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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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Style: E2500 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
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  • Mac Compatible

Product Details

Style: E2500 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004T9RR4A
  • Item model number: E2500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (883 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011

Product Description

Style: E2500 | 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


KEY FEATURES

  • 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
Mbps
300
Mbps
300 + 300
Mbps
300 + 300
Mbps
300 + 450
Mbps
450 + 450
Mbps
450 + 1300
Mbps
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



The Cisco Advantage


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


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Model:Linksys E2500
Technology:Wireless-N
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

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

PACKAGE CONTENTS

  • 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 linksys.com/support.

Customer Reviews

I will not buy another Cisco/Linksys router.
David Kennedy
I have now owned this router for almost a month and so far the Linksys E2500 has not dropped connection once as my old one would at least once a day.
Chris
INSTALLATION CD In my opinion, it is very easy to use the installation CD to do the initial set up of the router.
SIMON

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

233 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Icculus on April 15, 2011
Style Name: E2500Product Packaging: 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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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By T. Merritt on December 6, 2011
Style Name: E2500Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
I have been in technology for many, many years, and my expertise concerns Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and telecommunications in general. I work remotely from my corporate office, and I use an IP phone to talk to my co-workers.

I have been dealing with the call quality issues that our customers experience mostly due to poor-quality routers for most of my career. I've put hands on just about SOHO device out there, and Linksys has always been a great product for the small office.

The best part of this line of Linksys devices is that Cisco bought the company but kept the easy-to-use software management in tact, only changing the brand name.

All of these Linksys devices for the past decade have generally built on the same competent administrative interface, which means that every time you upgrade, you have a familiar experience waiting for you.

One of the nicest features for me is the QoS settings. You can create policies by IP, port, protocol, and MAC address, and then assign a High Medium Low value to that device for Quality of Service.

In an office environment, if you had hard IP phones (like Polycom phones), you would want to put in the MAC of each phone and set it's QoS to High so that the router would automatically prioritize traffic from these devices over PCs and network storage, printers, etc.

For a home office, you would still want high priority for your phone, or if you were using a softphone on your computer you might give your laptop priority. Of course, assigning the priority to your laptop would mean that youtube would compete with your voice conversations, so in this case it might be better to establish a port and protocol QoS policy.
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151 of 163 people found the following review helpful By David on April 22, 2011
Style Name: E2500Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
***UPDATE February 7, 2013: Still working and no issues have come up to date.

***UPDATE June 27, 2011: Nothing has changed thus far...the router is still working perfectly fine.***

Let me begin by pointing out that I just purchased this yesterday, so I can't comment on the long-term reliability of this router. That being said, I had to post a review given that I'm very satisfied with the process thus far. I'll update this as time progresses.

This router was a replacement for my old WRT54G that served me well for about four years, but was acting up (dropping signal, slow connections, low range, etc). So I decided to purchase this model (E2500 as a replacement).

The whole time before this new router arrived I was dreading the prospect of setting it up given my experience with my old WRT54G router. As soon as it arrived, I followed the instructions in the packaging and then put the CD into my macbook to launch the installer. The installer itself simply involved pressing a few buttons and then it did the rest! My network was up and running in about five minutes- with the installer doing all the work for me.

What I did notice was that the installer created a guest account that wasn't protected like the main one. This concerned me, so I logged-in to the advanced settings using the router's IP address at 192.168.1.1 using my browser (you should preferably use the computer you used to setup the network because it's already connected to the network). I think the default is to leave the login name blank and to use your default network password as your login password.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Omega 3 on April 22, 2011
Style Name: E2500Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
Did extensive speed and ping tests definitely faster and more stable with this router. I still lose Mbps through walls in my apartment. Even with my older WRT54G2 router in same room I couldn't get similar speeds over wi-fi as hardwired, this router does it with ease. Set up was super easy took me less than 5 min. Overall, the router is great for what you pay for, if you have never owned the N model it's an alternative.

Pros:

- speedy, leaves WRT54G2 way behind

- easier Set-up interface over previous Linksys model

- new matte surface, looks nice next to the PS3 slim

- no annoying flashing lights

- friendly with Docsis 3 modem

- no unexpected signal drops ( note: need more time to fully evaluate}

Cons:

- speed slightly degrades through walls not as severe as before with the G model.
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