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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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Trendnet: Comes with external antennas

The TRENDnet TEW-673GRU is the only wireless router in this test with external antennas. It's also the only device in this test with external controls and an LCD panel. The external antennas make the router more location sensitive than some of the other devices in this test. However, the existence of the controls proved to be handy when an install failure left the router in an indeterminate state. The 2.4GHz side of this router showed better performance with streaming content loss occurring at about 175 feet. The router uses two channels at 2.4 GHz to provide better throughput.


  • 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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