Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link WRT600N
20 December 2008
Conclusion: Linksys makes the best of the bad "draft-n at 2.4 GHz" situation by having the only router here that can operate in the lower band and 5 GHz simultaneously. That means your n clients can run safely at 5 GHz while your b and g clients remain at 2.4 GHz. Add a full-featured Internet-sharing router and USB-based Storage Link and you've got a winner.
Pros: Solid performance. Full firewall and traffic management included. Simultaneous dual-band operation.
Cons: Advanced features are not so easy to use. Network hard drive performance with StorageLink USB is slow. Lacks print-server features.
Excerpt: The Linksys WRT600N is the first 802.11n draft 2.0 router we’ve tested that can operate on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands simultaneously. It’s also the most expensive Wi-Fi router we’ve ever tested. We tested the router at its default settings: The 5GHz radio operating in 802.11n-only mode and the 2.4GHz radio operating in mixed 802.11b/g/n mode. (Both radios have access to the same integrated four-port gigabit switch.
Pros: Dual-band blows all other routers we've tested out of the water; Storage Link give ad-hoc NAS functionality.