There are just too many negatives to recommend this router, in spite of its aggressive pricing. Unimpressive range, low file sharing throughput, problems with 2.4 GHz 40 MHz mode connections and even its inability to properly communicate its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) status are all reasons to leave it on the shelf.
A multi-functional device
Although physically quite large, approximately 20 x 25cm in depth and width, it is quite slim at around only 4cm at its deepest point and about half of that at the sides. Although labelled as a Cable Router as it does not include any modem components or allow connection via the normal RJ jack, it can be used with cable and fibre optics broadband (such as BT Infiniti) or to provide bridge and router functions to a standard broadband modem.
USB port for sharing storage devices
Our one complaint is that Netgear's Smart Wizard software is PC-only. This means Mac users have to wade through a long PDF manual that explains how to set up the router through its browser interface. Once you get to the browser interface there is a straightforward Setup option, but this approach could still be a bit confusing for ordinary home users who are setting up a router for the first time.
When I first looked at the ASUS RT-15 I thought it looked a little cheap. With the complete lack of antennas I was sure that my range and performance would be terrible. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find out that neither was true. ASUS has packed some serious features and performance into this little white box. You certainly can expect great performance right out of the box.
Compact and sleek design
The bottom line: The Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N forces you to pick either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz band for your wireless network. Given that, it's not an ideal choice for an environment with both types of wireless clients. The router offers good wireless performance and features a high-speed wired network that caps at 1,000Mbps.
High 5 GHz speed
The WRT320N is Cisco's attempt to lower the price of stepping up to a dual-band draft 11n router that includes a desirable Gigabit Ethernet switch by using a single, switchable radio and driving down parts count. Unfortunately, with the lowest current street price of $110, they haven't made it a good enough deal.
The Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N forces you to pick either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz band for your wireless network. Given that, it's not an ideal choice for an environment with both types of wireless clients. The router offers good wireless performance and features a high-speed wired network that caps at 1000Mbps.
The Cisco Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router is the fastest router we've seen in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and will definitely make home users happy with its easy-to-use setup software. Advanced users, however, might find its desktop software and Web interface combination a little disjointed.
No support for Gigabit Ethernet
This is as basic as an N router can get. If you are looking to wirelessly connect a single machine and have no need for Gigabit Ethernet or the 5-GHz band, it's not a terrible option for the price. But even for a cheap router, we'd like to see better throughput at distance.
Easy to use
The E2000 is Linksys' replacement for the WRT320N dual band wireless-N router. It is one of two dual band routers from the new E series, the other being the high end E3000. The E2000 can run at 5.0GHz as opposed to the standard 2.4GHz frequency offered by the low end E1000; this enables your home wireless network to avoid interference with other local networks.
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