The Cisco Linksys EA4500 ($166.62) is the updated version of the Cisco Linksys E4200. EA4500 is the same as EA4200 from inside (hardware wise), however, there have been considerable updates to the software in EA4500 as it has been designed to work with Cisco’s upcoming Cloud Connect router software as well as several apps being developed to extend the management capabilities of a home network.
The EA4500 without any doubt is a fine router, it is easy to setup and updates have been added to the EA4500 help it to sustain throughput at longer range than the E4200.
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Linksys EA4500 is a very good router, however, it does seem pricy for what it offers. EA3500 offers almost the same speed at 2/3 rd price. If you compare throughput or range in the 2.4 GHz band, Netgear N900 beats it hands down, while cost wise they’re almost the same (In fact, Netgear N900 is $10 or more lesser).
Design wise, Cisco Linksys always smokes the competition. The EA4500 retains the beautiful design of the E4200 v2. The Cisco logo glows when the device is powered up against a black, matte finish, which almost has the feel of suede. A brushed metallic overlay completes the classy design. If you select your routers based on aesthetics, the EA4500 may be the best-looking router on the market.
Cisco has done a commendable job of keeping consistent setup and feature set across its line of EA routers. Like the EA3500, the setup is flawless and well-suited for anyone inexperienced with setting up routers, or anyone who wants a real easy deployment. Plug-in and use – it just works seamlessly.
Is the EA4500 Worth the Price?
The EA4500 used to cost $200 when it came out in the market. Right now, one of the cheapest price available for EA4500 is at Amazon, where it lists at around $160. Even at this price, you aren’t really getting much performance advantage over its predecessor the E4200 v2 as you do with the EA3500 over the E3200. Still, the amazing setup and fine throughput certainly make it a router considering—if you are shopping for a top-of-the line, very easy to setup and manage dual-band router.