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.
Summary: The dual-band feature really came to the fore when we streamed 1080p video clips over the wireless network: The DIR-655’s data throughput dropped by nearly half in some situations; the WRT600N’s was unaffected. Not everyone needs a router that can handle conventional traffic, VoIP, and high-definition media all at the same time.
Pros: Dual-band blows all other routers we've tested out of the water; Storage Link give ad-hoc NAS functionality.