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Connect Thyself: Router Giveaway from Linksys

February 14th, 2012  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  22 Comments

Note: This post was sponsored by Linksys and the new Linksys E4200v2 router. For more information on sponsored posts, read the bottom of our About Page.

Just two short weeks ago, DadWagon reader Max Yang hit the jackpot with a $100 BestBuy gift certificate from our sponsor, Linksys. As Max so elegantly wrote in response, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner.”

Well, we are officially raising the stakes on that chicken dinner. It is now a full filet mignon. Because this week Linksys is giving away a E4200 router, retail value $179.99 (yes, that’s almost 80% more than $100).

But figures are not important. Before passing this on to one of you (rules for the contest below), we needed to be sure this thing works. So Linksys was good enough to send us a router to test drive. We hooked it up at DadWagon’s secret laboratory somewhere in the five boros, and we can now tell you this. It works. It works, in fact, much better than any router we’ve used in our civilian lives before.

The details:

Ease: We are a dadblog, written by men who wish there were still typewriters on earth (one of the four co-founders, for example, left to write a book about Polaroid cameras, of all things). We don’t code, we’re not good with cables. This router did not ask this of us. Put in the CD, stick blue cable into orange port, and you’re basically done. As bruised veterans of the 2010 War with the Wireless Repeater that Would Not Ever Ever Register on Any Network Ever (a riveting story to be told another time), we are glad for ease of use.

Power: This is not scientific, but the walls of our test-space are made of concrete that is, according to our measurements, hellathick. We were nervous at first about the range of a device that has no antenna (see the sleekness in the photo). That’s because we are the type of suckers who used to believe that a cellphone wouldn’t be any good unless it had an antenna (again, we are Luddites). As it happens, though, this router blasted (in a very invisible and non-damaging way) through any and all obstacles, and we were quickly able to download enough Dora the Explorer cartoons to have our children reading Don Quixote in the original before lunch.

Options: As part of the easy setup (see above), the router automatically established a guest network with a separate password for us. We hadn’t thought we’d need a guest network, but it would sure be handy if we were running an AirBnB hostel in the home, or if our house guests might steal our data, or if we want to keep our wives away from our passwords (kidding!). Granted, we don’t get a lot of visitors since we brought two incontinent yelping young things into this world. But the function is actually pretty cool. Bonus: USB capability, so you can plug a external hard drive directly into the router and store from your wireless devices. We live, as many fathers do, in a ceaseless whirlpool of digital photos and video, both personal and for work. We are, in essence, data-drowning. We applaud anyone who can give us a little life raft.

The Giveaway: Same rules as last time. Comment on this post on our Facebook page and in one week’s time we, with the help of the genius algorithms of Random.org, will pick a lucky winner. Even Max Yang is eligible.


Responses

  1. Anthony Hersey via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 4:50 pm(#)

    Sellouts.

  2. Max Yang via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 4:58 pm(#)

    Let’s see if lightning strikes twice. Anyhow that’s one nifty router. Maybe it’s time to upgrade from my DI-524 :D

  3. Nate Roth via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:02 pm(#)

    Of all the odd toed ungulates, the quagga is my favorite.

  4. Nychole Kasper via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:03 pm(#)

    Even though I am a mom, I relate to the dadbloggers @dadwagon

  5. DadWagon via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:09 pm(#)

    I’m not even going to google quagga.

  6. Nate Roth via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:17 pm(#)

    It’s essentially an extinct zebra.

  7. Jake Gamage via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:28 pm(#)

    Well, getting a router would be very nice! (note: append witty comment to this comment later)

  8. Joshua Garcia via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 5:58 pm(#)

    When ever were the reviews from DadWagon “epic”? Oh wait its for a Linksys E4200? Now that is epic!

  9. DadWagon via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 6:08 pm(#)

    @Jake, it’s all about the number randomizer. Wit is purely optional (but appreciated).

  10. Jack Steiner via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 6:18 pm(#)

    Looks pretty sweet to me.

  11. Corey Charette via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 6:27 pm(#)

    Love the look of it. Best looking Linksys I’ve ever seen.

  12. Patrick Quirke via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 8:23 pm(#)

    Really need a new router, looks Ace!

  13. Terry Leeders via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 9:11 pm(#)

    This is awesome. I love the guest network option!

  14. Jeremy Loukas via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 9:15 pm(#)

    Want.

  15. Tim Smith via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 10:03 pm(#)

    Question: can you get porn and stock quotes with this thing?

  16. DadWagon via Facebook says:

    February 14th, 2012at 10:22 pm(#)

    Tim Smith–if you truly believe you can, yes. Yes, you can.

  17. Paul Rimple via Facebook says:

    February 15th, 2012at 1:55 am(#)

    Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo…

  18. Peter S. Kim via Facebook says:

    February 15th, 2012at 10:50 am(#)

    Nice. Linksys is getting creative with their marketing. The thing probably only cost them $5 to manufacture in Asia anyways.

  19. DadWagon via Facebook says:

    February 15th, 2012at 4:28 pm(#)

    Yes, Peter, and another $5 to get us to sellout for them. Easy money!

  20. Jessica Fong via Facebook says:

    February 16th, 2012at 2:01 am(#)

    I need a router for when I move into my new apartment in a month… this would be awesome!

  21. DadWagon via Facebook says:

    February 21st, 2012at 10:46 am(#)

    Today is the big day! Random.org picked Commenter #9, which is… Patrick Quirke (not counting our comments or double-commenters). Patrick: Drop us a line at to claim your bitching new router. Thanks to everyone for playing/commenting/chanting.

  22. Venkatesh says:

    February 28th, 2012at 9:11 am(#)

    Great!

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