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The king of home cable routers? Perhaps....,
This review is from: Cisco-Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router (Accessory)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)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.
My only slight quibble is that the USB port does not support wireless printing, limiting this routers potential somewhat.
Parental control is present but rather basic, port forwarding is pretty easy to setup, UPnP port sharing implementation works well, the firewall has basic settings to prevent Cookies, ActiveX, Java and Proxy content.
If you are looking for perhaps the king of home cable modem/wireless routers, then this surely has to be a contender, it's a little bit on the expensive side, but worth paying the extra for.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2011 09:14:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2011 09:18:22 GMT
David Glasgow says:
Is the USB Port on This Linksys Router NOT for a Backup 3G USB Dongle, that you normally see on other routers much less expensive??
Just a Question can anyone answer who owns one of these Linksys Gizmos..? cheers!
As personally I can see no other reason why Linksys-Cisco, a Company I've used for ages, puts a USB Port at the rear for nothing else only 3G USB Backup.
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