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Linksys E3200 High-Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
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- Enjoy the power of high-performance, simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N technology (80211n) ideal for home entertainment
- Connect Internet-ready TVs, Blu-rays, game consoles and other devices at superior speeds up to 300 + 300 Mbps
- Double your network bandwidth with simultaneous dual bands
- Connect an external storage device to the built-in USB port to share your files at home or on the Internet
- Connect a printer to share among the computers on your network
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SETUP (5 of 5)
One question most of us ask ourselves before proceeding to set something as intimidating as a new router is 'will I be able to make it work for me?' The good news is that in this case the answer should be 'probably or most likely yes.' For a basic setup, you simply plug in the router, run the Cisco Connect app provided on a CD on a computer equipped with a Wi-Fi adapter and... you are connected.
Cisco Connect is a well-organized app that will help you add devices to the network - and once the router is app and running most devices will add themselves once you provide the password - allow for limited 'guest' access on a separate network, set parental controls, test your Internet connection speed and directly manage your router if you need to split your network for better performance, configure DNS and DHCP, advanced wireless settings, security, manage the attached disk if you have one, set access policies and so forth.
It gets as sophisticated as you need it to be and the good news is that both Cisco Connect and the router's Web interface are are well organized and are backed by a very well written and quite detailed manual. I will post the link to the downloadable PDF as a comment to this review.
My basic setup completed in a couple of minutes and it took a couple of minutes more to register individual devices: laptops, desktops, printers, portable gaming devices, home servers, Internet radio.Read more ›
I wound up returning the router, and "cascading" a Linksys E2000 with my old Linksys router. I chose to use two routers simultaneously so I have the old one for demanding tasks, and the new one as a backup and for hard wired, always on devices. The E2000 is a year older, less expensive, and performs better than all the new Linksys routers, as CNET documented in the test results table: [...] - you can compare this to the E4200 review - Linksys's current best, most expensive router - to see that the E2000 beats it in the 2.4GHz frequency.
Don't spend your weekends troubleshooting routers like I have. If the weekly rebooting of your old Linksys is driving you to buy newer router like me, be aware that the newer Linksys routers (and even Belkin N600 HD - I tried that too) are not as good as the older routers.
Details: I have a Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 modem, Comcast 22MBPS cable internet service, and measured speed using speedtest.net and range using an iPod touch for 2.4GHz G signals, and a Dell 15R laptop for 2.4GHz N signals.
I see the comments mentioning that Sep 2011 firmware update is fixing the max size limitation of attached USB drive. I verified this from release notes of firmware update from linksys website [...]. While I don't have a higher capacity drive to test this out (using NAS drives now), I' updating this review to 4 stars based on the release notes and user comments. The router is still going strong without any issues.
The router performance is good and I'm happy with the speed/bandwidth compared to my older Linksys wireless N router. But, the USB drive connectivity for file sharing/backup has it's limitation. I have a 3 TB harddisk, but the router detects only 750 GB of the space. Chat with customer service confirmed that they have not tested this router for 3 TB capacity drive. So, it appears to be a limitation right now. Perhaps, a firmware upgrade might fix this in future. But, as of now, my rating stays at 3 stars for false/incomplete advertisement about the Product.
After having a Cisco-Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router for years with rock-solid performance I expected similar performance from this model.
Connectivity, however, is mediocre. The router drops the (AT&T (Ameritech/SBC) DSL) Internet signal at random intervals and takes quite a while to reestablish communication (10-15 minutes). As you can imagine, this is very frustrating if you are working on a deadline. More significantly is the inability of this router to maintain connections with network attached storage units, including drives directly attached to the router via the USB port. Units will initially connect only to be dropped at seemingly random intervals. Reestablishing connections is a tedious, time-consuming process and as it requires power cycling to the drives is no doubt reducing the lifetime of those units.
Hopefully a firmware update will fix those issues. (The last update, in September, did not.)
Over time the speed of all devices using this router have dropped significantly. I am now averaging only 75MB/sec on my N devices at 10-20 on G devices. This is about half the speed I was getting from the unit when it was new.
Range is very good, especially without an external antenna. I get a strong signal in all areas of the house. There has been no drop-off in performance in this area.
Security is easy to enable and set up on each computer. You can configure one device and then save an executable to run on all your other devices (including Macs).
Since I expect a router to last at least five years I would recommend checking out a more reliable unit even if you have to pay a bit more for it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I returned this it didn't work for me- but it was a used unit. Buy a new one or don't buy from a pawn shop....like I did on here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pauly P.
Best Item ever! It works great and I have not had any problems with router since I bought it.Published 3 months ago by Willie Norris
I expected a lot more from a router at this price point. It stops accepting WiFi connections once a week and has to be rebooted, which is frustrating for the wife and kids who... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg Ratzel
If you make a direct connection with an Ethernet cord your internet speed is good. However, the wifi is not the same story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bla
Wireless , especially the 5GHZ Channel, constantly fails - I have to reboot at least once every 2-3 days.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
We have had our router for several years (approximately 4) with no issues as far as performance which would make it 5 stars, but support is weak (which I give a 3 star rating) as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike
Works for me but does not conform to the latest network standards (DOCSIS).Published 5 months ago by Marty K
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