice & secured. Setting up a password, security, website blocks, connection are easy to do. Definitely recommend it for people on a tight budget but still… Read more ›
Signal is strong, setup is easy, price on the refurbished ones are fantastic, and I would buy again if given the chance. Came in plain box, but with directions. Read more ›
Would recommend a refurbished one to anyone. No problems, and the price was great. Read more ›
The only reason I once gave this product 4 stars is because the refurbished price is so low. Linksys support also seems to be quite good when you use their online chat system. Read more ›
Outstanding range and was up and running in minutes. The price was amazing. Worth every penny Read more ›
The price was extremely good. The quality was great and delivery was faster than expected. Read more ›
The price was great and worked very well once I got it going. The warning with refurbished routers though (at least this one) is it still had settings from previous user. Read more ›
The price was great, and the product does work well other than the config. I have the guest network setup so that friends can come over and connect their smartphones,… Read more ›
We have had 6 devices connected with no problems. The range is great also. Read more ›
Everything worked as expected. The range is pretty good at 2.4 GHz but not as good at 5 GHz but it still makes it through my whole house (or at least everywhere I checked). Read more ›
The range is excellent (as expected) The connection speed is horrible. Read more ›
Bought it refurbished and flashed dd-wrt on it with no problems. I've had 0 dropped connections since, and the range is pretty good too. It's not an eye sore either, like… Read more ›
I got this as I let people use my internet connection at my Costa Rica condo while using my patio. range is good never had a problem with it in over 2 years. Read more ›
Had no issue with this product after 1 month of use. It's pretty fast and the range is good too. Read more ›
Speeds are great, range is ok, the price is amazing. its consistent and the majority of my use is streaming video and playing competitive games. I rarely experience game… Read more ›
Since connecting, everything is working fine (knock on wood). The speed is good, the range is okay but could be a little better. I will update in a few weeks or a month… Read more ›
Also tried plugging in the cable directly from the router and it was still 50+ Mbps. So it was clear that the Wi-Fi speeds are very low on this router. It might be a case… Read more ›
I did not realize how many problems I was having in connecting to the internet were related to my old router until I…Range and speed are greatly increased with no drops. Read more ›
the strength of the connection is super strong now in the rooms further down and the speed is very quick. Read more ›
If further action is needed it tells you what to do (the usual hard reset/unplug of your modem). Speed is great, as is strength of signal. I also like having multiple… Read more ›
We live on a golf course and I can acquire my router from way out on the course, so inside the house it's great. The guest account feature is great too. Read more ›
- Firmware options are pretty good. I'm using the stock firmware for now, but apparently there is DD-WRT and Tomato USB support for this unit. Read more ›
Easy enough for anyone with basic computer knowledge to set up…Security is easy to set up and firmware updates automatically when you set the unit up using cisco connect. Read more ›
Easy set-up with easy access to controls. Highly recommend. Read more ›
Needs to more clearly detail how to connect cables from internet service provider to router, to your PC. Great range and security features. Read more ›
I…I have a 5G Network for my computer and my laptop, a 2.4G Network for my phones and Kindle and a Guest Network for those I dont want to give my secured network password to. Read more ›
Update of firmware was smooth. Setup for home usage was easy. Read more ›
This router works well with both stock and DD-WRT firmwares, and looks nice while doing it. The lights on the rear are a little bright, but can be disabled in the… Read more ›
The unit is very well made and the admin interface is intuitive, especially since it looks much like the Linksys UI that I've been using for a decade or more. Read more ›
You can run fullspeed B/G but as soon as you switch to N using dd-wrt or tomatoUSB it won't work. You have to use the stock firmware which is terrible. It has so little… Read more ›
Fortunately setup went very smoothly. The included software was very intuitive, and other than changing the network name, I really didn't have to do much. I have to say, I… Read more ›
The day it came at my door, I immediately hooked it up. The hookup and installation of the software was very quick and easy. I had already set up a network in less than 5… Read more ›
This one provides a fast connection and rarely drops the signal, unlike the router it replaced. Easy to use setup simplified what used to be a very complex process. Read more ›
I bought this router refurbished for half of what it costs new, and it looks unused. The dual band feature is nice to use with my N600 wireless card in my pc and my GS3. Dec… Read more ›
Plenty of security options to protect your network, easy to use and setup, I'm happy with the device, more than likely will purchase another one. Read more ›
Fortunately I had not logged out, and it displays the wireless password so you can enter it into…But in doing so, it is making it easy to access my admin password as well. Read more ›
This is a replacement. Easy to use, lasted about a year. Good deal for 50 bucks and easy to replace. Read more ›
The guest feature is easy to use. The android apps make setting up a breeze and. Read more ›
I'm not the most technical person I know and this was definitely…A CD was included and walked me through how to do the initial set up and make sure the network was secure. Read more ›
Great product for fast home networks Read more ›
This is an excellent home network router. It has worked great for two years. Read more ›
2.4 Ghz is the more commonly used network which means it can easily get more cluttered with devices, and the 5 Ghz is typically the faster and stronger network that new… Read more ›
+ easy to setup + has simple guest network system + dual band works well Read more ›
Finally, it actually has a pretty easy configuration process, so even the most computer illiterate person (the above may not have made sense to you) can simply and quickly… Read more ›
I have had to call Linksys 3 times to update firmware and setting on the device. Linksys customer service were excellent! However, my internet connection was constantly… Read more ›
This unit replaced a similar NetGear model (N600). The NetGear model was extremely difficult to set up and their technical support is awful. I never had to touch the… Read more ›
The stock software does most of what the DD-WRT software does, without any tinkering or issues. The dual band support is easy, useful, and fast. Definitely worth buying… Read more ›
Linksys instructions and Tech Support are horrible. Read more ›
So far a pretty solid router and a really valuable amenity for any college dorm (5Ghz…The customer service is extremely slow however and I'd say moderately informed staff? Read more ›
As mentioned in specs, the LAN ports are not gigabit -- something I should have noticed while buying. There is no openwrt support [...] The stock firmware sucks as usual. Read more ›
Pros: * low profile, sleek and professional design * nice and stable with DD-WRT Read more ›
Stay away from this stinker. There is a very good reason that Cisco tries to dump these poorly designed "refurb" units on unwary consumers. They are NOT fixed. Read more ›
I like the many setup options, no flashing front lights, and sleek low profile design. I used a belkin wifi router for three years which cut off constantly. Read more ›
I moved to linksys E2500 from a previous WRTG-54, signal strenght is better, reach is greater, speed is improved, and, also, design is very much enhanced. Read more ›
I also get better range than my old d-link router which kept randomly disconnecting…I also like the design of this router with the silver band and matte black curved body. Read more ›
The one thing that poses a problem for IT profis is that there is NO status screen that lists the DHCP IP address obtained from the Internet (or in my case my office network) Read more ›
Reset the ID and Password. Provided a password for Guest account (I like that on first browser open on guest equipment that it has hotel like PW screen) TADA, connected. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

633 of 640 people found the following review helpful By Crocuta on January 26, 2012
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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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162 of 168 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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31 of 34 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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27 of 33 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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