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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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Technical Details

Style: E2500 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • DC in Jack
  • 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 (835 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011

Product Description

Style: E2500 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

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

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


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 linksys.com/support.

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Set up was easy. Wi-fi is seamless through the house. Read more ›
It arrived on time. The setup was very easy with the Cisco software. I am not used to using software to setup the router i am used to connecting to it with an IP address… Read more ›
Easy set up, works great with blu-ray player, and smart phone. Just had to reset modem after set up, then we were wireless. Read more ›
Solid router that works great in our condo. Installation was easy and it is supporting one laptop, two tablets, a smart tv and Roku. Read more ›
This is certainly an improvement over previous product versions. The setup is very easy and secure and the user interface affords a lot of flexibility in configuration. Unfo… Read more ›
I picked this up over a year ago and it worked great in a large 2-story home streaming everything from netflix to spotify. It has a guest network and setup is pretty easy. I… Read more ›
Got this router a while back when in an apartment, and have since moved. The signal strength is very good, and can handle multiple devices easily. Read more ›
There is a direct line of sight, no obstructions, no appliances and within 30 feet, the signal is maybe 2 bars and sometimes I get the notification the connection is poor… Read more ›
I purcahsed the same one at Wal-Mart before but the connection was bad, so I bought this one at Amazon at a good deal because it was cheaper and come with the USB adaptor… Read more ›
Even when it worked I wouldn't buy this router again. The signal strength is too weak. After wasting money on two routers I have finally decided to buy the Asus n66u Read more ›
It comes with a cd that walks you through the setup process step-by-step. Wireless signal is strong throughout the house. No complaints here. Read more ›
Once the router was engaged, I was able to connect my laptop computer, my smart phone and my Blu ray player to it. The connections were generally good. My area is not large. Read more ›
I'm very satisfied with this product the speed is fast connecting and it is well secure. It also gives you an option to give your quest to log in as a guest and not use… Read more ›
Replaced OLD router. Speed is noticeably improved! GREAT signal strength throughout house and yard! Read more ›
I'm very disappointed with the performance of this router. The wireless speed is slower than the tp-link right after I connected this router to my cable modem. I was… Read more ›
Then I went on to Xbox Live to play some games and the performance there is *really* slow. I played against 2 people and within 5 minutes I disconnected. Read more ›
This is a fairly new house with pretty thin walls, and no concrete/brick or anything, the 5ghz…I ended up just disabling the 5ghz band because performance was so mediocre. Read more ›
I am totaly sastified this product, it is very easy to install, speed is so good. I put the modem in first floor when i use mobile devide at a yard, the signal is very weel. Read more ›
Realiable. Range is excellent. Easy set up, great features with guest accounts, security is good, connection speed is almost the same as with a cat5 hookup for a wide range. Read more ›
It's perfect Wireless Router, it is very affordable and working perfectly so far. Range is pretty good, I can have my devices connected through 2 floors. It's perfect for… Read more ›
Very affordable and working perfectly so far. Range is pretty decent and no fuss installation. Buy it if its on sale! Read more ›
If you don't plan on upgrading the firmware, the wireless range is strangely lower than the G-models from back in the day. I don't know why but that's the way it is at… Read more ›
This router performed well out of box, setup was easy with the…The router range was good, and was able to provide good quality wireless signal to all corners of my house. Read more ›
I recently purchased the Linksys E2500 to use as a secondary router for my home because although my primary router, the Cisco Linksys EA4500 performs great, coverage isn't… Read more ›
Every now and then i have to restart it but I feel that has…My good friend who works at best buy suggested this one but the price was cheaper on amazon so I bought it here Read more ›
Considering the relatively low price, this is a good router. The range is good, and it has dual bad which is very good. Read more ›
I Definitely would recommend this product. Great service and the price was very reasonable. Read more ›
simply. Price was great. Will continue to use Read more ›
This router was easy to install and seems to work very well on my Mac. The price was quite reasonable as well. Read more ›
great product, just what I needed when I replaced my old router. Price was great, and the delivery was as promished. Read more ›
Worse signal, lose connection on…Easy to set up, nice and compact, and the separate guest network is nice but ultimately they don't make up for the drop in performance. Read more ›
But it turns out to be a used…The installation CD is missing and manufacturer username/password is not working as it has been reset by something else by the previous owner. Read more ›
Speed is not constant but tends to very - not sure why. Security is excellent. I use this unit for Streaming and it works just fine. Read more ›
I use my Juniper for that. The guest wireless feature works great. I can let friends have access to my network without giving away the keys to the castle, so to speak. Read more ›
Do not buy this router. The configuration options are awful. The login name for the router can not be changed. Read more ›
I bought this router at Best Buy because they were on sale. It was extremely simple to set up with Cisco Connect, and the advanced features are easy to modify as well. Signa… Read more ›
This router was great because it was so easy to set up and their customer service was great when we called with a question. We have had this router for about a year and it… 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 ›
I still like the router, and Cisco/Linksys customer support has been great to work with, but honestly, out of the box, I expected better function and range... and right… Read more ›
Tech support is really bad, very lacking in expertise of their products. For example, I gave them the full model number including "Wireless-N Router" and the "tech" support… Read more ›
* The support site is decent, with easy-to-find manuals and firmware. Read more ›
But the price was right and the stronger devices are just too expensive for routers. Best surprise is that Cisco customer support is very good. The best I've dealt with in… Read more ›
Just put the CD in your drive and the internet cable in the back and you're just about done setting it up. Very easy to install and easy to connect all wireless devices to. I… Read more ›
Following the directions, it was very easy to connect and operate. However after several hours it does not work and I need to begin all over. Read more ›
In my opinion, it is very easy to use the installation CD to do the initial set up of the router. Just pop in the CD, and the software will run and answer a few questions… Read more ›
If you are familiar with the older Linksys routers, the interface will seem…It is easy to navigate, and has many options to configure your network the way you want. Goo… Read more ›
The Linksys E2500 Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router is one of the neatest little routers I've ever set up. Easy to set up and easy to use. Read more ›
Range is poor, and it won"t work…I am much happier with the Netgear WNDR4500 which has a much better range into other rooms and has awesome and easy to use software. Read more ›
This 'feels' a lot more than that in reality. In particular VPN to company network is blazing fast now. Read more ›
My web browsing and download speeds aren't much faster, but that's because I only get…However, the data transfer speeds between devices on my network are much faster. I… Read more ›
My son was pretty happy and impressed with that. Biggest plus is that we no longer have issues with the network and faster speeds/loading on my machine. Better than 5 stars! Read more ›
So, after enduring 3 months with a crippled home network, I replaced the…The D-Link works fine, and I now have full network functionality as well as internet connectivity. Read more ›
I also use AT&T High Speed DSL. I'm well versed with networking products, and I use this as a primary hub with an extender downstairs through a powerline connection. Despite… Read more ›
Easy Installation. Works perfectly for gaming, networking, downloads, etc.. Great Buy. Read more ›
I returned it and went with an Asus RT-N53. This router took a while to set up, the web browser interface is slow. Linksys pretty much won't give you any support unless you… Read more ›
Software is easy to install and understand. All my devices worked with it. Read more ›
UPDATE: (5-7-14) - Everything still works fine, upgraded firmware has been awesome. Just now updated again and can confirm Tomato/Shibby firmware build below also works… Read more ›
interface is easy and very understandable anybody can do this. Read more ›
Paired up perfectly with my TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 as 5Ghz wireless. The software interface is easy to use though I still prefer to use the browser interface. Great signal for… Read more ›
Again this review is with this router with tomato installed. The base Linksys firmware is good but I wanted the expanded functionality that tomato offered. Read more ›
Give yourself some time, if this is the first time your've installed a router. The design is great - small and good looking. Once again, Amazon wins on price. Read more ›
The design looks cool but there is not any LED indicator on the top of the router. If you want to find if the power is on, you have to look at the back of it where you plug… Read more ›
Very easy to set up, nice slim design and works like a charm! Reasonably priced. Read more ›
Very nice design with gray, it came with an extra wifi usb key. Configure it in a matter of seconds. Read more ›
*No signal drops *Nice design *Good for apartment or small home Read more ›
When it arrived, I plugged it in…Everything was functioning as designed without any challenges... AND it has an additional Guest Login so it is not a part of my network. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

228 of 239 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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79 of 82 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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148 of 160 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 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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77 of 84 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.


- 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}


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