Cisco Linksys E1200 – A Fast yet Simple Solution
Cisco Linksys E1200 is the latest Wireless – N router offering a very clean and polished design and a few technological improvements and novelties when compared to the previous editions. What you will get is up to 300 Mbps wireless speed, two internal antennas and four Ethernet ports, ensuring broad and reliable coverage.
The installation process is pretty straightforward, thanks to the Cisco Connect software which will guide you all the way through and will not, which has been reported as an issue with the previous versions, become inaccessible after you have switched to the advanced settings, but you will be able to simply go back to the software after you’re done with adjusting advanced settings.
There’s much more to the Cisco Connect, since it allows you to measure connection speeds, that is the average upload and download speeds via the Broadband Speed Meter, which is a practical new feature. The parental controls have also been improved, since you can now restrict access to any computer on the network or rather opt for only blocking the access during certain periods of time, alongside the ability to block up to eight URLs.
Although single-band routers can never be as fast as dual-band routers, due to the lower band (2.4 GHz), performed tests had confirmed Cisco Linksys E1200 superiority when it comes to average maximum throughput of even 60 Mbps, while keeping the signal strong and stable.
Now, in order of allowing VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections, you will need to upgrade the router to DD-WRT firmware, which will help you secure all the information sent from any device connected to the router using the encryption.
Namely, DD-WRT is a firmware project used for upgrading wireless routers, by replacing the factory default firmware (in the process called “flashing”) and thus enhancing the routers performance in a number of ways including increasing the signal strength, speeding up the Internet connections and, as previously mentioned, making a safe tunnel for your information via the VPN.
Of course, the first thing you will need to do is choose your VPN provider. We would suggest HMA! Pro VPN, since you will get everything you need and want, at a very reasonable price. Namely, instead of configuring every device separately, you could achieve the same goal by simply setting up a VPN connection on your wireless router which further on means that the router will automatically connect all the devices to HMA! service.
Configuring your Cisco Linksys E1200 for HMA! Pro VPN includes flashing it with DD-WRT firmware (http://vpnfor.us/routers/how-to-configure-ddwrt-router/) and simply following the instructions for PPTP, L2TP or OpenVPN setup. Upon applying the named settings and rebooting the router, you are only moments away from surfing through the VPN tunnel. As easy as that.
In case you’re afraid you may brick the router, you can even buy a pre-flashed router directly from FlashRouters.com.
Supported VPN protocols:
• L2TP, and
Cisco Linksys E1200 is an affordable device, very elegant and classy looking, easy to install and use, with great wireless speed and broad coverage. Its price to value ratio is even more awesome thanks to the DD-WRT firmware upgrade. Finally, HMA! Pro VPN will add another layer of protection for multiple devices connected to your router in only a few simple steps.
Our verdict: E1200 deserves 4 stars out of 5.
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