Review & Giveaway of Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router » Moana Saves



May 28

Review & Giveaway of Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router

Okay,  before you read this telling, in-depth review of the Linksys E4200, you should know that my other (sometimes better) half wrote it.  While he certainly doesn’t fit the “computer geek” stereotype by his appearance alone, give him a computer, gadget, or in this case, router, and he’ll start spewing all kinds of technological gibberish… If you don’t understand all (or any) of it, keep reading for my translation at the end.  Now, straight to business…

Pros: PC and MAC compatible, easy setup and user interface, immediate internet connection without configuration, attractive appearance, status lights at Ethernet port connections.

Favorites: Available USB port for external hard drive, QOS service, dual band wireless network that can be separately configured to allow only specific wireless connections (A,B,G,N) , guest network restriction allowing access to the internet and not to network shared files, MAC filter, parental controls, increased security, and strength and reliability of wireless connection.

Cons: It’s really not a con but if I had one this would be it:  Transfer speeds are significantly slower to an external hard drive connected to the E4200, but it’s to be expected.

The bright side is that you can always have a drive accessible on your network to back up your files and access them when needed, without powering on your PC or MAC.  Again, not really a con, I guess I would say it’s eco-friendly.  My recommendation: connect the external hard drive directly to your MAC or PC to transfer large video files and connect it to the E4200 for accessing files.

I’m neither an expert nor beginner [so modest, my hubby the expert], but I am very familiar with Linksys as I have owned and trusted Linksys products over the past 8 years as my brand of choice for routing and controlling network traffic.  Setting up the E4200 and using it as my primary router to direct and control traffic on my network was dummy-proof.

Anyone familiar with connecting a CAT5/6 cable to an Ethernet port will have no problem getting this up and running without using the available software disc that comes with it.  I recommend using the software to do the initial setup and avoid trying to setup the software on other computers once the initial setup is complete.  The software wasn’t even required to even maintain an internet connection when disconnecting my old router (Linksys WRT54G) and connecting all the wires to the E4200.  Internet connections maintained over the network were positive for the following operating systems and required no OS reboot; MAC OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, Windows XP Home and Professional, and Windows 7 (Sorry, I abandoned Windows Vista a long time ago so, sorry Vista users, no info about it).  The user interface via Linksys’ setup page (by typing the address address bar) is fairly simple and easy to manage for beginners yet complex enough for more advanced users.  The manual is especially helpful for beginners in getting you through any of the settings.  But if you’re not comfortable, the provided software is sufficient enough to configure your routers settings without using the address.

Formatting the network drive connected via the USB port using FAT32 system was simple using the utility.  This will also allow compatibility on both MAC and PC (for direct connection) without further formatting should you have that setup.

In terms of transfer speeds, transfer speeds for me were about two minutes for every gigabyte for file transfers across two computers via a gigabyte connection (e.g. 4.8 GB file took about 11 minutes before E4200 whereas after setup of E4200 it was about 9 minutes).  I’m certain though that transfer speeds would increase even more if I used CAT6 cables instead of my current CAT5E cables.

My TRANSLATION (not because I understood any of that, but because of his smiling face):  He REALLY likes the Linksys E4200 and was impressed with its overall functionality, which is saying a lot, because he is a computer (and all components/accessories/etc.) freak and can be very critical when things don’t do what they should (or what he expects)!

BUY: This Router would make a GREAT Father’s Day gift for the techie in your life! You can purchase your own Linksys E4200 Router online.

WIN: Cisco Linksys is going to give one lucky Moana Saves reader a Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router!

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  1. Mippy

    I’d love to give it one of my male friends or family members that can use it or to my landlord! I have a few ideas. If I win it I’ll know who to give it to then.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
    ~Mippy :)
    bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  2. Terri Crum

    I would give this system to my teenage son for his new pc in his bedroom…he would jump!!! Thanks!!!

  3. karenM

    Wowzer!! I sure could use a faster speed on my PC. Liking the almost fail-proof setup. I agree with you on your favorites of having a USB port for an external hard drive or even a printer.
    Yep, keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  4. Jane

    Great prize! I’d love to win!

  5. Jane

    Great prize! I’d love to win it for my mom and her husband!
    (Sorry about the above post!! Can you delete it for me?)

  6. Skye

    OMG I need one of these soooo bad.
    Our router wont get me internet on our third floor!

  7. Chris B.

    I’d give this to hubby for Father’s Day!

  8. Neil

    I’d give….MYSELF!!!

  9. Nikki

    I’m with Neil, I’d give this to myself, lol! I need one desperately!!

  10. ntiveheart aka jayedee

    thanks for this wonderful giveaway! if i win, this will be for my wonderful son!

  11. Daiane Negretti

    I would give it to myself lol

  12. Donna B.

    I would keep it for me!! The router I currently have sucks, I have to reset it several times a day. :(

  13. Michelle @womenwwin

    I’d hand it straight to my husband to tinker with! :)
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  14. Vikki

    I’d give this great router to my hubby.

  15. Keely Hostetter

    I would give it to my hubby:)

  16. Jeremiah W.

    If I won, I’d give it to my wife. It would let her FaceTime anywhere in the house and yard so family could see our daughter playing.

  17. Cindy

    I’d keep this baby for myself since my router can be touch and go at times.

  18. Mark/CharmCity

    I’d give it to my son, and he’d install it right here at home..

  19. Taryn C.

    I would give this to my mother to boost her internet speed!

  20. DJ0

    I would give this to my family!

  21. Brandi

    I would definitely give this to my hubby!

  22. Andre D.

    I’d love to win this for myself (I’m a step-father). :)

  23. crystal

    I would love to win this for my boyfriend. He would love it!

  24. Andreas W

    I would give it to my brother. Because he know nothing about networking or connectivity. This could open his eyes to a brand new world of telecommunications. All kids know is WiFi and DSL. Well there are other layers to a network and other things to discover.

  25. JK

    I’d give it to my family, who would all get to share its powers.

  26. Janice

    oo, nice prize!! Our router keeps dying and needing to be reset (which is annoying to say the least) so DEFINITELY would love, love, love this prize :)

  27. VickieB

    I would keep this one, we could really use a new router and this one is the one I’ve been wanting.

  28. susan varney

    i would be for my husband

  29. Stephen

    I’d give it to myself and my family! Our computer and its accessories are getting pretty dated!

  30. Triathlonner

    I’d give this to my wife to give to me for Father’s Day!

  31. Giannina Guerrero

    I’d give it to my family. Because our old wireless is not helping us at all.

  32. Mami2jcn

    My husband would love this for Father’s Day! Our router is SO old.

  33. Dan D

    I would give it to my wife, she’s on the wifi all day and this would greatly improve the performance. It’s at least 4 years old. She would of course hand it back to me and say install this.

  34. Adrienne Gordon

    It’d be great for internet tv.

  35. BM

    If I won I would keep it for myself.

  36. Margaret Smith

    If I won, I’d keep this for my family and I. Thanks so much.

  37. Ann F

    If I won, I would give this router to my techy husband!

  38. BresBaubles

    It’d be nice to win!

  39. Rebecca Graham

    I would give this to my husband.

  40. Ellen B

    wow we really need this – thanks

  41. Ellen B

    this would be for the whole family

  42. BM

    If I won I would give it to my brother.

  43. susanlanai

    I’d love this for my hubby.

  44. melissa norton

    I would give it to my brother he is always having problems with his router,

  45. Jill L

    This would be for my awesomely cool husband.

  46. nancy

    my husband! then we could all be on the net at the same time, finally! Thanks!

  47. Sharon

    This would be a wonderful replacement in our home for the 5 year old poorly-working router we have now.

  48. Krystal M

    This would be such a wonderful upgrade to our super old router.

  49. Desmond

    I’d keep this for myself, to be honest

  50. Horace

    I would give this to myself, but in reality, it would be a gift to my family. It would be great to upgrade the old network with a router that would include the newest devices using the N standard.

  51. carrie obrien

    Would love this as a gift to upgrade!

  52. Serge B

    I would give this to my wife—-to give back to me on Fathers Day!

  53. Melanie B

    I would keep it at my house. We only use wireless and we’ve been needing an upgrade!
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  54. Edward A. Weissbard

    Why did you guys go to a broadcom 4xxx series CPU, with the e4200 when the e3200 has the newer broadcom 5xxx series CPU….was that a step backwards?

  55. Janna Johnson

    I’d give it to my mom!
    Awesome contest! Thanks a ton! Janna Johnson

  56. robyn phiebig

    I would give this to my brother!!

  57. Chantel

    I would love to win the e4200. was just pricing it 3 days ago and then i saw i could win it . I need a faster speed for streaming to handle my 2 internet tvs one that’s 3D, my sony bluray players s580 &s480,2 laptops,1 desktop, ps3,wii and 2 ipad2. Thanks Linksys

  58. Jeff

    I would give this router to my mom.

  59. Kristi C

    I would give this to my dad.

  60. jolene

    id give it to my dad for father’s day!

  61. Denise B.

    We would use it for our laptop. We have a lousy cheap router at the moment that doesn’t perform very well.

  62. Jessica Maurer

    I would give this router to my husband. He is such a techie & would love to put his paws on the Linksys router!!

  63. Kristy T

    What a great contest! I think this router looks really great, we could definitely use a new one! Thanks for hosting!

  64. Linda Lansford

    This is just what I need

  65. katklaw777

    Tough won between geeky Hubby and geeky son…thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Raven In A Blue Room

    I would so use this router for myself (and hubby’s computer)

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  67. Tiffany LaCourse

    I would give this to my fiance :)

  68. VickieB

    This one is not an entry, just a question. I have to say I completed the mandatory entry before I say I completed a tweet. Also, I actually tweet and follow that link before I come to the site rather than using the tweet button on the program, they are counting, right?

  69. Franc

    Since I just bought a new wireless router for me, if ever I win, I’ll definitely give this extra-cool Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router to my sister who somehow started to accumulate a number of wifi gadgets recently. She was just using a PC when a cousin gave her a hand-me-down laptop, then she got an iPod Touch, and then I promised her an iPad 2. The first three items she can use with her current set-up but once I got her the iPad 2 she’ll definitely need a wireless router for it. It’ll be an awesome birthday gift combo for her! :)

  70. Alan Tong (Omega Doom)

    I would give this to my sister who owns a laptop. I don’t have a laptop right now, but I’m planning to get one later this year or early next year. Winning the E4200 would work out perfectly for the both of us. Thank you!!

  71. Just Coupons

    I’d give it to my husband

  72. david basile

    a fast easy to use router thanks for the chance

  73. Scott Martin


    Scott Martin

  74. Jacob LaFountaine

    Dual Band makes it better

  75. Bryant L

    I’d give this to my parents

  76. mickeyfan

    I want it for ME! I have an old, crappy router and a very poor connection. This would be the bomb! (Especially since the easy setup means I could do it myself.)

  77. Kathy Luman

    I would have to keep this beauty for myself. I have been wanting one for awhile now.

  78. deana c

    I would like to win this because I need a dual band wireless network that can be separately configured.

  79. Leah Walker

    My dad is the world’s tightest tightwad. Lol. But lately he has turned into a total tech geek. He is wiring (or wireless-ing) everything in their house. It’s crazy. I would for sure give this to them. He would love it. Thanks for the chance.


  80. Debbie R


    I would keep this for myself and my home. It’s time I went wireless!

  81. Dylan H

    I would give this awesome router to a friend at Stevens Institute of Technology who’s really into computer science stuff. I know he would do some crazy networking things with it.

  82. Geoff K

    I’d love to give the router to my sister, who recently moved into her own apartment and would get a lot of use out of it with her laptop, blu-ray player, and Roku all being wi-fi compatible. I’m sure she’d love to go wireless, and the Cisco Linksys is the perfect way to do so. Thanks!

  83. Mike P

    I would love to win this router to replace my old Linksys 802.11g router.

    But I may give it too our school that needs new network equipment and is not a public school so funded through admissions.

  84. John Richardson

    I would give this to my grandmother and continue to teach her how to use the internet.

  85. Rosanne Morrison

    I would give this to my youngest son

  86. wcc

    I would love to win this to replace my current and quite old router that I got from the phone company about four years ago or so. Thanks for the chance!

  87. Debbie C

    I would give the Linksys e4200 to our whole family. We are really in need of a new router. Ours is ancient.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

  88. carole

    my grandaughter is going away to college and this would be a great gift

  89. Darin W

    Nice router. I would ‘give’ this to the home network my family uses – the ability to have network shared storage is a huge plus for any modern family full of music and movies used across multiple devices. The fact that it is dual band and ‘N’ class is icing on the cake.

  90. Daniel M

    good timeing my current router is almost dead

  91. eva

    I would give this to myself, because I am in need for one. >O<

  92. D Schmidt

    If I won I would give this to my Husband

  93. Jade

    My husband is a computer network guru and he would go CRAZY for this. It would be so ridiculously perfect!!! He’s always got some kind of technology project going on and I can’t even imagine the things he would do with this thing lol

  94. Fletcher Whitfield

    I would love to give this router to my mom, she loves getting on her laptop out in her yard and she could really use the range that the N router can provide

  95. Paula Hafner

    I would love to win this for myself! We sometimes lose the signal in the bedroom.

  96. Brad Kuhn

    I would love to win this as a replacement router for my current Linksys with only the most basic level of security.

  97. Tim Jones

    I would have to give this to Tim Jones. He’s been such a good friend for so long…he deserves it .. :D

  98. Erica C.

    This would be for my boyfriend who is moving soon and will need a router!

  99. Sarah

    I’d like to give it to my dad to improve wireless connectivity throughout the house.

  100. AMD

    I would give it to my family and myself. We run so many wireless devices almost constantly and currently have a pretty low-end router. This would be such a help!

  101. Darryl T

    i would give this to my sister, she has no wi-fi in her house

  102. Dennis Tresco

    need this to go wirless

  103. Agatha Tresco

    It would be great to upgrade the old network with a router that would include the newest devices using the N standard.

  104. April Bever

    I would give this to my husband for fathers day

  105. Ellen Ring

    This would be a perfect gift for my husband

  106. Jammie

    I would give it to my husband!

  107. Michelle Hall

    I’d give this to my sister. She is still “wired”!

  108. David ODonnell

    I’d give this to myself!

  109. Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…we would keep the Cisco Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router for our home, and finally go wireless !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  110. Susan C

    I would give this to my boyfriend because his router is old and quirky, just like him.
    smchester at gmail dot com
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  111. C Duran

    I would give it to my husband.

  112. addrienne mertens

    wireless n..we need to move to the next thing. we still have the one for a,b, computer has an n thingy i think.
    would it make things move faster?
    i dont know what all that said.. just need to know it was easy to install and it works great! hehe simple =)

    1. addrienne mertens

      crap i didnt see it was over..thanx anyhow!

  113. kathy pease

    i would give this to my hubby :)

  114. Jane H

    I too have had great success with Linksys and Cisco has been wonderful in solving my problem on the occasion I had one. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win.

  115. mary gardner

    i would give it to my son – he needs a new one!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  116. Robin

    I would give the router to my son so he could replace his old one

  117. DanV

    This would be great to keep for my computer

  118. Rick M.

    I would use this router on our family’s home network.

    I have an older Linksys router, but it does not have “N” capabilities like the Linksys E4200. Almost everyone now has a wifi enabled device so the ‘Guest’ feature on this router will be awesome for when we have ‘guests’ over, but don’t want to make sure the data on our computers are safe.

  119. Rick M.

    I guess I am too late. I saw 6/12 at 12:01 PM EST. I missed the EST only saw (Pacific Standard Time)and thought I still had time…Congrats to whoever is chose as the winner!!

  120. Andi S

    I would give this to my husband. He would be so excited to have a new toy to play with and especially one for the computer!

  121. Diane Baum

    I would give this to my hubby as part of his father’s Day gift

  122. Justin C.

    I would give this to my dad. He would love it!

  123. Keely Hostetter


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