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Linksys E2500 (N600) Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

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  • Enjoy the power of simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N (802.11n) technology with double the capacity for surfing the web
  • 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 superior range provided by a MIMO antenna array
  • Use four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
  • Give visitors password-protected Internet access on a separate network so your visitors have access to the Internet
  • Keep your network protected with customizable security settings, including WPA/WPA2 Personal and SPI firewall protection
  • Set up your wireless network in three easy steps using included Cisco Connect software
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Product Description

Model: N600 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

The Linksys E2500 offers superior wireless speed (up to 300 + 300 Mbps), optimal range, and powerful dual-band technology to provide advanced performance for active wireless households. Simultaneous dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) technology doubles your network bandwidth and helps avoid network interference, enabling smoother and faster media streaming and file transfers. A MIMO antenna array offers superior range and reliability. And WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall help keep your network protected. Plus, included Cisco Connect software gets you set up in three easy steps and offers powerful tools for ongoing management of your network.

From the Manufacturer

Linksys E2500
Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Router

Create a powerful home wireless network with double the capacity for surfing the Internet, streaming multimedia, and running applications simultaneously.

Advanced performance for active online households and home offices.
Ideal for:
Easy set-up with Cisco Connect software
  • Larger households and home offices
  • Surfing the Web, emailing and printing wirelessly
  • Connecting multiple devices
  • Transferring and downloading large files
  • Streaming multimedia and gaming


  • High speed (up to 300 + 300 Mbps) for fast wireless transfer rates
  • Extended range with MIMO antenna array
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to connect wired devices to the network
  • Simultaneous dual-band to maximize throughput and help avoid network interference

Compare all of the Linksys Wi-Fi routers below and choose the one that's right for your home.

E900 E1200 E2500 EA2700 EA3500 EA4500 EA6500
Wireless Technology - Built with leading 802.11 technology for top performance and range 802.11N 802.11N 802.11N 802.11N 802.11N 802.11N 802.11AC
High Speed - Get fast transfer rates, perfect for surfing the web, sharing files and streaming media 300
300 + 300
300 + 300
300 + 450
450 + 450
450 + 1300
Advanced Security - WPA2 encryption and SPI Firewall to help keep your network protected Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Broad Compatibility - Works seamlessly with all b/g/n Wi-Fi devices Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optimal Range - MIMO antenna array for expanded coverage and reliability ||| ||| |||| |||| ||||| |||||| ||||||
IPv6 Enabled - Supports the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof your network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cisco Connect Software - Quick three step setup, plus parental controls, instant guest access and easy network management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous Dual-Band - Double the network bandwidth to avoid interference and maximize throughput Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E900 E1200 E2500 EA2700 EA3500 EA4500 EA6500
Quality of Service (QoS) - Traffic prioritization technology delivers smooth performance for music, voice and video Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cisco Connect Cloud - Over time, continue to get new apps and capabilities that will enrich your connected lifestyle Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gigabit Ports - Four 10/100/1000 ports to connect wired devices at speeds 10x faster than Ethernet Yes Yes Yes Yes
SpeedBoost - Increases signal strength across greater distances for added in-home mobility Yes Yes Yes
USB Storage Port - Add external storage, printers and other devices to share across your network 1 1 2
Home Theater Ready - HD/3D quality performance for Internet ready TVs, media players, game consoles, and more Yes Yes Yes
DLNA Certified Media Server - Automatically discover and play media across your network Yes Yes
SimpleTap Technology - Add Wi-Fi and NFC-Enabled Devices to Your Network Yes
E900 E1200 E2500 EA2700 EA3500 EA4500 EA6500

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Cutting-edge technology from the networking leader
Best-in-class security
24/7 award-winning customer support
One-year hardware limited warranty


Model:Linksys E2500
Bands:Simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Transmit/Receive:2 x 2
Antennas:4 internal
OS Compatibility:Windows, Mac
Software SetupCD Install
Ethernet Ports x Speed4 x 10/100
Cisco Connect Software:Yes
USB Ports:No USB Port


  • PC: Wi-Fi enabled PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows Vista SP1, or Windows 7
  • Mac: Wi-Fi enabled Mac with CD or DVD drive, running OS X Leopard 10.5 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6 or later, or Lion 10.7 or later
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Safari 4, Firefox 3 or Chrome


  • Linksys E2500 Advanced Dual-Band N Router
  • CD-ROM with Setup Software and Resources
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter

* Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.

** May require a software/firmware update available for download at

Product Information

Model: N600 | Package Type: Standard Packaging
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Processor2.10 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Hard Drive320 GB
Wireless Type802.11n
Brand NameLinksys
Item model numberE2500-NP
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1+, Windows 7, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5, Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
Item Weight11.4 ounces
Item Dimensions L x W x H6.85 x 7.44 x 0.91 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceATA100
Voltage12 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #2,003 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableApril 4, 2011
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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]

Customer Reviews

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746 of 783 people found the following review helpful By R. Palm on September 26, 2012
Style Name: N300+Package Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
So, I purchased this router a little over a week ago and hooking it up was a breeze. However, I went to and checked my download speed...and I was supposed to be getting up to 20mbps download speed...but I was only getting around .80 mbps. Not good. I hooked my computer up directly to the cable to test and make sure it wasn't my internet provider. I got around 24mbps. So, it was the router. After troubleshooting it for a while over the phone with my brother (who is very good with computers and this kind of stuff...I'm terrible) we were about to call it quits and accept that I received a faulty router. But, we tried one last thing and now I really like this router!

If you are having a similar problem as I described above...try this.

Open up the Cisco Connect program that came with the router. Click on Router Settings. Then, under Other Options click Advanced Settings. This will open a new page. On the menu bar at the top click on Applications and Gaming. Then, in that sub-menu click on the QoS link. The very first setting should be called WMM support. If this is enabled...disable it. Save your settings. And then go test your internet speed. is a good site if you don't already know another one.

I guess that the WMM setting is there to help enhance games/applications (?), but lots of people have problems with it interfering with the internet speed/causing problems. So, it totally fixed my problem...I hope that this feedback can fix others problems as well!
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248 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Icculus on April 15, 2011
Style Name: N600Package Type: Standard Packaging
Setting up this router using the included software (Cisco Connect) was a breeze. Within 20 minutes, I installed Cisco Connect, named my network, set my password, secured my network and connected my desktop (hardwired), wireless laptop and bluray player. Setup was a breeze.

The E2500 replaces my Refurbished Linksys WRT160N, which stopped working less than a year after I bought it. That was difficult to use from the start(btw, dd-wrt didn't fix the problem).

The E2500 is lightening fast. I tested streaming video and it worked great wirelessly on my laptop and bluray player all over my house. I recommend using the Easy Setup Key via Cisco Connect to connect a laptop, it was a breeze to use. You can have a Guest Network that has a separate password and doesn't allow guests access to certain files on the network. This is easy to setup via Cisco Connect and easy to turn off or on. Using Cisco Connect can replace going to the web-based router setup browser page for all of the basic setup needs and more.

The unit runs hot, but dint burn a whole in surface its on. There are no lights on the face of the router like prior model designs. The E2500 looks much sleeker.

So the router is FAST, was EASY TO INSTALL and I had 3 devices CONNECTED WITHIN 20 MINUTES.
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938 of 1,009 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Behr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
Style Name: N750Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I recently did my own a router head-to-head comparison, acquiring a number of different routers and trying them out: this EA3500, some cheap netgears, Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router (R10000G) (skip it), Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (an older cousin of this router), ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router (my favorite so far).

I'm also an I/T professional, so I had a lot of fun puting this thing through its paces.

[Update November 9, 2012 - I modified this review slightly to eliminate confusion between my comments about the EA3500 and the older E4200. They're very similar devices. The big difference is that the EA3500 has a big faster top speed than the E4200, and there are ipad/android apps available for wizard configuration.)

Range is the most important part of a router to me, especially because signal strength is the biggest factor in speed. Even though the maximum speed advertised for a Wireless-N device is far higher, you can be sitting next to an B-wireless router and beat the pants off of an N-wireless device 100 feet away.
Linksys routers seem to abhor the idea of external antennae, which I always feel hurts them. Compared to the Asus RT-N66U, this system tended to be underpowered. My office registered the Asus at -45dBm, while this was at -55dBm.
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714 of 781 people found the following review helpful By markdr on June 27, 2012
Style Name: N900Package Type: Standard Packaging
I have had this router now for quite a while and it was working flawlessly, I had it set up exactly how I wanted it. I absolutely LOVED this router.
Unfortunately this all changed on 6/26/2012 when Cisco took it upon themselves to basically FORCE an install of their new firmware which enables their Cisco Cloud Connect service. My device was set to not do updates automatically and yet the router became inactive and after a reboot it received this new firmware update from Cisco without my acknowledgement. This service makes you log into an external server to access your routers settings. There was no option given by Cisco to either use or not use the Cloud, and we were not notified that this firmware update was going to be installed without our knowledge or desire for that matter.
The new firmware apparently can be removed if you call Cisco technical support, but they will advise you that the firmware on your router is no longer supported (the router is only 3 months old, so basically they trashed the original software and wont support you if you use it).
The new firmware is very buggy and reports my internet connectin is down when it clearly isnt. You no longer have direct access to your router even from within your own network. I believe this to be a security risk potential.
Unfortunately the new GUI is unfamiliar and not very intuitive at all.
If you would like to purchase this router as a set it and forget it device its fine. If you are a more advanced user, look elsewhere as they are dumbing the interface down, creating a security risk, and disallowing you from actually connecting to your router in any meaningful fashion from within your own network unless you first log into the Cisco servers with your email address and a password.
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Linksys says
July 16, 2012
Thank you for your post. Pasquale, you are correct, we have already addressed the issues raised in this post. The changes we made, as you experienced, give our customers a clearer choice in when and if they decide to upgrade their firmware. For those interested in the facts about the product and service please read on. Otherwise have a great day.

markdr - Thank you for initiating your post, we hope the changes and clarifications will allow your pleasant experience to continue.

Linksys customers are not required to sign-up for the Cisco Connect Cloud service and they are able to opt-out of signing up for an account
Cisco Connect Cloud is an optional service that brings additional features to a home network. It is not required to set-up and manage Cisco Linksys EA Series routers. In response to our customers' concerns, we have simplified the process for opting-out of the Cisco Connect Cloud service and have changed the default setting back to traditional router set-up and management.

Customers can set-up and manage their Linksys router without signing up for a Cisco Connect Cloud account
If a customer chooses not to set up a Cisco Connect Cloud account, they can manage their router with the current local management software. We are committed to providing both Cloud-enabled and local management software. Customers who have already signed up for a Cisco Connect Cloud account may stay with the service and enjoy the expanded features, or can revert back to the local management software by calling the Linksys customer support line at 1-800-326-7114 or by

Cisco will not arbitrarily disconnect customers from the Cisco Connect Cloud service based on how they are using the Internet.
Cisco Connect Cloud and Cisco Linksys routers do not monitor or store information about how our customers are using the Internet and we do not arbitrarily disconnect customers from the Internet. The Cisco Connect Cloud service has never monitored customers' Internet usage, nor was it designed to do so, and we will clarify this in an update to the terms of service.

Cisco Linksys routers are not used to collect information about Internet usage.
Cisco's Linksys routers do not track or store any personal information regarding customers' use of the Internet.

Cisco only retains information that is necessary to sign up for and support the Cisco Connect Cloud service
If a customer signs up for the Cisco Connect Cloud service, they are asked to provide a new username, a password, and an email address, which is required to set up the account. When the customer sets up a Cisco Connect Cloud account, they are asked to provide a local administrative password for the EA Series router to associate it with a Cisco Connect Cloud account. Cisco does not store this local administrative password.
To reiterate, even when a customer signs up for a Cisco Connect Cloud account, Cisco does not track or store any personal information regarding a customer's usage of the Internet.

Cisco will not push software updates to customers' Linksys routers when the auto-update setting is turned off.
Cisco will only push software updates to a Linksys router when the auto-update option is selected. We will clarify this in an update to our documentation.
Once again, I sincerely apologize on behalf of the Cisco team for the inconvenience we have caused. Cisco is committed to the privacy and security of our customers, and I assure you we will update our terms of service and related documentation as quickly as possible to accurately reflect our company policy and values.

Is Cisco Connect Cloud secure?
The security of the network and protecting user data is always our top priority. NONE of the router settings are stored in the cloud - they still remain on the router and only the username and password are stored to allow for remote connectivity. We take your security very seriously and have gone to great lengths to ensure your information and connected home devices are safe and secure.
Here are the security details:

Validating the user
* We validate the user through double verification of their email account. This double verification process proves to us that the user owns the email account supplied during account setup.
* We validate the network. When setting up your Cisco Connect Cloud account, you must supply the router password when you are connected to that network, behind their router.
* Only when these two elements are satisfied will the unique ID of the router be sent to Cisco Connect Cloud for pairing with the account.

Secure communications
* Communication with the cloud is encrypted and secure.
* Both your web browser and the router establish connections to the Cisco Connect Cloud infrastructure over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the same security you use when connecting to online bank accounts.
* Cisco Connect Cloud connections to the router are managed using Transport Layer Security (TLS), a secure bi-directional tunnel for information similar to SSL.
* Privacy Settings - Cisco Connect Cloud does not actively track, collect or store personal info or usage data for any other purposes, nor is it transmitted to third parties. The only information stored in the cloud are the following:
i. The email address you registered for your Cisco Connect Cloud (CCC) account
ii. Your first and last name
iii. SHA-256 encrypted password
iv. Your router's model number
v. Your router's hardware version
vi. Your router's firmware version
vii. Your router's serial number

For more information, please visit the following link:

Will Cisco support the local management access?
Cisco will continue to support both local and cloud management options for our customers.

Should you have any question or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Technical support at 1-800-326-7114

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