Summary: No VPN server capability that I could find. The inability to configure a PPTP or OpenVPN server on this device is frustrating. Even while it has the ability to use a USB HDD as a NAS it’s a USB 2.0 port limiting it to a theoretical max throughput of 480Mbps. This creates a bottleneck of throughput as while I’m plugged into the router’s 1 Gbe port transfer to/from my drive will be limited to at least half of what my system can write/read and my USB3.0 drive is then...
Pros: I setup this router and was pleasantly surprised with the new Cisco/Linksys interface design. I, as likely many others, previously have used the WRT-54G as well as a slew of other LinkSys/Cisco products and their interface has stayed pretty much the same for quite some time, including my recently reviewed LinkSys Range Extender. When inside I enjoyed the ability to edit all of my settings for WiFi SSIDs, Channels, Password settings and do a single save. Often you can ...
Cons: Auto Channel configuration didn’t select great channels. I tried power cycling the router a couple times to see if it’d ever pick what was the most empty channel and it would continually shoot for channel 8 while I know 3 other networks were using that channel or surrounding channels one away from 8. Manually setting the channel is quite easy but It’d be nice if it would dynamically adjust based on surroundings every hour or so.
Summary: Installed to replace an aging D-Link that was not transmitting strongly anymore. The N750 immediately increased the range of the signal plus provided significantly quicker file transfers. The USB port is not used so I cannot comment on it's performance.
Pros: Low profile, unobtrusive color
Cons: No mounting holes in body so it could be mounted on a wall
Excerpt: The router itself was easy to set up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi was another story. Could not get a Smart Wi-Fi page to open and when I called support I was told it did not mesh well with Internet Explorer. Really? I finally did get it up and set up.
Excerpt: Previously had a Linksys g router and upgraded to the EA3500. Setup was completely differant, but simple to do. It was a good choice. I would like the signal range to be greater that it is. Probably will need to add a range extender to fix that. I like the "Smart WiFi Network" system better that Cisco Network Magic system that I had with the old router.
Fausto Sakamoto from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, Linksys
22 November 2013
Excerpt: I've tried several N-Lite models from many brands and got disappointed every time I did it. So I decided to give Linksys EA3500 a try. It improved responsiveness and wireless range for all my home multimedia devices, smartphones and laptops. The only caveat is its interface - it lacks detailed configuration for experienced users. But, for general purpose, it's a great deal.
no matter how good something is there is always room for improve
Tim from Tennessee, Linksys
1 November 2013
Excerpt: It is a really good product, I had a hard time installing due to continued problems with my ISP, they told me I needed a new router, and as it turns out I really did not.... but as luck would have it an up-grade was a good thing, this router runs all my computers and tv better than the previous Linksys product which was 7 years old...I would recommend this product.