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Cisco Linksys E2000-CA Wireless-N Dual Band Router
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Belkin International, Inc Linksys E2000 Wireless Router - IEEE 802.11n (E2000-CA)
For those looking for a router with true value for money, the Linksys E2000 should make it on top of their list. With its simple, compact form and affordable price, it delivers more than what’s expected of a below-average router.
The Linksys E2000 belongs to the more budget-friendly spectrum of Cisco’s E series routers. With its svelte UFO design, this router looks more like a slim, cool-looking CD player. As with all routers in the series, the E2000 comes with a CD-ROM copy of the Cisco Connect Software which makes the installation a piece of cake. With this program, even newbies can setup a wireless network, because it will do most of the job. Perhaps the most complicated thing that a user has to do is input his user name and password at the end of the process.
Unlike the E1200, thankfully, the E2000 has status LED lights and is wall-mountable. It has the customary built in firewall and supports all the standard encryptions that most routers can. Users will also appreciate its guest client network option. With it, friends and visitors can access the internet without gaining full access to the user’s network shared files. However, restricting web access through its parental controls dashboard doesn’t offer the same convenience. As it doesn’t have keyword filtering, one has to input blacklisted URLs to each of the network’s clients making this task very tiresome.
Another good thing about the E2000 is that it can run both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks; the bad news, it can’t do it simultaneously. Once a user chooses what band to use, he can never undo it, making it, essentially, a single band router. But whichever band is picked, users are guaranteed to get the most out of it. Even with heavy internet traffic on extended periods of time, this router maintains solid connection with every client within the 35-meter effective range. The 5-GHz band was slower than expected, though, overall, it has an impressive wireless throughput, even besting that of other routers in the same price bracket.
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