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Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost

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  • Enjoy the benefits of Wireless-N (802.11n) in your home ideal for surfing the web, emailing and printing wirelessly
  • Connect your computers, wireless printers, smartphones, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps transfer speed
  • Enjoy broad wireless coverage provided by a MIMO antenna array
  • Maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home with SpeedBoost technology
  • Use four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
  • 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
  • Give visitors password-protected Internet access on a separate network so your visitors have access to the Internet, but not your computers or data
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model Number: E1500
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 300 Megabits Per Second
  • Item Display Weight: 1.50 pounds

Product Description

Product Description

The Linksys E1500 combines fast speed (up to 300 Mbps), extended range, and amplified signal strength to offer enhanced performance for everyday wireless activities. A MIMO antenna array provides expanded range for your wireless network, and SpeedBoost technology increases signal strength across greater distances for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility. 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 E1500 Wireless-N Router - top
The Linksys E1500 offers fast speed and expanded range with Wireless-N technology plus a next-generation industrial design
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The Linksys E1500 combines fast speed (up to 300 Mbps), extended range, and amplified signal strength to offer enhanced performance for everyday wireless activities. A MIMO antenna array provides expanded range for your wireless network, and SpeedBoost technology increases signal strength across greater distances for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility. 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.

See how the E1500 stacks up against the rest of the Linksys E-Series routers below.

Key Features

Feature - maximum speed
Fast Wireless Speed

The Linksys E1500 offers fast speed to connect your computers, wireless printers and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 300 Mbps speed.


Feature - extended range
Extended Wireless Coverage

Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys E1500 offers expanded range to create a powerful wireless network. MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength to provide reliable coverage so you can enjoy your wireless network from anywhere in your home.


Feature - speedboost
SpeedBoost

High-power amplifiers increase signal strength across greater distances for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility.


E1500 Rear view with Ports
The rear of the Linksys E1500 with four Ethernet ports
Feature - advanced security
Advanced Security

Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to help keep your network protected.


Cisco Connect
Easy set-up with Cisco Connect software.
Feature - installation
Quick to Install

Cisco Connect software helps you set up your home wireless network in three easy steps.


Feature - management
Easy to Manage

Cisco Connect software helps you customize your settings and quickly add multiple devices to your network:

  • Create a separate password protected network for guests
  • Limit access time and websites with Parental Controls
  • Access advanced network settings easily


Linksys Wireless-N Router Comparison

E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200
E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200
Technology Wireless-N
Wi-Fi Max Speed 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 600 Mbps 600 Mbps 750 Mbps
Compatibility Wireless-N,
-B, -G
Wireless-N,
-B, -G
Wireless-N,
-A, -B, -G
Wireless-N,
-A, -B, -G
Wireless-N,
-A, -B, -G
Bands Single-band 2.4 GHz Single-band 2.4 GHz Simultaneous
Dual-band
2.4 + 5 GHz
Simultaneous
Dual-band
2.4 + 5 GHz
Simultaneous
Dual-band
2.4 + 5 GHz
Transmit/Receive
Streams
2 x 2 2 x 3 2 x 2 2 x 3 3 x 3
SpeedBoost
Power Amplifiers Integrated On-Chip External Off-Chip Integrated On-Chip External Off-Chip
High Power
External Off-Chip
High Power
Ports 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x 10/100 4 x Gigabit
1 x USB
4 x Gigabit
1 x USB
USB Features Shared Storage
Shared Printer
Shared Storage
 Shared Printer
Media Server
Wi-Fi
Protected Setup
Yes
UPnP Support Yes
Parental Controls Time of Day Access Controls
Specific Website Blocking
Guest Wi-Fi Access Separate SSID for guests keeps your WiFi private
Wireless Security WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS
Warranty 1 year hardware limited warranty, 90 days complimentary assisted support
Package Contents Router, AC Adapter, CD-ROM with setup software, Ethernet Network Cable, Quick Start Guide
Setup Software CD Cisco Connect
Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6



Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6 x 1.2 inches ; 8.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B004T9RR0E
  • Item model number: E1500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,540 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jakester VINE VOICE on May 28, 2011
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I'm not a guru in this area so I needed 2 things out of this router, work out of the box and give me good range on my home network. The router scored perfectly on both counts. The setup couldn't be easier, although it's not idiot proof, and I'm the idiot that proved it. Setup is a 4 step process:
1. Load the CD in your PC and start it.
2. Plug in the router.
3. Connect the router to the modem. (This is where I screwed up. The CD directions specify that if you're replacing an existing router, to disconnect from the modem before plugging the cable into the router. I failed to do this and the internet connection failed after I finished setup. Disconnecting everything and restarting the setup process, which takes only a few minutes, solved this problem.)
4. Connect your peripherals to the router (PC, printer, etc., if they are not wireless).
That's it. Setup finished showing me the router SSID and password. You can accept the defaults or enter them yourself. The default password was strong (a mix of alpha characters, numbers, and mixed cases on the alpha characters) so if you want to accept it be sure to record it in a safe place.
I gave it 4 stars on signal strength because I had been using a Linksys wireless G router that was about 5 years old and performed steadfastly from day 1. Using a netbook and my PS3 I measured signal strength on both routers and the signal strength was slightly higher on the G router, with all other conditions identical. Not a significant drop but I was surprised there was any drop at all.
Other than that however, this looks to be a very good wireless router for home use. It worked out of the box and has a much sleeker profile than my old G router. Highly recommended.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lupo on January 27, 2012
I connected the router successfully without any problems, but as soon as I started testing the wifi speed on a laptop and kindle fire I realized that the speed was very slow - e.g. 100-250kpbs downloading and a bit faster uploading. Luckily I found the answer quickly via google on the cisco support forums. The solution is to disable WMM (Applications & Gaming > QoS > WMM Support).
How disappointing to have to deal with such a problem with a new router.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By May Weather on May 17, 2011
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This replaces an older model Linksys router (WRT54GS) and this router is easier to set up than the old one. It only took me 10 minutes total to install--maybe less. This has a nicer thinner and sleeker design and no more antennas sticking out and the blinking lights are at the back and no longer in the front. I chose this over the E1200 which is about $20 less because of the speedboost feature and expanded range but I really haven't really noticed anything extraordinary in speed and range. Anyway, I am very happy with this purchase and trust the Linksys name.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By maxmasa31 VINE VOICE on May 24, 2011
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I'm no networking wizard, but I know my way around setting up a wireless router. The Linksys/Cisco E1500 is the fourth (fifth?) I've ever set up and it was BY FAR the easiest.

First off, I really appreciated that I could set up this router this wirelessly, as I performed the installation using my 11" Macbook Air, which doesn't have an ethernet port. Literally, from the moment I plugged this router into my cable modem and opened the installation wizard to the time my wife was back online playing games on her iPod, was five minutes. The program walked me through naming my network and setting up my password and it automatically set my network to use WPA2 security (which experts recommend over WPA or WEP). Since I used the same SSID and password, the instant the wizard told me I was done, everything just worked again! Of course, your mileage may vary, as I've always set my my routers to maximum security, which could just be the default with the E1500.

While the router can be controlled through the aforementioned setup file, which is ideal for most users, there is also a browser-based control panel with access to the more detailed network capabilities, such as assigning static IPs and MAC addresses.

Another feature I like is the "guest access" feature, which allows me to let friends or family who are visiting to use my internet, without access to the other computers on my network. It's easy to activate and you can set up a separate password for your guests.

In terms of range and speed, this replaced an N router from a different manufacturer and from my observations, the range is much improved, as is speed. When I'm in my bedroom walk-in closet, I'm about 20+ feet from the router with two walls in between.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Preece on July 1, 2011
I replaced an older Linksys router with this model and as far as your basic setup-and-go router, this one is pretty good. Installation was painless with the CD, however I don't like that you really MUST use the CD to set it up. Apparently, if you make too many changes to the router via the webpage, it breaks your ability to use the CD with it again. I'm not a fan of installing software I'll never use, and that is one star off for this router right there.

My bigger beef is basically that the router lacks some of the very useful advanced options. For example, there is no easy way to see who is connected to the router (list of IPs, MACs or device names, etc). I have several wireless cameras along with iPods and computers, but the DHCP list shows two devices, and that list is extremely well hidden in the menu structure.

There is no way to manually set the MTU, so optimizing your WAN speed is not possible.

And, the bigger issue is when you setup port routing (for my weather cams, phone server, etc), the DHCP server always changes the IP addresses, rendering the port forwarding useless. You can't assign port forwarding by MAC address, which would be very nice. So when you reboot the router or the power goes out, you have to hunt around dozens of possible IP addresses to find your devices and fix the port forwarding table. This is a pretty lame issue for a Cisco-based router considering my older D-Link and Actiontech routers are much more sophisticated for 1/2 the price!

My work around for the above "bug" is to set the affected devices to static IP with a local address... this removes the router's ability to release/reassign the IP address every couple days.

But if you don't need all the fancy stuff, you will likely enjoy this router.
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