How to Reset Password from Previous Owner
If your refurbished router still has the name/password from the previous owner, use a pin or paperclip to push the "Reset/Reinitialisation" button on the underside of the router. Hold the button down until all the lights on the back go solid and it is reset. Then reboot the router and start the software program over again and all should be well.
Aside from that one little hitch I just set up the router and it works fine.
It dos what it is supposed to do, even though it is refubrished it is in perfect shape. It reboots quite fast I have to say, and most settings change do not require reboot.
College and Mac Friendly! (WARNING OSX Mtn Lion)
The university I go to has really really tough regulations when it comes to anything connecting to their ethernet ports (which school doesn't?). And I was really worried that this dual band router would have to go through some intense trouble shooting because of our school's anti router-in-the-dorm policy. Certainly not a problem for this guy!! I was so happy when I installed my router and got an immediate connection! It's no Gigabit router, but it's sure faster than the G routers and really makes use of our school's T1 lines.
At first I was really hesitant when I read the negative reviews for the refurbished products. Let me just say this... if it says "Cisco Certified Refurbished Product" you really have nothing to worry about. It states clearly that you have a 90-day warranty on top of their certified label. In addition, my router came looking brand new! It didn't even have scuffs or blemishes or any malfunctioning parts. Another plus. So for the sake of first appearances, I was overjoyed to get such a deal. Now onto the mechanics.
I do not know how much I can comment on since I am not a techie or know a lot about routers. All I knew was that this router had to bypass concrete walls and have a really strong signal. I did a bit of research into the dual-band properties of this router, and while my iphone doesn't connect at the 5Ghz broadcast, it gets a very strong connection at 2.4Ghz. A lot of equipment at your office/home run on the 2.4Ghz signal and therefore congests the signal between your wifi devices and the router, leading to suffering connection speeds. Your laptops/wifi devices should be able to connect to the 5Ghz and get a much stronger and solid connection at this level with your router. Really nice in my opinion. My mac also had no problems recognizing and installing the program that came with it. (Yes, download the driver off of cisco's website!!!)
Here is what you have to keep in mind fellow mac users:
1) DOWNLOAD THE DRIVER/PROGRAM from cisco's website!!! I can't stress this enough. You will save yourself a lot of work trying to do common things if you just install this crucial program. If you use the *install disc* that came with it, know that OSX Lion will not be supported and it will say not compatible (hence the online download I mentioned). So go online and install the program.I don't like doing the whole "type in your router/ip address" thing. A lot of users like this because you can do all of the things from the program and a lot more advanced options on the web browser, but if you aren't technical like me and appreciate everything being nice and neat and organized, go with the program you downloaded. Plus, there is a link on the program that takes you to the webpage with your router's information where you can adjust more advanced options. So its better to install the program anyway. The only time where you cannot avoid using the webpage to adjust your router is installing firmware updates. I don't believe this router is self-upgradeable, so you would have to check up on cisco's website for the newest firmware updates as they come. Firmware updates aren't critical per-say....but if you are paranoid about security like me, I would advise you to check the website for firmware updates at least once a month.
2) Don't get frustrated with the loading/installing time. You install the program first into your mac and THEN power the router and connect it to the MODEM! (refer to the instructions the program guides you through). The program will take quite some time to do the necessary installation and setup of your router. Just don't do anything that will interfere with the process (ie. restarting the program, shutting off the router, connecting devices into the router during setup, etc.). Just focus on getting it set up. But just know that even changing the name and password of your router as it appears on wifi connections does take some time too. But once it completes the task, the change is immediate and you're ready to go.
3) I would immediately shut off the guest access (via the program installed) once you have this router up and running. It not only keeps others from clogging up your connection, but it also disables their ability to connect to your highly sought after 5Ghz broadcast as well.
The program (aside from the loading times) was really easy and enjoyable to use. I have changed my router name and password over 10 times just for the heck of it and have not had to restart the router for any reason. It is simple and easy to do. There are even "keys" you can make on a usb drive to connect your other wifi devices to the router. Not mind-blowing, but kinda cool. Seems very well ventilated. It has a little foot on the edge that prevents you from placing anything on top of the router, but it allows for airflow on the bottom as well as the sides.
So far a pretty solid router and a really valuable amenity for any college dorm (5Ghz is a life saver- like driving in carpool). The customer service is extremely slow however and I'd say moderately informed staff? They prefer online chat to solve your troubles more than any other method. Oh well, at least they helped guide me through installing the latest firmware. Happy Hunting!
November 7, 2012
The router is still going strong. Had a couple of road blocks: switching dorms for the next year and our school's FiberOptic Line upgrade. Both obstacles did not hinder this router and my mac (OSX LION) is still performing flawlessly with the router. Recently opened up some new ports and got a VPN and completely bypassing the school's throttling. To add somethiing else cool, the range on this baby is sweet. We have a coffee shop 3 floors below us. I still get wifi connection on my iphone. Pretty flippin' sweet. Again, totally depends where your router is setup, etc, etc. But this does not cease to amaze me. By now though there are probably better routers out there for the same price. Make sure you get a router that has AOSS or wifi protected setup button. Things like setting up a wireless printer can be such a pain without that function.
Also! Had a wifi enabled brother printer in my room which was a pain to try and manually connect. There is this blue button on the back of the router which basically tells the router to "look for potential wifi devices" (ie. my brother printer) and in less than 2 minutes, I had set up wireless printing in my room! This thing is amazing and I think it's one of my best purchases.
May 17, 2013
Since updating to OSX Mountain Lion, I can no longer use the downloaded program. I cannot open it, make router changes, or change my password. I do not know why...this isn't a power pc program because it worked well with OSX Lion. So to repeat, on the Cisco site, there is NO UPDATE available for the Linksys E2500. For few select routers, there is an update that you can download on the site for OSX Mountain Lion. But NONE for this router. :( I still get connection, but it stinks to not have this program functionality. Just letting others know!
Good router at a great price
Good brand and I bought this one for about half the price of a new one. It is working well. It was fairly easy to set up. The router has a sleek look to it, which looks really nice in my modern looking entertainment center. Now I feel I'm updated and should have a quality, reliable, and modern router for a few years. Shipping was fast. It got to me a day earlier than originally what I thought. Overall, this purchase was a great transaction.
Very simple to set up
I bought two of these, one for my sister and one for my parents. I installed them both. In both cases the install was a snap. I just ran the enclosed CD and followed the steps.
The routers did already have router names and passwords from previous owners, but using the hardware reset button was not required. I just used the software to reset to defaults.
On the second install I did have one glitch. For some reason the router was not able to get an IP address from the cable modem. However, the software suggested unplugging the cable modem to force the modem to do a reset. This worked fine.
I didn't have to mess with anything else, because the defaults were just fine. It was about as close to being plug and play as can be.
(I should note that both of these installs were as typical as possible. A cable modem, connected to the router, with one WinXP machine connected by ethernet to it.)
The wi-fi worked fine in both owner and guest mode.
Fast, easy setup. Just follow the instructions on the ROM and you will literally be up and running in five minutes or less. This unit replaced a similar NetGear model (N600). The NetGear model was extremely difficult to set up and their technical support is awful. I never had to touch the technical support from LinkSys/Cisco. The NetGear N600 was constantly dropping wireless service, whereas the Linksys/Cisco has provided stellar connectivity for my entire household. This unit is feature rich and will provide growth and expandability for years to come. The security features of this unit are everything a home network administrator could ever need. Just a quick note, OnlineShopDealer delivered this device a full day earlier than promised. Buy this product!
Reliable and Fast!
I had a Belkin N600 before this but it was constantly dropping connections when a download happens. I risked buying a refurbished product. As it turned out it's working pretty well so far. The router is similar to N600 in terms of features. It's fast and reliable. I haven't needed to reboot it a single time. It never dropped connection. I hope this lasts long and I will post it if anything goes wrong.
We recently added lots of new wireless devices to our network and we needed something with more speed. I always trusted and have had lots of sucess with Linksys/Cisco products. While I almost never purchase refurbs of any kind, I was actually happy to see that I could pick up a refurbished unit for about half price. It arrived today and I was up and running in no time. And now all of my wired and wireless devices are all connected (about 10 total wireless devices). If this is still available when you read this, be sure to pick it up if you are looking for a good price on a dual band 802.11n router. You will be happy you did!
Great Range and Speed
I recently got 30mbps internet and I needed to upgrade from my old G router that didn't have good range. After reading the reviews, this E2500 seemed like the best bang for my buck. It has great range considering I have a large old house with heavy plaster walls. It works everywhere in the house with a strong signal. We have tons of devices that connect to it and it handles it without an issue. Even from the opposite end of the house I'm able to get 30mbps speeds on wifi. Its been installed for a few weeks and we haven't had to reset it or anything.
Easy to setup and works perfectly.
I was worried because it was factory refurbished, but everything has been working great for the 2 weeks I've had it setup.
I was having a lot of wi-fi connectivity issues with my Netgear WNR2000 that I purchased years ago. After quite a bit of troubleshooting I figured it was time for a new router.
Sure enough immediately after setup on my network all of my issues were resolved. Connectivity on all devices has been solid and working well. I haven't setup any bandwidth priority devices yet, but I'll update this review once I do.
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