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The Linksys E1200 offers fast speed to connect your computers, wireless printers and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 300 Mbps speed.
If you take the router out of the box, connect, secure, and use it with the above configuration, you may end up getting abysmal speeds (less than 1 Mbps on downlink) while your upload could be smoking high at 6 Mbps. Moreover you may see that older WinXp devices or devices with Wireless G can get upto 15 Mbps on the same router while you are still stuck.
The reason is a buggy default setting in the firmware.
To fix this: go to 192.168.1.1 in your browser when connected to the router (to configure the router via web), go to Applications and Gaming tab, QoS sub-tab, and DISABLE whatever is enabled inside that page (mainly WMM.. that’s the culprit).
After this you are good to go, and can get smoking high speeds upto 25Mbps or higher, depending on your cable connection rated speed. This is discussed also on some forums and in one other review.
Literally 3-minutes after plugging it in I was able to have DD-WRT installed and running on it. DD-WRT transforms the router from a $50 router to a $250 router. I would highly recommend this router running DD-WRT.
Instructions for flashing DD-WRT are as follows:
Go to: [...]
Then click, “eko”
Then click, “V24-K26″
Then click, “svn18946″
Now you will need to download “dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1200v2.bin”. (If you have a hardware version 1 E1200 you will need to download “dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1200v1.bin”)
Prepare the router
Now that you have downloaded the new firmware, you need to get your router ready for the upgrade.
First, hard reboot the router. (Pull the power plug, wait a few seconds and plug it back in.)
Now log in and navigate to the “Administration” page.
Now that you are on the “Administration” page, now select the “Fireware Upgrade” option.
Click the “Browse” button and choose the .bin file you downloaded.
Click the “Start Upgrade” button.
I may take a few minutes for the router to update. BE PATIENT, because this is were most people mess up their routers. Watch the lights on the back of the router. Once they stop flashing for a minute or so, you should be able to login via the HTML interface. (It may take 5 minutes or more for the lights to stop flashing, but mine took around 1 minute)
If you have configured any Linksys, or other brand, router via the HTML interface you will get along fine with the DD-WRT interface. I actually find it to be more user friendly. The default username is ‘root’ and the default password is ‘admin’.
Dig around and play with the configuration. You can do some very interesting and fun things with a router running DD-WRT.
I will say this about setup with the CD, you may have to turn the router on and off until your computer recognizes the router. A screen on the browser will show up telling you to use the CD to run the setup. The setup with the CD is easy, just follow what it says.
Now once you are done with the CD setup,you still are not done. As noted in some other reviews, you should go into the router settings and disable the QoS under Applications & Gaming. I did that and I was still getting spotting connection. It would take a long time to get a connection or I wouldn’t get a connection at all. Then I was looking at the wireless security options. I switched it from “WPA2/WPA Mixed” to “WPA2 Personal”. I’m no wifi expert, but that seemed to do the trick for me. Not sure if anyone else has has this issue, but it was frustrating at first to get a good wifi connection.
At the end it’s a good router once figured out. Speeds are fast and it seems to be running smoothly. Hopefully this review helps.