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Cisco-Linksys E4200 Wireless Router Review


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Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router:

114 - 179 USD (Amazon Link)

117 Euros (Media Markt Link)

 

 

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- I bought this one after the Cisco-Linksys WRT160N router broke. Specifically in mind that I wanted to be able to game and stream a movie or show at the same time. I live in the Netherlands, so I have a VPN to the USA with a Netflix account.

 

- So far (after a year) this router is great and still runs perfectly. I am able to play online (Starcraft 2, Cod4, Cod MW3, World of Warcraft, and Diablo), while connected to the VPN and streaming a movie off of Netflix.

 

- I decided to attach a fan to this router, I will make a tutorial soon on how I did that later

 

- Also, this router is dual-band. Meaning it supports 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. Now the 5GHz is useless to most people, because their computer does not support it. But if you are like me, you have wireless card in your desktop which does support 5GHz. I will make a review of that wireless card as well. The advantage of having dual band, is that there are almost no devices with 5.0GHz, so you will not have any interference. The disadvantage is that you will lose a bit of range. The range reduction was not a big problem for me, even though the wireless router is on the ground floor (1st for the Americans) and my desktop is on the 2nd floor (3rd floor for the Americans).

 

- To put a VPN directly on the router, you need to install the DD-WRT software on the router. Linksys' default software does not support putting VPN on the router itself.

 

 

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Advantages:

Dual Band: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz

-- Good: no interference with other devices

-- Bad: lose a bit of range

 

Gaming, download, and steaming work great, even at the same time

 

Supports DD-WRT software  (DD-WRT Link)  [ RB updated Link 16July18 ]

 

Disadvantages:

Gets hot, so you need a fan or a good location

 

Have to install DD-WRT software to put VPN on the router itself

 

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1. If you are curious whether or not your router supports DD-WRT, you can check here

 

2. If you are curious about which VPN I use, I use StrongVPN.

 

3. If you are curious about my desktop wireless card, check here:

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