Sep 30, 2016
I’m old school. I have made my peace with it.
Iconic occurrences of my youth are things kids today cannot fathom. Physical calendar portfolios. Soccer goalkeepers picking up back passes from own defenders. The Chicago Bulls first 3 Peat. All things these young’uns don’t get.
People, I did dialup with Juno and NetZero. AOL was a way of life.
When I first stumbled on wireless internet connectivity, I thought it was a myth. I still have my first router. Compared to the Linksys EA9500, those are dinosaurs.
This router strikes a formidable pose, all in black, with a bank and eight adjustable antennas on its perimeter.
So yes, on its own, the router is a fairly impressive piece of hardware. In testing, it was especially easy to set up, and it proved to be pretty reliable so far. Still, there is another element that really extends its overall functionality: the companion Linksys Smart Wi-Fi application.
Now, this application is what really opens up the app to true everyday management. It bears a simple design, bathed in blue hues, and from within, it is possible to run all sorts of router-related operations, like password management, guest access, parental controls, and a bit more.
It is possible to see how many devices are connected to the network at any given time, and it also notifies the user if the router goes offline. The app indeed creates a full-fledged, portable network manager that can be replicated on several devices if need be.
Of particular interest to this dad is the device prioritization. From the app, I was able to block sites, or simply block the entire device. More advanced operations of this type have to be done on a full terminal, but it is a great tool to have in a pinch. If anything, the companion app expands the functionality of the core hardware in many ways.