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Linksys E4200 vs. E1000 is it really worth paying more?


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25-Mar-2011, 11:53 PM #1
Linksys E4200 vs. E1000 is it really worth paying more?
I was just curious, if getting a router that is way more expensive really worth the money? I paid about $50 for my new Linksys E1000 router. I noticed that Linksys has an E4200 router that has dual-band 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz,
450 Mbps in 5GHz. I know the E1000 is a 300 Mbps 2.4GHz. It is really worth paying an extra $100 plus for a router that may or not be "faster"? I know that is a loaded question. Just wanted opinions on this subject so when a friend of mine asks me what the difference is in higher priced routers I don't have to say more needless features lol. Here is a comparison between these 2 routers:

E1000

Technology Wireless-N, 2.4 GHz
Speed 300 Mbps
Compatibility Wireless-N, -B and -G
Ethernet Ports 4 x 10/100
USB Port Support No
Wi-Fi Protected Setup Yes
Supports UPnP Yes
Built-In Media Server No
Wireless Security WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS
Setup Software OS Windows, Mac

E4200

Technology Wireless-N, 2.4 and 5 GHz
Speed 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz, 450 Mbps in 5GHz
Compatibility Wireless-N, -A, -B and -G
Ethernet Ports 4 x Gigabit
USB Port Support Storage
Wi-Fi Protected Setup Yes
Supports UPnP Yes
Built-In Media Server Yes
Wireless Security WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS
Setup Software OS Windows, Mac
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26-Mar-2011, 09:32 AM #2
you paying for the extra features and its only worth while if you are going to use them

The 5Ghz can be very useful if you have a very busy wireless environment which may cause interference - so changing to 5ghz may help - BUT all the wireless devices need to be able to use the 5Ghz range as well -

the inbuilt media server maybe useful, I have that on my linksys router and have a 1TB harddrive attached which acts as a backup storage and also media server , which serves music and video to the house and also my TV - so i paid extra for that facility
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