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Linksys EA4500 Dual Band N900 Smart WiFi Router with Gigabit Ethernet and USB Port
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- USB port and built-in DLNA Certified media server
- Top range and reliability with full 3x3 MIMO antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band to maximise throughput and help avoid network interference
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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The Linksys EA4500 is built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, and offers maximum speed and range to create an ultra-powerful network designed for home theater performance. Connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices at blazingly fast transfer rates for an unrivaled experience. Double your network bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz). The dual-band feature is designed to avoid interference and optimise throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming, while higher quality antenna technology helps maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home. Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to help keep your network protected.
Use the 4 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports for quick file sharing (up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet) between other Gigabit-enabled devices like computers and servers. The built in USB storage port lets you add an external USB drive to your network and share files at home or over the Internet, and the built-in DLNA media server seamlessly streams your video and media files to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other DLNA-compatible device. You can also connect a USB printer and share it across your network.
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. Simultaneous dual-band N and Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritisation technology delivers maximum speed and performance so you can enjoy fast downloads, smooth video and music streaming, and reliable gaming and VoIP.
The supplied Cisco Connect software helps you easily set up your router, customise your settings and quickly add multiple devices to your network. You can even create and manage a seperate password-protected network for guests, and limit access time and websites with parental controls.
Linksys EA4500 Dual-Band N900 Router with Gigabit and USB
From the manufacturer
Delivers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 450 + 450 Mbps
Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA4500)
At a Glance:
- Wireless-N for speeds up to 450 + 450 Mbps.
- Dual bands (2.4 and 5 GHz) to maximise Wi-Fi throughput.
- Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports.
- Smart Wi-Fi software to control your home network remotely.
Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA4500)
Enjoy fast, reliable Wi-Fi coverage at home with the Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router. This router offers Wireless-N speeds of up to 450 + 450 Mbps, along with wireless dual bands (2.4 and 5 GHz) to double the bandwidth and avoid interference while maximising throughput. As a result, you can create a powerful home network for music or video streaming and gaming.
Four Gigabit ports and a USB port on the back deliver fast wired connections, while advanced security protocols keep your network safe. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software allows you to quickly and easily customise your router settings. Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities let you prioritise bandwidth for smooth media streaming and setup is simple thanks to the included installation CD.
Dual bands for optimal Wi-Fi performance
Featuring Wireless-N technology and wireless dual bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, the Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router can deliver data transfer speeds of up to 450 + 450 Mbps for a strong, reliable Wi-Fi signal over an advanced range. As a result, you can connect laptops, tablets and devices to the Internet without lag or buffering. Dual bands double the router's bandwidth to prevent interference and maximise throughput.
Four Gigabit Ports for fast wired connections
On the back of the EA4500 are four Gigabit Ethernet ports, which are great for connecting entertainment and gaming devices, and are 10 times faster than traditional Fast Ethernet to provide the fastest wired speeds. The router also comes equipped with a USB 2.0 port that allows you to quickly share files or add external storage or other devices.
Wireless security to block unauthorised access
Like other Linksys wireless networking products, the EA4500 features Wi-Fi Protected Setup along with WPA/WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall to protect your data and keep your home Wi-Fi network safely connected and secure. Simply press the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on the back of the router to configure wireless security on compatible network devices.
Customise and manage your home Wi-Fi anytime, anywhere with Smart Wi-Fi
This easy-to-use app places a powerful suite of Wi-Fi customisation tools in the palm of your hand. Use it to get real-time information about your home Wi-Fi, send guests Wi-Fi passwords, prioritise 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
|Wi-Fi Speed||300 Mbps||300 Mbps||300 Mbps||300 + 300 Mbps||300 + 450 Mbps||450 + 450 Mbps|
|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||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Software||✓||✓||✓|
|DLNA-Certified Media Server||✓|
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The issue itself is very strange. I connected the router as per the instructions and ran the install disk. Everything appears to work fine and the process completes correctly, however the problem becomes apparent as soon as you are prompted to visit the Linksys smart wifi site to register. The page fails to load correctly with only some text links displayed. Most other sites either display similar behaviour or fail to load at all. Strangely this is not true for every site however, for example the BBC site loads ok. Further testing confirms what other users have found, in that the issue seems to relate to MTU and the fact that MTU is greatly reduced through the device on these type of connections.
I can only confirm this behaviour on FTTC type connections through ISPs other than BT (other reviews seem to indicate BT Infinity connections work as well as Virgin Media).
Linksys support have been pretty much useless with their only advice being to reset the router several times. A case has apparently now been raised to their engineering team but I have given up waiting to see if they can a) find the fault and b) fix it.
I also spoke to my ISP support team who were great as always and they confirmed that they had seen similar issues for FTTC connections with a previous version (EA3500 I think) and as such no longer stock Linksys devices.
If anyone does have this router working on a FTTC type connection please leave a comment.
Without doing any further research I took a gamble and bought one. The software on the disc was useless to me, none of it was compatible with my OS, however the PDF user guide alluded to the trusty old web interface still being around, so I tapped in the default IP address and I was hit with a page directing me towards installing and using the Cisco software... however at the bottom of the page I found a small link asking me if I wanted to continue unsecured (or something of that nature), clicking that, then clicking OK/Continue on the next warning message box brought up the login interface I was used to, and using the usual default Linksys username/password combo got me in to the configuration interface I know well.
15 minutes from opening the box my old router was replaced and the new one was configured exactly how I liked it.
TL;DR: It is possible to use the old web configuration interface, just look for the 'unsecure' link at the bottom of page (at 192.168.1.1) you see at the device's very first boot up.
Firmware version: 2.0.36 build 126507
The 4 star instead of 5 is because I felt the description misled me in to spending good money on something I can not use for the purpose for which I purchased it and now have to look for something else. I would also like to mention that the online chat support by Cisco the manufacturer was excellent. Even though he could not help me in the end he tried his best.
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