Cisco Linksys E4200, among the fastest routers we've tested

Cisco Linksys E4200, among the fastest routers we've tested
Rating
Overall:

The Cisco Linksys E4200 dual band router is fast, particularly over 5GHz, but a little light on features for such an expensive cable router

Performance:
5
Features & Design:
4
Value for Money:
2
Price
Price: $275
> Pricing info
Browse this Review:   Next

Cisco's sleek-looking router boasts a super-fast 450Mbits/sec top speed, but how does it fare in our tests?

 

Cisco’s dual-band E4200 is the first router we’ve come across that’s rated at 450Mbits/sec. That sounds impressive but, as with all routers, the real-world speeds you can achieve differ vastly from these headline speeds. Also, that top speed is achievable only over 5GHz, and you need a compatible wireless adapter – we tested with Intel’s Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300.
 
Given the right conditions, it’s a quick router. Over 5GHz at close range we achieved an average speed of 161.1Mbits/sec when sending large files from our test laptop to another machine hooked up to one of the E4200’s four Gigabit Ethernet ports. That’s 14Mbits/sec better than the fastest router we’ve previously seen in this test. However, it’s less consistent in other tests at close range. Speeds dropped to 95Mbits/sec when receiving the same files, and to 96Mbits/sec and 80Mbits/sec when transmitting and receiving small files. Over 2.4GHz, it’s slower still.
 
What’s most notable about the E4200 is its speed at long distance. Where most other routers slow dramatically or fail to connect consistently over 5GHz, the E4200 put in a sterling performance.
Despite lacking external antennae (there are six inside, three each for 2.4GHz and 5GHz), we measured transmit and receive rates of 51.5Mbits/sec and 50.7Mbits/sec for large files over a distance of 40m.
 
A single USB port enables NAS features, but speeds are slow at 5.4MB/sec for large file transfers, and there isn’t anything particularly distinctive in the web settings pages either. You can set up a guest network, and there are basic parental controls, but there’s no proper hardware VPN, VoIP or support for 3G dongles or printers.
 
For $275 we expect more. The Cisco Linksys E4200 is quick, but there are only a few adapters that allow you to take full advantage of its top speed.
 
 

Source: Copyright © PC Pro, Dennis Publishing

Browse this Review:   Next
See more about:  cisco  |  linksys  |  e4200  |  router  |  business  |  homeoffice  |  homenetworking  |  dualband
 
 

Readers of this article also read...

Unboxed: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning 

Unboxed: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning

 
Faster, lighter, more juice: meet 20 new laptops with Intel's new chip 

Faster, lighter, more juice: meet 20 new laptops with Intel's new chip

 
First Look: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 

First Look: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5

 
First Look: MSI Z87 Mpower MAX Motherboard 

First Look: MSI Z87 Mpower MAX Motherboard

 
A real archer on the accuracy of in-game bow-shooting 

A real archer on the accuracy of in-game bow-shooting

 
Comments: 1
j876
14 July 2011
The selection of SOHO routers isn't just about speed. It is also about ease of configuration and features in the firmware as the reviewer pointed out. I agree, at this price you expect more for a premium WiFi router.


Comment made about the PC & Tech Authority article:
Cisco Linksys E4200, among the fastest routers we've tested?
Cisco's sleek-looking router boasts a super-fast 450Mbits/sec top speed, but how does it fare in our tests?

What do you think? Join the discussion.
Comments have been disabled for this article.

Latest Comments

Latest Poll

What PC component are you planning to upgrade in the next six months










Ads by Google

From our Partners

PC & Tech Authority Downloads