Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router comparison

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Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router

Linksys E2500 Multiple User N600 WiFi Router
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NetGear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400

NetGear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400
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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi 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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Price $70 to $193 at 7 stores $69 to $123 at 14 stores $116 to $247 at 6 stores $41 to $63 at 4 stores $87 to $138 at 8 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.4 (3.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 14 reviews 2.5 stars out of 78 reviews 2.0 stars out of 19 reviews 1.5 stars out of 11 reviews 2.5 stars out of 53 reviews
Release date March 08, 2011 September 03, 2010 April 09, 2012 March 08, 2011 October 21, 2010
The Bottom Line Though far from perfect, the Linksys E2500's ease of use, nice design, and reasonable price make it a very good router for a small home or apartment. The Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 is a great dual-band router for any home at an affordable price. Its lack of Gigabit Ethernet might steer enthusiasts away, however. 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. Underpowered but supereasy to use and affordable, the Linksys E1200 makes a good entry-level Wireless-N router for home users. The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
System Requirements Microsoft Windows 7
Apple MacOS X 10.4.11 - 10.6.1
Microsoft Windows XP SP3
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
UNIX
Microsoft Windows 2000 / ME / XP/ Vista
Microsoft Windows 7
Apple MacOS
Linux
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Power Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable AC 120/230 V
Features DHCP server
Wall mountable
Parental control
Quality of Service (QoS)
VPN passthrough
Port forwarding
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
128-bit encryption
MAC address filtering
Firmware upgradable
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
NAT support
DoS attack prevention
Firewall protection
Green Ethernet
ReadySHARE
Live Parental Controls
Push ā€˜Nā€™ Connect button
Broadband usage meter
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
NAT support
Quality of Service (QoS)
Multiple SSID support
Firmware upgradable
Info unavailable DHCP server
Firewall protection
Quality of Service (QoS)
DMZ port
VPN passthrough
Port forwarding
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
MAC address filtering
Firmware upgradable
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support
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
Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Info unavailable Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Environmental Standards Info unavailable Yes
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Product Description Linksys E2500 Advanced Dual-Band N Router - Wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 - Wireless router - None - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
Info unavailable Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router - Wireless router - 802.11b/g/n - Desktop
ASUS RT-N56U - Wireless router - None - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
Microsoft Certification Compatible with Windows 7
Compatible with Windows 7
Info unavailable Compatible with Windows 7
Info unavailable
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
UPnP
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
IEEE 802.11a
Wi-Fi Protected Setup
IEEE 802.11b
Info unavailable IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
UPnP
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3
Remote Management Protocol HTTPS
HTTP
HTTP
Info unavailable HTTP
HTTP
Routing Protocol Static IP routing
RIP
RIP-1
RIP-2
Info unavailable Static IP routing
RIP
Info unavailable
Weight 15.9 oz
1.1 lbs
0.7 lbs
8.9 oz
11.6 oz
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
1 year warranty
Info unavailable 1 year warranty
Info unavailable
Enclosure Type Desktop
Desktop
Info unavailable Desktop
Desktop
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Info unavailable Info unavailable 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Packaged Quantity 1
1
Info unavailable 1
1
Localization Info unavailable North America
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.9 in x 7.1 in x 1.4 in
8.8 in x 6 in x 1.2 in
6.9 in x 1.1 in x 7.5 in
7.4 in x 6 in x 1.2 in
6.8 in x 5.7 in x 2.4 in
Network / Transport Protocol Info unavailable TCP/IP
PPPoE
Info unavailable Info unavailable L2TP
PPTP
PPPoE
Data Link Protocol Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
Info unavailable Info unavailable 300 Mbps
300 Mbps
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