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Linksys EA4500 review

Prepare to think about (and use) your router in a completely different way

Our Verdict

For

  • Access your router anywhere
  • Apps give your greater control
  • Strong feature set

Against

  • 802.11ac is on the way

The Linksys EA4500 isn't like a normal router. It's more like a glimpse at the future of networking. The specification list includes dual-band Wireless-N, DLNA certification and support for gigabit Ethernet - although the imminent ratification of 802.11ac does cast a shadow over the EA4500.

But its innovation isn't down to the underlying technology. The reason the Linksys EA4500 shifts the game so much is down to its interface. This router supports the Cisco Connect Cloud, which means you can access your router from a website, anywhere you like - at home, at work, or out and about.

On top of that it supports apps as well, so you can control your home network using your iPhone or iPad. At the moment there are 12 apps available, six created by Cisco and six more from third parties.

These apps cover everything from disconnecting machines from your network and setting up IP cameras, to giving priority to streaming movies and pushing content to your smart TV.

There's great potential for more interesting apps as well. Setup is straightforward and performance is solid too, although you'll need dual-band Wireless-N devices to make the most of the wireless network.

Admittedly it is on the expensive side of things, and 802.11ac is on the way, but the web interface and apps makes this tempting all the same.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyEthernet
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyEA
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas6
Wireless Transmission Speed900 Mbps
Brand NameLinksys
Form FactorDesktop
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height25 mm
Width225 mm
Depth160 mm
Product SeriesEA
ManufacturerBelkin International, Inc
Product ModelEA4500
Product NameMaximum Performance Dual-Band Router
Manufacturer Part NumberEA4500-EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.belkin.com/uk
Marketing Information

Wireless-N technology

Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, your router offers maximum speed and range to create an ultra-powerful network designed for home theater performance. Connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices at blazingly fast transfer rates for an unrivaled experience.

The power of dual band

Double your network bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz). The dual-band feature is designed to avoid interference and optimize throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming.

SpeedBoost

Higher quality antenna technology helps maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home.

Advanced security

Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to help keep your network protected.

Package Contents
  • Maximum Performance Dual-Band Router
  • Network (Ethernet) Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Setup CD Containing Router Setup Software and Documentation
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)360 g