Home WiFi Network needs a boost? Look no further!
As the weather starts to warm up and I am spending more time outside I found my home WiFi network coming up short…it didn’t always work where I wanted to be…So, time to look for a new Wireless Router. I decided on the Cisco Linksys E4200v2 Wireless router. The E4200v2 looks identical to the E4200 Cisco released last year..a stylish, slim and curvy box completely devoid of the string of flashing lights common on other routers. On the inside, however, it packs much more power than the first version. The v2 now supports the latest 3-by-3 (450Mbps) configuration on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, a much faster processor that runs at 1.2GHz (compared with 480MHz of the original), a much faster USB port, and the capability to host up to 50 clients for the guest network. The power adapter is also a bit smaller which is nice. The router has four LAN ports and one WAN port on the back. All are Gigabit Ethernet-capable, meaning they support throughput up to 1,000Mbps. Also on the back you’ll find the push button for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature, a recessed reset button, and a USB 2.0 port that can host a USB external storage device for the router’s network-attached storage (NAS) function. With WPS you can add WPS-enabled clients to the wireless network with the press of a button. The USB port on the E4200 v2 supports either a USB printer or an USB external hard drive for a network storage solution. The Linksys E4200 v2 is a true dual-band router, meaning it has two separate access points–one for the 2.4GHz band and the other for the 5GHz band–that can work simultaneously. As well, the E4200 v2 offers another wireless network on the 2.4GHz band for guests. Guest networking is great for when you want to share the Internet with others without giving them access to your local resources, such as files or printers. Setup of this router is simple using Cisco Connect an application that helps you set up and manage the router. You can be up and running in less than 5 minutes with Cisco Connect..but you do lose a bit of flexibility for example Cisco Connect sets up a single wireless network combining the two networks for the 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band, so that they share the same name and the same password. The Apple Airport Extreme is set up this way as well. Trouble is you can’t pick which band to use with dual-band clients. For this reason I prefer to use the web based interface (at 192.168.1.1) which gives me access to all the settings and allows me to give different names to the 2.4 and 5GHz access points. I like to keep the home computers on the 2.4GHz AP and the TVs on the 5GHz network. I have been impressed with this router..performance is excellent and I can use the full 25/7gbs bandwidth of my Internet connection anywhere inside or out side of my house. I also have had no trouble streaming two different movies to two different TVs. I also have been impressed with the performance using a USB drive connected to the router to backup all the computers on my home network. As far as I am concerned this is the best home wireless router you can buy and I recommend it if you need performance and range. It is $179.99 at most stores computers and accessories are sold.