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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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Netgear N600: Includes ADSL modem

The Netgear N600 DGND3700 wireless router includes an ADSL modem as well as an Ethernet port for connection to other types of Internet access. The router provides logging and allows port forwarding and you can set up blacklists in the firewall. One nice feature is that the router will send you an email if it detects malicious port scanning or a DoS attack, and the email will include the logs that relate to the suspected attack. Testing of the N600 showed that it had ranges somewhat shorter than the best of this test, but they weren't so short as to limit the usefulness of the device.


  • 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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