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Cisco-Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router

by Linksys
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Simultaneous dual-band for high performance wireless entertainment
  • Maximum speed (300 + 450 Mbps) for ultra-fast wireless transfer rates
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for 10x faster wired speeds
  • USB Storage Port for centralized file sharing with built-in UPnP AV media server
  • Full 3x3 MIMO antenna array for maximum range and reliability
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight907 g
Product Dimensions30.7 x 23.4 x 9.1 cm
Item model numberE4200
Wireless Type802.11B
Voltage12 volts
Wattage24 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 27,243 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available14 Feb 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router - top
The Linksys E4200 offers maximum speed (up to 300 + 450 Mbps), optimal range, and simultaneous dual-band technology, plus a next-generation industrial design
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The Linksys E4200 offers maximum speed (up to 300 + 450 Mbps), optimal range, and simultaneous dual-band technology to create an ultra-powerful wireless network designed for home theater performance. Simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N technology allows for smoother and faster HD/3D video streaming. A built-in USB port lets you add external storage to share files across your network. And a built-in UPnP AV media server means you can seamlessly stream media files across your network. Plus, included Cisco Connect software gets you set up in three easy steps and offers powerful tools for ongoing management of your network.

See how the E4200 stacks up against the rest of the Linksys E-Series routers below.

Key Features

Feature - maximum speed
Maximum Wireless Speed

The Linksys E4200 offers ultra fast speed to connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 300 + 450 Mbps speed for a premium home network experience.

Feature - superior range
Superior Wireless Coverage

Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys E4200 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

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

Feature - advanced security
Advanced Security

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

E4200 Rear view with Ports
The rear of the Linksys E4200 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.

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

The USB port lets you add devices such as storage and printers* to your network to share files at home or over the Internet for greater access to more information. The built-in UPnP AV Media Server enables seamless streaming of video and media files on your attached storage to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other UPnP compatible device.

Cisco Connect
Easy set-up with Cisco Connect software.
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 is designed to deliver your time-sensitive Internet traffic efficiently so you can enjoy fast downloads, smooth video and music streaming, gaming and VoIP.

Feature - installation
Quick to Install

Cisco Connect software helps you set up your home wireless network in three easy steps.

Feature - management
Easy to Manage

Cisco Connect software helps you customize your settings and quickly add multiple devices to your network:

  • Create a separate password protected network for guests
  • Limit access time and websites with Parental Controls
  • Access advanced network settings easily

Linksys Wireless-N Router Comparison

E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200
E1200 E1500 E2500 E3200 E4200
Technology Wireless-N
Wi-Fi Max Speed 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 Mbps in 2.4GHz
450 Mbps in 5Ghz
Compatibility Wireless-N,
-B, -G
-B, -G
-A, -B, -G
-A, -B, -G
-A, -B, -G
Bands Single-band 2.4 GHz Single-band 2.4 GHz Simultaneous
2.4 + 5 GHz
2.4 + 5 GHz
2.4 + 5 GHz
2 x 2 2 x 3 2 x 2 2 x 3 3 x 3
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
Protected Setup
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

* Shared printer support available via firmware/software download in Summer 2011 (E4200 and E3200)

Product Description

With speeds of up to 450Mbps the Linksys E4200 is ideal for video streaming. Thanks to the integrated advanced technologies, this level of performance is available throughout the entire house. 3 x 3 antenna technology delivering 450Mbps on the 5GHz radio band. SpeedBoost amplifiers that increase the signal strength across greater distances. MIMO technology that uses the walls of your home to extend the coverage.Stylish enough to enhance any home. Designed by the Cisco Consumer design teams in Denmark and Ca

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V2 Much Better! 10 April 2012
By Kub
Verified Purchase
After owning the V1 version of this router and trying various things to make it better such as loading custom firmware onto it (DD WRT), I gave up on it. Whatever I did l would get constant drop outs and the only way to get the Internet to work was to switch the E4200 off and restart it. My son also complained of lag when he was on the PS3! All the forums suggest you are lucky if you receive a V1 as you can modify it with various firmware. The V2 is not compatible with custom firmware due to the chipset used.
In the end I gave up and ordered a new one. This one was a V2, clearly stated on the base of the router. The top looks exactly like the V1. The packaging does not mention its a V2 either. Only the 450+450 blurb on the packaging gives it away.
The V2 is finally a set & forget router that I was looking for. It had great range and no drop outs so far. It's great to be able to modify equipment to your needs but with a router I find it's a device that most people would want to set up once and not to worry about it again. I'm no longer searching for the next firmware update or a new release of DD WRT to make my router work!
UPDATE 08/05/2012:
Linksys have released a firmware update for this router. It has been running rock solid with no issues at all. I get reception all over the house, even upstairs in the bedroom where my Apple Airport Exteme would always disconnect!
Definitely the best router out of all the ones I have used.
UPDATE 27/06/2012:
The router continued running smoothly with no reboots required, I was however getting dropouts in the main bedroom. The WiFi range just doesn't seem strong enough to give a reliable connection there. In order to resolve this problem I looked at other routers and went with the Asus RT N66U. I'm getting full bars in the same room with the Asus router. This prompted me to sell the Linksys E4200 V2 and stick with the Asus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solved my connectivity problems 5 Jan 2012
Verified Purchase
After being sent a Netgear DGN1000 by Virgin Media I have constantly had problems with my WiFi connectivity. After 3 months of dealing with their technical support telling me that there was no problems with the Netgear, I took it into my own hands to buy this!

The E4200 was simple to set up, just requiring me to plug an Ethernet cable from my Netgear to the "Internet" port of the E4200. The wireless has proved to be much stronger and now my connectivity issues have gone.

Only downside is the price, but it is a small price to pay for reliable Internet.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By keribillen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Given the generous amount of antennae within the e4200, I bought this expecting a significant improvement in 5.0GHz network coverage around my home and in my garden, compared to my Apple Airport Extreme (also a simultaneous dual-band router).

After experimenting a lot with physical location, orientation, network settings and so on, it seems to offer no/little improvement (have checked this with three different computers in several different locations). Its settings are more flexible than the Airport Extreme, which is nice, but in the real world this does not offer much (if anything).

Also, to confirm what one review (elsewhere) has said (but which others have stated incorrectly), it is not readily wall-mountable, though with a spot of velcro I have managed this. Yes, the e4200 is actually light enough to stay up and in position with velcro on the ceiling! Not what Linksys intended, I am sure, but is nonetheless an advantage over the heavier Apple Airport Extreme.

Therefore, my conclusion is that this is a perfectly good simultaneous dual-band router for someone looking for their first such device, though there are cheaper models in the Linksys range that accomplish the same thing.
For those already using a simultaneous dual-band router, it offers no/little noticeable improvement....not to me, anyway. My advice: save your money.

** UPDATE on APRIL 16th 2011 ** After a considerable amount of further experimentation with orientation, location and height above the ground (more than is sensible or practical for most people), I am now achieving what could be termed 'maximum performance'. My connection is about 30% faster than the Airport Extreme allowed. Have increased my rating by a star.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The king of home cable routers? Perhaps.... 3 April 2011
By Clashcity Rocker TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A very stylish bit of hardware, no ugly antennas poking out, no multitude of UFO-style flashing lights that other router seem to have in abundance, it just sits there and does it's stuff.

Set was very easy. The included CD wanted me to plug in an Ethernet cable, but I had already plugged the router in and couldn't be bothered dragging the laptop over to it, so I skipped that and used the wireless setup. This works very well with Windows 7, which detects it and prompts for the 8 digit PIN number from the base of the router. That's it!

I then logged in via the web interface and tweaked a couple of settings for my particular home network. At this point you can also run the setup CD to set the advanced settings.

Performance is great, I had no problems running this with my Ethernet connected PS3 (all the ports on the router a Gigabit, the same as the PS3) and my wireless PC's which all gave very decent wireless N connections. I ran in mixed mode, which can be troublesome on some cheaper devices, here it worked very well, my older wireless devices (a Sony wireless photoframe) connected happily with WPA on a G connection, whilst everything else was WPA2 on wireless N.

The USB port can host either a flashdrive or a USB HDD, you can put all your media on it, and the router will share the media via the built in UPnP/DLNA server (Twonkymedia 6.0.23), this worked very well indeed for me, streaming music, movies and pictures without fuss to my PS3 and Noxon wireless streaming units around the home. The contents of the USB drive are also shared via FTP and SMB (Windows Filesharing), so you can easily copy more media there directly across the network.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Feels as good qulity but wasn't
It feels as a good quality router when you open the pack, but mine died after just over a year, was never as a smooth experience as I have had with other consumer routers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TO
1.0 out of 5 stars Roter
Do not buy, load of rubbish, never felt so ripped off in my whole life, a complete load of crap
Published 1 month ago by nph
5.0 out of 5 stars great router
Installed this router a while back ,and very impressed with its range compared with my old router,its about double now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Its very easy to setup, software that comes along with it is very easy to use however the range was not that great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hani Haddad
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - used for dd-wrt (PureVPN)
I live in France, I watch English and US TV. I purchased an Apple TV, PureVPN subscription and flashed this device with dd-wrt (which works perfectly). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matt B
5.0 out of 5 stars realy good customer service
got a faulty item, but the help desk was realy good at working out what to do and getting me the right papers so i could take the item to my local dealer for a fixing
Published 10 months ago by komradkonni
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible piece of equipment
It is completely dead after 1 year, don't get close to this router, lots and lots of trouble to get it back working after power outages.
Published 11 months ago by mrec
5.0 out of 5 stars Long term review
We've had this for quite a while now and I must say its been very very good. No issues with WiFi dropouts and works well at high speeds up to 300Mb/sec. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DaveK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good router and features.
This is a good router. I run quite a convoluted network and I bought this for the dual band wireless access, the 1GB hub ports and the ability for a USB hard drive to be attached... Read more
Published 13 months ago by nmh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Has reliability problems with my earlier router, and as the signal was poor, I had to resort to 3 other routers set to "rebroadcast" - which was a pain to setup and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lofty67A
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