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So I'm in the market for a premium router and I did quite a bit of googling before coming to down to this router in the title. I wanted to know if any of you have any first hand experience with this router or any other info that you guys can share, also if you have any other suggestions please post, my budget is around $175 CAD.

Linksys e4200

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Are you going to be using the 5ghz band? if not then there's no reason to spend that much.
i have an e4200 and it works great. its event on stock firmware.(to lazy to go through the setup process again.)
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Yes, I own this router.

As a router, it's fine. Very "normal" Linksys offering when it comes down to it. I always have full signal strength, but then again I can't get very far from it (never further than 75 feet in a straight line between me and the router.) I also don't have any real challenges like extra thick walls or walls made out of materials that are really going to challenge a radio signal.

The guest network feature is also very nice. If you had more than 10 guests that wanted to hook up to your network at one time, I guess it could be a problem, but I've never come close to that.

As a wired router, it's even more unremarkable.

I will say that I've had to reset it twice since I got it in July. Though those instances were all related to use of the built-in media server and the built-in USB port.

Both are poorly implemented and are no longer in use here.

I actually "lost" data on a hard-drive plugged into USB port. I had copies elsewhere, hence the quotes on lost, but if I hadn't had those copies, I'd have had to try and recover the data. The USB drive in question had no issues prior to use with the router and has had none since. As a matter of full disclosure, I should say that the issues occurred when I tried to write to the drive; if you can write from a computer and then transfer the disk to the router, that seems to be fine, but archaic.

The Twonky server is an emasculated version that locks you away from common configuration features. If all your video, music, and photos are encoded the way Linksys seems to think that they should be, that's not a problem. If you have video, music, or photos that are encoded in different ways they won't play and there's no way to tweak Twonky to get them to play.

So reality says that I don't trust the USB port and I just use the desktop version of Twonky I had before.

The E4200 is a good dual band router, but that's it. I only paid $10 more for it than the E3000 (or was it E3200) that was right next to it on the shelf so I don't feel particularly aggrieved, but I wouldn't recommend the device to for those additional features.
Edited by Florida_Dan - 10/15/11 at 9:49pm
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Are you going to be using the 5ghz band? if not then there's no reason to spend that much.
i have an e4200 and it works great. its event on stock firmware.(to lazy to go through the setup process again.)
Yes I will be using the 5ghz band, good to know it works good on stock, was hoping to maybe put dd-wrt on int.

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Originally Posted by Florida_Dan View Post
Yes, I own this router.

As a router, it's fine. Very "normal" Linksys offering when it comes down to it. I always have full signal strength, but then again I can't get very far from it (never further than 75 feet in a straight line between me and the router.) I also don't have any real challenges like extra thick walls or walls made out of materials that are really going to challenge a radio signal.

The guest network feature is also very nice. If you had more than 10 guests that wanted to hook up to your network at one time, I guess it could be a problem, but I've never come close to that.

As a wired router, it's even more unremarkable.

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Thanks for the review! I actually will be getting an employee discount from bestbuy so I'm pretty much going to be getting it for about the price of a e3200 or a little less, in that case, are there any other routers from bestbuy that you would reccoment? I was also looking at the Netgear WNDR3700.

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the wndr3700 is supported by ddwrt and i hear its another solid router.
the wndr4000 is also good but its not supported by ddwrt yet.
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IMO its a tie between a Netgear WNDR4000 and a Linksys E4200. Those are the top routers that i can remember
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