Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 
Reply
tcmanning05
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-06-2013

Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

I just bought a new Linksys E2500 router from Best Buy and I need help optimizing my router settings so I can get the absolute best performance out of it.  Staying connected and keeping speeds high are a must.

 

I have been noticing connections cutting out at time so that's why I am asking for help.  It is frustraing when I lose my internet.

 

A little info:  we have ~3000 sq foot house... 3 levels (basement, first, second).

 

We don't use all of these at the same time but we have: 2 laptops, 3 iphones, ipad, and a PS3 for online gaming.

 

How can I get the abololute best, most reliable connection and speeds out of my router so we don't experience disconnects?

 

I bought the RE1000 range extender... having installed it yet because the install CD that came with it is the wrong CD (It came with the E900 install CD... which is for a router)

 

I bought the N600 USB adapter which I guess is supposed to update your wireless card for your laptop... I am using that but bars seem low...

 

Can you please help me?

Expert
jlbjlb
Posts: 2,736
Registered: ‎07-07-2012

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

[ Edited ]

Ok TCmanning.............

I'll be honest with you. We have about the same size house with same three levels. The E2500 doesn't have amplified radios.....so you'll definitely need the RE1000. But let me give you a better solution.

I have a refurb E4200v2 that I bought off the linksys home store for a good deal. It covers the whole house from top to bottom with full speed.

So my advice is to return the E2500 and RE1000 and buy a refurb E4200v2 or EA4500.

If for some crazy reason it doesn't cover your whole house, buy a PLWK400 wireless powerline adapter kit. But I don't think you'll need it as my house is closer to 3500 square feet.......and I don't need it.

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us.htm/Routers/Linksys-EA4500-Refurbished-Dual-Band-N900-Router-with-G...

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us.htm/Routers/Linksys-Refurbished-E4200V2-MaximumPerformance-Wireless...

or follow this................


http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/GetArticle.aspx?docid=266cc1c7b97c458fb04c2da21f985828_List_of_Common...

ylime1984
Posts: 1,206
Registered: ‎05-04-2012

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router


tcmanning05 wrote:

I just bought a new Linksys E2500 router from Best Buy and I need help optimizing my router settings so I can get the absolute best performance out of it.  Staying connected and keeping speeds high are a must.

 

I have been noticing connections cutting out at time so that's why I am asking for help.  It is frustraing when I lose my internet.

 

A little info:  we have ~3000 sq foot house... 3 levels (basement, first, second).

 

We don't use all of these at the same time but we have: 2 laptops, 3 iphones, ipad, and a PS3 for online gaming.

 

How can I get the abololute best, most reliable connection and speeds out of my router so we don't experience disconnects?

 

I bought the RE1000 range extender... having installed it yet because the install CD that came with it is the wrong CD (It came with the E900 install CD... which is for a router)

 

I bought the N600 USB adapter which I guess is supposed to update your wireless card for your laptop... I am using that but bars seem low...

 

Can you please help me?


 

The router is a dual band so I suggest you configure the settings for each band manually. Create a different SSID on each band so you'll know which band you're using and connected. For the wireless channel, 20MHz (3,6,9,11) and 5GHz/ 40MHz (48) then use WPA2 personal for the security.

 

You may also have the option of settings up the extender manually to make sure the settings on the router will be the same. You may check from this link for the steps, http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=206954591ff54e36884bb4636fcfd3d9_Manually_configu...

tcmanning05
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-06-2013

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

Thanks for the replies.

I guess I feel a little nervous about buying a refurbished router. Do they work fine? Are they more likely to experience problems or issues down the road?
T

There are so many options out there so I don't know what's best.
Expert
sabretooth
Posts: 5,328
Registered: ‎11-11-2008

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

The good thing about refurbished products is that they are returned, tested and verified to find the component that is defiective, replaced, tested again and packaged up.  That component will probably never fail again.

 

A new unit... assembled, passes self test... ship it.

Expert
jlbjlb
Posts: 2,736
Registered: ‎07-07-2012

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

And most refurbed linksys products were returned with absolutely nothing wrong with them. If you watch this forum, you'll notice that a lot of people have returned their router and have the same exact problem with the replacement. Which usually means user error......not product error.

But if you're not comfortable buying a refurb......then buy new.

I wrongly made an assumption that you were trying to save some money. I haven't seen an E2500 in Best Buy stores in over 6 months. All I see is EA2700, EA3500, EA4500, and EA6500. And when you said your RE1000 had the wrong CD, I wrongly assumed that you bought a refurbished one or one that was being sold at a discounted price due to package open............to save money.
tcmanning05
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-06-2013

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

I just need a reliable router that will keep me connected at good speeds. I am tired of losing connections when in the middle of work. Had a NetGear 3400 I think which always bumped me off, switched to the e2500 and am getting sporadic disconnects and low signal bars from time to time.

Like I said we have a 3000 sq ft house with multiple devices running and I'd definitely prefer not paying over 130 for a router.

I really really want a reliable, stable, strong connection at all times!!
tcmanning05
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-06-2013

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

I've been browsing around... a co-worker of mine has the E3000

Which would better suit me?

The Linksys E3000

or the Linksys E4500
ylime1984
Posts: 1,206
Registered: ‎05-04-2012

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

 

Let me share these websites to give you an idea about the routers and the benefit you can on either.

 

Comparison of Technical Specifications of Linksys Wireless-N Routers (E-Series)

http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=ea00430aeb014270866dc68a0b12876e_Comparison_of_Li...

 

Getting to know the Linksys E3000

http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=7f3d861e3574460fbfacb3b2b0b46104_21476.xml&pid=80...

 

E3000 Frequently Asked Questions

http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=b201efaa44bc460d84caee156b4e12ed_E3000_Frequently...

 

Product comparison among the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers

http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=bb6925a91ad54105a51af9648ceefe78_Product_comparis...

 

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA4500 Frequently Asked Questions

http://homekb.cisco.com/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=f61db959480e4c5ca31657cea9355fad_EA4500_Frequentl...

ylime1984
Posts: 1,206
Registered: ‎05-04-2012

Re: Need help optimizing my Linksys E2500 Router

 


tcmanning05 wrote:
Thanks for the replies.

I guess I feel a little nervous about buying a refurbished router. Do they work fine? Are they more likely to experience problems or issues down the road?
T

There are so many options out there so I don't know what's best.

With refurbished routers, they had been used, found some defects on the unit either hardware and software were repaired, tested and passed the quality standard then resoled. On the other hand, brand new units are the opposite. Newly manufactured.