Cisco Linksys E3000
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: E3000
- Bottom Line:
- The Linksys E3000 is the first advanced router that's also easy to use for novices. It provides great wireless performance and has a good set of useful networking features. Its mediocre NAS performance and limited guest networking feature make it significantly less than perfect, however.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $168.34 - $390.32
- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo
- Reviewed on: 10/06/2010
The good: The Linksys High Performance Wireless-N Router E3000 delivers most of what you'd expect from a high-end router, including true dual-band, Gigabit Ethernet, fast throughput, a long range, NAS functionality, a nice set of networking features, and a good Web interface. It also has an aesthetically pleasing compact design and an intuitive software application to help home users set up and manage a home wireless network with ease.
The bad: The Linksys E3000's built-in network storage function lacks speed, and its Guest networking feature is limited. It doesn't support USB printers, and its Media Server doesn't work well with large video files. The included desktop application can't be used with the router's Web interface.
The bottom line: The Linksys E3000 is the first advanced router that's also easy to use for novices. It provides great wireless performance and has a good set of useful networking features. Its mediocre NAS performance and limited guest networking feature make it significantly less than perfect, however.
I haven't had any problems
by agmoney007 on April 8, 2010
Pros: four gigabit Ethernet ports its nice seeing connected at 1000mbps ; )
Cons: still don't have open and open xboxes that was the real reason I bought this router...so I am disappointed upnp is supposed to address that NAT issue
Summary: I would recommend this product simply for its range and 4 gigabit ports and half way working upnp lol it is possible to get two open xboxes using upnp with ...
Summary: I would recommend this product simply for its range and 4 gigabit ports and half way working upnp lol it is possible to get two open xboxes using upnp with one external ip address. But I have yet to do it with this router although I haven't tried all the fun stuff it just doesn't do it out of box. You would think by now cisco would catch on to who routers really mean a lot to Gamers and more than one behind the router because one gamer doesn't need a router or a high end one. It would be great one day to plug in two ps3s or xboxes and be like damn two open nats forever I love my life... without having a network+ but I guess not yet. The easy connect software was really easy considering that I have been setting up linksys routers for years including the famed nightmare wrt160n v2. and v3 and the older ones anyway buy it if you want a strong router
I do notice a difference especially with my sb6120
I can stream HD content off youtube or netflix with zero problems wireless even.
I stay connected wireless long range through many walls and floors where my old linksys wrt160n would drop all the time. I will be using the server usb for back up. I like the fact that I can have a guest network with a simple to use interface like as though I had a coffee shop all they need is a password. That also shows separately in a search from the 3 ssids it puts out one for 5mhz and 2.4mhz.
The built in upnp actually works well half way, for a linksys anyway. Linksys product's features never really worked anyways but now they seem to which is nice, two xboxs connected gets open and moderate(but not open and open) my file sharing program opened its port automatically. I used to get open and strict. Cisco put their name on it and took off linksys.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's great to have a router that finally works!
by UncleDouger on August 3, 2010
Pros: Very easy for a novice like me to install, using the included software. Excellent on-line help with the easy-to-read FAQs and the on-line chat. It works flawlessly. Coverage range in my house is over twice that of my old router.
Cons: The Cisco Connect software very freely tells anyone who sits down at your computer and starts this program what your User ID and passwords are. The software itself should have a password to access these settings.
Summary: I replaced my old Linksys WRT160N with this E3000 and my, what a difference! My old WRT160N had very poor range in my house, and the wireless part would quit ...
Summary: I replaced my old Linksys WRT160N with this E3000 and my, what a difference! My old WRT160N had very poor range in my house, and the wireless part would quit connecting to all of my computers at least once a week (the wired Ethernet port would still work on my desk computer). I had replaced the WRT160N once under warranty and updated the firmware, but no improvement. I was scared to death to install the new E3000 due to the terrible experience I had with the 160 installation. Before I installed the E3000 I read through the on-line FAQs which gave me the courage to proceed. Man, was it ever easy! The software did all the standard configuration, including assigning a unique SSID network name and password. After seeing that everything worked, I got brave and changed the 2.4 GHz SSID network name and password and also set up a guest account (using the Cisco Connect software as explained in the FAQs), and then logged into the router using its web-based utility and set up the separate 5.0 GHz SSID and password. People are complaining about needing to use both the Cisco Connect software and the web-based utility to access all of the router's settings, but I don't think that's an issue at all. The software warns you not to change the 2.4GHz SSID while in the web-based utility, so you can't mess up if you read the instructions!
This router has worked flawlessly for the past 2 weeks. It gives full signal bars anywhere in my 2-story house, and my laptop and iPhone connections are much faster than the 160 ever was. I have not yet used the USB mass-storage feature yet. I'll add to this post if I have any difficulties (not expecting any though).
I am extremely happy that I took the plunge and upgraded to this E3000 router.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Paradoxgrowth on February 1, 2011
Pros: I worked for a week
Cons: The product never really worked right.
Summary: I will never by another linksys or cisco product again. Your tech support/ customer service, aka india don't seem to care about you or your problem. you can tell ...
Summary: I will never by another linksys or cisco product again. Your tech support/ customer service, aka india don't seem to care about you or your problem. you can tell they hate their job. They never understand what I am talking about.
So i got a router from Newegg. A few months later the thing dies. I get on the phone with india and stay on there for an hour and half. He acts like i dont' know what im doing, yet I'M the network administrator. Then I am told that I have to PAY to send back the router that should have worked to begin with.
When I finally get the new one it acts like its some refurbished piece of crap. It has to be reseted many times for it to even work. then it drops ALL the time. also it will not let certain websites pass. I call and chat with cisco, i get placed on hold for an hour before I hang up. I am DONE. DONE WITH INDIA DONE WITH YOUR COMPANY. I will tell all my customers to by netgear. and I am posting this review on every website
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great access speed. Bad or frustrating config ability.
by PaKMan21 on July 4, 2010
Pros: Access speed is incredible. Much faster. Seems more reliable than other brands. Less conflict issues with bandwidth or cordless phones since the router also uses 5Ghz bandwidth.
Cons: Advanced users beware. Any changes of router name or IP address and the Cisco Connect software from your pc will not longer work.
Summary: 2 thumbs up for speed. I like the advanced features via the web browser. They (Cisco) need to add the ability to make changes to the guest VLAN via the ...
Summary: 2 thumbs up for speed. I like the advanced features via the web browser. They (Cisco) need to add the ability to make changes to the guest VLAN via the browser and not the software. Currently it is only supported via the CC software which is just great for novice or beginner users. Frustrating for advanced users who want more control.
Range seems a little better also. I can still get signal in my neighbors basement across the street. In my house the speed without any obstruction is 300 Mbps. Having the router connected in another room and having an AC unit and in wall humidifier between us I'm getting 144 Mbps. I also see 12 other wi-fi networks broadcasting in my area. I'm pretty happy with that.
Making changes to your "guest network" without setting the router name back to default is impossible if you do so. The CC software will not recognize the new router name and will not connect to allow new changes. I couldn't get the browser to prompt for password for guest access after making advanced changes. Cisco support wanted me to rerun the CC software setup utility which wouldn't connect because I made changes to the router.
I'll be looking for firmware updates that incorporate those changes. Once that happens I'd rate the router with higher stars.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Doesn't favor advanced users
by VolunteerTech on May 10, 2010
Pros: Great for non-tech users who need a good router that is plug and play.
Cons: EXPERIENCED USERS BEWARE!! Once you choose advanced options you cannot manage the unsecured guest network! You must UNINSTALL the software and reinstall it anytime you want to make changes to the guest network - passwords, etc. VERY annoying.
Summary: If you don't need to tweak anything - this is the router for you. If you do need more control - this is a major pain. I'm sorry ...
Summary: If you don't need to tweak anything - this is the router for you. If you do need more control - this is a major pain. I'm sorry I purchased the item and plan to return it due to this issue. This advice was straight from Cisco's online support. I'm not sure why one network function would be accessible and others wouldn't be.
6 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by scorpeon2636 on April 21, 2010
Pros: Fast wireless N router. Everything I need to run at the speeds I need with 25/25 FIOS. Has alot of uses with the Web Interface. Program Interface is good for the more basic user. Easy to setup. So far reliable.
Cons: Can't use web interface with the program interface. Its pretty much one or the other (If Advanced user I would use web. If basic I would use Program). Thats all I have so far though.
Summary: Perfect for what I need. Apple store guy at best buy was telling me to get the Airport Extreme but when I saw the editor reviews were better with the ...
Summary: Perfect for what I need. Apple store guy at best buy was telling me to get the Airport Extreme but when I saw the editor reviews were better with the linksys router I figured I would go with what I know.
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Router has problems
by Netguy27 on July 16, 2010
Pros: The router has a set of programmable options for the advanced user, but also has an easier setup GUI for novice users. The router comes with Gigabit Ethernet ports Dual-band, guest network and built-in USB for network storage.
Cons: HOT!!! Due to design flaws this device will run hot no matter where you place it. The heat dramatically impacts performance from this device.
Summary: I am a network administrator by trade. I originally purchased this device to allow for media streaming and online gaming to several devices on my network to include a Home ...
Summary: I am a network administrator by trade. I originally purchased this device to allow for media streaming and online gaming to several devices on my network to include a Home Server. I owned this server for 45 days before returning it to the store.
This router has several features that make it an attractive device. Unfortunately, the design of this router does not allow for adequate ventilation and therefore it overheats even when placed on a flat surface. Overheating caused devices to drop from the network and not reconnect, packet loss, slow/poor performance in the GUI and regular internet routing. Another problem I had with this router is that after 2 separate occurrences of power loss, the router lost all configurations, though they were ?saved?. I contacted Linksys customer support about this issue and was told that this router is not designed to run 24/7. After reprogramming the network and router for the second time, I decided to take Linksys?s advice and return this router for the Valet Plus. I immediately saw better performance, and after 24 hours, I could feel a temperature difference between the two devices.
This device requires separate cooling or the removal of power when not in use to remain stable. I would not recommend this device to anyone, and would rather suggest looking into the Valet Plus which is Cisco?s latest generation router based on this architecture.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simple, Elegant, Sophisticated.
by firefoxtamer on September 22, 2010
Pros: Simple Interface, easy "fool proof" installation, nice options, excellent range and optimal speeds on a high speed network.
Cons: Still have not found any....
Summary: Despite some of the negative reviews floating around out there the installation for myself was simply a breeze. With a wireless scanner/printer, draft printer, and media server attatched to ...
Summary: Despite some of the negative reviews floating around out there the installation for myself was simply a breeze. With a wireless scanner/printer, draft printer, and media server attatched to the router my network is running as smooth as if it were on a much more expensive router. Whilst yes there are faster routers out there, and yes there are probably simpler software configurations floating around, I found this router to be simply amazing! The installation on my network took no more than twenty minutes. Wireless devices in my home are (6) laptops (3) desktops, (2) WiFi Printer/Scanners, (1) WiFi drafting printer, (2) Mini media centers (Linux Based.) Attached to the device is a HDD array providing plenty of remote storage. I think the lesson that any consumer should learn is to study, read comments and reviews and view the technical specifications of any home electronic device they are going, or planning to purchase before they buy it! Make sure that this device is what you need, and make sure it matches your computing skill level before hand. While I wish that the device supported NTFS it is okay because I read about this router before purchasing and was able to set up my entire systems accordingly before I "jumped in." This router also provides excellent support for P2P applications (will not slow down your IC speeds if set up properly.) Simple QoS interfacing, and incredible parental controls are a few of the perks that attracted me to this handsome routing station. If you read your instructions, and follow the directions correctly installation will be very painless. There is no need for a two-hour installation, unless you don't read the instructions or perhaps have little computing experience. However, inasmuch I think that novice PC users will find the initial set-up and installation of this router as simple as a professional IT would. The software pretty much does the work for you, and one of the interesting and very nice features of this router is that once the initial install and setup is completed you can create a USB key that can be plugged in to any computer, and then that computer will be added to the network automatically. I do not see how much simpler a router could get honestly. As far as tech support is concerned, I cannot comment on that - as I have never found a need to make contact with them. As with most routers firmware upgrades will be readily available with the progression of time. So, if you are looking for a nice router, with some nice options then I would suggest this to you. However, if you are a very advanced computer user and think the options are a little weak for this router keep in mind that there are other routers out there that have many more options. But in the same hand if you are that advanced you would have already done your homework on this router and decided that it was not for you, therefore not have "wasted" your money on it.
Excellent product (if it is what you need.)
And please study this router to make sure it suits your needs before purchasing this, or any other device for that matter.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very disappointed at this router
by jh5043 on August 1, 2010
Pros: No significant pros in this router Compared to WRT54G. The only pro I can positively say is that it looks pretty.
Cons: Mediocre performance in its NAS, 5GHz band constantly disconnect, one of the worst customer service. Useless Cisco Connect software which did not work for me at all even after spending > an hour with the clueless tech support
Summary: I bought this router simply because the claimed speed and the additional features such as dual band and guest network, and the NAS. It turned out a big disappointment. First ...
Summary: I bought this router simply because the claimed speed and the additional features such as dual band and guest network, and the NAS. It turned out a big disappointment. First problem was the installation. The CCS just does not work, no matter what I do, it simply can't find the router even though the router is directly connected to my laptop. After wasted more than an hour with the tech support who seemed to be clueless how the product works, I decided to set it up manually thru the GUI interface. Got it to work. Then after a couple of hours, I noticed that the network drop offs. First is my VOIP phone does not work, then the laptops lost connection. I found out that the router was hot to touch. Had to go to walmart to buy some of those sliders to put underneath to raise it up.
The router now does not get that hot anymore, however, it still drops off from time to time for the both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band, with the 5GHz band drops off much more frequently. My VOIP phone which is wired to the router also drops from time to time. I never had the drop off problem with the WRT54G router.
There is no option in the GUI interface to allow configuration for guest network. The tech support told me that the guest network only works with the CCS which refused to install on my computers since it can not detect the router. By the way I have four different computers at home, 3 laptops and 1 desktop. None of them can install.
The speed and throughput were supposed to be much better than the WRT54G based on the reviews and spec. However, I did not notice too much difference between these two.
The four Gigbit ports do seem to perform quite a bit better than the WRT54G. Since I only use the wired connection to my VOIP adapter, those gigbit ports are not as useful.
Overall, the router is a failure. It's been hyped by too much. If you have a working WRT54G, it certainly does not worth the money to upgrade to the E3000 model.
5 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fast router, not so good for storage networking.
by vaclavp on May 2, 2010
Pros: Fast data transfer, easy to set up, nice compact unit, long range
Cons: Issues with external storage format compatibility, technical support located overseas is hard to understand,
Summary: Other NAS drives are lot faster than E3000 USB attached external drive. It would be nice if Cisco added eSATA interface in addition to USB for networking external drives. Although ...
Summary: Other NAS drives are lot faster than E3000 USB attached external drive. It would be nice if Cisco added eSATA interface in addition to USB for networking external drives. Although E3000 manual claims that either NTFS or FAT formats are compatible with the router, I had to re-formart my external drive from NTFS to FAT format in order to be able to network my external drive.
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: E3000
- Description: Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router is best for basic wireless Internet usage and home office productivity. A Wireless-N router with simultaneous 2.4 and 5 GHz bands designed to increase bandwidth. Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA/WPA2 security settings. Use the Gigabit Ethernet ports for quicker file sharing between other Gigabit-enabled devices like media servers, hard drives and computers.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
- Network / Transport Protocol L2TP ,
- Routing Protocol Static IP routing,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTPS,
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- 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) ,
- Line Coding Format 64 QAM,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
USB : 1 x,
WAN : 1 x RJ-45
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.11a ,
IEEE 802.11n ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ,
- Antenna Internal integrated
- Antenna Qty 6
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 7,
Apple MacOS X 10.4.11 - 10.6.1,
Microsoft Windows XP SP3,
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 8.9 in
- Depth 7.1 in
- Height 1.4 in
- Weight 15.9 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%