Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router comparison

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Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
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Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router
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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
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Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router
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Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router
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Price $165 at 1 store $89 to $118 at 5 stores $51 to $144 at 4 stores $209 to $221 at 4 stores $127 to $140 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 85 reviews 2.5 stars out of 53 reviews 2.0 stars out of 19 reviews 3.0 stars out of 13 reviews 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews
Release date January 14, 2011 October 21, 2010 April 09, 2012 September 24, 2013 December 23, 2011
The Bottom Line The Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router is the first advanced router from Cisco that will make both novice and savvy users happy, thanks to its easy-to-use desktop application, comprehensive Web interface, great design, and stellar performance. The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market. 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. For advanced and professional users, the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, and bounty of useful features. Though not perfect, the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router would make an excellent network gateway for home and small-office environments.

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Features See What's the Same or What's different
System Requirements Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later
Apple MacOS X 10.6
Microsoft Windows 7
Apple MacOS X 10.5
Microsoft Windows XP SP3
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Power Info unavailable AC 120/230 V
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Features DHCP server
RADIUS support
Firewall protection
Parental control
Port forwarding
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
NAT support
MIMO technology
Quality of Service (QoS)
DMZ port
VPN passthrough
128-bit encryption
MAC address filtering
Firmware upgradable
UPnP Media Server
DHCP server
FTP server
Samba support
Packet filtering
BitTorrent Client
Built-in 2 port Hi-Speed USB hub
URL filtering
IP address filtering
Quality of Service (QoS)
EZ UI
Syslog support
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
MAC address filtering
UPnP Media Server
Firmware upgradable
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Interrupt status port (ISP)
Dual-band for Lag-free Entertainment
NAT support
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Traffic Control
IPv4 support
DoS attack prevention
On/off switches
URL filtering
Print server
microSD card slot
DLNA Media Server
Syslog support
MAC address filtering
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
NAT support
Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
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Product Description Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router - Wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
ASUS RT-N56U - Wireless router - None - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
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Microsoft Certification Compatible with Windows 7
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Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
UPnP
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.3ab
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3
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IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
Remote Management Protocol HTTPS
HTTP
HTTP
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Routing Protocol Static IP routing
RIP
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Weight 12.5 oz
11.6 oz
0.7 lbs
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Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
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Enclosure Type Desktop
Desktop
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Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
2.4 GHz
5 GHz
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5 GHz
Packaged Quantity 1
1
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.9 in x 6.3 in x 1 in
6.8 in x 5.7 in x 2.4 in
6.9 in x 1.1 in x 7.5 in
Info unavailable 13.8 in x 10.6 in x 5.9 in
Network / Transport Protocol PPTP
IPSec
L2TP
PPPoE
L2TP
PPTP
PPPoE
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PPTP
DDNS
FTP
PPPoE
Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Info unavailable Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Data Transfer Rate Info unavailable 300 Mbps
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