Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

The Good Cisco's Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 offers excellent performance, a nice set of features, and a completely new home networking experience with the Cisco Connect Cloud solution.

The Bad The Linksys EA4500's 2.4Ghz band performance could use some improvement, and the router requires a live connection with Cisco for users to access and manage its features/settings.

The Bottom Line Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

If you want a robust router for your home network that works so well that once set up you can just forget about it, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 is not necessarily for you. This is a router that you will check on regularly, not so much because you have to, but more because you want to.

The router is the first in the Linksys EA series that Ciscolaunched two months ago. It didn't get reviewed until now because the heart of the new series, the Cisco Connect Cloud solution, went live just last week. After playing with the new cloud-based approach to home routers for a few days, I can confidently say that it will change the way you think about networking entirely, mostly for better.

Note that this is the review of the Linksys EA4500 router. I did a separate review of the Cisco Connect Cloud solution for home networking that can be found here.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand Cisco
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 900 Mbps
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