Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N Broadband Router
The Linksys Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect to the network without wires. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network shares a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.
The Access Point built into the Router uses the very latest wireless networking technology: Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N's "Multiple In, Multiple Out" (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate. Unlike ordinary wireless networking technologies that are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually uses these reflections to increase the range and reduce "dead spots" in the wireless coverage area. The robust signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections much farther than standard Wireless-G.
The incredible speed of Wireless-N makes it ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and Voice over IP telephony, and gives you plenty of headroom to run multiple media-intense data streams through the network at the same time, with no degradation in performance. With the Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multi-player games, and run media-intensive applications at incredible speeds, without the hassle of stringing wires!
Wireless Network Standards:
- IEEE Draft 802.11n
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.11b
- Internet: 1 10/100 RJ-45 Port
- LAN: Four 10/100 RJ-45 Switched Ports
- One Power Port
- One Reset Button
- Wireless Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2), WEP
- Wireless MAC Filtering
- Firewall, Internet Filter and Web filter
- Internet Access Policy
Supported VPN Pass-through Features:
- IPsec VPN Pass-through
- PPTP VPN Pass-through
- L2TP VPN Pass-through
- Port Forwarding
- Port Triggering
- Quality of Service
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User reviews on www.amazon.com:
Fixed all my problems M. Delaney "Tech Guy" (Woodbridge, VA USA) March 5, 2008
FINALLY! A router that fixes all of the problems I was having. My old router, a D-Link Draft N had trouble connecting wirelessly with my Dell Laptop and my MacBook Pro. (Draft-N routhers don't all conform to the same standards.) It did work with my iMac wirelessly and it did OK with my wired connections.
So, I decided to tey an Apple Airport Extreme. It worked with all my wireless devices, but supprisingly did not do well passing HD TV Shows from my Media Center PC to my Xbox 360 over a wire!
So, after much research I decided to try this Linksys. Since it just hit the market, I figured it would have better Draft-N support.
So, with minimal configuration, this routher works with ALL my devices:
(I have it setup with WPA/WPA2 Wireless security.)
MacBook Pro (Draft-N Wireless)
Dell Vostro Laptop (Draft-N)
Apple iMAc (Draft-N)
Apple iPod Touch (Whatever wireless it uses...)
Nintendo Wii (Wireless)
2 Wired Windows PCs
Playstation 3 (Wired)
Xbox 360 (Wired)
Plus it has no trouble passing the HD TV shows from my Windows Media Center PC to my Xbox360.
Beautiful looking and easiest set-up ever! Martin "apartoflife" (Tucson, AZ) March 12, 2008
I noticed a lot of so so reviews and was wary until I read a professional review praising it's easy set up. I decided to go for it and boy am I glad I did. I happen to be a novice setting up PC related stuff but this router was cake to set up. Be forwarned; however, my intention was to simply set up wireless with encryption and nothing else. I had no desire to set up a full blown network with file and printer sharing. I simply wanted encrypted wireless for my xp windows pc and vista windows laptop in the house. I figure I can print stuff by using the pc with the printer or using a flash drive so I had no desire in oversteaping my technical boundries.
That being said... it was as simple as putting the disk in, following directions printing the encryption code and connecting the router. Easy as cake! I had more trouble configuring the recieving vista windows laptop and xp windows pc! Which wasn't that hard either. The router is connected to my windows vista desktop and my windows vista laptop and seperate xp windows desktop are recieving the signal. It was as easy as plugging in the code to the recieving laptop and pc.
The signal is always strong and no breaks in three weeks of constant use. Despite other comments, the signal strength is awesome even with the unit under a shelf. Unless you live in a 25 room mansion or set up the network wrong... you should have no problems. I have absolutely no complaints. The cherry on top is how awesome this router looks and with no antenna! You could easly hide this under a shelf but why would you want to! It's beautiful and you could use it as decoration! I admit, it is pricey but well worth the money in the headaches you will save setting it up and the aesthetic factor. Highly recommended especially for novices who simply want wireless in their house.
Excellent, easy install C. Cutler (Orlando, FL USA) June 30, 2008
I bought this to replace an older Linksys wireless-G router that got hit by lightning. It was simple to set up, and works very well. Access by wireless is noticeably faster than the G version I had. I have had several brands over the years, and Linksys (a division of Cisco) always seems to work well right out of the box. The range is also better than the older G version, we consistently get 1-2 bars more than the older version on all 3 of our PC's that are connected wirelessly.
This router works great with the Linksys USB wireless card (WUSB600N) for the remote computers.
Highly recommended, and the price is right too!
Linksys WRT160N Ultra M. Stokman (North CA) March 11, 2008
Overview - We are on AT&T DSL running the Elite broadband which is 3-6 Mbps. Our average speed is running 5+ Mbps here in the office and that is with Vonage VoIP phones (6 lines) and 4 laptops
We just hooked up the the Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N router in our new office onto 3 Dell laptops and 1 LG laptop. After the intial install on all the laptops running Windows XP Pro, we had only one minor glitch and that is a firmware upgrade needed on the Intel Wireless 4985 card on one of the Dells. It will not run currently on the Intel Pro Wireless card, everything G and below works fine. But it does run on Windows Wireless configuration just fine. We are all averaging 80 - 140 Mbps depending on how much load is on the line with the phones and broadband activity.
I can not speak for the range of the unit yet since the office is only 1300 sq feet and we just hooked up the router, but I'm approximately 40 ft away with no problems. I'm so impressed how quick this is, I think I will go junk my Linksys Wireless G router and go buy another one of these for my home (Comcast Cable and Comcast Digital Phone which is also VoIP) just for the performance and good looks with the antennae now built in.
Last thought, as I read these reviews people seem to bash the router when in fact typically it is the computer configuration or the wireless card that is at fault for not having the lastest firmware installed or the hardware not working. Another potential problem is if your system is standard broadband (CAT5 cable) this is the router you need. If you purchase the GIGABIT router and do not have the bandwidth or CAT6 cable, you may possibly get impeded results.
Dropping connection & seems no faster than B Daryll M. Dunn (Kansas) April 24, 2008
I really struggled with how many stars to give this system. Set-up and configuring wasn't too bad. We had a couple glitches but got through it without too much profanity. It looks great! Our previous router was Linksys wireless-B. Hubby got me a brand new laptop for my birthday with draft N card so my thought was "why not utilize that upgrade or otherwise, what's the point?" (Note to self from this point on: Always be wary of trying to fix something that isn't broken.) Actually, the wireless B was a little "broken" as in we had to constantly (2 to 3 times per day) unplug and plug back in the power cord to the router. We were never able to figure out why we had to do this.
Anyway, after a huge amount of reading I decided to go with the Linksys WRT160N. Long story short-I am now losing my connection on my laptop 10x's more than I ever did with the wireless-B. I could surf from anywhere in the house with the old router and now have trouble when I'm in bed about 15 feet away from the router. We may have had to unplug and plug a few times a day with the old router but 99% of the time it was after it had set idle for a few hours. For example, in the morning it always had to be done. I never lost my connection in the middle of working like I am now.
Hubby said he's lost his connection downstairs too, only not near as often as my laptop. He's directly below the router with a wireless-N adapter. Router is connected to another pc upstairs. (Which is what I'm writing this review on b/c I'm sick of my connection dropping.) Upstairs is where I am surfing 99.9% of the time with my laptop. Always within 20 feet of the router.
Also, says it's running anywhere from 80-130 but I swear my laptop isn't any faster now than before. Maybe it's constantly trying to find the connection, not sure. I've contacted Dell making sure there was nothing I'd done wrong with my laptop and there isn't. I know it's the router b/c I can be on my sofa and lose the connection and while it's trying to find it again, get up and walk towards the router and voila! Connected again. Walk away and repeat. This distance I speak of is less than 20 feet away with no walls in between. FYI:We live in the country so I'm not getting interference from other "users" either. I don't think they could get connected anyway.
I really wanted this to be awesome and it just isn't. I have to keep my whining to a minimum b/c I was the one who insisted on getting a new router. I almost got the wireless-G and yet I'm not sure that would have been any better. I guess a positive note is that we don't have to unplug and plug every morning, afternoon and night. For the most part, my laptop seems to be the only one struggling with this router. Which is why I gave it 3 stars. After all, what good is a wireless-N router if it can't keep a wireless-N (draft) laptop connected?
As always, Amy/Daryll's better half
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