By Ki Grinsing
When Linksys launched the second generation of E series one of them is 3200, you will see the spec on offered is not much different from Linksys 3000 first generation of E series. Then the cloud generation Linksys also introduces EA3200, is there a fundamental difference between the three routers?
To get a better spec differences (if any) between the three routers table comparison is the easiest tool to help us see the difference if any. Note the comparison table below.
Regarding the wifi technology, the three routers are not much different except EA3500 is engineered with a higher speed on the 5GHz frequency band. If you still do not understand what N600 and N750 are, briefly, that the routers can operate in two bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) simultaneously with total bandwidth of 600Mbps a combined of each band (300 +300 Mbps), while the N750 in the frequency band 5GHz speed is faster 450Mbps so the total bandwidth is 750Mbps (300 +450).
These speeds are ideal for streaming HD multimedia and fast responsive online gaming, lag free.
Compared with the Linksys 4200 which is also the N750 technology, EA3500 supports cloud while 4200 does not, but 4200 supports DLNA media server.
I wonder if you put gigabit spec in the list of must be present features on your router if it is in fact just one desktop computer with ancient 10/100Mbps NIC adapter is connected to the router and is only used for internet browsing. But do not worry because the three routers are equipped with gigabit interfaces.
The next generation DOCSIS 3.0 cable infrastructure support higher speed than DOCSIS 2.0 and some types of DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem supports gigabit Ethernet port for example Surfboard SB6120 / SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. For cable services with this modem, you can take advantage of connecting the Gigabit WAN port-base router to obtain optimal data throughput between the router and modem.
All the three routers are engineered with 6 internal antennas, 3 antennas each band with enhanced smart antenna technology for high speed and larger network coverage. With 3 antennas each band, the system delivers 3 spatial data stream for higher bandwidth.
Linksys EA3500, 3200 and 3000 support one USB port to let you host an external USB storage for sharing across the network in home. E3000 and E3200 do not let you host a USB printer for sharing but EA3500 does.
E3000 N600 router
E3200 N600 Router
EA3500 N750 Cloud Router
|Wireless standard||Wireless n600 simultaneous dual band (300+300)||Wireless n600 simultaneous dual band (300+300)||Wireless N750 simultaneous dual band (300+450)|
|antenna||6 x internal antennas, 3 antenna each band with MIMO||6 x internal antennas, 3 antenna each band with enhanced MIMO technology||6 x internal antennas (2 x 3 for 2.4 GHz, 3 x 3 for 5 GHz) MIMO|
|WAN/LAN Interfaces||4xGigabit LAN 1xGigabit WAN||4xGigabit LAN 1xGigabit WAN||4xGigabit LAN 1xGigabit WAN|
|USB port||USB port for centralized file sharing with built-in UPnP AV media server||1 USB port for storage – no built-in media server||1 USB port for storage or printer , home theater ready but not media server|
|Guest network & Parental control||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|compatibility||Wireless-n/b/g/a devices||Wireless-n/b/g/a devices||Wireless-n/b/g/a devices|
|Wireless security||WEP, WPA, WPA2||WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, RADIUS||WEP, WPA, WPA2|
The new generations of router already support wifi network segmentations, and in almost all Linksys E and EA series generations support guest network that you can use to give you internet access to visitors without having to compromise your private system.
Cisco Connect Software
All routers include Cisco Connect Software that provides you a step-by-step wizard for managing the network including security settings, parental control and guest network. But the main difference is on EA3500 which supports new Cisco Cloud Connect software. This is a new cloud era where you can manage and control your home network via your mobile devices (Apple and Android) or any internet browser remotely.
With the above features, it seems that Linksys E3200 will be the replacement for Linksys E3000. The prices for the three routers are almost the same, so should you need to choose – the new design would be great.
See more detail about the Linksys E3200 manufacturer specs. But for new Cloud era, Linksys EA3500 would be great choice for future coming apps.
A common networking diagram of the wireless router (Linksys EA4500) can be shown in the above figure. If you have many home theater with Ethernet-based ready, you can consider connecting them using Buffalo WLI-TX4-Ag300N dual band adapter or Linksys WES610N or just a single WGA600N for your XBOX xonsole.