New Cisco Linksys EA4500 Gigabit Router Wireless N | for Fibre Optics Broadband SG | IT Gadget Review

Few months back, Cisco Linksys has released the new series of routers – Cisco Linksys EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700. I have used Linksys routers and Cisco Small Business routers before and they have never failed in terms of performance & reliability.

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Though they look like models in the earlier E Series but they have more-powerful hardware and support Cisco Connect Cloud, the next generation of Cisco Connect software. The EA4500, for example, looks exactly the same as the original Linksys E4200, but the differences inside are significant.

The “A” designation being short for “app-enabled”.

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Cisco Connect Cloud is a Web-based portal that is designed to make it possible to quickly and easily manage multiple home networks from anywhere in the world. And in the category of “home network,” Cisco now includes home appliances, not just computers and electronic equipment. The company says it has been working with top device manufacturers to simplify the process of getting their network products — such as TVs and home appliances — connected, and to get them communicating more with one another to offer new consumer experiences.

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EA4500 supporting 450Mbps on both bands (2.4ghz and 5ghz). They come with one USB port to host an external hard drive and work as a network storage server with media-streaming capability. They also support IPv6 and guest networking.

More important, EA4500 works perfectly with the singapore fibre optical broadband (Nucleus connect) and supports AirPlay among iOS devices with the latest Apple TV generation 3.

If you wish to read more about preparing your new home for the fibre optics broadband in Singapore, you can refer to M1 Fibre Broadband article.

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Summary of EA4500 Features:

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• Ultra fast wireless speed connectivity (up to 450 +450 Mbps)
• Simultaneous dual-band to maximize throughput and help avoid network interference
• Maximum range and reliability with full 3×3 MIMO antenna array
• Gigabit ports for speeds 10x sfaster than Ethernet
• USB Port to add a range of devices such as storage and printers
• Cisco Connect Cloud (Available summer 2012) – Get anywhere, anytime access to your home network from a browser or mobile device. Plus, optimize your online experiences with included apps.

Summary of EA4500 Technical Specifications :

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• Model – LInksys EA4500
• Technology – Wireless-N
• Bands – Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
• Transmit/Receive – 3×3 for 2.4GHz, 3×3 for 5GHz
• Antennas – 6 Internal
• OS Compatibility – Windows, Mac
• Software Setup – CD Install
• Ethernet Ports x Speed – 4 x Gigabit
• Cisco Connect Software – Yes, App Enabled
• USB Port – Yes, Shared Storage, Virtual USB and Media Server
• Product Dimensions –  2.8 x 12 x 9.2 inches ; 2 pounds

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  12 comments for “New Cisco Linksys EA4500 Gigabit Router Wireless N | for Fibre Optics Broadband SG | IT Gadget Review

  1. Max Goh
    June 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Dear sir

    How are you? I hope everything is fine. I saw your exciting and useful write up regarding Singnet Fiber Optics and I have a couple of questions that I hope you can assist me. I would like to know if Linksys E4200 & EA4500 support VLAN Tagging? If not, may I know what is the settings on these Linksys Routers if I have to use in conjunction with the Singtel’s 2Wire 5012NV Router? From the 2wire, do I connect it to the WAN input of the Linksys Router? Your kind assistance in this matter will be very much appreciated.

    Best Regards

    Max Goh

    • Alan Soon
      June 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Both does not support VLAN. Why do you need to have 2 routers inter connected? if you need to expand the ports, go and buy a simple switch. If you wish to change and use the Linksys router, then u may need to get a separate modem.

      • Max Goh
        June 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Dear Alan, thanks for your reply. FYI, I am not planning to use 2 routers but just would like to know how should I do the settings to make it work with Singnet Fibre Optic. What I have now is the E4200 Linksys router. Singnet is coming to install the Fibre Optic in my house next month and i am trying to get prepared. What i would like to do is to replace the Singnet’s 2Wire 5012NV Router with my E4200 or EA4500 (if this is the only Linksys model that will work, i will have to buy it). Since you mentioned both Routers does not support VLAN, I reckon that means both units will not work, correct? If that is the case, can you kindly recommend a good and reliable unit that can be used to replace the Singnet unit. Thank you! Max

  2. Max Goh
    June 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Dear Alan, in your review above you mentioned that EA4500 works perfectly with the singapore fibre optical broadband, may I know how do you actually connect and configure the EA4500? Can I do the same as you if I use my E4200 to replace the Singnet 2wire Router and configured it the same way as yours? Kindly advise – thank you! Max

    • Alan Soon
      June 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      The Cisco standard configuration should suffice for you. It does allows more advanced settings e.g. port forwarding, mac filtering etc if you need them in near future. Be sure to inform Singtel so that they can make arrangement before you hook up you router replacement. VOIP will be gone as cisco routers to not support it.

      • Max Goh
        June 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

        Based on your reply, am I correct to say that I can use my existing linksys E4200 to completely replace the Singnet 2Wire 5012NV for the Fibre Optic connection? Kindly confirm. Thank you!

        • Alan Soon
          June 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

          Have no experience with Singnet 2Wire 5012NV. Maybe you can call Singtel first before the swap. E4200 should work as good as EA4500 though lower specs.

          • Max Goh
            June 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

            Thank you, Alan!

  3. YH Ang
    June 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Dear Alan,

    Thanks for the fantastic review, I have bought the EA4500 for my M1 fibre broadband installing on Wednesday. However I have an urgent and burning question regarding the signal strength. Currently the fibre will be in my living room on the first storey, and the furthest the range can go is to the 2nd level living room and the 3rd storey has very weak signals or no connection at all.

    Any tips on how I can boost the signal strength? I have read online on alot of websites which recommend, access point, range extender/repeater. However access point requires wired connection to the router. I do not want any wires as it would be messy. Appreciate your advice. Thanks alot! 🙂

    • Alan Soon
      June 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      You can try using connection via 2 home-plugs with one plug connected to the router, the other to another wireless AP. A caution here, the circuitry has to be the same and without noise filtering or surge protection. Using this method, the connecting speed will also be limited by the speed of the homeplugs.

      Try to research more on home-plugs before u dive into it.

      cheers!

  4. jansen
    May 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    hi alan,

    Like to ask, if i have a 2 storey home and have issues with poor signal strength and slow internet speed, and if i only want to get the best signal strength (via wireless mode)for the fastest internet speeds, which CISCO modem would you recommend? Not sure whether ES4500 is a bit overkill.

    I am using 100MBPS starhub fiber optics, with standard Open net provided hardware. Possible Usage mode are 2 desktops, 2 Laptops and 5 mobile devices, which at any point in time, may have 3-4 devices running concurrently.

    I’m not much of a technie so hope you can explain in more ‘layman’ terms.

    Thank you very much 🙂

  5. Wildy66
    June 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Wildy66,
    Dear sir
    I want to config my Linksys EA4500 has 2 function (all of device are using wireless). The first function I want to make a SSID dedicate for guest, with this function the user only access to internet and can not access to our local network. the second function I want to make a SSID for all employes in my company, with this function our employes can be access internet and our local network. Would you give some solution to config two those function on my linksys EA4500
    Thank so much!

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