How We Test Wireless Routers

Maximum PC Lab North: Product testing in a real-world environment.

Linksys Goes Dual Band

Linksys' new WRT600N wireless router utilizes bandwidth in both the 2.4- and 5GHz wireless spectrums.


Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub

When we heard about Belkin’s Cable-Free USB Hub, our first thought was, “Yes! Now we can move our iPod A/V dock next to our TV in the living room and still sync the player with iTunes on our PC in the den.” Ha! This device’s range is so poor it barely reaches across the room.

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The Difference Between Standards and “Standards”

When you shop for new technology, you should be aware that some standards are more standard than others.


Zyxel PL-100 Powerline Adapter

The Zyxel PL-100 uses the same Intellon INT 5500CS chipset that Netgear’s XE104 uses (reviewed May 2006), and the results are predictable: In our bandwidth tests, we managed a mere 1.2Mb/s—slower than our DSL line.

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Netgear WNR854T

Netgear's WNR854T commands a $10 premium over Linksys' WRT300N, a cost that's easily justified by the former products' features and performance.

Linksys Wireless-N WRT300N Ver. 1

If you insist that your high-tech gear look the part, you'll dig the paddle-shaped antenna on Linksys' WRT300N.

Belkin N1 Wireless Router

Belkin picked Atheros' XSPAN Draft 802.11n chipset for the N1, which we tested with the company's matching N1 Wireless Notebook card.