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Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router WRT300N

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      03.07.2007 15:38
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      excellent wireless router

      Wireless N is pretty new stuff and as I have a gaming Laptop I decided to jump in and get the latest gear for "the fastest wireless speed available". So now 4 months later how is it performing…

      So why did you get this then?
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      I decided to get rid of my old PC and desk and exchange it for a decent laptop that could be moved around the house as needed. Obviously I couldn’t have a 20ft cable following me around so I set off to PC world and had a browse. I stumbled on the Linksys router and liked the idea of new technology that promised “the fastest possible wireless speed”. I have a cable broadband connection through Virgin so this particular router suited me. There’s also a version of this router for phone line type of broadband e.g. BT

      So what’s in the box?
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      The router obviously, mains adapter (not a very long wire it has to be said), installation cd, an Ethernet cable and instruction manual.

      How’s it plug in to your equipment then?
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      The cable that runs from your cable modem to your pc called an Ethernet cable, will now run to the Linksys router instead and the router will then send the signal either wirelessly or by another cable, to your pc.

      So why bother with this?
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      It’s so you can have a wireless connection to the internet. You can also connect many PC’s to the same internet connection so they all share the same modem. These can be connected by cables to the router or wirelessly.

      Ok…what’s the router look like?
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      Its just a bit bigger than a CD case and about an inch and a half thick. There’s 3 aerials on one side to send the signal. The unit can be laid flat or stood on one end depending on space available. The unit has 4 wired inputs on the back for pluggin PC's directly into the base. This gives a total of over 8 possible pc's connected. There’s loads of flashing lights on the front which show connected PC’s, internet activity, power etc.

      Will the flashing lights make me look cool and clever?
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      Sorry…no.

      Is it easy to set up?
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      I found it very easy. The manual walks you through each step and I didn’t have any trouble. Firstly install the drivers/software, plug in the router, restart and then get your PC to search for the wireless signal. If you’re going to use a wired connection then its even easier. The manual also tells you how to change advanced settings for security, firewall, passwords etc.

      What about manufacturer support?
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      There’s a website for Linksys that has the latest drivers and software and loads of FAQ’s. I’ve never had to use the online resource although I have updated the firmware and drivers via the website.

      What’s the wireless signal like?
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      The wireless N signal is very strong. Although it depends if the PC receiving the signal is ALSO wireless N. If not then the signal will be received as wireless G which is a bit slower and not as strong. A USB pen and PCMIA card can now be purchased for laptops which enables a wireless N signal. Some base units are now being manufactured with wireless N modems. I have used this router for my laptop whilst being sat in the garden (30 foot away) and whilst in bed (through half a dozen walls) with no problem. The wireless N signal travels 4 times farther than standard wireless signals. (obviously depending on how many obstacles are present.

      How much then?
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      At the time of writing this router can be had for £65. A quick search on google will confirm this. The USB wireless N adapter can be had for another £55.

      Anything else I should know?
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      Don’t think I can think of anything….I’ve had no problems with the router at all so can’t comment on problems or reliability issues. Just one more thing…I recommend setting a password or setting it so only your PC’s can access the router. This is so your neighbours cannot access the signal. Which they most likely will be able to do as the signal is very strong!

      Thanks for reading and please rate this review.

      Have a good day.

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    • Product Details

      The Wireless-N Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect to the network without wires. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

      The Access Point built into the Router uses the very latest wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's "Multiple In, Multiple Out" (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. Unlike ordinary wireless networking technologies that are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually uses these reflections to increase the range and reduce "dead spots" in the wireless coverage area. The robust signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections up to 4 times farther than standard Wireless-G.

      With Wireless-N, the farther away you are, the more speed advantage you get. It works great with standard Wireless-G and -B equipment, but when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N, the router can increase the throughput even more by using twice as much radio band, yielding speeds up to 12 times as fast as standard Wireless-G. But unlike other speed-enhanced technologies, Wireless-N can dynamically enable this double-speed mode for Wireless-N devices, while still connecting to other wireless devices at their respective fastest speeds. In congested areas, the "good neighbor" mode ensures that the Router checks for other wireless devices in the area before gobbling up the radio band.

      To help protect your data and privacy, the Router can encode all wireless transmissions with industrial-strength 256-bit encryption. It can serve as your network's DHCP Server, has a powerful SPI firewall to protect your PCs against intruders and most known Internet attacks, and supports VPN pass-through. Configuration is a snap with the web browser-based configuration utility.

      The incredible speed of Wireless-N makes it ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and Voice over IP telephony, and gives you plenty of headroom to run multiple media-intense data streams through the network at the same time, with no degradation in performance. With the Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multi-player games, and run media-intensive applications at faster than 10/100 wired network speeds, without the hassle of stringing wires!