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Linksys WRT160NL Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (Compatible with Linux)

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  • Installing customer-supplied router
  • Password protecting your network
  • Connecting up to four internet-ready devices
  • Providing use and troubleshooting instructions

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  • Internet-sharing Router and 4-port Switch, with a built in speed and range enhanced Wireless Access Point
  • Great for media-intensive applications like streaming video or music, and gaming
  • MIMO technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels farther and helps reduce dead spots
  • Storage Link lets you connect a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device to allow access to your music, video
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Product Description

Product Description

The Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is really four devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect to the network without wires. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. The Storage Link feature lets you connect a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device directly to your network to easily add gigabytes of storage. Access your music, video, or data files from anywhere within your network. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer The Linux-based Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL) is an open source router targeted at IT or programming professionals and hobbyists. Two detachable antennas allow flexibility for customized applications. A Storage Link USB port allows connection of a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device to easily add storage and access music, video, or data files from any computer within the network, or more securely through the Internet. This Wireless-N router--essentially the next generation of the WRT54GL--transfers data faster and further than Wireless-G. Wireless-N delivers high performance for smooth streaming video, high frame-rate gaming, fast data transfers, and heavy Internet use from multiple users—all with great range and reduced dead spots.

MIMO Smart Antenna Technology for Enhanced Speed
The WRT160NL utilizes MIMO (Multiple-In; Multiple-Out) smart antenna technology embedded in the router design. MIMO leverages the wireless signals that reflect off walls and other interior surfaces to extend the signal coverage and enhance the speed of data transmissions. The WRT160NL features two detachable antennas with SMA connectors but is designed to accept other antennas with SMA connectors as well. It has the same contemporary design and styling as all new Linksys by Cisco routers.

Backwards Compatible with Wireless-B/G
This router is compatible with 802.11b/g wireless devices. It also includes a built-in 4-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch for connecting other computers, Ethernet-enabled storage devices or other peripherals. There is also an integrated UPnP AV media server that can serve media content (audio, video and pictures) on an attached storage drive to a media adapter.

Product Features:
  • Internet-sharing Router and 4-port Switch, with a built in speed and range enhanced Wireless Access Point
  • Great for media-intensive applications like streaming video or music, and gaming
  • MIMO technology uses multiple radios to create a robust signal that travels farther and helps reduce dead spots
  • Storage Link lets you connect a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device to allow access to your music, video, or data files from anywhere within your network
   
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The Customer's Needs
The Linux-based open source Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL) was created specially for hobbyists and wireless aficionados. The external antennas give users the option of attaching high-gain antennas to improve the wireless range and receive sensitivity of the router.
 

Do More, Faster
Enjoy fast wireless connectivity for your home or home office. The Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is designed to deliver plenty of speed and coverage, so multiple users can go online, transfer large files, print, and stream stored media--all at once, all without wires. Great for bigger homes. Easy to use, and easy to install on Windows or Mac.

Wireless-N Power
The speed and bandwidth of Wireless-N, today's most advanced wireless technology, makes it easy for multiple users to share Internet access, files, and printing. Enjoy media-intensive activities like gaming, video and Voice-over-IP phone calls--all at once, with less lag and performance degradation. Achieves faster speeds when used with Wireless-N enabled devices, but is fully compatible with Wireless-G and -B equipment.

 

Reliable Coverage
Experience coverage you can count on, all around your home. Wireless-N's Multiple in, Multiple Out (MIMO) technology actually uses the signal reflections that confuse ordinary wireless technologies to boost range and reduce dead spots.

Storage for All
The Storage Link feature lets you connect a hard drive or flash-based USB storage device directly to your network to easily add gigabytes of storage. Access your music, video, or data files from anywhere within your network. Built-in DLNA 1.5 compatible media server streams to PCs or UPnP AV digital media adapters.

Connect to More
Four 10/100 Ethernet ports let you connect printers, networked storage drives, and other Ethernet-enabled devices to your network, so you can access and share them from all around the house.

  • Fast Wireless-N connectivity frees you to do more around your home.
  • Easy to set up and use. Industrial-strength security protection.
  • Easily add shared storage to your network.

What's in the Box
WRT160NL wireless-N broadband router, setup CD-ROM, user's guide on CD-ROM, quick installation guide, Ethernet network cable, power adapter, antennas (2, R-SMA), and USB extension cable.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 9.4 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0028N6VLE
  • Item model number: WRT160NL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,865 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Professional Consumer on June 12, 2009
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I've had several routers over the years, and this one is the best so far. Range is great, speed is great, but best of all is the setup. Has a CD that makes it very easy, and when you are done it gives you a diagram of your entire network, including the names of each computer. I've set up several routers over the years, so I know what I'm doing, but who wants to spend time messing with it? I believe just about anyone could do this one. I've had it about a month, and I love it.

Update: I found out that my download speed was cut by 85% to my HARDWIRED computer when the ethernet cable was routed through the router (which it has to be) and then to my desktop computer. I found this out accidentally when checking speeds, and then got on the Linksys website and ask for help. I got a response and they had me change some obscure (MTU) settings (which I still don't understand), and it fixed the problem. My issue is, NOWHERE in the instructions does it even hint that you might need to do this.

Otherwise, the router works fine. But if you get it, check the download/upload speeds before and after the installation.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Doknukem on September 19, 2009
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very cool. the usb drive is EASY to map as a network drive with a letter and it works fast enough. right now i'm backing up from the drive wirelessly to my computer and it is transferring data at a rate of 1GB in about 20 minutes. to some that will sound slow, but to me thats VERY fast. especially when you consider the price at which you're getting this utility. you can turn a USB drive into a network drive. (mine is 250 GB external). i still have not read the instructions for the device yet. tomorrow i will look into customizing the security options.

i am terribly excited about now having a network drive from which all 3 of my computers can access files. no more storing pictures or music or files on 1 of the 3, now everything is stored on the "network drive" and backed up to my main computer. my wife and i love it. just $85.

also interesting is that the compression rate is currently about 20%, so i think that means by the time my current backup is complete, my 44GB network drive might be compressed to under 9GB. i'll see, but it should give you some idea.

as for the networking features, the signal is very strong and reaches in my basement, so my buddy down there is happy too.

i find the description of the network controls you get to be really understated. you can block and allow websites and computers and you get a lot of other useful controls. its very user friendly and the only thing you'll really need to refer to the manual for is to see how to access the usb drive from your computer - its EASY.

the tricky thing is restricting admin access to just yourself - trying to figure that out. will do it tomorrow. i hope this review helps.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
We went through three other brands, each time returning them for an exchange of another in their cheaper price range; finally we tried this Linksys and ta da!! it worked fantastically.

If you are like me and totally don't know how to install things on your computer, never fear, it comes with a CD that walks you through the process. If you know what you're doing you can skip the CD and browse the "Quick Installation Guide."

Yep, it costs more, but after returning three other cheaper ones, I am here to say this works great. We have not had a problem since.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RussK on October 26, 2009
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Linksys has only two N routers with the storage link WRT160NL and WRT610. Linksys was my first choice since WRT54GS worked for many years flawlessly to select a maker was easy and out of two choices of &85 vs $140 it made it easy too. (I don't need megabyte wired connectivity). I have two laptops with Windows XP and Vista Home Premium. Setting up the network was easy and without any issue. As a router it is very good product and easy to install. It also shows a chart where you could see your network - what is connected and what is not. It makes it easier to see where the problems on the network could be.
I also have a 500GB WD external hard drive with music and movies. Connecting the hard drive was a nightmare!!! My reaction was since I don't have Networking Degree I guess I don't know what I am doing. So I called Linkys. Great, right? No. After I spent 4 hr with tech support just to hear they could do nothing to make it work. They called it defective and asked me to return it. During tech support time I gave them full permission to completely take over my computer. They tried to help for several hours. After I couldn't wait any longer they were happy to quit too.
Reading reviews about the same problems with WRT610 it was time to change brands.

Amazon was great! I printed return label online and reused the box. I got full refund without a phone call.

I use D-Link RangeBooster N Dual Band Router DIR-628 now. The only minus of this one is you cannot access the external hard drive from two computers at the same time, only one user at the time. I don't know if Linksys would let me do it either.

PS: IF YOU HAVE TO CALL TECH SUPPORT AND YOU FEEL THE TECH PERSON IS AN IDIOT HANG UP AND CALL AGAIN. It worked for me with Belkin, Linksys and Dlink.
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