|At a glance|
|Product||Linksys High Performance Dual-Band N Router (E3200) [Website]|
|Summary||Broadcom-based simultaneous dual-band N router with Gigabit ports, USB drive sharing and media serving support.|
|Pros||•Simultaneous dual band|
•USB drive sharing
•Guest SSID on 2.4 GHz band only
•Storage feature lacks UPnP / DLNA server
The Linksys E3200 is one step below the top-of-line E4200. It's aimed at folks who don't care about three-stream N support and would rather have the extra cash. The only other thing you trade off vs. the E4200 is a UPnP / DLNA media server added to the USB drive-sharing feature.
The E3200's enclosure is more like its lower-priced siblings with a narrower footprint and colored logo accent band running across the router face. The beauty shot above and rear panel photo below show the indicator-free top face and Etherent link / activity LEDs built into the Gigabit WAN and LAN jacks.
Cisco E3200 rear view
I opened up my review sample after testing was done and took the photo shown below. The 3200's smaller footprint (compared to the 4200) made for a more compact, but similar layout.
Cisco E3200 inside view
I've listed the E3200's key components, along with the E4200's for comparison, in the table below.
|CPU||Broadcom BCM47186||Broadcom BCM4718|
|Switch||Broadcom BCM53125||Broadcom BCM53115|
|RAM||64 MB||64 MB|
|Flash||16 MB||16 MB|
|2.4 GHz Radio||- BB/MAC In BCM47186
- Microsemi LX 5535 2.4 GHz power amps (x2)
|- BB/MAC In BCM4718
- SiGe 2528L 2.4 GHz power amps (x2)
|5 GHz radio||- Broadcom BCM43236
- Microsemi LX 5530 5 GHz power amps (x2)
|- Broadcom BCM4331
- SiGe SE2594L Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN front ends (x3)
Table 1: E3200 and E4200 component summary
Both routers are Broadcom-based and have 64 MB of RAM and 16 MB of flash. Like most other simultaneous dual-band routers, both use a single-chip router solution for one of the radios and main CPU. The E3200 uses a BCM47186 vs. BCM4718 on the E4200. And since the E3200 doesn't support three-stream N on the 5 GHz radio, there are only two antennas for it vs. the E4200's three.
The E3200 supports the standard Linksys router feature set:
- DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Telstra Cable WAN types
- DHCP server with MAC address reservation
- Built-in Dynamic DNS clients for TZO and DynDNS
- Static and dynamic routing
- SPI firewall disable, multicast, WAN ping and IDENT filtering and Proxy, Java, ActiveX and Cooking blocking
- IPsec, PPTP and L2TP VPN passthrough (enabled by default)
- Single port forwarding and Port Range forwarding and triggered ports
- HTTPS admin access, remote management (HTTP / HTTPS) enable with IP range restriction and port setting
- Incoming, outgoing, Security and DHCP onscreen log access with support for Linksys Logviewer recording
- Access Restrictions with 10 deny or allow-based policies, each with its own list of clients and day/time schedule
- Uplink (LAN to WAN) only QoS with High, Medium, Normal or Low Priority that can be applied to specific applications (divided into Application, Online Game and Voice Device groups), physical switch ports or specific MAC addresses.
- WMM (Wireless MultiMedia) (enabled by default)
- Wireless Guest Access - Internet-only access with its own SSID, but no security except a common password for all guests and the ability to limit the number of guests from 1 to 10. 2.4 GHz band only
The 1.0.00 build 13 firmware I used for testing didn't support IPv6. See the E4200 review if you need a bit more feature detail along with some screenshots.
First power-up of the router didn't automatically result in Internet connection via a DHCP-style WAN link, so I fired up my browser, entered the 192.168.0.1 IP of the admin server and was presented with the screen shown below.
E3200 captive portal
I'm not a Cisco Connect fan, so clicked the Continue with an open and unsecured network (not recommended) link and was shown the screen below.
E3200 security warning
Once I checked the box and clicked the Continue button, I was finally granted Internet access.