The new Linksys/Cisco E4200 wireless router | Gadget Review | Singapore

The Cisco-Linksys ad in IT Show 2011 caught my sight. What is the key difference between the mainstream E3000 and this new E4200 model?

The E4200’s design is stylish, but doesn’t depart radically from previous E-series models: it retains the desktop form factor (it can be wall mounted) and rear-mounted Gigabit LAN ports and Gigabit WAN port (there’s no integrated DSL modem). A single USB port provides NAS functionality for attached storage devices, but the E4200 doesn’t support 3G dongles, webcams or printers. IPv6 support is promised via a firmware upgrade later this year.Linksys E4200 router features a whopping six antennas (internal and external) to support the largest houses and has dual-band grunt to provide 300Mbps throughput at 2.4GHz or 450Mbps at 5GHz.

However, to take advantage of the higher 450Mbps speed, the wireless clients need to support this, too. For now, you’ll need to have a laptop equipped with an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 or 5300 Wi-Fi adapter. In the future there will also be USB adapters and add-in cards that support this speed.

E4200 pic1

 

E4200 pic2

 

E4200 pic3

KEY COMPARISONS FOR ALL CISCO E Models:

 

E3000 E4200
Technology Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 or 5 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 and 5 GHz Wireless-N, 2.4 and 5 GHz
Speed 300 Mbps 300 Mbps (both bands) 300 Mbps 300 Mbps (both bands) 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz,
450 Mbps in 5GHz
Compatibility Wireless-N, -B and -G Wireless-N, -A, -B and -G Wireless-N, -B and -G Wireless-N, -A, -B and -G Wireless-N, -A, -B and -G
Ethernet Ports 4 x 10/100 4 x Gigabit 4 x 10/100 4 x Gigabit 4 x Gigabit
USB Port Support No No Storage Storage Storage
Wi-Fi Protected Setup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports UPnP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-In Media Server No No Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Security WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS
Setup Software OS Windows, Mac Windows, Mac Windows, Mac Windows, Mac Windows, Mac

 

Parental Control

  • Time-of-day access
  • Domain blocking

  • Time-of-day access
  • Domain blocking

No

  • Time-of-day access
  • Domain blocking

  • Time-of-day access
  • Domain blocking

Guest Access Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Setting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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