Linksys EA4500 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Linksys introduces new lines of smart wifi routers including EA4500 N900 router which supports Apps for Cisco Connect Cloud

What this product does

I was wondering when Linksys shipped new version E4200V2 router why it didn’t release a brand new product with N900 technology. This E4200V2 improves the performance of the first generation of Linksys E4200 N750 router for faster speed (n900) and optimized for streaming HD video and gaming. Now you have the answer, Linksys introduces new series of Smart Wi-Fi routers including EA4500 N900, EA3500 and EA2700 smart-wifi routers. What’s new with these new lines of products? The answer is that they support the upcoming Cisco Connect Cloud.



  • New N900 wireless technology
  • Cisco Connect Cloud
  • Gigabit Interfaces
  • USB port for share storage or printer


Time goes very fast, wireless N standard will soon become legacy wifi standard with the emerging of wireless AC routers and adapters. Check new Linksys flagship with the fastest wifi router – Linksys EA9500 wireless AC5400 router delivering wifi bandwidth up to 5.4Gbps.

Cisco Connect Cloud

Cisco Connect Cloud shortens the distance of your home network as close as your fingers accessing your mobile device, anywhere anytime as long as you can access the internet from around the world. If you can monitor your security surveillance via your network, with Cisco Connect Cloud you can monitor it via the internet from all over the world.

Cisco offers new apps to support any types of home smart devices. This is a very benefit feature for traveling users which frequently access their home or small office network when they are away from their network. Netgear WNDR4500 and 47000 also offers you Share-Cloud feature, looks like similar feature as Cisco Connect Cloud.

Linksys EA 4500 N900 router


New release of Netgear wireless ac routers such as R6300 wireless ac1750 includes two USB ports and one of them is USB 3.0 port. However, it is not designed for cloud support. This router is based on new 5G wifi technology with speeds of up to 1300mbps  in 5GHz band.

Watch this video introduction about Cisco Connect Cloud (courtesy Linksys and YouTube)

High Speed

Like other new N900 routers, this Linksys 4500 is also based on dual band concurrent technology delivering high speeds of up to 450mbps each band for total 900Mbps theoretically. You know they won’t reach these speeds in the real world.

All the Ethernet port interfaces are equipped with Gigabit ports including LAN and WAN ports for high speed wired connection. All brand new all-in-one desktop computers are equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connection, while mostly DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems (such as Motorola Surfboard SB6120) are also equipped with gigabit Ethernet port you may connect to the Linksys 4500 gigabit WAN port for maximum data rate throughput between modem and router.

USB port is designed with multi functions including hosting the external disk storage, USB printer, and it supports media server. The first generations of Linksys wireless routers including Linksys E-4200 and E 3200, you can’t use the USB port to host a printer. Unfortunately there is only one USB port available. So if you require hosting both storage and printer, you can’t do that. There are some routers available in the market you may consider such as new Asus RT-N66U N900 router with two USB 2.0 ports. This router becomes the best seller, most wanted router for some periods of time in Amazon. You may also compare it with the D-link Dir-857 which includes USB 3.0 port 10 times faster data rate throughput than standard USB 2.0 port.

Comparison table

The table shows main specs comparison for Linksys EA 4500 Vs Netgear WNDR 4700 Vs D-link DIR-857

Linksys 4500 Netgear 4500 D-link Dir-857
Wireless technology N900 with 3×3 MIMO antenna (6 internal antennas) N900 with internal antennas N900 with smartbeam technology
Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
USB ports 1x USB 2.0 for storage or printer, DLNA media server 2x USB 2.0 port  for storage, printer and DLNA media server


USB 3.0 port for storage or printer
Other features: Cisco Connect Cloud Ready Share Cloud,

Time machine support for Mac; Netgear Genie – easy personal dashboard control


SD Card Slot with DLNA compliant


With the included 6 internal antennas and 3×3 MIMO antenna technologies for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, the EA4500 router is very reliable reaching farthest corner of your large house. To cover the whole home you can place the router in the middle of the house.

Have a look at the new Netgear Nighthawk X4 (R7500) – the next generation of wireless AC2400 router.

The wireless N standard is slowly to be disappeared in the market in line with the emerging of new wireless AC products released to the market. You may consider substitution of each of the products with new wireless AC technology, Linksys EA9300 or you may try one of top ten mesh home wifi routers such as Linksys Velop.

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