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Getting to know the Linksys E4200 v2

What is the Linksys E4200 v2?

The Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router lets you access the Internet via wired and wireless connection.  The features of the E4200 v2 include:

Maximum wireless speed - The Linksys E4200 v2 offers ultra fast speed to connect your tablets, computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 450 + 450 Mbps speed for a premium home network experience.

Superior wireless coverage - Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys E4200 offers maximum range to create a powerful wireless network.  Full 3x3 MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength on 2.4 and 5 GHz radios to provide exceptional coverage and reliability so you can enjoy your wireless network from anywhere in your home.

Dual-band technology - Double your network bandwidth with dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming.

SpeedBoost - Higher quality antenna technology helps to maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility.

Gigabit Ethernet – With speeds up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet.  Use the four (4) Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports for quick file sharing between other Gigabit-enabled devices like computers, hard drives, and servers.

Built-in USB Port and UPnP Media Server - The USB port lets you add a range of USB storage devices such as flash drives and external hard drives to share files at home or over the Internet for more access to information.  The built-in Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) AV Media Server enables seamless streaming of your video and media files to an Xbox 360®, PS3™, or other UPnP compatible device.

Home theater-ready - Bring the ultimate entertainment experience to your home by connecting computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, media players and more to your wireless network and the Internet.  QoS traffic prioritization technology designed to deliver your time-sensitive Internet traffic efficiently so you can enjoy fast downloads, smooth video and music streaming, and gaming and VoIP.

IPv6 Enabled - The Linksys E4200 v2 supports the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof your network.

Top panel

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On the top panel of the Linksys E4200 v2, the brand logo's LED indicates the following:  

Purpose

Light behavior

Activity

 Power (White)

The light flashes slowly (every 3 seconds)

The router is powered ON, resets to factory defaults, or upgrades its firmware

The light is continuously lit

The router is ready for use

The light flashes quickly (every second)

There is an error

 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (White)

Light flashes slowly (every 2 seconds) for two minutes

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ process is active

The light is continuously lit

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ is successful

The light flashes quickly (every second) for 2 minutes

There is an error


IMPORTANT:  In case the indicator light does not flash like any of the behavior stated above, you need to observe your connection first.  If the connection works fine, that unusual activity of the indicator light only pertains to an active network connection; however, if you start experiencing intermittent to no connection, you may need to powercycle your router for a minute or two.  If that does not fix the problem, you might need to update the firmware and reconfigure the settings of the router.  To learn how, click here.

Back panel

 Ethernet 1-4 (Yellow and Green) – These Ethernet ports connect the router to computers and other Ethernet network devices on your wired network using Ethernet cables.  The yellow light flashes to indicate network activity over that port.  The green light turns ON when the local network port is connected to a 10/100/1000 Gigabit port.

 Internet (Yellow and Green) – Using an Ethernet cable, the Internet port connects the router to your Internet connection, which is typically a Cable or Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) modem.  The yellow light flashes to indicate network activity over that port.  The green light turns ON when the Internet port is connected to a 10/100/1000 Gigabit port.

 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ Button – If you have client devices, such as wireless printers, that support Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, you can press the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ button to automatically configure wireless security for your wireless network.  To know how to connect devices using the WPS feature, click here.

 USB Port – The USB port connects to a USB storage device.  The USB 1.1 standard supports speeds up to 12 Mbps.  The USB 2.0 standard supports speeds up to 480 Mbps.  The E4200 v2 recognizes USB 3.0 devices however it will force the device to run on 2.0 speeds.

QUICK TIP:  The E4200 v2 USB port supplies up to 1000 mA power on devices.  It also supports FAT32, NTFS, HFS+journaled and non-journaled capable for data storing formats.

 Reset – This button allows you to reset the router to its factory defaults.  Press and hold the Reset button for approximately 10 seconds.  This button is located between the USB and Power ports.  As an alternative, you can restore the defaults from the Administration tab > Factory Defaults sub-tab in the router’s web-based setup page.

 Power – The Power port connects to the included power adapter.

Minimum System Requirements

Web Browser (for browser-based configuration)

  • Internet Explorer® 7 or higher
  • Safari® 4 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox® 3 or higher
  • Google Chrome™ 10 or higher
NOTE:  To access the E4200 v2’s web-based setup page, open a compatible web browser and enter “myrouter.local” in the Address bar.

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Operating System

•  Windows®

o  Windows XP with Service Pack 3
o  Windows Vista® with Service Pack 1 and later (32 and 64-bit)
o  Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)
o  Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit)
o  Windows 8.1 (32 and 64-bit)
o  Windows 10

•  Mac OS X®

o  Tiger 10.4.11
o  Leopard 10.5.8
o  Snow Leopard 10.6.1
o  Lion 10.7
o  Mountain Lion 10.8
o  Mavericks 10.9

Others

  • Linksys Connect software
  • Wireless adapter must support WPA/WPA2


Related Articles:

E4200 v2 Frequently Asked Questions
Linksys Connect and Network Magic compatibility issues with OS X® Lion 10.7, Mountain Lion 10.8, Mavericks 10.9, Yosemite 10.10, El Capitan 10.11 and macOS™ Sierra 10.12
How to set up your Linksys Wi-Fi Router for the first time using Linksys Connect
Setting up WEP, WPA or WPA2 wireless security

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