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Cisco released a range of networking products called “Valet” in 2010, designed to ease the installation and configuration procedure in home networks by transporting partially pre-configured routers implementing assisting software to aid you step by step through the setup process. The most popular Cisco routers include 837, 1000 Series, 2500 Series, 7600, 12000, 3600 Series, ASR Series, CRS-1 and CRS-3

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Cisco Linksys EA6500

Cisco Linksys SMART Wi-Fi Router EA6500 Wireless AC 802.11ac Dual-Band Gigabit 2xUSB DLNA SimpleTap ...


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Cisco Linksys EA6500
Cisco RV215W
Cisco Linksys Ea4500 Dual Band N900
Cisco RV042G
Cisco Linksys EA3500 N750
Cisco Linksys SMART Wi-Fi Router EA6500 Wireless AC 802.11ac Dual-Band Gigabit 2xUSB DLNA SimpleTap ...
Cisco RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router
Linksys Ea4500 Dual Band N900 App Enabled Wi-fi Home Base Gigabit Router (745883595327)
Cisco RV042G DUAL GIGABIT WAN VPN ROUTER
Cisco Linksys EA3500 (EA3500) N750 Wireless Router
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Aug 2012
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Router Functionalities
Firewall, IPv6 support
Firewall, DHCP Server, VPN Pass-Thru, Wireless Access Point
Firewall
Firewall, VPN Pass-Thru
Firewall
Connectivity
Wireless, Wired
Wireless
Wireless
Wireless
Included Adapter
Power adapter - External
Power adapter - External

  • With the latest firmware, the Linksys EA6500 makes a decent contender among the handful of its peers.


  • The cloud as management console with Cisco Connect Cloud raises the bar for router management and that capability coupled with fine performance makes the EA6500 a four star Editors' Choice for wireless routers.


  • Cisco has clearly spent a lot of time and effort on the EA6500's interface, and listened to customer feedback. It's full of excellent features and is great for setting QoS rules. Performance is outstanding on 5GHz in combination with both 802.11n- and 802.11ac clients, but on 2.4GHz a few other routers are faster. The EA6500 is an excellent 802.11ac router, but it isn't the cheapest. You can save money by buying a fast 802.11n router instead.


  • The Cisco RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router offers security-conscious small businesses a VPN server, wired and wireless networking, and firewall in one compact router. It falls short of being a great business-class router because of limited features and incremental improvements.


  • Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere.


  • The EA4500 is the update to the Linksys E4200 v2, designed to work with new upcoming router software from Cisco. Performance-wise it's on par as the E4200 v2, but for a chunk more change.


  • The Cisco EA4500 remains as well styled and constructed as the Cisco E4200. In general wireless performance, our tests suggested that this router falls a little behind the performance of the E4200. The Cisco Connect Cloud service is a neat idea, poorly rolled-out by a company that seemed to expect undiscriminating users to click through worrying terms and conditions without reading them. The latest revision to these terms for using CCC is less offensive, but could be changed again any time without the user being expressly notified.

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    Cisco has kept all the RV042 v3's features and added the goodness of Gigabit ports. My tests show that the higher bandwidth connectivity provides a significant boost in routing throughput and a smaller goose to IPsec performance. The main negative for the G is the $50 premium (~35%) Cisco wants for the faster ports. Those little Gigabit switch chips sure must be expensive.

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    Performance wise, Cisco hasn't made any great strides forward with the EA3500. If anything, when compared with Cisco's original "N750" router, the E4200, performance is a bit lower in some cases. But as it seems with many routers today, performance is close enough that it will probably be hard to see a clear improvement in speed or range under real-world conditions. But the EA3500 and the other members of its family aren't really a performance play.


  • If you are looking for a Wi-Fi router that is friendly to setup and manage and still want powerful hardware, consider the EA3500.