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Ok, so the title was a bit of a lie, I am not actually using this router at the moment. I sold it to a friend a month or two ago and am now using a new one. However, I wish I had kept it for myself because I really did love this router!
I bought this router because the ISP provided routers really do not cut it. They tend to have poor range, are slow cut out and are prone to interference from other devices around the house. This router solves all of these problems and more!
Firstly, lets talk about the wireless signal from this router:
This router uses a dual band 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz signal. For those of you who do not understand this, most wireless devices operate in the 2.4Ghz frequency and using a bit of A-Level Physics, I can tell you that through the effect of superposition, having more than one of these signals in the same place will cause interference and can cause issues with the signal - possibly even making some devices not work. This router gets around this by using a far less busy 5Ghz band, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz are practically identical in terms of performance and the only difference is that 5Ghz will not have as much interference usually - however if everybody in your area had the same idea then interference would start again and hence you may wish to switch back to 2.4Ghz, it is nice to have the option.
Also, this router ofers a range of Wi-Fi technologies a, b, g and n. Thee technologies are essentially the generations of Wi-Fi with a being the earliest and n being the most recent, every generation improves range and performance. However to use these signals, you must have a devices which can recognise them e.g. if you have a router which can send out n signals but only have a device which can receive b signals, it will not work. Thais router is clever and for this scenario will revert to a b signal so that you can still use your Wi-Fi with this device but without the enhancements made by g and n generations.
This router is not the most user friendly, partly because of the multitude of features and also just because it isn't very well setup in general. To set up the router you must connect to an online service, this is designed so that you can maintain the router and manage it from all over the world as long as you and it have an internet connection. However it just adds to the complexity and makes it slower to manage in general.
The design of the router is very nice. It looks very modern and unlike many routers is not an eye-saw, it is actually not easy to tell that it is a router and I did have a couple of people asking what in fact it was in the lounge for the time I had it. The shades of black used to fit in very well with the house and made the routers actually looks more expensive - I tend to find that white routers seem cheap to look at, as do many electronic devices. Although that is just my personal opinion.
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|Product Description:||Linksys EA4500 - wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n - desktop|
|Device Type:||Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)|
|Data Link Protocol:||Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz|
|Routing Protocol:||RIP, static IP routing|
|Remote Management Protocol:||HTTP, HTTPS|
|Features:||128-bit encryption, NAT support, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), dynamic DNS server, MAC address filtering, IPv6 support, VPN passthrough, parental control, firmware upgradable, wall mountable, Quality of Service (QoS), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), DHCP server, port forwarding, UPnP Media Server|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, IEEE 802.11n, DLNA CERTIFIED, UPnP|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||22.5 cm x 16 cm x 2.5 cm|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|