Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Linksys EA4500 Dual-Band N900 Router with Gigabit & USB + {Giveaway} #hubofmyhome

If you often engage in network-heavy activities, have you ever experienced one {or more!} of these frustrations?
  • photos taking forever to upload onto your blogs or Facebook
  • video streaming keeps lagging {especially when watching your fave Korean drama online...argh!}
  • World of Warcraft {WoW} character suddenly freezing, then dead the next time you look o.O"
  • poor strength in your wireless connection
  • constant need to reboot your router 
If you have, maybe it is time to get a more reliable router.

I'm currently using the recently launched Linksys EA4500 Dual-Band N900 Router with Gigabit & USB and am pretty happy with it.

Love the sleek design and no unsightly antennas!

I'm not a techie person but I managed to get it set up in a few easy steps. Seriously, if I can do it, so can you.The Cisco Connect installation has clear and simple instructions to setup and manage, allowing even novice users like me to get my home network up quickly and securely.

From Cisco Connect, I then created my Cisco Connect Cloud that's rather awesome as we can now check in and control our network remotely anywhere from the convenience of a browser or mobile app {free to download for iOS & Android devices}. For parents, this means we can check and control the router settings on the move like when we are at work, and block the kids' access to Facebook when they should be home doing their homework!

There's many advanced features that will appeal to the more tech-savvy, but here are some that I like for my family:

Guest Access
We have the ability to create a guest network and password for sharing with guests to our home, without giving out our actual main password! Security level up ↑

Media Prioritisation
We can prioritise which device gets the most available bandwidth from our broadband connection by simply putting the connected devices into a High Priority Queue. Extremely useful for households where hubbies like to play online games like WoW or Diablo III...like ours!

Parental Controls
This provides the ability to control the content that your kids view online, for each connected device. It is not so important now, but when Lil Pumpkin is at an older age and starts to use the Internet more often, it will be very useful to monitor her online activities :)

All the features are conveniently placed  at the dashboard interface of Cisco Connect Cloud that has an "at-a-glance" view of the status of our network. User-friendly and easy to manage - I like!

Below are the more technical stuff if you are interested:

Linksys EA4500 Dual-Band N900 Router with Gigabit & USB is sold at Challenger Superstore, Harvey Norman, Best Denki, Courts and all major computer stores. However, I'm giving away ONE set of the router {worth S$299} to my special readers! To enter, simply

1. Like Sakura Haruka on Facebook

2. Follow Sakura Haruka on Twitter, and tweet a creative sentence with hashtag #hubofmyhome {e.g. my hubby is the love of my life & #hubofmyhome}. Remember to tag @AiSakuraHaruka so I know you did this + name of FB account you used to like my page!

Just complete both of these 2 simple steps! Good Luck!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Monday, 30 July 12 2359hrs {Singapore time}
* Random winner announced on Wednesday, 1 August 12. Winners has 5 days to respond, or the prize will be redrawn. 

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Cisco Singapore provided the Linksys EA4500 Dual-band N900 Router with Gigabit & USB  for review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



Unknown said...

Ohhhh that sounds like a great Router! I actually own a Linksys router and have had it for YEARS...it still works awesome :) Great review and giveaway! If I lived in Singapore, I'd enter hehe :)

Ai Sakura said...

That's great to hear Brandi! :) Before this, hubby changed his router every 3 yrs or so I reckon :P