Linksys EA4500 dual-band wireless router review

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

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    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    0.00 / 5 (of 4 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 270.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Sing King

0.0

1

Pros
Do not buy this router
Cons
Do not buy this router
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Do not buy this router !!! Please read my story.
Sorry for my bad English, I will try to describe actually what happened to me.

My router s/n: 12A10603221032
Mac: 20AA4B7EA42C

1: I unpack this router given by my friend few days ago.
2: I connected to my router to my PC by LAN in order to access the system. NO work.
3: I inserted the CD into my laptop to run the "stupid" step up program on the CD. It detects the router. But never success because my modem does not have DHCP. Why the installation need Internet connection ?
I don't understand.
4: I was thinking to use a workaround to get into the system of EA4500. Finally, i use ipconfig/all command found the the gateway ip address and access the system by LAN.
5: I step up the router, everything seems to be fine and it worked for 2 days.
6: On the third day, I woke up and found I can connect to the Internet, but it is really slow.
7: I restart the router and my phone could not detect the wireless signal at all. The two led light beside Internet port stopped flashing and none of the other leds beside any ports work anymore.
8: I reset the router few times, same thing still. No single , no light flashing when cable connected. The white cisco light on the top constantly on.Tried reset heaps of times. Conclusion: It is bricked.
9: I called customer support. Get told it is out of warrentee because the product only has one year warentee.(I was like WTF? Great product!) Although I have got this router from my friend and only un-packed it for four and half days.(OK, my bad luck then. As I completely understand customer support cant do anything further without a receipt) But It is very rude to ask my friend for the receipt to get the warrentee for a router which is not suppose to be bricked within one year after purchase (Note, not un-pack).
10: I give up and write this note to everyone who is going to buy EA4500 N90. Learn from me.

Dear consumers, Note you can NOT use open-wrt for EA4500 because it uses Marvell processor other than the broadcom processor. Which one better? You can dig it out online. But I think you will quickly find the answer.

So for me now, it is complete a brick and personally I will not choose Cisco product in the future.

Ghassan Dweik

0.0

2

Pros
bandwidth
Cons
unstable
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This router is the worst i have ever worked with. Unstable and difficult to work with.

Grant

0.5

3

Pros
The ease of prioritizing items on your network
Cons
Worth It
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This router is the biggest piece of junk I've ever worked with and I work with a lot of different routers and brands. Note: I also program commercial routers i.e. Cisco, I also have had linksys routers for many years. This router, is a bookend, very difficult to setup. You cannot even select the encryption type, its the best kept secret. I find several of my older laptops (4 years old) will connect but cannot get the internet unless I remove the security. I've tried everything and note, the security type does match the router. I also cannot remote connect to my router through dyn dns. I can ping it, remotely, but it will not pass traffic, even with all defenses removed.
When you call technical support, they will tell you all kinds of reasons why this shouldn't be allowed and talk to you like a 4 year old; mostly because they don't listen to what is being said to them, instead they only know how to read off a script and if it doesn't fit the script, the problem doesn't exist. Save your money, the linksys routers you have known to be simple to setup, easy to work and reliable are dead, buy something different. I like D-Link now

Dan Rippedoff

0.0

4

Pros
Trying to find anything that is worth while
Cons
The Cisco Linksys ea4500 Router.
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As indicated in the review. The router is a true pain to setup. Had to go through several hoops as the CD is nothing but a coaster and the documentation for support is totally missing. Instead, you get online support and videos that are wonderful if you " it was already setup to the network". You spend an hour total on setup and will more than likely have to setup old network in order to get access so you can get info on how to use it.
Once running it seemed wonderful and easy to use. Fast speeds. 24hrs in I have put my router from 10 years ago back in. Network fails on any media download or video streaming. Just stops downloading or freezes.
The router boasts high traffic multiple device ability, but yet you have to prioritize devices for media use?? Shouldn't the router bend to demand of the network. Only slowing if a high number of devices are pulling data??
I for one can tell you that I now have a 200 dollar book end that lights up. Whereas my old no frills Belkin router has to be unplugged and plugged back in once or twice day. It's vastly superior to what the educated idiots at Cisco have packaged for you. Do yourself a favor and buy something standard. Only buy something like this after 5 years if development and guys like being ripped off.
Yes, I could spend countless hours on a support phone call with someone who speaks another language than me so that I could be even angrier with it. I have found that if its brine to start. There is no fixing it.
Low tech outdated router is running the following without slow downs or issues outside age:
(2) iPhone 5
(1) iPad HD
(2) kindle fire
(1) LG LM8600 55" Cinema 3D TV
(1) main station computer
Up to (4) laptops
(2) Nintendo DSI
(1) Xbox 360
(1) Nintendo wii
Whereas all of these are not drawing off the network at once. I would say at least 4-5 are at any given time.

NOW
New CISCO Linksys ea4500 lighted book end
(2) iPhone 5 - failed any media stream, picture download and huge Internet slow downs
(1) iPad with other devices powered down. Same Result as above.

All firmware updates completed(should be able to handle most recognizable wifi devices to date) and still it runs like dial up Internet and downloads pics and stream the same.

RESULT:
Use the KISS method on your network. I was snookered by multiple device abilities and higher speeds. I was also excited about having a guest channel and parental filtering for my son who is now getting out more.
DO NOT BUY THIS DEVICE!!!!!!

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