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Linksys Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 Router (E4200 v2)

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  • Wireless-N technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels farther and faster, with reduced dead spots
  • All Ports support Gigabit speed and Auto-Crossover (MDI/MDI-X) - no need for crossover cables
  • USB Port Support for USB Printer
  • Built-in UPnP AV Media Server, streams music, video, and photos to any other compatible media adapter
  • Guess Access feature allows your visitors access to the Internet, but not your computers or data
  • Compatible with Wireless-A (802.11a) Wireless-B (802.11b) and Wireless-G (802.11g) standards
  • IPv6 Ready
  • Support up to 128-bit wireless encryption and SPI Firewall
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 8.9 x 1 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0068ALV8Q
  • Item model number: E4200 v2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,819 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 30, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Create a maximum performance wireless home network.

Enjoy unrivaled speed and HD/3D quality streaming for the ultimate home theater and gaming experience.

Linksys E4200v2 Wireless-N Router - box

Best-in-class performance for home entertainment, ideal for:

  • Networking large, multi-room homes and home theaters
  • Streaming HD video and music plus multiplayer gaming
  • Transferring and downloading large files
  • Connecting multiple users and devices – TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles
  • Adding storage and printers

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


See how the E4200v2 stacks up against the rest of the Linksys E-Series routers below.

Key Features*

  • Maximum speed (up to 450 + 450 Mbps) for faster HD video streaming
  • 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 storage and printers

Feature - maximum speed
Maximum Wireless Speed

The Linksys E4200v2 offers leading wireless speeds for fast video and music streaming. Connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 450 + 450 Mbps speed for a premium home network experience.


Feature - superior range
Superior Wireless Coverage

Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys E4200v2 offers maximum range to create a powerful wireless network. Full 3x3 MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength to provide exceptional coverage and reliability so you can enjoy your wireless network from anywhere in your home.


Feature - dual band
The Power of Dual-Band

Double your network bandwidth with dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming.


Feature - speedboost
SpeedBoost

Higher quality antenna technology helps to maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility.


E4200v2 Rear view with Ports
The rear of the Linksys E4200v2 with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port

Feature - gigabit ethernet
Benefits of Gigabit

Use the four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports for quick file sharing, 10x faster than standard Ethernet, between other Gigabit-enabled devices like computers, hard drives, and servers.

Easily Install and Manage your E4200v2 with Cisco Connect software

Feature - advanced security
Advanced Security

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


Feature - usb
Built-in USB Port and UPnP Media Server

The USB port lets you add storage and printers to your network. The built-in UPnP AV Media Server enables seamless streaming of your video and media files to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other UPnP compatible device.


Feature - home theater
Home Theater Ready

Bring the ultimate entertainment experience to your home by connecting computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, media players and more to your wireless network and the Internet. QoS traffic prioritization technology designed to deliver your timesensitive Internet traffic efficiently so you can enjoy fast downloads, smooth video and music streaming, and gaming and VoIP.


Feature - IPv6
IPv6 Enabled

The Linksys E4200v2 supports the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof your network.




Technical Specs

Model: Linksys E4200v2
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Transmit/Receive: 3 x 3 on 2.4 and 5 GHz
Antennas: 6 internal
Ethernet Ports x Speed: 4 x Gigabit
USB: Yes, Shared Storage, Virtual USB and Media Server
Setup: CD Install
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac

Minimum System Requirements

  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Safari 4, or Firefox 3 or higher for optional browser-based configuration
  • PC: Wi-Fi enabled PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, 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 or Snow Leopard 10.6 or later

Package Contents

  • Linksys Linksys E4200v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 Router
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter

Package Dimensions

12.00” x 9.25” x 2.88 in



* 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.




Linksys Wireless-N Router Comparison

E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200 v2
E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200
Technology Wireless-N
Wi-Fi Max Speed 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 600 Mbps 600 Mbps 900 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 Description

Dual-band 3x3 wireless supports high bandwidth applications such as video streaming or file sharing

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy install and works great. Better range than my old router. Read more ›
The Cisco E-4200 v2 router replaced a D-Link DIR-655 due to an ongoing problem with…The E-4200 setup was flawless and we picked up an added bonus of a better WIFI signal. Read more ›
I now have service Anywhere... upstairs, basement, everywhere, in the house as well as front and backyards. Set up was easy for me (boomer friendly) and everyone that visits. Read more ›
The setup was straightforward. However I soon started to feel that the net speed was kind of slow. Read more ›
The setup was nice and easy. I had it up and running with a couple of laptops & a smartphone connected in under an hour. Read more ›
The setup was unbelievably easier than any of the several routers I've owned in the past. It took no more than 5 minutes, and I was up and running... no problems... a… Read more ›
this router has a very large coverage area. the speed is very good. it works well for our four computers and two printers Read more ›
Have about 10 devices on wifi and 4 on RJ45. Speed have been very good at 36Mbps from Comcast. Read more ›
I love having the 5ghz channel, ssl management access, and plenty of range (can now play pandora in the kitchen without hiccups), and wireless hd streaming is is great on… Read more ›
Actually have 15 computers, phones and tablets using this wifi AP in our 3500sqft home all day and all night - everything from email to youtube…Latency and speed are great. Read more ›
The performance is great. I use it for my small office. Read more ›
The advanced interface is almost the same as previous Linksys/Cisco…Overall, the features that it has are overkill for my needs, but the range and speed are excellent. I… Read more ›
It's performed beautifully and has made using wifi a breeze. The signal is strong and reliable. Haven't had a bit of trouble with it. Read more ›
Only concern is the availability of the wireless signal. I have a relatively small flat, yet there are areas where the signal is weak. Read more ›
The range of the signal is very good even when I have very thick walls at my apt. You just install it and you forget completely about it. Read more ›
Have laptop, Ipad, itouch, cell phones, Xbox, all up and working. Connectivity is great except in the furthest room from router. No issues in basement. Read more ›
I've had this router running my home network for just short…The signal strength is strong through my two-story house, and the web-based setup is pretty easy to figure out. Read more ›
Basic Connectivity: The N connection is just broken. Thinkpad w520 (with intel centrino advanced n 6205 adapter) and brand new macbook air cannot connect to the n… Read more ›
This time it only took 2.5 hours for the tech on the phone to get it working (yes, I am being sarcastic). It works but the range is horrible and I paid just under $200. Afte… Read more ›
I 'm a low intensive user. Range is good in my 1400 s.f. single story home. Set-up was easy for this newbe, Read more ›
lug and Forget" solution; the menu…Range is solid, speeds are good, it's providing a better overall browsing and gaming experience than the ASUS N55U it replaced. Read more ›
I am really very disappointed. The coverage is very weak. I have a DLink that I purchased 5 years ago that gives a better coverage than this. Read more ›
Setup took no time at all just plug…the range is really good since my parents room had no signal about 30m away from my old router, and now they have full WiFi signal m… Read more ›
I switched from Netgear 5 year old router to this model and have been running this for more than a month now w/o even a single…The speed is fantastic and range is awesome. Read more ›
Speed is fantastic. I really like the features and the browser based configuration is perfect. I did not use the walk through setup however. Read more ›
The guest services feature is very nice for this particular customer since he occasionally has people who need access to the internet but he doesn't want them on his network. Read more ›
There are some concerns about security that are well documented in other reviews, but these are concerns about WPS itself and are thus about an entire segment of the router… Read more ›
I upgraded from my old Linksys 54Mps router and now have this dual…It has the WPS feature that will allow easy configuration to and from other devices and a guest feature. Read more ›
T…This is not necessary for most small home networks, so I've not diminished the score for this lacking feature that relies on the aged management interface under the covers. Read more ›
i would of rather keep my old (5 years old) router and gave me the same speeds but it has good features too it Read more ›
Calling Cisco/Linksys customer service is painful! Got through quickly, but representative made no sense. Read more ›
Cisco's documentation is misleading. The firmware support for the external hard drive support is very poor- Cisco's choice is to ignore the issue instead of addressing it. D… Read more ›
The only issue I had was getting Cisco Connect software onto my Mac. But Tech support was pretty good with helping me get it loaded on. Experienced users probably won't… Read more ›
Linksys level 1 said the fist unit was defective and Amazon swapped it out. When the second unit had the same issue support bumped it to level II. I have now returned the… Read more ›
I don't…I thought there would be more focus with web apps with this device, but they seem to not work and work not well or mainly meant for ios and no good android support. Read more ›
This last encounter was the final straw for me. Does anyone know of a router brand associated with a company that provides GOOD customer support? Read more ›
People rating at 1 Star - really? I find it hard to believe with how great the unit works for me and user interface is really easy and functional. Tons of features,… Read more ›
Purchased this router 3 weeks ago and could not be happier. Setup was very easy and the user interface is excellent. I have multiple devices, some on 2.4ghz and a laptop… Read more ›
Well simply nothing. There are no firmware updates, no support, and their live chat is outsourced to some place that doesn't understand english. Save your money and buy an… Read more ›
Set up was easy with their software. When I get close enough to it my iPad connects without incident. Read more ›
Secondly,…Cisco, in it's infinite wisdom has seen fit to make those settings inaccessible via GUI using either the web interface or that terrible Cisco Connect software. Read more ›
Linksys hardware has usually been pretty dependable for me but the major drawback has always been their terrible management interfaces. This router lives up to the Linksys… Read more ›
Sure I now have a 5ghz network that none of my wireless devices can truly use, and a Guest network that is secure since I never have guests that need internet access (and a… Read more ›
Did need additional setting adjustments to get it all to work through research on the web. software does setup a secure wireless network. Overall great solution for network… Read more ›
2) Guest network for friends and…It is not a secure network, but people with smart phones, tablets and laptops won't need your secure network password to browse the web. Read more ›
Let me just start off by saying I'm an IT professional and networking engineer by trade. My company has come to rely on Cisco products almost exclusively for many, many years. Read more ›
But for busy households that transmit a ton of music, videos, and communications the extra investment will result in a safer, more secure network that also comes with its… Read more ›
My network has several wireless devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, game consoles, wireless IP cameras) and some wired as well (PCs, NAS, network printer, etc) and I… Read more ›
The one PRO of this router is the relatively easy to use interface that worked (most of the time) and would be beneficial to someone who doesnt know what they are doing.. Read more ›
A great product. Easy to use and reliable, The functionality is great , and being able to set up the guest network is an incredibly useful feature. Would definitely… Read more ›
easy to set up, was functional in 15 minutes, easy to connect to my smart TV, Iphone,lap tops and printers. Is also listed as recommened by comcast. Read more ›
*Set-up is not…*I have used advanced features such as dedicated IP--the Linksys wireless interface is not elegant, but is easy to use if you know what you are doing. *I… Read more ›
I found it easy to use out of the box as it has been providing my house with very good and consistent speed for my ps3, laptop, computer, google tv, directv, voip phone and… Read more ›
Recently got this router... Must say its range and consistent performance is great... Covers a 5000 sq foot home with no noticeable dead spots... Easy to set up... Even for… Read more ›
The router is on the main floor with the computer on the second floor and the connections are right on time after time. The product and your price, are exceptional. Thank… Read more ›
Great product for a great price. No wrt however a lot of option to configure. Read more ›
it works as advertised and then some . great for the price too Read more ›
We purchased this router on Black Friday at a GREAT price from Best Buy. The issue we experienced was it CONSISTANTLY cut in and out on all of our devices. Read more ›
A super product for a great price. I would definitely recommend this product for any home with multiple users. Read more ›
I am not sure who has better support but Linksys is now at the bottom of my list primarily due to the support issues, not the actual hardware defects (though that is very… Read more ›
QoS, port forwarding, DMZ, guest network, file serving, uPnP, etc. - Very nice industrial design. Looks great, very compact. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

225 of 231 people found the following review helpful By LDB on December 30, 2011
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I have been operating the V2 for about three weeks now (Firmware version 2.0.26.124551). I've been able to "real-world" compare this router in my home with two other excellent dual band wireless routers: the Asus NT-R56U and the Apple Time Capsule, 3rd Generation. I give the V2 five stars because this router delivers the best consistent range and performance in my "heavy wireless device usage home" than any other router I have owned.

Pros:
Setup: Set up in minutes with the included setup disk--I chose to skip the disk and setup via the browser on my iMac. (Both approaches = 3-4 minutes)
Future Proof: Supports IPv6, dual band 5Ghz/2.4Ghz, supports up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4/5 Ghz band
Powerful: Range and throughput in my house exceeded both the Asus NT-R56U and the Apple Time Capsule 3rd Generation. E.g.
Read more ›
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By V. Parthasarathy on January 10, 2012
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I usually don't write reviews but after seeing all the less than favorable posts on this one i had to butt in. This is by far the most robust, no-frills, non-tinkered with router you can use out of the box. Pretty flawless so far. I have 3 Gigabit ports occupied along with 4 WLAN clients. Not to forget a 1 TB passport Hard-disk attached to the router that acts as a media server.
I have always been a fan of DD-WRT firmware. I used the legendary Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router with DD-WRT firmware for over 3 years before I made the upgrade to E4200V2. After using this for about 10 days, I don't even think about not being able to load custom firmware on this one. We've had seamless streaming of High-Def Video, Local File Transfer, Printer sharing between our Windows 7 machines using the HomeGroup setup. I cannot stress this fact enough. Practically zero packet dropping.

Make sure to have separate SSID for the 5 GHZ and the 2.4 GHZ transmission. That way you can connect your high performance 5GHZ capable wireless clients to the correct SSID for maximum performance. You can use my setup as an example as depicted in the screenshot( [..] )

I'll probably give an update after 2 months of usage. Hoping it would be a non-event.

Update:

Sorry I promised a quicker update but here goes. the Router is still fantastic. Never had to RESET even once. The Device count gre to 15 at my place. The new firmware update gave us the ability to disable WPS.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Thrill37 on December 22, 2011
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This router is worth the cost. Initial setup is so easy. Once connected to internet, you can easily setup to 2.4ghz, 5 GHz and Guest with different user-id and passwords. The security setting is all done automatically and you can easily change it if you want. Make sure to go to admin tab on web to do firmware upgrade. Wireless speed is really fast. Try using the Knowledge base. It has detailed explanations for novice users also.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Coach RHD on March 8, 2012
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I decided to replace my Linksys WRT610N router (which was having dropouts, especially when streaming Netflix using my Roku box). I also wanted an improved range of coverage.

I first purchased the E4200V1. After purchasing I noticed there was a V2. So why not try it as well before making a final decision??? I bought one, and was able to try both routers, swapping them in and out, trying to decide which to keep.

I could not detect any difference between the two in terms of range of coverage, or transfer rate. However, for sure, both the V1 and V2 were noticably better in range and transfer rate when compared to my WRT610N.

The setup was unbelievably easier than any of the several routers I've owned in the past. It took no more than 5 minutes, and I was up and running... no problems... a relief indeed.

Both the V1 and V2 fixed my Netflix/Roku dropouts. I decided on keeping the V2 (though more expensive) because of it's added capabilities - a desire to future proof my network.

I have 3 computers, 2 iPhones, 1 iPad, a Roku, Apple TV, SlingBox, a WEB based Sony TV, and a few other internet connect devices... all hooked up and running seemlessly. I have zero problems. Linksys, you've earned my 2 thumbs up award.

I'm very happy with my E4200V2, and believe it to be one of my better technology purchases of late.
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