The Linksys E1200 has five Fast Ethernet ports: one for internet access and the rest to support clients on a local area network (LAN). This is one of the home wireless routers on our lineup that conforms to IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi specifications with a theoretical data throughput of 300Mbps. Wireless n is a leap forward from the previous 802.11g specification, which had a theoretical speed of 54Mbps. Wireless n is backward compatible with wireless g, so wireless g clients can connect to a Wi-Fi network enabled by the Linksys E1200. Even though the router supports dual streams, if a wireless g client connects, it can only access the 20MHz channel, which will result in a theoretical data throughput of 150Mbps.If you are not on a budget, then, by all means, purchase an IEEE 802.11ac router. However, you would need to buy a new laptop, tablet, and smartphone in order to take advantage of the extra speed of ac. If you want to save money, though, the Linksys E1200 should tide you over for a couple of years until the ac routers ship in sufficient quantities for the prices to come down.
With the E1200 home wireless router, parents have a great deal of specific control over how and when children can surf the web. It is possible to block internet access always or never, or at specific times such as on school nights or weekends. Parents can also enter the names of specific sites to block.
Visitors can have their own password-protected internet access. Armed with the name of the guest network and the password, guests can connect to the internet, but they cannot print to any printer that is connected to the local network. Guests cannot access any files on networked computers or see the host’s personal data.