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Features

The E900 supports the older standard Linksys router feature set, slightly enhanced to support IPv6. Supported are IPv6-Auto mode internet connection, 6rd tunnel and IPv6 firewall rules. A quick rundown of the features is:

  • 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
  • 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)

After plugging in the router and launching a browser, you're reminded of the E900's heritage in the capture page you are redirected to. The Cisco logo is still there, as is instructions for installing Cisco Connect (don't bother).

Linksys E900 - first browser access

Linksys E900 - first browser access

As noted earlier, the main difference between the E900 and E1200 is that the E1200 supports wireless guest network access and simple parental controls. If you do opt for an E1200, the parental controls (below) are very basic and don't include specific service blocking.

Linksys E1200 Parental Controls

Linksys E1200 Parental Controls

And no, you can't load E1200 firmware onto the E900. I tried.

Routing Performance

Routing performance for the E900 loaded with V1.0.04 firmware using our standard test method is summarized in the table below. I also included the results for the E1200 v1 for comparison.

Looks like a few tweaks were made in the E900's more recent firmware that increased routing performance a bit and raised the 8K cap on simultaneous connections that the E1200 v1 had.

Test Description Linksys E900 Linksys E1200 v1
WAN - LAN 94.1 91.7
LAN - WAN 94.0 90.8
Total Simultaneous 149.6 117.8
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 11,728 8,192
Firmware Version 1.0.04 1.0.00 build 11
Table 2: Routing throughput

For the unidirectional tests, the IxChariot chart below shows very steady and equal throughput in both directions.

Linksys E900
Linksys E900 routing unidirectional throughput

Simultaneous up/down performance shows more variation, but a bit of a bump up to 75 Mbps in each direction for just shy of 150 Mbps total.

Linksys E900 routing bidirectional throughput

Linksys E900 routing bidirectional throughput

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