Maximum PC Staff Oct 21, 2010

Linksys E3000 Wi-Fi Router

At A Glance

A Saucerful of Secrets

Good performance overall; USB port for storage; can limit the number of clients on the guest network.

A Saucer Full of Spit

Two configuration tools; cant share a printer over the network; no BitTorrent client.

Same as it ever was?

As we mentioned earlier, the Linksys E3000 is actually a rebadged WRT610N. We’re taking a second look at it now because it remains Cisco’s best consumer router; as such, we owe it to our readers to compare it to the best of what the rest of the industry has to offer.

The Linksys E3000 scored dead last in most of our benchmarks--and left us wondering which of its two radios we were testing.

We updated the router with the latest firmware for this review and downloaded fresh drivers for the Linksys AE1000 dual-band USB client adapter, so we were quite surprised to see the router perform more poorly than it did when we tested it several months ago. Cisco Connect remains the easiest tool we’ve ever used to establish a connection to a router, but Cisco’s “fix” for a problem we described in our initial review has rendered the router a whole lot less appealing.

In that earlier review, we discovered that using the router’s web interface to change the router’s SSID broke Cisco Connect. The new firmware not only forces you to use Cisco Connect to change the SSID, it uses the very same SSID for both the 2.4- and 5GHz networks. So when your client Wi-Fi adapter surveys the airspace, it sees only one network plus the guest network. That’s just dumb.


Linksys E3000
Netgear WNDR3700
Kitchen, 20 feet (Mb/s)
68.8 83.0
Enclosed Patio, 38 feet (Mb/s)
Media Room, 35 feet (Mb/s) 29.8 30.9
Bedroom, 60 feet (Mb/s) 43.9 45.7
Outdoors, 85 feet (Mb/s)

Best scores are bolded. TCP throughput measured using IPerf. N/C indicates no connection at that location. Read more about our testing methodology at http://bit.ly/16w27O.


Linksys E3000 Wi-Fi Router

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