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Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost
Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost
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The Linksys E1500 combines fast speed (up to 300 Mbps), extended range, and amplified signal strength to offer enhanced performance for everyday wireless activities. A MIMO antenna array provides expanded range for your wireless network, and SpeedBoost technology increases signal strength across greater distances for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility. WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall help keep your network protected. Plus, included Cisco Connect software gets you set up in three easy steps and offers powerful tools for ongoing management of your network.
|Product Length:||7.43 inches|
|Product Width:||5.97 inches|
|Product Height:||1.23 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.52 pounds|
|Package Length:||12.6 inches|
|Package Width:||9.9 inches|
|Package Height:||2.5 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.5 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 148 reviews|
Enjoy the benefits of Wireless-N (802.11n) in your home ideal for surfing the web, emailing and printing wirelessly
Connect your computers, wireless printers, smartphones, and other wireless devices at up to 300 Mbps transfer speed
Enjoy broad wireless coverage provided by a MIMO antenna array
Maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home with SpeedBoost technology
Use four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
Give visitors password-protected Internet access on a separate network so your visitors have access to the Internet, but not your computers or data
Keep your network protected with customizable security settings, including WPA/WPA2 Personal and SPI firewall protection
Set up your wireless network in three easy steps using included Cisco Connect software
|Average Customer Review: ( 148 customer reviews )
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62 of 65 found the following review helpful:
Excellent wireless router! May 28, 2011
I'm not a guru in this area so I needed 2 things out of this router, work out of the box and give me good range on my home network. The router scored perfectly on both counts. The setup couldn't be easier, although it's not idiot proof, and I'm the idiot that proved it. Setup is a 4 step process:
1. Load the CD in your PC and start it.
2. Plug in the router.
3. Connect the router to the modem. (This is where I screwed up. The CD directions specify that if you're replacing an existing router, to disconnect from the modem before plugging the cable into the router. I failed to do this and the internet connection failed after I finished setup. Disconnecting everything and restarting the setup process, which takes only a few minutes, solved this problem.)
4. Connect your peripherals to the router (PC, printer, etc., if they are not wireless).
That's it. Setup finished showing me the router SSID and password. You can accept the defaults or enter them yourself. The default password was strong (a mix of alpha characters, numbers, and mixed cases on the alpha characters) so if you want to accept it be sure to record it in a safe place.
I gave it 4 stars on signal strength because I had been using a Linksys wireless G router that was about 5 years old and performed steadfastly from day 1. Using a netbook and my PS3 I measured signal strength on both routers and the signal strength was slightly higher on the G router, with all other conditions identical. Not a significant drop but I was surprised there was any drop at all.
Other than that however, this looks to be a very good wireless router for home use. It worked out of the box and has a much sleeker profile than my old G router. Highly recommended.
25 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Read this if your wifi speed is very slow for a new E1500 out of the box Jan 28, 2012
I connected the router successfully without any problems, but as soon as I started testing the wifi speed on a laptop and kindle fire I realized that the speed was very slow - e.g. 100-250kpbs downloading and a bit faster uploading. Luckily I found the answer quickly via google on the cisco support forums. The solution is to disable WMM (Applications & Gaming > QoS > WMM Support).
How disappointing to have to deal with such a problem with a new router.
21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Serves its purpose May 17, 2011
By May Weather
This replaces an older model Linksys router (WRT54GS) and this router is easier to set up than the old one. It only took me 10 minutes total to install--maybe less. This has a nicer thinner and sleeker design and no more antennas sticking out and the blinking lights are at the back and no longer in the front. I chose this over the E1200 which is about $20 less because of the speedboost feature and expanded range but I really haven't really noticed anything extraordinary in speed and range. Anyway, I am very happy with this purchase and trust the Linksys name.
24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Wow! May 24, 2011
I'm no networking wizard, but I know my way around setting up a wireless router. The Linksys/Cisco E1500 is the fourth (fifth?) I've ever set up and it was BY FAR the easiest.
First off, I really appreciated that I could set up this router this wirelessly, as I performed the installation using my 11" Macbook Air, which doesn't have an ethernet port. Literally, from the moment I plugged this router into my cable modem and opened the installation wizard to the time my wife was back online playing games on her iPod, was five minutes. The program walked me through naming my network and setting up my password and it automatically set my network to use WPA2 security (which experts recommend over WPA or WEP). Since I used the same SSID and password, the instant the wizard told me I was done, everything just worked again! Of course, your mileage may vary, as I've always set my my routers to maximum security, which could just be the default with the E1500.
While the router can be controlled through the aforementioned setup file, which is ideal for most users, there is also a browser-based control panel with access to the more detailed network capabilities, such as assigning static IPs and MAC addresses.
Another feature I like is the "guest access" feature, which allows me to let friends or family who are visiting to use my internet, without access to the other computers on my network. It's easy to activate and you can set up a separate password for your guests.
In terms of range and speed, this replaced an N router from a different manufacturer and from my observations, the range is much improved, as is speed. When I'm in my bedroom walk-in closet, I'm about 20+ feet from the router with two walls in between. With my old router, I was getting three bars or less on my Airport signal, but with the E1500, I'm at the full four bars. In terms of speed, maybe it's my imagination, but I read a lot of photo-heavy blogs, and they seem to load faster. I don't have real world numbers on page load times, but it seems like a big improvement though both are N wireless routers.
Finally, my old router used to reboot a lot. At least once a day; on some days, a lot more. I used to think it was my ISP, but I changed out my cable modem a month or two ago and still experienced the same issues. It's only been a couple of days with this router, but I've yet to notice a dropout/reboot.
Overall, I can't recommend this router enough. It's the first time I've owned a Linksys/Cisco wireless router and I don't think I'll ever buy another brand again. The ease of setup/use, reliability, range, and speed are just great.
32 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Good, but lacks many advanced features Jul 01, 2011
By J. Preece
I replaced an older Linksys router with this model and as far as your basic setup-and-go router, this one is pretty good. Installation was painless with the CD, however I don't like that you really MUST use the CD to set it up. Apparently, if you make too many changes to the router via the webpage, it breaks your ability to use the CD with it again. I'm not a fan of installing software I'll never use, and that is one star off for this router right there.
My bigger beef is basically that the router lacks some of the very useful advanced options. For example, there is no easy way to see who is connected to the router (list of IPs, MACs or device names, etc). I have several wireless cameras along with iPods and computers, but the DHCP list shows two devices, and that list is extremely well hidden in the menu structure.
There is no way to manually set the MTU, so optimizing your WAN speed is not possible.
And, the bigger issue is when you setup port routing (for my weather cams, phone server, etc), the DHCP server always changes the IP addresses, rendering the port forwarding useless. You can't assign port forwarding by MAC address, which would be very nice. So when you reboot the router or the power goes out, you have to hunt around dozens of possible IP addresses to find your devices and fix the port forwarding table. This is a pretty lame issue for a Cisco-based router considering my older D-Link and Actiontech routers are much more sophisticated for 1/2 the price!
My work around for the above "bug" is to set the affected devices to static IP with a local address... this removes the router's ability to release/reassign the IP address every couple days.
But if you don't need all the fancy stuff, you will likely enjoy this router. It's very attractive and low profile. WiFi range is okay - not great (we have a 1000 sq ft house and it works fine in here by at the driveway I have a weak signal). If you have a huge house, you may need to consider a router with a more powerful WiFi transmitter, or a repeater.
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