Easy routing – Cisco Linksys

I’ve just bought a new WiFi-n router so I can profit from my 32 MBit internet connection (my old WiFi-g router slowed me down to 15MBit). After some online research I picked Cisco’s new Linksys E1000 router. It’s affordable and it has a verycool and slim design so it fits to my MacBook. But that’s not so interestig.


The interesting part is the installation software and it really surprised me – in a positive sense.  After pluggin in the router (power and internet cable) you just insert the CD into your Mac or Windows machine and after entering your password and clicking “Setup” it sets up your WiFi network. I mean it sets up everything: it automatically chooses a network name that can be remembered (like “CrazyFish” or “BlackCat” ), chooses a secure password (automatically saved to your system keychain) and sets up all WiFi settings including a Guest Network that is independent from your private network. And that’s it. You’re done, you’re online. And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist at all.

Cisco also installs a Utility to your Applications folder that lets you change your settings or setup other computers. For the latter you just insert a USB-Stick click “Setup more Computers” and it installs the installation software on your stick for Windows and Mac. You can then use the stick to setup any other computer in your network by just double clicking.

You see I’m really surprised – in part because I have used other products from Cisco that were total crap. Especially the Cisco VPN-Client which will haunt you in your nightmares. There might also be people who don’t like the idea of having an auto installation of their network and who prefer to setup everything on their own. For these tallented fellow I honestly cannot really recomment this router. The manual browser based controls are quite ugly and confusing and you can’t access all features there (for example the mentioned guest account can’t be disabled there). But those people who just want a working network can avoid a lot of stress when they use one of the Linksys routers.

I don’t want to sound like a commercial here, so if you have similar experiences with other products, just post a comment 🙂

Product: Linksys E1000
Price: $60-$70 (€40-€50)
Requirements: Mac OS 10.4.11 + DVD-Drive


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