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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Linksys E2500 WiFi Router

Linksys E2500 Review

I purchased this router from our CompUSA store for $79.95 a few days ago to replace a WRT54GL (pictured at right) that performed admirably for many years before being fried by lightning. The Linksys E2500 Router is billed as an Advanced Dual-Band N Router for active online households and home offices. I figured that meant that it was a robust device with lots of connectivity options, which led to my one disappointment with the unit -- it does not support wireless bridging or repeating functions.

I wanted to bridge the E2500 (pictured at left) with an older Motorola WR850G to extend the Wireless G range in my home. Most of my devices still use G, with my work laptop and Roku box being the exceptions. I
had this working just fine with the previous router. Without doing the bridge, the Wireless G coverage in my home is not any better than it was with the old one and is maybe even a little less. I am
hoping that Linksys adds the Bridging and Repeating functions to the E2500 in a future software update. The hardware should certainly be able to support it.

Wireless N coverage with this router appears to be very good. I have a Roku player installed at the opposite end of the house. It reports the Wireless N signal is excellent, and I have not noticed any sluggish performance in streaming media. The unit is sleek, attractive, and thin. It doesn't have any lights on the front. There are four 10/100 ethernet LAN ports and one 10/100 WAN port for connection to your Cable Modem or DSL. Another nice feature is it's support for a Guest Network that is firewalled from your internal devices.

Overall, I am satisfied with this purchase. I do hope that they update the software to support bridging and repeating, or that dd-wrt comes out with replacement firmware. I would recommend the Linksys E2500 to others, especially if their need is mostly for Wireless N.

  • Fast Wireless N Connectivity
  • Good N Coverage
  • Easy set up
  • Advanced configuration available

  • No bridging or repeating functionality
  • No external antenna support
  • Less than exceptional G coverage

  • 300 + 300 Mbps Speed
  • 2.4 + 5.0 GHz Dual-Band Radios
  • Strong Signal Range
  • Parental Controls
  • Easy Setup
  • A/B/G/N WiFi Support
  • WPA/WPA2 Encryption
  • SPI Firewall
  • QoS Features
  • One Year Limited Warranty

Operating System Humor

Windows, Mac, and Linux go to the restroom and do their business. Windows washes his hands with just a little soap, and dries them with a small piece of towel. He says, Windows has to conserve system resources.

Mac washes his hands with lots of soap and water, and dries them with a long stretch of paper towel. He says, Macs are extravagant.

Linux walks over to the door and says, I don't make a mess all over myself ...

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