Linksys WRT600N Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

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Bustout

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neural0

I was so happy to read in my new issue of MPC that a new router was finally taking this one out behind the shed and putting it out of its misery... ONLY TO FIND THIS ONE IS STILL ON HERE!! WHY WON'T IT END!!! DEAR GOD WHY!!!!!

I feel like I'm being Rick Roll'd every time I come to the Best of the Best. Well played MPC, you got me again.

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schneider1492

im going to coment on this every week untill it is updated

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neural0

This has blatantly not been updated. I thought you guys were trying to revamp and turbocharge the website. C'mon. Replace this review already. I am so pissed about this that I registered JUST SO I COULD TELL YOU TO TAKE THIS OFF THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!

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POMF2K

This router has been discontinued for over a year now. . .

Come on max pc!  Readers like myself have depended on this mag/site for years to tell us all about the best products. Why isn't this list updated?

There are new reviews coming out all the time.  Why not pay (or don't) some intern to update the Best of the Best list monthly, or better yet weekly.  

How about a review of the wrt610n, which has been out even before the 600 was discontinued. 

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mlwin

"Cmon MPC. This review is 16 months old."

In Internet term, this date back to before the extinction of dinosaur. 

 MPC doesn't have resource to keep "best of the best" list up to date.

I can imagine MPC staffs have to hold second job to make end meets.

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keithfreitag

I know Linksys has a newer version out, why would I want to spend $500 from Amazon.  My theory is if it's no longer available on NEWEGG, it's old news and time for something new.

 Steve Jobs is the Devil

and ironically he also hates Deviled Eggs! :)

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DJFresh

Cmon MPC. This review is 16 months old. I hope your delay is because Draft N has been finally ratified and you're testing a slew of N routers...............

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bass00069

Since this review is well over a year old and the router is no longer available at most retail outlets, isn't it time for an update?  I really need to replace my old WRT54GL and want to replace it with the best part out there.

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Jazman0013

I have been using a Linksys WRVS4400N for about two years. There were occaisons where from heat it needed to be unplugged let cool and then would work once plugged back in. This last time has not worked at all. There is limited/no connectivity with it.

Perhaps it is time for a replacement. I was hoping for more than two years and more so since the netgear N router gave up the ghost before I purchased this one. Is there anything out there that anyone is particularly happy with? The reviews here are on the old side...

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schneider1492

As far as i can tell Newegg doesn't even sell this any more.

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jproulx

Seriously... you raved for months how great having the Best of the Best online was going to be. It was mentioned in many a podcast how it could be updated more often and more time would be spent on it and blah blah blah (written with a smile not a sneer).

 

Guys... Review posted 3/7/08. As of my posting, your Best of the Best router review is over 1 year old. Is this really still your top pick?

 

Thanks

 

Oh yeah and... LOVE the podcast. love you guys. With a little l.

 

J

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icebird

After researching this product and reading reviews, I can only conclude that as one reviewer stated, this "isn't worth the box it came in."  If you want something fast and unstable that you will get poor support on, buy it now!  Time to get with the program MPC!

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icebird

My router just crapped out yesterday.  How about an update on this BotB item?  Still the best?  Sounds like a lot of people are having reliability issues--not something that should be happening on a BotB router.  A lot of times you guys forget to evaluate reliability in your reviews.

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shawn Harris

You make the wrt600n sound like a giant killer. Well i have had in the past linksys routers and in general they usually fail within a short period of time.  I currently use a D link dir 655 gigabit extreme N  router. Ihave had alot of trouble with it as of late. I wonder if you had to chose which router would you choose. Consider that your recomendation for the wrt600n was made last year, do still standby it or has it changed?.

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shawn Harris

You make the wrt600n sound like a giant killer. Well i have had in the past linksys routers and in general they usually fail within a short period of time.  I currently use a D link dir 655 gigabit extreme N  router. Ihave had alot of trouble with it as of late. I wonder if you had to chose which router would you choose. Consider that your recomendation for the wrt600n was made last year, do still standby it or has it changed?.

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t3e871

OK, I now know that the web based gui does not play well with firefox. It woeks best under IE, but still doesn't show all connected devices. The storage link is very picky, and I can only get it to work with a few 1 GB Corsair USBsticks. No luck with my 250 GB passport drive, or anything larger than 1 GB. After 2-3 months of use, it's still working. I have it running under a linksys cable modem.

 

 

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cola65

This was my first WiFi experiment. Initally the install went smooth with my cable modem and even used the supplied program to get the other computers added with security. I was experimenting with Windows Vista Ultimate, which is supposedly compatible, but your mileage may vary. Looking back, should have been smart and just used XP Pro to load the Linksys Advisor program. I'm giving it a year, then considering dd-wrt, hopefully I won't lose the storage port.

One week after the install, the fun started happening. It lost connectivity to the internet. Resetting was a pain and then the GUI software decided that it didn't see the device anymore. This has happened multiple times over the months and I just unplug it and let it get another IP from the cable modem.

I did flash to the most recent firmware and did go through the web based interface to make sure the timezone and DHCP option were set correctly. Why it cannot consistently get a lease renewal is anyones guess, the wired router version I had before it never had a problem.

And everyone is right, this thing gets extremely hot. It doesn't help that I live in the south and it get hot here anyway. It's been better since I keep a fan blowing on it, but it still goofs occasionally and I have to reset.

Other than that, the 1GB links work fine with my PC and I've never had problems plugging in cat5 cables that I've made.

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t3e871

OK, I was a bit harsh on my last review. Now that I have a working unit in use in my house  and I have been able to fully test it out, I'd like to add some thoughts. The router is actually really fast - and I haven't even tried the "N" band. I still don't like the fact that most of my cat5 cables will not fully seat in the ports. Also the firmware is still buggy. I have not been able to get the storage link to work on either of my routers. I think with a firmware update this might actually be a good router.

 

 

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blueaball

what about an adapter that attaches via USB?

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blueaball

the one that you said is for laptops, but what about ones that connect with a USB port?

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Chumly

Anyone else use this router and not get near the performance they did at the same distances? And I'm not talking lead popcorn ceilings and dense walls. I mean straight shot throughput.

With all firmware versions, the throughput on this one drops very linearly the further you get from it. Can't get past 109MB/s at 5ft even with bonded channels and 90MB/s seperate (Up/Down) on 2.4Ghz...and worse for 5ghz.

Do you test throughput with any security enabled, or just open? This thing drops about 65% w/ WPA-TKIP and Wep-128! WPA2 wasn't nearly as bad and just hit it at about 10% difference on or off. I could see getting the listed throughput with an open router, but you don't run open routers.

I tell ya, this thing's getting handed off very soon and putting the D-link DGL-4500 back in it's place.

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blueaball

well, it's good and all that you mention the router, but what about the adapters?!? you don't mention those, and it would be great.

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MrMick

We use each manufacturer's companion adapter in our tests. When I tested the dual-band Linksys WRT600N, I benchmarked it using the dual-band Linksys WPC600N adapter.

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t3e871

The first one crapped out after 1 month, ethernet port went out....linksys replaced withing a week or so with a remanned one, after 1+ hours of tech support, broken english, getting to the bottom of the problem that I told them in the first 2 minutes of the call. Firmware is buggy, for example...no way in hell to see the attached devices on your network. Hot as fire! comes close to burning your hand when in operation. Beware if you make your own cat 5 cables...all my factory crimped cable snap into place fine, but three different DIY cat5 ends won't snap into place...not three single ones, I'm talking about NONE of my cables made with three different style of cat5 ends. Range is nothing to brag about, my old netgear g was way stronger. I might try to use that open source firmware in this months mag on this POS and see if I can make it usable.

 

 

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