The Linksys E1000 is a wireless router with 4-ports and 2 internal antennas. For this test we replaced an old Netgear WG264 in a wiring closet servicing a 3,000 SF two story home. The wiring closet is on the second floor which makes for optimal wireless coverage.

The difference is night and day. Where the old Netgear router was constantly dropping the signal and requiring a hard reboot the Linksys E1000 has been rock solid. It just shows how far we’ve come on the wireless front in just a few years. Entry level is really pretty good now.

The Linksys E1000 has a nice looking and intuitive interface that makes for a breezy setup. Novice users will appreciate the included CD with step by step instructions. For the fastest setup just punch in the IP address 192.168.1.1 and customize the wireless settings and password. It only takes a couple of minutes.

Cisco is offering a 90 day guarantee on its lineup of Linksys routers. The E1000 retails for under $70 and should satisfy most homes users looking for a no frills wireless setup.

Visit Cisco for more information on the Linksys line of wireless routers.