Linksys E 2000 – Basic Features and Functions
Cisco Linksys E2000 is yet another great product from the Cisco family, giving you everything you expect from a Wireless-N router. Its simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, three internal antennas, 4 x Ethernet ports will provide you a stable and strong signal but also a well protected computers, phones, laptops and other devices. Installation will give you no headache since it takes only a few minutes and you will be able to easily go through basic settings like guest access, parental controls or additional connections.
It is a very elegant, yet simple looking device which has smooth, flat surface easing its grounding, looking much smaller due to the fact that the antennas are well hidden. You can place it anywhere you like but also mount it onto the wall and save some space. In front, you can see blue flashing lights showing wireless and Internet connections and ports status, while LAN and WAN ports are positioned on the back of the router.
Out of the box E2000 comes with and installation CD and an easy-to use Cisco Connect software which will guide you all the way through the process, without installing anything on your computer since it operated directly from the CD, meaning it will not take any space on your computer. Other computers are also easily connected to the wireless network by just using the CD again and letting Cisco Connect take care of the rest.
For those of you that don’t find all this quite enough, you can always access the Advanced settings and allow the router to reach its full potential. Cisco Linksys E2000 also takes care of your security and protection, since although it allows you to share your connections with others, creating and allowing guess access, it will keep you personal resources sealed and intact. It also includes standard encryption standards such as WPA, WAP2 and WEP and supports basic VPN protocols like PPTP and L2TP.
Speaking of VPN protocols, first things first, it is good to know why is VPN important. Namely, Virtual Private Network keeps your internet traffic safe from preying eyes of those trying to interfere with your online communication and potentially endanger your privacy. This is especially important if you are exchanging some confidential information via some public network. Well, VPN is there to mask your IP address and encrypt your personal data by creating a private tunnel for it to go through. This topic has been covered before.
Combining a functional router and a reliable VPN service, such as HMA! Pro VPN as one of the best known VPN providers (read our review here: http://vpnfor.us/hma/hidemyass-review/), results in stable and safe network. Upgrading your wireless-N router to a DD-WRT router will allow VPN pass-through, unlock openVPN capabilities of the router and additionally protect your web surfing. In only a few “flashing” steps and a few minutes, you will replace the default firmware with a superior open-source firmware and enjoy all the benefits from having a DD-WRT router.
With HMA! you will not have to worry about a thing since you can find all the information and guidance you need on their website for openVPN, PPTP and L2TP protocols or simply contact their tech-support team.
Supported VPN Protocols
• L2TP, and
• openVPN (which we heartily recommend)
Finally, getting the Linksys E2000 is no mistake since you will get a small, affordable, easy to install and use router which will ease and speed up your media streaming and file transfers. We can say the same for HMA! Pro VPN as your VPN provider which will ensure safe online surfing but also allow you to access some geo-locked services from anywhere in the world. Just a perfect combination.
E2000 deserves 3.9 stars out of 5!
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