|Linksys WRT600N Linksys Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link
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The Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router is really four devices in one. There's the dual-band Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect to the network without wires. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100/1000 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together at up to gigabit speeds. The Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. There is also a Storage Link that lets you easily add gigabytes of storage space onto your network using readily available USB 2.0 hard drives or plug in a USB flash disk for a convenient way to access your portable data files. The built-in Media Server streams music, video, and photos from the attached storage device to any UPnP compatible media adapter. The Access Point built into the Router uses a dual-band version of the very latest wireless networking technology, Wireless-N (draft 802.11n). By overlaying the signals of multiple radios for each band, 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 its range and reduce Dead Spots in the wireless coverage area. To help protect your data and privacy, the Router can encode all wireless transmissions with industrial-strength 256-bit encryption. Security features - WEP - WPA - WPA2 Security key bits - Up to 256-bit encryption System Requirements - Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.0, CD-ROM drive, Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP and Vista, and Network Adapter Dimensions - 7.48 x 5.71 x 7.01 (190x145x178mm) Weight - 1.51 pounds (683 grams)
- Internet-sharing Router and 4-port Gigabit Switch, with a built-in, dual-band, speed and range enhanced Wireless Access Point
- Two simultaneous, separate, radio bands double your available bandwidth
- MIMO technology uses multiple radios per band to create robust signals for maximum range and speed, with reduced dead spots
- Connect a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device to allow access to your music, video, or data files from within your network, or through the Internet
- Advanced wireless security and SPI firewall for protection from Internet attacks
- Up and down
I bought this router with the dma2100 media center extender (I have posted a review for the DMA2100). I was "upgrading" from the WRT300N to this router as it seemed like a good deal for gigabit networking and the extra USB port for a storage link. I never used the storage link option as I spent most of my time dealing with the router's "hiccups". The main hiccup I encountered was DNS resolution. I could see the machines in the DHCP client list, but could not ping by name. Therefore, if a drive was mapped on one of the machines on the network, the mapping sometimes failed on system startup. The other issue I had was occasionally, an IP address conflict would occur on the network. All machines/devices on the network were set to use DHCP. The wireless networking was set to not broadcast the SSID, with MAC address filtering enabled, WPA2 + AES encryption and a strong key, so I kinda doubt that someone else was using the network, though I admit it's not impossible. And last, a minor gripe about the pages that are displayed following a setting change to the router setup. It always seemed that the times it displayed that it would refresh after a setting change were too short.
I have returned this unit to Amazon and have "downgraded" back to the WRT300N, which is working like a champ. I don't quite get the speed on my laptop that I did with the WRT600N, but the reliability is worth it.
As a side note, I did ensure that the latest firmware for both the WRT600N (1.01.36 build 3 at the time) and DMA2100 (not sure what version for the extender as is downloaded by extender utility) was downloaded and installed before I set up my network, so getting the latest firmware wouldn't solve the issues. IMO, Linksys seriously needs to release a firmware update to the WRT600N....more info
- Lost my Data
After adding this router to my network I could connect to the 5Ghz channel at 270Mb, connection speed on the 2.4Ghz side is 130Mb. Moving my laptop to another room and the connection speeds drop to 13Mb or less, while the WAP54G maintains 54Mb connection speeds. Updated the vista drivers and the 5Ghz channels now drops to 80Mb. Have not tried connection speeds with a linksys wireless N adapter.
The very bad:
After setting up the network, I connected an external Maxtor 300GB hard drive to the USB port. This drive had 200GB of data, backups and file shares. I had to create shares for all the folders because for some reason there is no way to share the root folder. This part, I could deal with. One night the power went out, Island wide black out. After the power can back on, everything was working, except, all my data was gone, all the shares were gone, all my backups were gone. Moving the external disk back to a PC, 'format before use' message, not good. Moved external disk to a vista laptop, 'format disk before use' message. These steps confirmed my data loss. I don't use the USB port anymore.
I only connect on the 'A' or 'G' radio, my HP Laptop has an Intel wireless 4965AGN adapter. I don't regret buying this router, I do regret plugging in my external disk. 270Mbs is better than 54Mbps, only 2 stars due to my data loss. ...more info
- Fast and works with Apple
We have two Macbook Pros and one Dell. Used the Dell to set up the router and then was able to access with the Macbook Pros. Works well and very fast. At first, there were a lot of drops, but now there are none. I am not sure why, but it almost seems like the the Linksys got to know the Macbooks and they hit it off. Go figure.
Highly recommended, even with Apples.
- Zero maintenance, excellent performance
Well, I was one of the early buyers of this router - I bought this one when there were no reviews of the product on Amazon. I came back today to notice 94 reviews and the ratings are in line with my experience over the last 6 months. No wonder, the price is somewhat higher than when I bought it too - seems like more people are buying it.
Well, I don't know what people here are talking about less documentation, poor tech support etc...I experienced none of those. I had a smooth and easy install. I did see the two bands clearly. My wife works on the G band while I work on the N band that has terrific performance.
Lot of the problems that people might be facing in terms of performance or reliability must be due to their internet provider's reliability. I use optimum online with power boost as well and you won't believe it but I have not touched the router since I first installed and configured it. Usually, I would restart the router or do something with it once a month, but not this one. The wireless connection is as steady as ever, there is a minor few seconds outage on the rare occasion but that again is surely due to the internet service provider's outage and the internet comes back on in a few seconds without having to do anything on the router.
In comparison, my earlier Linksys router that was 4 years old used to have connections cut several times every day and performance would vary too.
I also bought the usb adaptor for using the N band and that works great with my laptops that do not have the n standard on them. I am able to get 250 MBps speeds regularly and my Internet connection has SCREAMING Performance with this router even when multiple users are connected to it. Three of us at home tried downloading files across the 2 bands simultaneously and did not detect any performance deterioration.
A good router like this is best enjoyed with a great Internet service provider who also has features for additional download speeds.
I never had to call tech support at any time. Guess, if you read and follow instructions clearly, things work fine. Or maybe a I was a bit more lucky than many others.
Great buy, but the cost scares me a bit considering that I bought it when there were no takers. But its well worth the money, especially if you work from home or have multiple people using your internet connection....more info
- Almost Perfect
I have had several wireless routers over the years, both Netgear and Linksys.
I developed problems with my internet connection. All PCs in my house would sometimes get a very slow connection. The problem had to be the modem or the router. I had my eye on the new "pre-N" routers for quite a while, and decided this was as good an excuse as any to buy a new router. (It turns out the problem was with my Modem, but that's another story.) I especially liked the WRT600N because it is the first unit to offer two independent radios -- one for 2.4 GHz and another one for 5 GHz.
The first thing I did was plug in the router and try configuring it with the Easy-Start CD. Not surprisingly, this did not work. The Easy-Start CD is a good idea, but if anything goes wrong, it gives very little indication of where things went wrong and what the problem might be.
I called Linksys tech support, and had a remarkably good experience. The technician spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. He didn't even try to play with the Easy-Start program, but immediately jumped into manual configuration. It didn't take long to find that I picked up a bad Ethernet cable. After that, configuration went quickly. To his credit, the technician recommended I configure WPA security. I didn't do it because I am in a semi-rural area. The technician told me that the SSID for the 5GHz and 2.4 GHz radios had to be the same. I later found out this is not true. It makes a difference because it's much easier to tell which frequency your PC is using if the SSIDs are different.
About a month later, I decided to use the USB disk drive option. I had a 200GB USB disk which I use for backup. I map it through file explorer and copy the files I want to back up. I wanted to be able to do this with any of the three laptop PCs in the house. I was able to connect the disk drive without any technical support. The trick is to work backwards through the configuration. Go to Storage / Administration FIRST. Configure the users. Then configure the groups. Then you can go to Storage / Disk and create your share folder. Then you will be able to map the share folder in Windows file explorer.
EDIT for USB disk drive: After many months, I gave up on the USB disk drive. It would work for several weeks, then stop working. The best solution I could find is to turn off the router, unplug the disk drive USB cable, turn the router back on, then plug in the disk drive. It's easy enough, but it got to be a pain. I ended up mounting the USB disk to the bottom of my desk, so I can plug it directly into my laptop.
A couple of days after configuring the disk, I lost the disk connection and could not map my share folder. This time I used "chat" Tech Support. Again, the technician was knowledgeable. She successfully got my share folder mapped. She also suggested I use a different SSID for the two radios, which makes controlling the frequency the PC uses to connect to the router much easier.
The disk connection is still far from perfect. The problem seems to be with Windows. If I suspend my computer, then turn it back on; Windows tries to connect to the disk drive before the wireless network is up. It declares the drive not available. After that, things are ugly. I finally resolved the problem by *not* clicking "re-connect at log on". When I want to back up some files, I connect the drive, back up, and disconnect. It's hardly an ideal solution, but it works very reliably.
Like many Linksys products, the WRT600N runs a little warm. But I keep it out in the open. Heat has not been a problem.
I use the 2.4 GHz radio and a "G" connection with an older Dell and an older Sony laptop, both running Windows XP, SP2. I also have a 2.4 GHz Linksys G Wireless Print Server. I use the 5 GHz radio with an "N" connection with Dell XPS M1330; which dual-boots to Vista and XP. After several months of use, the router works very well with all.
* Both Linksys technicians recommended I configure the radio band to "Wide" instead of "Auto". I set the 5 GHz radio to "Wide" and the 2.4 GHz radio to "Auto" I haven't had any problems. Even when I connect my new Dell to 2.4 GHz using an "N" connection, everything seems to play together nicely. But given the Linksys advice, your mileage may vary.
* The USB disk drive share folder works well. Groups, users, and passwords all work fine. But Windows has difficulty managing drives that automatically connect over a wireless connection.
* I do not use Media Server, FTP server, QoS, or encryption. I can't say how well any of these features work.
* Linksys should offer better instructions on how to manually configure their routers, perhaps on their web site.
- Excellent router
This is an excellent router and the software is great. It is a bit pricy but worth it....more info
- Great if all you wanted was WiFi. Garbage if your interested in the Storage Link option
I purchased the WRT600N and a Dlink DIR-655 for comparison. I really wanted to keep the WRT600N but my main reason for buying it over the DLink, the storage link, turned out to be a joke.
I first tested it with my 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive that was formatted Fat32 and the speed was HORRIBLE. I connected the same flash drive that was connected via Ethernet to the linksys and shared out the drive and the speed was 10 X faster than through storage link. I formatted NTFS and the storage link was faster than before but still 3-4 times slower than when shared through another computer. I then tried my 300GB USB 2.0 external drive. It was already NTFS but it was still 3 times slower via the USB Storage link than when shared out through a wired computer :(
Linksys promises a USB connectible streaming server via Storage Link. They did not deliver as this seriously dissapoints.
As far as the WiFi is concerned it was easy enough to set up as I am familiar with their web interface. I got 270 Mbps pretty much right out of the box. I put it in my "Network" / linen closet on the second floor of my house and while sitting pretty much under it I got 270Mbps. When I oved about 20ft away the speed dropped to low 100's after that.
If all you want is Wifi its not a bad unit for that but if you think its worth the extra money over other units for Storage Link... Think Again!!...more info
- Disappointing - range/bandwidth not as good as my old D-link DIR-655
I had some challenges getting this router set up, but it was nothing too serious. The install disk didn't work (they never do), so I had to do a manual install. This in itself wasn't too bad, but it did take some fiddling which I expect would be intimidating for someone without prior networking experience.
In any case, once I had it set up, I found the signal strength and bandwidth were not nearly as good as my existing single-band router, a D-Link DIR-655. On the 5GHz band, I could barely get a signal (8%) just a couple of rooms away. On the other band, I was getting about 30%. With the D-Link router, I was getting 75%+. This was both surprising and disappointing.
By the way, I'm using my network to stream HD video, so I really need the extra bandwidth. For other purposes, this router might be fine, but it failed miserably with the video. I've had good success with HD video using the D-Link router, so I should have left well enough alone, but I was hoping for some added performance.
Maybe I got a dud unit, but after a few hours of extreme frustration I gave up and returned the Linksys unit in favor of the D-Link.
- Bad service from seller
The product arrived May 4th because seller use an incorrect address, He corrected the address after sending me a message indicating I provided a wrong address and more.
Finally the product arrived late, packed in a US postal soft paper bag, inside a crashed box without any shipping protection, no manuals all scratched and dirty, In addition to all this, the item does not work and I will claim the A to Z Amazon Warranty because the seller stop comunicating with me in regards to my claim. Bad experience with this particular seller....more info
- Malfunctioning unit, horrible tech support
After not using linksys products for several years due to declining quality and tech support, I decided to try them again. I hoped that their acquisition by cisco would raise the standard. I found that nothing changed. This top of the line router could not establish a connection with either of 2 laptops wirelessly on the 2.4ghz band (this was not a problem with the belkin router I was replacing). I spent hours with linksys tech support on the phone. The tech offered random recommendations, until he admitted he did not know the product in detail. I will never buy a linksys product again....more info
- Excellent N Router
Had the WRT300N and replaced it with the WRT600N. Much, much faster when paired with the Linksys dual-band card and finally wireless rivals wired speeds!...more info
- Solid connection
Using two of these configured as AccessPoints. Using both radios allowing most users to connect to the (older) 2.4Ghz band. And those with updated network cards to the 5Ghz (802.11n) band. Seems to work good.
Only 4 stars since it does not allow administration of the settings from any IP address connected locally (mask has to have 255.255.255.nnn). Have to manually change my wired network cards ip settings to be able to change its settings. Not a big deal though as I configure them once and then forget about it.
Have not tried the storage link yet.
Get good throughput over the 5Ghz band. Range seems ok (not sure if it is much better than older wrt54g that was used before)....more info
- It never worked
Despite the price and the hype, the 600n never met up to either. I have a simple home and couldn't stay on the internet more than 10 minutes at a time on any of the three rooms or the bath. Once your on its great, fast, and seemingly worth the money but it only leaves you on 10 minutes at a time and that annoying at any time. Linksys put the product out there and were testing it for them. Forget linksys im trying a D-Link now....more info
- G Band Killer!
I've been using Linksys (Now Cisco) products since the begining. My older G band was well beyound its life cycle. This router ROCKS, I get 6.0 MPS speed on my N band capable laptop, and am sustaining more connections. Haven't seen the range increase promissed, but it is more than adequate for my 1/3rd acre yard. I have recommended this router to my friends and co-workers ...more info
- WRT600N is a mixed bad
In a wooden house where there is a floor and ceiling and usually two walls (50-75 linear feet) separating the router from where the wireless laptop is most often used, the signal strength shows up at < 50% which is 20 points or so lower than the WRT54G that the 600 replaced. My impression however is that throughput on n is actually better, possibly because there is no ambient interference from phone on same frequency or microwave.
My one strong piece of advice for this product is - if you have set up routers before and have any sense of what you need to do - forgo the EasyLink Advisor installation. That SW mostly got in the way rather than helped. It also seemed to introduce some instability into LAN connectivity; now that I have removed EasyLink Advisor local connectivity seems to be back to normal.
I have not yet experimented with attaching a USB drive to the router; NAS seems like a nice feature if it works well.
Was the product worth it at $200 (including shipping and sales tax)? It got me away from internet stalls and disconnects when my wife decides to zap a cup of coffee or the phone rings. At very least it hasn't harmed connectivity. Maybe the drive attach will prove the "cherry on the cake." The price tradeoff you'll need to decide for yourselves; for me the price/value equation translates into a three star rating.
One pleasant aspect of this transaction was Electronica Direct, who sent emails confirming the order and shipping. It arrived so fast there was no time to track it!...more info
- Linksys Wrt600N is working Windows XP Pro
Product came fast. Thank you!!! It did have a problem with connecting to internet during CD installation. But i remember having similar problem with others. I simply continued and then exited program. I shut everything down and repluged it all in. Worked fine. Should be easier way to help customers to just ignore a connection failure and finish installing the router....more info
- Linksys WRT600N broadband router
Bought on in July and it worked very well....then the wired part of the unit it started to drop out...the wireless side is still running,
It drove me crazy as it dropped the connection and it took me a week to figure out what the problem was. I started with the assumption that it was NOT the 600N.
Looking on the Liksys site I am not alone with this problem.
I tried the Linksys RMA process and could not get an Case ID...makes it simpler for them if you cannot complain I guess.
Do not buy this product. ...more info
- Fast - Setup was a breeze
Let me start off by saying if you aren't a techie or a gamer, there is no reason for you to own this router. That being said, if you are then this is the one for you. I didn't even put in the "setup" disc (who needs those?) - Linksys has their familiar web-based setup which is nice. You can set up each signal to their own styles and security. I put Mixed Mode (b/g) on WEP security and Wireless-N Only on WPA2. Easy password setup. It comes with the latest firmware 1.01.35. Cloned my PC's MAC to get Comcast to work. Port forwarding for things like Xbox Live worked perfectly, just copied the port #'s from my 54G. I honestly don't see how anyone could give this a bad rating. It's expensive yeah, but it works great! Good for homes with N devices that still have some older G devices like Tivo and DS around, to get full speed from N....more info
- Big Door Stop
After 3 Weeks of headache, I've replaced my old power supply on my previous router(DGL-4300 D-Link which by the way is solid except for the blown power supply after 2 years of great performance) and axed this nightmare. It was an intermittent connection at best and most of the time it wouldn't even see the SSID or network. I read all of the forums and did all of the tweaks and tricks to get this thing to work properly. After a reboot of the router, it would work fine for about 1/2 day and then the connection would go roque again.......you'd think a router of this calibur would actually work......NOT! My wife and i both lost so much work because of this thing already, i think i'll just give it to my dogs as a chew toy....more info
- Very nice upgrade--a little wary
I purchased the WRT600N to replace my older G-based Buffalo wireless router. I recently purchased a laptop with built-in N capability, plus I was looking for better coverage and a wider range of features. This router seems to fit the bill.
The laptop connects anywhere in my apartment with Excellent signal strength at 270mbps. Can't ask for much more. Signal strength on my other wireless devices (2 Tivos and a PS3) is also excellent... 90%+.
I gave a rating of 4 stars for 2 reasons:
1. The connection to both of my Tivos dropped unexpectedly. They lost the address that had been asigned. Re-setup was fairly painless, but I've had issues like this with Linksys hardware before (back in the B days) which is why I went with Buffalo equipment. I had my Buffalo G router for 5 years and didn't have to reset it once. Not once. Seeing the Tivos lose their addresses is a little disconcerting.
2. Setup with the provided CD was almost problem-free, but not quite. It wasn't able to detect my internet connection. I proceeded with the rest of the set up, and it seemed to go fine. I tried to access the web-based setup, but for some reason it didn't recognize my new admin password. After using admin/admin, I was able to gain access, and all of my other settings (SSID name, password, etc.) were in place. Re-doing the admin password in the web-based set up worked. After shutting down the computer, and power-cycling the router and cable modem, everything worked fine.
I set up the QoS option for my VOIP phone, and it seems to work fine; no problems anyway.
I will return in 30 days. If the Tivos have maintained their connection and no other problems arise, I would consider this a 5-star product. Stay tuned.
I've had the router for a little over a month now. I went out of town for about a week, and when I returned I had to reboot the router to get it working. I'm not sure what may have caused the issue (power outage perhaps) so I won't hold it against the router. It hasn't dropped any connections, and works well. It detects my 2 Tivos, PS3 and laptop with no problems, and signal strength is excellent. I'm not sure what to attribute other people's problems to, but for me it has worked well. I would give the product 5 stars at this point....more info
- Linksys WRT600 Linksys Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabet Router with Storage Link
I highly recommend this product. My husband and I knew nothing about this item until we received it. We had absolutely no problem hooking it up and getting it to go. My daughter can go upstairs to her bedroom and she can connect to the internet just as easily as I do with my wired internet connection. We have service all over the whole house. It is great and well worth the money....more info
- Fast - but awkward to set up
dual networks very good but set up has not been easy (generally I can find my way around diffiecult computer issues) so the rather poor linksys network admin software may be better to avoid...more info
- Works great but don't count on the Storage Link.
Being smarter than anyone else who had reviewed this router I figured Linksys had worked out the bugs with the USB storage and I could get it working and attach my new Drobo through the router. Not on a bet. At one time I could see the Drobo for a very brief period of time but never access it. That passed and the Drobo disappeared, never to be seen again.
I purchased the Droboshare (another $200.00) and got the Drobo on my home office network.
The Linksys works great as a router connecting to my AT&T DSL modem. The wireless side also works very well and the Gigabit switch is great. I hope someone posts and says the Storage Link works great. Till then make other plans for getting USB storage devices on your network.
- Wait on this one until the kinks are out
Ok, I bought this to divide my network in half so my X-Box could stream over A and my media center could stream over N and be totaly wireless. What a disapointment. It CONSTANTLY drops connections randomly to my Media Center, X-Box and laptops in the house. It will not stream to Media Center because as soon as you get connected it will drop either the xbox or MC off the network. Ok, so at least it has the FTP server built in to use with a USB drive. The setup for this is fine but you have to reboot every other day because even though you are set to be the ADMIN of the FTP site it doesnt give you permissions to write. You reboot and it works. The would even be tolerable if you had the ability to reboot the think from the interface but I cant figure out how to do this so it requires a trip upstairs to manually reboot it IF I happen to be at home and need to write to it. This product has all the right parts but the software for it has GOT to be updated to make it usable. I am returning it to Amazon. My $35 netgear G router worked far better.
- So far so good
I have had this unit about a month and as of yet have not used the 5 Ghz band. I purchased this to replace a Netgear G router that died after about 3 years. I read a ton of reviews on draft N routers and finally settled on this one. Contrary to some reviews the set up, at least of the 2 laptops and one wireless desktop, were very simple although I did it manually rather than use the wizard (I try to stick with what I know). Each computer connected the first time I tried it. The range seems to be a little less than the Netgear unit that it replaced but after I worked with the antennas a little bit I now get a soild signal to all three computers and they are on the floor above the unit at opposite ends of a 3,700 sq foot house. All in all I am very happy with it so far. There is one thing I do not undertstand about it and that is my download speed has doubled on the 3 wireless connections. I am on a cable modem so the speed has always varied with the time of day but when it is as fast as it gets at 4 AM or as slow as it gets at 7PM it is still roughly twice as fast as the old one. I am still using the same Netgear G card in the desktop and both laptops have built in receivers so no change there but regardless of which computer we use the download speed is about double. Because of this I have yet to invest in a draft N receiver but I will liklely get to it in the next month or so and I will try to update this review at that time....more info
- Linksys should be ashamed
I bought this router based on Linksys'(and Cisco's) reputation. I couldn't be more disappointed in a product. I replaced my Linksys WRT54G with this, and replaced my XBox wireless adapter with the Linksys N Gaming adapter and my signal strength went from very playable to 6% and completely unusable for XBox Live.
I am an IT guy and am quite familiar with configuration of routers and wireless devices and this one just sucked. PERIOD. ...more info
- Linksys great connection
Linksys WRT600N worth the money. Very strong range. Would recommend for any business....more info