Cisco-Linksys WRT160N Wireless-N Broadband Router
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- Internet-sharing Router and 4-port Switch, with a built in speed and range enhanced Wireless Access Point
- MIMO technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels farther and reduces dead spots
- Much faster than Wireless-G, but also works great with Wireless-G and -B devices
- Wireless signals protected by wireless encryption, and your network protected from Internet attacks by a powerful SPI firewall
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That being said... it was as simple as putting the disk in, following directions printing the encryption code and connecting the router. Easy as cake! I had more trouble configuring the recieving vista windows laptop and xp windows pc! Which wasn't that hard either. The router is connected to my windows vista desktop and my windows vista laptop and seperate xp windows desktop are recieving the signal. It was as easy as plugging in the code to the recieving laptop and pc.
The signal is always strong and no breaks in three weeks of constant use. Despite other comments, the signal strength is awesome even with the unit under a shelf. Unless you live in a 25 room mansion or set up the network wrong... you should have no problems. I have absolutely no complaints. The cherry on top is how awesome this router looks and with no antenna! You could easly hide this under a shelf but why would you want to! It's beautiful and you could use it as decoration! I admit, it is pricey but well worth the money in the headaches you will save setting it up and the aesthetic factor. Highly recommended especially for novices who simply want wireless in their house.
Setup: Forget the included CD that comes with this router, it is Windows only. It does have the User Guide as a PDF buried in one of the folders. But it is not much help.
Instead, just turn on the router, look for the wireless signal (or plug in directly using an ethernet cable), then use FireFox - the current Safari doesn't work and any changes cause a "server unexpectedly dropped connection" error.
Type: 192.168.1.1 in the browser, then user name "linksys" and password "admin" to get the web based setup menus.
From there, if you have any questions, click on the "Help" link for the individual pages. The help there is much better than in the User Guide.
This router does reach the far corner of our house, and is able to use WPA, etc.
I would have given the router 5 stars if the documentation had been better, and if the Mac had been included. (Even though it's really really simple to set up the Mac for wireless, it's still nice to be recognized.)
So, I decided to tey an Apple Airport Extreme. It worked with all my wireless devices, but supprisingly did not do well passing HD TV Shows from my Media Center PC to my Xbox 360 over a wire!
So, after much research I decided to try this Linksys. Since it just hit the market, I figured it would have better Draft-N support.
So, with minimal configuration, this routher works with ALL my devices:
(I have it setup with WPA/WPA2 Wireless security.)
MacBook Pro (Draft-N Wireless)
Dell Vostro Laptop (Draft-N)
Apple iMAc (Draft-N)
Apple iPod Touch (Whatever wireless it uses...)
Nintendo Wii (Wireless)
2 Wired Windows PCs
Playstation 3 (Wired)
Xbox 360 (Wired)
Plus it has no trouble passing the HD TV shows from my Windows Media Center PC to my Xbox360.
Here's the explanation: there are 3 versions of this router. All of them have suffered from problems with the firmware provided by Linksys to run the router, such as failures to resolve DNS. In the case of versions 1 and 3, there have reportedly been improvements in the firmware, their chipsets are based on Broadcom, and version 1 is supported by the 3rd party DD-WRT software program, which is supposed to solve a lot of problems for these routers.
Version 2, unfortunately, has the Ralink chipset, reduced RAM, has no DD-WRT solution, and as of its latest firmware build cannot resolve DNS for most users. The best and most common solution for V2 owners seems to be that of downgrading the firmware to build 8. I have done this, and my router work fine right now, but there are concerns in the Linksys forums about security risks in this older build, so it's not a perfect solution.
What is perhaps most disconcerting about this router is the complete lack of acknowledgment and concern on the part of Linksys for the failures of the version 2 firmware. There is a Linksys support forum thread that has persisted for over 6 months now, with numerous complaints from V2 router owners about the router's failures to resolve DNS. What does Linksys do about this? ALL THEY DO IS SPEND TIME CENSORING THE POSTS AND EDITING OUT COMMENTS THAT ARE CRITICAL OF LINKSYS'. There has been virtually no response from them on this thread. Some of the router owners have called Linksys tech support to ask for help.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fair to lower-upper computer guy but networks have always confused me. I bought this unit a couple years ago and have never had one bi of trouble with it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by TonyT in AZ
Never had any issues with its capabilities. Used it for 6 years without any problems! Great product!Published 1 month ago by Patucho
I bought 4 of them from Amazon Warehouse Deals. 3 of them are not working - cannot access the "Administrative Console" via 192.168.1.1. I had to return them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Son Nguyen
I got this router in Nov'08, so just over 7 years of service with high usage (and it is indeed the infamous V2). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Raymond L.
Piece of junk. Drops wifi and Linksys doesn't offer a firmware upgrade to fix it.Published 6 months ago by Brian M.
Super fast and love how I can prioritize what is connected to it.Published 7 months ago by Nicholas Hansbrow