E4200: Taking Technology to Another Level
Routers are generally very valuable devices offering significant assistance and substantial benefits which are only increased if they are upgraded to VPN routers. One such powerful device is most certainly Cisco Linksys E4200, (http://www.linksys.com/en-eu/products/routers/E4200) especially made for all those of you with high standards and even higher expectations but also those who need wide coverage in large areas of work or residence.
It is one of the fastest N-wireless routers with dual 2.4 GHz band, which you can use for computer connections and a 5GHz band for all those of you who want to enjoy HD movies or play you favourite games, without interruption, due to the advanced processing power and lower buffering times. With Linksys E4200 you will get a stable machine with six internal antennas and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, which means even ten times faster speeds, besides the traditional application involving the ability to connect TVs, computers and tablets wirelessly or connect your USB or printers to the network.
The stock Cisco Connect software will allow you to use parental controls (for limiting your children’s access to certain websites, for example), setup guest access (if you want to share your network with your friends) or reach and adjust advanced settings (for those of you who know your way around advanced technology). What is probably most important for all the users is the wireless coverage which is something you will not have to worry about with E4200 router, since integrated 3×3 MIMO antenna, Speed Boost and 300+450 Mbps signal speed provide strong signal and high speeds across great distances, form any area within your home or office.
Since adequate security is another important feature expected form a high-quality router, Cisco Linksys E4200 has not failed us in this area as well. It incorporates a firewall which supports safe VPN pass-through and the standard WPA2 encryption for securing your network. And that is not all, since there are other valuable security features like the Network Address Translation technology and Media Access Control support, allowing you to filter and control local area network accessibility.
Now, upgrading your Cisco E4200 to a DD-WRT router (How to configure a router) involves only a few simple steps but offers numerous advanced options including Wi-Fi hotspot setup, a more stable network and probably the most important of them all, VPN integration.
Virtual Private Network, when combined with your routers security features will drastically improve your network and information protection by leading it through a virtually created private tunnel running through a public network, but also allowing you to hide behind a virtually created IP address, wherever you are, thus enabling you to access any service or live-stream worldwide.
The first step towards achieving all this is “flashing”, that is upgrading your routers firmware to a DD-WRT, which, if you opt for HMA! Pro VPN as your provider, does not need to be troubling and hard to understand and implement. Namely, HMA! supports all relevant protocols, including OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP and offers separate instructions for each.
Once you are done with this, you will be able to enjoy everything that it has to offer on all the devices connected to your router, saving you both time and money.
Of course, if you believe this process is too complicated for you or you simply want to sit back and enjoy without taking any action, you could simply opt for the pre-flashed router from FlashRouters and save yourself any trouble.
Supported VPN Protocols
• L2TP, and
• openVPN (which we heartily recommend)
Bottom line is that Linksys E4200 Wireless-N router is a superb product which can fully satisfy both consumers with little or none technological knowledge who just want a wide wireless coverage and a strong and stable signal, and high-tech users who can easily go through advanced settings or upgrade the routers firmware to DD-WRT in order of, among other things, gaining a reliable VPN service.
It’s a bit pricier when compared to its direct competitor – previously reviewed Asus RT-N16, but this power comes with the price. However, if you’re going to flash this router by yourself, be aware that Asus’ flashing process is a bit more straightforward.
E4200 deserves 4.7 stars out of 5!
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