Reining in the Router Rabble--Six 802.11n Routers Reviewed

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GreenJelly

What serious gamer users Wi-Fi for their internet access.  We want fast response Giga-gyte switches...  Everyone I know runs Cat 6, and Gigabyte eithernet.  Few use Wi-Fi for notebooks and such, most find the lack of information when buying new switches frustrating.

Even My Friends who live in Apartments run Cat 6...  Im tired of this, low latency, range and house construction dependant wi-fi routers.  I look at Wi-Fi as a "Nice Option", certainly not as a requirement...

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Keith E. Whisman

Shit, I went to Fry's electronics yesterday to purchase a Wireless N router and saw the TrendNet TEW-652BRP and I recognized the model name and number and remembered it from an MaximumPC article and that is why I purchased it. It was a review that was made 7months ago and didn't remember that it's a POS. Well it went together fine and easy enough and it seems to work great in my house so perhaps it got a little better with time, but then again I don't run around my house with my laptop. I just wanted to be able to have my laptop in my bedroom and use a wireless printer in the living room. I hope it'll work with a wireless printer.

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guatemario

What a coincidence!  I need to buy a new router and was quite excited when I read the title of the article!  I thought that I wouldn’t have to spend any more time reading reviews and shopping around and that this article would do my homework and point me in the right direction.  What a disappointment!

I was expecting better performing routers to be reviewed.  I would consider these routers for a network in my grandmothers house!  Not in a house where MPC is read as soon as it arrives in the mail!   Even my grandmother would have expected something better!  What about NETGEAR’s WNDR3700-100NAS?  And where was LINKSYS’s WRT610N which supposedly replaced the WRT600N which was discretely removed from the Best of the Best?   And all the other comparables?Even my grandmother is weeping!

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croman4872

this seems to be an ignored subject that obviously shouldn't be if one were to judge from all these comments..

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COMMANDER_COOK

I'm not sure Michael Brown even reads the comments, judging by his profile...

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nsk chaos

so best of the best is getting updated? yes, no, maybe?

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CloudRider

So, is Maximum PC North a 2,800 SQUARE FOOT single family home?  Cause a complex for 2,800 single families sounds like a pretty large demographic to serve with only one router.

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thematejka

I must admit, this was a bit weak to, I bought a TP-Link router brand new from my local computer dealer for $70 MONTHS and MONTHS ago. It had the 2.0 Draft N standard, switch, (no usb), and it performed like MADNESS. I got signal from a few hundred feet away, and even in my shop, which is made of aluminum, I somehow got signal, I never got that from another router before. It's single band, and I am getting 96% of the internet speed I pay for, and even have very close to the pc to pc file transfer and streaming rates it promises on the box. I've never had a better router at a better price. Lets see some real routers here, I've seen most of these routers before. 

 

Maybe there is a good reason they released a sub par article though? MaxPC is always good with their mag. 

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croman4872

this article really is pretty weak.. not really catering to the alleged target consumer demographic that the mag's name implies

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COMMANDER_COOK

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AndySocial

I realize a lot of these articles online were originally in the magazine and get posted months later, but is this the most current info you could come up with?  Linksys has at least three 802.11n routers newer than the WRT120N, for example - I'd have been interested in seeing how the 610 performs.  Not too many readers of Maximum PC are likely to be interested in the older, less-capable routers listed here.  No Gigabit ports? No dual-band? Not even discussion of the 2.4 vs 5 GHz bands? eh.

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Morete

I have the WRT610 $180 including tax, purchased at Fry's Electronics.  It's been a year and a half since I bought it and it seems to work fine.  It's a simultaneous dual-band router, which several other brands of dual-band routers are not (the bands have to be switched manually).  The simultaneous dual-band routers automatically run 2.4 and 5.0 GHz constantly at the same time, depending on what applications are being used on the PC, like gaming or just web browsing for example.  Most of the bandwidth designations can be configured in the Quality of Service settings.

Well, I have mixed reviews about the WRT610.  Hard-wired connections to the router seem to be a bit more reliable at taking advantage of the full 5 GHz bandwidth.  At first, I was using a D-Link 2.4 GHz wireless adapter for the non hard-wired PC, and I could never get the 5.0 GHz speed out of my router.  I replaced the older D-Link card with a Linksys dual-band wireless card (single band card has one antenna, dual-band card has two antennas. Dual-band, 5 GHz card is required in order to be able to receive 5 GHz bandwidth), and now I am at 5 GHz speed on my wireless PC. 

Router range is great for next room distances, but on another floor or on the other side of my apartment, my signal was decreased by 50%. 

The Cd's that Linksys provides with their WRT610N router and their dual-band wireless card are not good in my opinion.  The disks contain a lot of bloatware and are very buggy.  It's best to download the drivers, etc. from the Linksys website.  

This router seems to be okay for gaming, but at it's best configuration, ping is still higher than I'ld like it to be in games. 

My next venture (when I can pony up the money), will be the new and improved DGL-4500 dual-band Xtreme N® Gaming Router with GameFuel technology from D-Link.  The older version had some bad reviews, but this newer version seems to be getting some nice comments from other sites.

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=643

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croman4872

lol..

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roninnder

I'd like to throw my hat in with the general consensus that these routers are weak.  They are not maximum.  Is this what we can expect now that Will is gone?  This is an article about which cheap N router to buy for my parents network at best.

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r00t3r

This article was just published in the latest issue.  Most issues are finished 3months ago.  Will was there at the time...

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ksudeadeye

Completely agree.

I've been looking to replace my WRT54G (running Tomato) with a simultaneous dual band N router, and this article doesn't help at all. I need simultaneous dual band for legacy G devices and smaller portables (like my iPod Touch).

I also run a custom built NAS with gigabit ethernet, so a gigE switch would be nice. I don't know of a PC mobo that DOESN'T have integrated gigabit nowadays. I think the same is true for all the NAS kits from Buffalo, QNAP, Netgear, etc. I imagine a lot of MaxPC readers have similar needs.

It'd be nice to see a comprehensive review with units like these:

DLink DIR-825
Netgear WNDR3700
Linksys WRT610N

Pretty weak roundup. :(

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COMMANDER_COOK

Copy that!

TEW-671BR!!!!  (Although it lacks gigabit.)

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Trendecide

To clarify, this actually an article in the February 2010 issue.  I've been anxiously waiting for a dual band router
article to replace the WRT350N I purchased based on the 9 verdict from
the November 2007 issue (I love it btw... had some overheating problems,
but modded a case fan onto the top of it powered via USB and added
dd-wrt... haven't had so much as a problem).  Where's the review on the
Linksys 320N and 610N and all of Linksys' comparable competition?  Even
better, we're using a Linksys WRVS4400N at work, how does it fare
against the others?  How about a tie-in or follow-up article on dd-wrt,
how SP2 is coming along, differences between the versions, information
on all the settings, how to setup a hotspot with it, etc.  For a
magazine that tags itself as "minimum BS", this article was full of it. 
Extremely piss poor article!

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Jubei

I love the D-Link 615! However, I purchased one a year ago (Jan 09) and it was hardware version C1! I think you guys should bee-bop down to your local office supply/computer shop/newegg, purchase and review the current model.

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