Review
EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router
A closer look at this dual-band "theater-ready" router, from in-house and around the web.
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February 01, 2011 by Rachel Cericola


It’s sort of hard to get excited about routers. Yeah, they do have flashing lights. However, the little box that you’re used to shoving under the desk is just that—a box that you usually shove under the desk.

Cisco is looking to breathe some life into the networking category and its Linksys line, with the new Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router. One of the product’s main selling points is that it’s “home theater ready.” We expect that computers and even the home theater computers to need a router. However, Cisco wants this thing to be a real hub, promising maximum performance for smart TVs, gaming consoles, media players, and more.

That performance promises to double your networking pleasure, via dual-band and speeds of up to 300Mbps at 2.4GHz (450Mbps at 5.0GHz). Other features include four gigabit ports, a 3x3 MIMO configuration, USB and UpnP features, and Cisco Connect software to guide you through setup and the rest of the streaming process.

What the Manufacturer Says

Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology. The Linksys E4200 offers maximum speed and range to create an ultra-powerful network designed for home theater performance. Connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 300 + 450 Mbps for an unrivaled experience.
Visit the Cisco Website to Learn More About the Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router

Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web

Linksys E4200
Wireless-N router
Dual-band with 450Mbps @ 5GHz
Home theater ready
WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall
No IPv6 support (yet)
Bulky power adapter

CNET
4 out of 5 stars
” So far the E4200 is the fastest true dual-band router we’ve seen when it comes to wireless performance.”
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GadgetKing.com
“All-in-all I believe the E4200 is the best router on the market today.  Top notch design, clean and easy to use interface, great signal strength, and dual frequency bands.”
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PCMag.com
3.5 out of 5 stars
“If you are looking to build a home network with a future-looking router that will show its true muscle when client adapters and software catch up to the E4200’s its capabilities, then by all means, go for it.”
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What Electronic House Says

With so many A/V goodies to be had, it’s hard to think about spending $180 on a router. However, Cisco’s Linksys E4200 isn’t really designed for the everyday user. It seems to be for the enthusiast who demands the best of the best, and that would include the best router. This could actually be it. That said, unless you want to futureproof or upgrade your equipment in the near future, you may want to wait until Best Buy loses its E4200 exclusivity. We’re guessing it will also lose some of its hefty price tag as well. 

What is Electronic House Buyers Scorecard?

Rather than bring our users a single opinion on a product or service, our EH Buyers Scorecard combines what the manufacturer has to say about their product with real ratings and reviews from other websites, along with our own opinions and knowledge of the product to derive a wider lens recommendation that can help you in making a purchase decision.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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