The Cisco Linksys E1000's box alone was impressive already. It certainly looked a lot bigger than the current router we were using which was TP-Link.
The router's design is very modern and streamlined. It struck me as very state-of-the-art and actually reminded me of a spaceship somehow.
The package includes the Linksys E1000 wireless router, an installer CD, a quick installation guide, an ethernet network cable, and an Energy Star power adapter.
I plugged it in right away of course. Gotta love those blue lights! It looks even more like a spaceship now.
Compared to my old router, the Linksys E1000 is definitely the hands down winner in the looks department. The design is just so snazzy.
Plugging it in and powering up is just the first step. You'll need to install it properly in order to be able to take full advantage of all the features. Since none of us here at home have a CD-ROM drive, I proceeded to Cisco's Linksys Support site to download the setup software that was needed to install the router properly.
I was good to go in no time. I was surprised because right after I installed the router, it already had a pre-programmed router name and password to protect my connection from unauthorized users. It also has a separate guest access point that is also password-protected so you don't have to give out your main password to everyone who comes along. You can also set the number of guests that can access your connection simultaneously.
I was surprised to see a dedicated panel for parental controls. You can instruct the router to block and filter internet access for specific gadgets. Both of our children possess gadgets which can be used to surf the net (i.e. Playstation Portable, iPod Touch, Nintendo DSi) and so theoretically they can log in any time since they know the password. With the Linksys E1000, I can for example block or limit internet access during school nights for the PSP, iPod, and DS.
I can not only control the time they spend online, I can block specific sites from being accessed as well. All I have to do is type the urls and then save.
Another cool feature is the built-in speed test. The Linksys E1000 lets you monitor your download and upload speed with a single click.
The Linksys E1000 is very smart too. Our DSL connection really sucks because it gets cut off from time to time. I always had to "command" my old router to reconnect. Linksys E1000 does so automatically! Whenever connection gets cut, it quickly gets to work reconnecting and so my life has become a lot more convenient. I really love love love this gadget. <3
The Linksys E1000 Wireless Router is available at Asianic, Complink, E-Hub, Gigahertz, Electroworld, Micro Valley, Octagon Computer Superstores, PC Express, PC Options, PC Worx, Silicon Valley, TCA, Villman Computers for around P3,000.
Anyhow... here's the part we've all been waiting for... the giveaway!
Want to win the Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless Router worth almost P9,000 on the photo above? Then answer the following survey questions:
- How do you access internet at home? 3G or Wi-fi connection?
- Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (eg, smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many?
- Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using?
- Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price?
Post your answers on the comments section below along with your full name and email address so we can contact you if you win. So here's the catch... I am only 1 of 10 bloggers which they got to run the survey. The blog with the most number of survey respondents gets to give away the Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless Router to its readers. So let's all pitch in so one of you can take home that router! If I have the highest number I win a gadget too (but I'm not yet sure what it is because of conflicting reports hahaha XD). You can only answer the survey once. If you've already answered the survey at another blog it won't count here anymore.
Since I don't like wasting time, I'll also give away a Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headset and other prizes if you participate in the survey AND share this post on FB or Twitter. Just include the url of your FB or Twitter post in your comment to be included in the small gadget side raffle. :)
Oh yeah... the router contest is limited to those in the NCR only since the prize will be delivered to the winner. If you are not from NCR, share this post via FB or Twitter and you will be eligible for my small gadget side raffle since I will ship anywhere in the Philippines. :D
Let's go for this! Contest period is from Oct. 17 - 24, 2011. Double your chances of winning by heading over to http://www.mommymundo.com/mom-events/mommy-mundo-promos/cisco_linksys_blogcontest/ -- just post that you've answered the survey at Animetric's World and you'll be included in another router raffle automatically. :D
Okay as per Linksys' draw, Rainier Yabut wins the router. For the other winners, check here - http://animetric.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-rechargeable-sony-wireless.html
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