Getting to know the Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA4500 v3

The Linksys N900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA4500 v3 is the latest version of EA4500.  EA4500 v3 features Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router and USB Storage link in addition to virtual USB support for USB peripherals.  Its two (2) radio bands, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, that wireless work concurrently and support three (3) spatial streams (3 TX and 3 RX).

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Major Features
  • Smart Wi-Fi
  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Data rate PHY speed 450 Mbps (Per band)
  • Dual-Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
  • 3 x 3 MIMO
  • Guest Network (Each band) – up to 50 guests with five (5) as default
  • 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN Port
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port – Virtual Printing, DLNA Media Server, Storage 

Product Requirements
Operating System (For Printer Utility)
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8 
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or later
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3
Mac OS X®
  • Mavericks 10.9 
  • Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Lion 10.7
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.1
  • Leopard 10.5.8 or later

Browser (for Smart Setup and web interface configuration)
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 8 or higher
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari® 5 (for Mac) or higher 

Setup/Web-based Setup Page
The EA4500 v3 includes the Smart Setup which is similar to Smart Wi-Fi routers but there are two (2) features added:

  • Clear Device List button – Clears all device information and reboots the router.  If the Device List is corrupted or overloaded with devices that are no longer there, you can click on this button.  
NOTE:  Clicking this button will reboot the router and disconnect any Wi-Fi devices momentarily.
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  •  Wireless Widget Toggle ON/OFF switch – The switch disables or enables a radio for each band. 
NOTE:  You need to change the Security mode to WPA2 Personal if you only want to use the Wireless-N network.  For steps on how to do this, click here.
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Mobile App
Only the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App is supported.
The firmware is available via Auto-Update or via the EA4500 v3’s product page.  There is no desktop Setup software but you can use Linksys Smart Wi-Fi mobile app instead.

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EA4500 v3 Frequently Asked Questions
EA4500 v3 LED behavior
Product comparison chart between EA4500 v1 and EA4500 v3

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