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Linksys EA4500

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Closet Speed Freak

Gear Patrol
2 January 2013
  • Excerpt: In the gadget food chain, routers rank right next to bottom feeders like printers in terms of consumer buzz. It’s just hard to get jittery over a small block of plastic and metal that passively blinks its way through life. Technophiles who really understand the router’s role as the pit boss of the digital home will be jazzed about Cisco’s new Linksys E4200V2 Dual-Band N900 Wireless Router , since it’s one of, if not the fastest consumer routers money can buy.
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Overall 8

Cisco Linksys EA4500 App Enabled Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB

PC Magazine
19 September 2012
  • Conclusion: The EA4500 is the update to the Linksys E4200 v2, designed to work with new upcoming router software from Cisco. Performance-wise it's on par as the E4200 v2, but for a chunk more change.
  • Pros: Features the EA series' excellent Cisco Connect setup software. Dual-band. Very good throughput at both bands. USB for connecting storage and printers.
  • Cons: Expensive. Does not offer much performance advantage over similar and lower-priced dual-bands on the market.
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Linksys EA4500 Wireless Dual Band Router Shines; Ultimate Easy Setup

24 April 2012
  • Excerpt: What do you want in a router?  Silly Question? Let’s examine!
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Overall 7

Review: CISCO Linksys EA4500

PC Authority
20 November 2012
Overall 6

Linksys EA4500 review: a poor installation procedure is offset by exceptional 5GHz network performance

Good Gear Guide.au
2 October 2012
  • Excerpt: The Linksys EA4500 is a wireless router that supports simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi at speeds up to 450 megabits per second (Mbps) per band. It's a home router that's a little different to most of the other routers we've seen this year; primarily, it has a Web interface that lives happily in the cloud.
  • Pros: Very good speed and range in 5GHz, Can be managed from a phone app
  • Cons: CD setup did not work properly, Sluggish 2.4GHz performance
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Cisco Linksys EA4500 review

7 August 2012
  • Summary: Summary: With its novel cloud-based configuration and app platform, Cisco's EA4500 is an interesting experiment, but the hardware itself fails to excite.
  • Pros: Simple setup, Compact and stylish design, Easy remote configuration from any browser, Third-party apps can add extra functionality, Good range, Guest network, Dual-radio, three-stream MIMO
  • Cons: Setup wizard assumes a wireless connection, Limited configuration options when no web connection, Single USB port, Lacklustre maximum throughput
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Overall 7

Cisco Linksys EA4500

6 August 2012
  • Summary: We can see where Cisco was going with Connect Cloud, but there are simply too many problems with its execution to recommend. We'd advise installing the classic interface as soon as possible, or opting for another brand.
  • Pros: New Cisco Connect Cloud interface looks nice and controls well, Excellent 5GHz speeds, You can downgrade to the old, "classic" firmware
  • Cons: Router design prevents access by some Ethernet cables, Cisco Connect Cloud means that most features are only accessible if you're online, Wi-Fi-only set-up with Cisco Connect Cloud, Security risks introduced with Cisco Connect Cloud, such as storing Wi-Fi and router password on the desktop and shipping with no password, 2.4GHz performance could be better, Can't wall mount
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Overall 7

Expert Review

PC Advisor
5 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Outwardly the Cisco Linksys EA4500 is essentially identical to our award-winning Cisco E4200 wireless router . There’s the same compact clutch-bag design with metallic centre strap detail and satin-black finish, and just the product name changed below the white light-up Cisco logo.
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Overall 7
Value for money 7
Features 7
Performance 8

Cisco Linksys EA4500

PC Pro
31 July 2012
  • Conclusion: Easy to set up and remote management is up to scratch – but clearly still a work in progress
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Overall 8

Linksys EA4500 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Trusted Reviews
10 July 2012
  • Summary: Cisco shows us the future of routers and we like it...
  • Pros: Excellent 802.11n performance & range, Game changing Cloud-based user interface, Simple setup, Slick mobile access & third party apps
  • Cons: Expensive, 802.11ac devices are hitting the market
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