Cisco E4200 Review – Linksys E4200
I decided to purchase the Cisco E4200 because my router kept dropping when I had more than five people at home. (I got 25% off here)
The Cisco E4200 is a stylish and sleek piece of hardware, it does not have ugly external antennas that are poking out, no UFO-like blinking lights that other routers have, this router will just run quite and does it job well.
The set up was a breeze. The package includes a setup-CD and it said that I needed to plug an Ethernet cable in, but my router was already plugged in, so I skipped this step and did the wireless set up, which was very easy.
This device works incredible fast with Windows 7 operating system, it will detect this router, asks for the eight digit “PIN” number from the bottom of the router, and bam, it works like a champ.
Then finally, I accessed it with web browser and logged in, tweaked a few settings of my home network.
If you prefer, from this point, you can run the setup-CD to adjust the “advanced settings”.
Performance wise, this it works great, I have had no issues connecting this Linksys E4200 with my PS3 via Ethernet. (all of the ports on the Cisco E4200 are same as the PS3, Gigabit), and also the wireless computer’s, they all gave really smooth wireless-N Connections.
On some more “affordable” priced devices, running mixed mode can be troublesome, on this router, it worked without problems.
My wireless photoframe from Sony connected nicely with “WPA” on a wireless-G connection, and at the same time, all of my other devices were “WPA2” on wireless-N connection.
The Cisco-Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router has USB port which allows you to connect an external Hard Drive, or a flashdrive, you can then put any of your media files on it, then the Cisco E4200 will distribute your media files with the built-in UPnP or DLNA server (using Twonky Media).
This method has worked great for me, sharing pictures or movies, streaming music files to my PlayStation 3 or other wireless streaming devices around the house, without any apparrent issues.
Furthermore, the USB drive’s contents can also be shared using SMB (Server Message Block – Filesharing on Windows), then you will be able to easily copy additional media files directly around the network.
The minor downside of the USB port of the Cisco-Linksys E4200 router is it doesn’t support printing wirelessly.
There is also parental control, but still basic, easy to set up the port forwading, the UPnP port sharing also works great, and the firewall feature includes a few settings to prevent ActiveX and Cookies as well as Proxies content.
Cisco-Linksys E4200 VS DLINK 655?
The Cisco-Linksys E4200 is actually a triple-N router with internal antennas, and D-Link is a single N router. The triple N antennas are definitely needed if you have at least 5 wifi users in the house.
Cisco E4200 Review – Cisco-Linksys E4200 specs
- Wireless-N Technology
- 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Simultaneous Bands
- 2×3 (2.4 GHz) and 3×3 (5 GHz) Transmit/Receive
- 6 Internal Antennas
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports speed
- USB Storage port; Virtual USB; Media Server
- CD software set up
Cisco E4200 Review – Summary
If you are searching for the best home wireless router or home cable modem, then this router is worth buying.
The Cisco E4200/Linksys E4200 is a bit more expensive, but absolutely worth paying the extra cost for.