Why Now Might be the Time to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi Router

Why Now Might be the Time to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi Router

Joel Pirela
Jan 24, 2011

Maybe now is the time to replace that crappy router you got 3 years ago. But why should you upgrade now? One word: performance. The latest routers are capable of dual band streaming, the usual 2.4GHz and the less crowded 5GHz range, plus have the capability to create a simultaneous guest network that isolates its clients from your primary LAN.

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Dual-plane antennas and MIMO technology provide three-dimensional whole-home coverage for consistent signal, even through walls and floors, important for those of us dwelling in multi-level homes or in spaces with lots of walls. Thanks to Dual-Band N technology, simultaneous networks can eliminate interference and optimize media-intensive applications like, videos and gaming, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. WPS/WPA2 encryption standards and preset security settings get you up and running safely. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) securely connects multiple computers and devices with the push of a button.

The Linksys E3000 delivers most of what you'd expect from a high-end router, including true dual-band, Gigabit Ethernet, fast throughput, a long range, NAS functionality, a nice set of networking features, and a good and easy to use Web interface. It also has an aesthetically pleasing compact design that we love and an intuitive software application to help home users set up and manage their home wireless network with ease.

One of the down side of this otherwise great router, is that the built-in network storage function lacks speed, and its Guest networking feature is very limited. It doesn't support USB printers, and its Media Server doesn't work well with large video files. The included desktop application can't be used with the router's Web interface. Even with that, still is the first advanced router that's also easy to use for novices. It provides great wireless performance and has a good set of useful networking features.

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