Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router
The Linksys E1000 wireless-N router puts the power of Wireless-N technology in your home. Speed up your wireless network with a router that connects your computers, wireless printers, smartphones, and other Wi-Fi devices at up to 300 Mbps. Included Cisco Connect software gets you set up quickly and offers powerful tools for managing your wireless network. This Linksys router gives you basic, quick-to-install Wireless-N connectivity for surfing the Web, sending e-mail, and file sharing.
A variety of security features help to protect your data and your privacy while you are online. Security features include Wi‑Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security, which
encrypts data on your wireless network; a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to help block unauthorized access to your Router; and Network Address Translation (NAT)
technology, which enhances network protection by allowing your computers to share Internet access through a single, public Internet IP address. (IP stands for Internet
In addition, you can connect computers or devices to this router by giving them local access (Computers and Devices option)or Guest Access (Guest Access option). Computers and Devices with local access will have access to the Internet and to other devices (shared computers and
printers, etc) on your local network, whereas guest Access allows you to provide guests visiting your home with Internet access only.
Setup and use of the Router is easy using Cisco Connect, the software that is installed when you run the included CD. Advanced configuration of the Router is available through the provided browser‑based utility.
Wireless Network Standards:
- IEEE 802.11n
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.11b
Wireless Data Transfer Rates:
- Up to 300 Mbps
- Internet: One 10/100 RJ-45 Port
- LAN: Four 10/100 RJ-45 Switched Ports
- One Power Port
- One Reset Button
- Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2), WEP
- Wireless MAC Filter
- Firewall, Internet Filters and Web Filters
- Internet Access Policy
Supported VPN Pass-through Features:
- IPSec VPN Pass-through
- PPTP VPN Pass-through
- L2TP VPN Pass-through
- Port Forwarding
- Port Triggering
- Quality of Service (QoS)
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User reviews on www.amazon.com:
Nice Entry Level Wireless N Router MB (Wisconsin) May 18, 2010
The E1000 is an entry level wireless N router with a 100Mb switch. This router runs 802.11n in the 2.4GHz frequency (~130Mbs) to be backward compatible with 802.11b/g. The downside is that if you have a mixed wireless client environment at home (Wii/Blackberry) - 802.11b/g, newer laptop with 802.11n) you will only ever get a max of 802.11g speeds. If you have any 802.11b only clients, your performance could be much less. If you have a mixed environment and really think you need 802.11n speeds then you should be looking at the E3000. This device has two separate radios (2.4GHz and 5GHz). You would then dedicate the 5GHz to your 802.11n and use the 2.4GHz for 802.11b/g connections. You also get a gigabit capable switch vs. 100Mb). Running 802.11n in the 2.4GHz frequency in theory is 130Mb/s and in the 5GHz frequency that is pushed to 300Mb/s. Keep in mind, that you will never get the advertised speeds, not even on b/g as the wireless protocol has a very large overhead. You are lucky if you actually see half of that speed. The 2.4GHz frequency does travel farther than 5GHz but with speed tradeoffs. 2.4GHz is also more susceptible to interference from the microwave, baby monitor, or anything else that runs in the 2.4GHz frequency.
I know that was long, but the point is to understand what you have at home for wireless clients and then determine what product you need to buy. I think most people see the E1000 at a lot cheaper price and don't really understand what they are getting.
Now for my review: I have a mixed environment and am just happy with the 802.11g like performance. The speeds are not an issue for streaming HD content from my DireTV DVR to laptops over wireless or streaming video/music throughout my house. I have the device set up in the basement and get adequate coverage throughout my two story home. It even sneaks out to my garage (on the opposite end of the house from the E1000) and the patio. Having much experience with networking equipment, I choose to bypass the "easy setup" and manually configure the device and the clients. I think setup problems from a client perspective have more to do with Windows Vista and Windows 7 security than the E1000. My Wii and Blackberry connected quickly and easily while the Vista and Win7 machines took a couple of tries to connect. Overall, a good product for its intended purpose.
Unexpectedly easy to set-up and reliable. What's not to like? Narut Ujnat "Exchanger1" (San Diego, CA USA) April 21, 2010
After upgrading my internet service, I was forced to purchase a new router to provide wireless access. After looking at the usual suspects, I purchased this item based on experience with Linksys on prior occasions and a decent price. The unit is rated for speeds up to 300 MBPS, is rated N and 2.4 GHZ. I am very glad I did purchase this particular router.
1. Set-up: I literally have NEVER had such an easy time setting up a wireless network before. I simply took the unit from the box, gave it power and after installing the CD on my 'home' computer, the thing literally began finding the internet signal and within maybe 4 minutes completed the task. Voila! I had a network! Besides changing the name of the network and the password, I had no issues whatsoever - it simply worked. And I only had an issue briefly because I failed to turn off the previous router (I was too excited). Unbelievably easy. Actually, I think the word is astonishing.
2. Aesthetic: I think this matters for any electronic item because most likely you will be looking at it on a table or desk somewhere. And I have to say, this thing is ultra cool looking. No antennas. It is simply a futuristic flying saucer looking item. The unit is black, with an ultra-cool "Euro style" blue light panel. I certainly don't mind having it around to look at continually. However, it does not have a small footprint. For a comparison, think of a trade paperback book and you will get the approximation of the size. It is oriented horizontally, not vertically. As is typical with these routers, you get 4 Ethernet ports on the back, a power plug, and a reset button on the back.
3. Reliability: I have not had any issues with this item since I purchased it. The network seems stable, and I have not had any drop-outs.
1. I did enter the router manually, and the router setting are not as easy to navigate around as other routers I have dealt with, but I found the buttons easy to change and manipulate.
I bought this at a decent price, it worked instantly and it looks very neat and tidy. I have NO complaints.
Overall, I think this is an excellent product, and this is why I am sharing it with other readers. It just works!
Great router! Just Eveie (Florida, USA) May 5, 2010
This router is fantastic for anyone, especially for those new to wireless networking. Linksys has done everything for you. All you have to do is pop in the Cisco Connect disk after you've plugged in the router, and you're pretty much done. They give you an SSID, passwords, etc. You can change your SSID and whatever settings you need to change very easily and quickly using the Cisco software if you like.
I loved the Guest network option for friends and family who need internet access on your wireless network without giving them the key to your main network. The parental controls option is also a fantastic feature for people such as myself who have children whose internet access you need to limit after school and/or on the weekends.
The only issue I encountered was the signal going in and out upon initial hookup. This was quickly fixed by unplugging my cordless home phone. Although my phone is 6.0 DECT and shouldn't have been a problem, it was for some reason. After unplugging the phone and setting up the router, I plugged my phone back in and haven't had any issues of any kind.
This setup was simple and unintimidating. No logging into the router and being so confused you want to either stay wired or end up leaving your system unsecured. I would most definitely suggest this router for newbies or anyone else who's found setting up a wireless network to be frustrating. Best router out there!
Linksys e1000 50% of the time F. bourgoise "dentbent" (los angeles) May 1, 2010
I've had this thing for a month and it works on two of our four computers. My son's mac encounters difficulty every time he comes home from college. My pc in the home office refuses to recognize the router 3 out of 10 connects. I've Called their help line but they seem perplexed and mysteriously disappear or disconnect me after about 5 minutes. But on the two laptops that it does work on I have no complaints. I give up and am online now looking to replace this thing.
Very Good "Starter" N Router - Easy setup, Okay gaming. T. Jones (PA) April 29, 2010
It is a great router. Thin and light compared to my old Linksys G Router.
As far a Cisco/Linksys; wouldn't go anywhere else, reliable, nice, last forever.
My previous Linksys G lasted 7 years (still works), even did pretty good with gaming.
Now for the E1000, it is a good starter. It was easy to setup, however still don't know how to turn off the "guest feature", it has an open wireless connection to my internet Although they can't access my LAN, they still can use my bandwidth.
So easy-of-us is okay as far as advanced settings.
Once you get it hooked up and run the CD, you don't have to touch anything except the reset button every once and awhile (maybe).
As far as gaming, it is pretty good. I would recommend you hard wire a gaming console though, or upgrade to the E3000.
As I said it is a great starter router, or for families with laptop or wireless devices. But for heavy usage like constant downloading and gaming, get the E3000.
If you download a fair amount of stuff and want to go the extra step for a little bit more money, I highly recommend the E2000. I personally would of got the E2000, but I'm going to college and for what my parents do this is perfect for a great price.
But would never recommend anything outside of Cisco/Linksys. You will never be dissatisfied with their products.
Some go for looks and functionality, I go with reliability and performance. Like I said their reliable so you probably will never have to access the control panel.
I'll give this router a easy 7-8 year life span.
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