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Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with Gigabit and USB

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  • Dual-band 3x3 wireless supports high bandwidth applications such as video streaming or file sharing with speed up to 450+450Mbps
  • Wireless-N technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels farther and faster, with reduced dead spots.
  • Storage Link transforms any USB storage device into a NAS
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12 x 9.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007IL7AKM
  • Item model number: EA4500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (950 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Linksys EA4500
App Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router
with Gigabit and USB

Create a maximum performance Wireless-N home network. Enjoy a premium home theater and gaming experience.

Best-in-class Wireless-N speed and performance for the ultimate home entertainment experience.
Ideal for:
NEW APPS available now
  • Large, multi-room homes and home theaters
  • Faster HD video streaming on Tablets, TVs and mobile devices
  • Transferring and downloading large files
  • Connecting multiple users and devices — TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles
  • Adding storage, printers, or other devices


KEY FEATURES

  • Maximum wireless-n speed (up to 450 + 450 Mbps) for ultra-fast wireless transfer rates
  • Simultaneous dual-band to maximize throughput and help avoid network interference
  • Maximum range and reliability with full 3x3 MIMO antenna array
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for speeds 10x faster than Ethernet
  • USB Port to add a range of devices such as storage and printers

Powered by Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Anywhere, anytime access to your home Wi-Fi devices

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi gives you a new way to experience the connected devices in your home. With your secure Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account, you can:

  • Access your home network from your mobile app or browser
  • Easily give guests Internet access
  • Set parental controls
  • Add devices to your network

All from anywhere at any time.

Plus, a growing library of apps is now available that delivers one-click control of your home Wi-Fi devices.




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
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi - 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
SimpleTapTechnology - 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 EA4500
Technology:Wireless-N
Bands:Simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Transmit/Receive:3 x 3 for 2.4 GHz, 3 x 3 for 5 GHz
Antennas:6 internal
OS Compatibility:Windows, Mac
Software SetupCD Install
Ethernet Ports x Speed4 x Gigabit
Cisco Connect Software:Yes, App Enabled**
USB Ports:Yes, Shared Storage, Virtual USB and Media Server

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 10.5.8 or later, Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or later, or Lion 10.7 or later
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, or Firefox 8 or Chrome

PACKAGE CONTENTS

  • Linksys EA4500 Dual-Band N900 Router with Gigabit and USB
  • 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

Dual-band 3x3 wireless supports high bandwidth applications such as video streaming or file sharing with speed up to 450+450Mbps

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

If you would like to purchase this router as a set it and forget it device its fine.
markdr
You can still configure it yourself by either manually entering the network name and other settings or using the WPA Setup button.
Jennifer Ray
A great wireless router, very easy to set up and compared to what I had, it is screaming fast and I would highly recommend it.
Michael Higginson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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630 of 674 people found the following review helpful By markdr on June 27, 2012
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 http://www6.nohold.net/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?pid=80&login=1&app=search&vw=1&articleid=25856&donelr=1

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:
http://www6.nohold.net/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&articleid=25865&kptester=1

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
202 of 218 people found the following review helpful By G. Haney on April 11, 2012
Verified Purchase
[See 1/21/14 Update below]

As noted above, I upgraded from a D-Link DIR-655 router, which was a good piece of kit and did its job well, but this EA4500 is more than an incremental improvement.

SET UP
I'm fairly tech savvy, so I'm not afraid of a challenge, but this thing coddled me like I was an AOL user and just got the job done.

It's an extremely easy set up. It sniffs for your internet connection, sets it up, and basically gets itself comfortable and up and running with very little need for anything from you. Heck, I used the same SSID as my prior router and many devices (like my Tivo, iPhones, and Macbooks) connected to it like there had been no change in router. If it weren't for a pain-in-the-butt webcam, I would have been fully set up within 15 minutes. The other 4 hours were purely the fault of my Foscam (and only related to setting up that device)!

Back to comparisons with my DIR-655:

SPEED/THROUGHPUT - Per either the router app's built in speed tester (very cool, as is the automatic firmware upgrade option, if desired) or speedtest.net, I went from something like and average of 25 over 10 Mbps to 43 over 25 Mpbs. Finally, efficient use of my advertised Verizon FiOS connection!

RANGE - Our house is about 1600 square feet, but it was built in 1942, meaning plaster and other Frankenstein structural components abound. My DIR-655 was barely making it to the middle and back of the house (router is in the front) with a serviceable connection, such that my wife (who is typically in middle or back and was losing connection) was very frustrated at times. Based on my speedtests on her computer in other parts of the house, I don't think she'll be cursing our network anymore. So far so good.
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234 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Ammy_Evaluator TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2012
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Update May 24, 2012:
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Netgear is about to release the R6300 based on the 802.11ac VHT spec which promises Gigabit wireless speeds, making wireless HD video streaming a reality. (See the comments section for a tutorial on the 802.11n specification and all this Nxxx business.)

What does this mean to someone looking for a new router?

It means that the phrase "top of the line router" just got redefined, and the answer of which router to choose just got a bit more complicated.

However, I'd still recommend the WNDR4500 because (a) the 802.11ac spec isn't yet final; (b) there aren't any adapters that can take advantage of all that extra bandwidth (remember the cost of high bandwidth is not just at the router - you have to spend big bucks at each device's adapter to get maximum benefits); and most importantly (c) unless you are an early adopter whose Pavlovian response just kicked in, do you really have the time/desire to be a beta tester for a brand new implementation? (Waiting for a few firmware updates to blow through tends to do wonders for one's sanity).

Original Review:
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I recently had a chance to compare the Netgear WNDR4500 and the Cisco EA4500 - both top of the line consumer grade routers that are brimming over with the latest features.

Since there is very little difference in their feature sets, I am going to try and answer a more important question:
Which router is the better choice as the centerpiece of a home network?
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