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Linksys wins dual-band contest

Review: Six routers deliver 802.11n connectivity over 2.4 and 5GHz bands

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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.


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Linksys E4200: Top of the heap

The Linksys E4200 is a step beyond the other wireless routers in this test in a number of important ways. This is the only device that supports a 3 x 3 MIMO antenna system, which allows three spatial streams. It's also the only router with full support for IPv6, including a built-in IPv6 firewall. Unlike some of the other devices in this test, the E4200 does not treat 5GHz as an afterthought. Streaming media worked up to 265 feet on the test range before there was any evidence of loss. File transfer times increased over even modest distances, as was the case with the other devices in this test.


  • Asus aces performance test
  • Belkin's beam forming delivers strong 2.4GHz performance
  • EnGenius ESR7750: The low-cost alternative
  • Linksys E4200: Top of the heap
  • Netgear N600: Includes ADSL modem
  • Trendnet: Comes with external antennas


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