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Cisco Linksys E4200 review

Style and substance in dual-band trim

Our Verdict

A potentially lightning fast 5GHz router that doesn't seem to make the most of its expensive abilities

For

  • 3x3 5GHz antenna
  • Solid 2.4GHZ performance
  • Gigabit LAN ports

Against

  • Odd bent for CD installation
  • Fails to make the most of 450 Mbps connection

Overview

Staking its claim in the dual-band 5GHz/2.4GHz world, Cisco has released the Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router.

Unlike the Netgear Dual Band DGND3300, the Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router is just a DSL router, so in the same vein as the Asus RT-N56U.

Again unlike the Netgear DGND3300 it offers four full Gigabit LAN ports, alongside the DSL port. For optimum performance it uses a 3x3 antenna array and so can offer 450Mbps connections at 5GHz.

We also spied a single USB port to provide NAS and UPnP services from a USB drive and there's an actual power switch, which we always like to see. A WPS button is tucked at the back to make adding supported devices a one-push affair.

Clearly Cisco is trying to up the game with packaging and design, which attempts to ape Apple products such as the iPad 2. It certainly gets close in terms of design but doesn't quite manage the same levels of finesse.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas6
Wireless Transmission Speed450 Mbps
Brand NameLinksys
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
Height225 mm
Width25 mm
Depth160 mm
ManufacturerBelkin International, Inc
Product ModelE4200
Product NameE4200 Wireless-N Router
Manufacturer Part NumberE4200
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.belkin.com/uk
Marketing Information

The Linksys E4200 is a powerful simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N router optimized for maximum wireless experience. A built-in USB port and UPnP media server lets you stream HD videos seamlessly directly from your router to your wireless devices. Share files with other computers wirelessly, with network speeds of up to 450 Mbps. Maximize gaming performance with the router's 4 Gigabit ports. Plus, the latest version of Cisco Connect software gets you set up in a few simple steps and offers powerful tools for managing your wireless network.

Weight (Approximate)355 g