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Linksys N900 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB Ports, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere (EA4500)

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  • Smart Wi-Fi Apps, Tools & Mobility
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  • Up To 450mbps + 450mbps Speed
  • Wireless N Simultaneous Dual-band 2.4ghz & 5ghz
  • 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.
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Product Description

Model: Router Only

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

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Model:Router Only

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Wireless Type 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n
Brand Name Linksys
Item model number EA4500
Operating System N/A
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 12 x 9.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.83 x 12.01 x 9.17 inches
Color Black
Computer Memory Type DRAM

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Additional Information

ASIN B007IL7AKM
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 1,392 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Wireless Access Points
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available April 4, 2012

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Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App

Customize and Manage Your Home Wi-Fi Anytime, Anywhere with Smart Wi-Fi

This easy-to-use app places a powerful suite of Wi-Fi customization tools in the palm of your hand. Use it to get real-time information about your home Wi-Fi, send guests Wi-Fi passwords, prioritize your devices, and set parental controls. Setup is easy: simply connect your router and download the free Smart Wi-Fi App to any compatible iOS or Android device.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Guest Access

Device Prioritization

Parental Controls

Linksys E900 Wi-Fi Router Linksys E1200 Wi-Fi Router Linksys E1700 Wi-Fi Router Linksys EA2700 Smart Wi-Fi Router Linksys EA3500 Smart Wi-Fi Router Linksys EA4500 Smart Wi-Fi Router
E900 E1200 E1700 EA2700 EA3500 EA4500
Wi-Fi Speed 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 + 300 Mbps 300 + 450 Mbps 450 + 450 Mbps
Simultaneous Dual-Band
USB Storage Port 1 1
Gigabit Ports (10x Faster than Fast Ethernet) 4 4 4 4
Quality of Service (QoS) Traffic Prioritization
MIMO Antenna Array for Expanded Coverage
Advanced Security
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Software
DLNA-Certified Media Server

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Style Name: Router Only
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
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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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I give the EA4500 1 star (should be minus 5 stars) due to Cisco's new policy and not the device.

I give Amazon 5 stars each for their shipping and return policy.

I purchased the EA4500 mainly for the ability to share a storage device and to upgrade the wireless portion of my internal network. First I would like to state that I have been Cisco certified and that I already use a Cisco "ASA 5505" for my firewall. I configured the EA4500 in the "Bridged" mode and not for firewall protection.

One week after I received it I upgraded the firmware. Much to my surprise and without warning from Cisco the new firmware required a Cisco Connect Cloud account to be able to log into it. You have to log into Cisco so they can log you into your own device. To be fair, you can log into the EA4500 by isolating it from the Internet. However, the menu system no longer displays certain menus such as the App Enabled portion of the device.

After talking to Cisco's support people (3 different departments over 2 days) they tried to justify their actions by telling me it was for my own good. You cannot downgrade the firmware as Cisco does not provide any firmware for the EA4500 on their support website. Upgrades are done only through the EA4500. Also, the menu no longer has the option to go back to the previous firmware (which you cannot download the firmware anyway). At this point I returned it to Amazon for a full refund.

If you are wondering why this is a concern to me then you need to read the "Cisco Connect Cloud Account Terms of Service". The terms of service for a Connect Cloud account grant Cisco full rights to all of your network traffic, and the rights to pass that traffic to anyone.
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