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

Discussion in 'Networking' started by JMT74, Mar 25, 2011.

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  1. JMT74

    JMT74 Thread Starter

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    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
     
  2. etaf

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    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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