Linksys wins dual-band contest
Review: Six routers deliver 802.11n connectivity over 2.4 and 5GHz bands
By Wayne Rash | Network World US | Published: 11:08, 08 November 11
Wireless routers are always something of a mystery. They combine a number of features into a single box and are usually complex to set up, but require little attention after that.
Set up properly, they can provide high-speed wired and wireless access to a wide range of devices, securely connect to storage and printers, route between parts of your internal network and protect against hackers.
We take a look at six routers which delivered 802.11n connectivity over 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
Belkin's beam forming delivers strong 2.4GHz performance
The Belkin N750 DB is a vertically mounted device with ovoid sides that sits on its bottom edge with an attached stand. It includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB ports for storage or printing. This device includes beam forming, but that feature apparently only works at 2.4GHz. Streaming video worked at 2.4GHz for virtually the same distance as the Linksys (about 250 feet downrange) but the distance supported at 5GHz was only about 50 feet. The AirCheck ping test at 2.4GHz was longer than most others.