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Apps - Media Prioritization

This allows you configure devices (computers, media players, etc. ), games or applications so that their traffic has internet access priority. Figure 13 shows that I have enabled prioritization, and have given High priority to my WDTVLive media player, as well as Netflix and Skype.

Media Prioritization

Figure 13: Media Prioritization

You prioritize devices, applications and games by dragging them to the High Priority boxes at the top of the screen. Priority in the High Priority queue is relative and established by the ordering of devices and services. There are only three spots in the High Priority queue, so you are forced to decide what kind of traffic or devices are really most important to you. Three may seem like too small a number. But if you think about it, the small number makes sense.

If you need to add a new application type, you'll find an "Add a new..." selection at the bottom of each selector. Select it and you'll get a window where you can name the service and specify the ports and protocol (TCP, UDP, Both).

Apps - Speed Test

This application measures the speed of your internet connection for both uploads and downloads. Figure 14 shows that I’m getting my money’s worth from my ISP, Comcast.

Speed Test application

Figure 14: Speed Test application tests your upload and download speeds

Apps - USB Storage

This application provides you with control over the USB storage device plugged into your EA series router (EA3500 and EA4500). Tabs across the top of the interface let you see the status of your storage device, configure users and access rights for folders, enable/disable FTP access, and control your DLNA media server (EA4500).

USB Storage Status

Figure 15: Status of USB storage device attached to your EA router

By default, all files on an attached USB storage device are public with R/W rights for anyone on your network. For computers on the local network, you can map a drive letter (Windows) or mount the device on your Mac using SMB. Unfortunately, for remote clients, your only method of file access is via FTP. Figure 15 shows the USB Storage status page.

Router Settings - Connectivity

Traditional router configuration options are found in the Router Settings group. They are logically grouped under the four top level menus of Connectivity, Troubleshooting, Wireless and Security. Each of the configuration pages uses the same new user interface style that you’ve seen in the screen shots above.

The five tabs shown in Figure 16 control settings related to connectivity. You’ll notice that I renamed my 5 GHz network so that I could easily identify it when connecting my internet-enabled TV. Of special note, under the Local network tab, you can configure DHCP reservation. Under the Administration tab, you can enable local management access via HTTPS as well as wireless. Here, you can also enable/disable remote access for Cisco Connect Cloud and enable the Application Layer Gateway for SIP (VoIP).

Connectivity menu

Figure 16: All configurable items related to connections are grouped under the Connectivity menu

Troubleshooting

Here, you’ll find the status (name, MAC address, IP address and connection) of each device attached to your network. You can also view the DHCP reservation table which, in addition to status, shows lease expiration time for each client. Ping, Trace Route and Reboot router are available on a separate tab.

Wireless

All items related to wireless configuration are found on this menu. For dual band routers, you can change each of the following items independently for the 2. 4 GHz and the 5.0 GHz networks: Network (enable/disable); Name (ssid); password; network mode; security mode; channel width; and Channel (assigned or auto). Note that by default, both SSIDs are the same and both radios are set to Auto 20/40 channel width.

There’s a separate tab for MAC address filtering (allow or deny MAC addresses on the list) and a Wi-Fi Protected Setup tab which you saw in Figure 10 above. Interestingly, you can’t disable SSID broadcast, nor can you configure the guest network under this tab. Nor can you enable/disable wireless isolation between wireless clients. There is also no timed access for Wi-Fi.

Security

This tab holds settings for your firewall, DMZ, DDNS (DynDNS and TZO supported), Port Forwarding (single port and port range) as well as Port Range Triggering. Unfortunately, none of the Port Range menus are pre-populated with common applications (such as HTTP on port 80) or common games. Figure 17 shows you the default firewall settings.

Default firewall settings

Figure 17: Default firewall settings for the EA4500

Cisco Linksys routers typically don't let you control user access to internet services (outbound port filtering). CCC follows this scheme for IPv4, but oddly provides outbound port filtering for IPv6 via the IPv6 Port Services control shown in Figure 17.

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