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4.0 out of 5 stars Improvement over previous model for the same price, December 13, 2012
This review is from: Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antenna - 2.4GHz - 802.11b/g/n - Compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / Linux (300 Mbps) [Discontinued Model] (Personal Computers)
To start i received this router FREE from Mediabridge products and all i was asked was to test it and write a review on Amazon. Jarrod Coburn from the company who i believe is the main tech guy there sent me the following email:

Hello,

I am sending this email to a select few customers that had purchased our 150N router in the past. We now have a new 300N version of the router with some new features. I would like to have a sample sent to you free of charge. All I ask is that you post a review of your experience on Amazon. The review does not have to be extremely technical but the more information the better.

I had previously purchased the MWN-WAPR150N version and written a detailed review of that product as well. I was overall displeased with the MWN-WAPR150N for various reasons outlined in my review and subsequently purchased another router to replace it. I selected the ASUS RTN66U and have been mostly happy with it, but i am still waiting to review it on here. Given that all of my comparisons in this review will be based on comparisons to the ASUS router which is a very advanced router and 3x the cost so keep that in mind.

All performance testing for speed and throughput was done with a fairly new toshiba laptop with built in N wireless adapter and using Speedtest.net and inSSIDer wireless analyzer software. Signal strength was tested with Droid razr maxx and wifi analyzer app.

My property is approximately .7 acres and a brick house. All tests were taken in the exact same spots around my house and property between 11am and noon. The routers are located in master bedroom and measurements of distance from router are approximations. The test at my mailbox are the most interference location having to travel through every wall in my house.

To start with the unboxing, installation, and setup of the medialink router took less than 5 minutes. I was quite pleased with the ease of which it detects and sets up the internet link. It also automatically asks you to change the default ssid name and password if you choose and also defaults with a secure network which is helpful. Again the initial configuration takes mere minutes. I also noticed that the router defaults to channel bonding verified with inSSIDer. It linked channels 6+2 to achieve advertised 300 bandwidth. The ASUS router also channel bonds but it must be user enabled in the firmware settings manually. Now on to the testing results. I will start with my baseline results of the ASUS router first. MY ISP is charter cable at 30mb/s download speed limit.

ASUS results channel bonded 6+2 max rate 450

Living room 20ft from router 24mb/s -50dbm signal strength
Bed room 10ft 28mb/s -40dbm
Bonus room 50ft 22mb/s -60dbm
Garage 50ft 21mb/s -70dbm
Shed 100ft 23mb/s -75dbm
Hammock 45ft 22mb/s -70dbm
Patio 50ft 24mb/s -65dbm
Swingset 80ft 20mb/s -75dbm
Mailbox 80ft 5mb/s -85dbm

MWN-WAPR300N results channel bonded 6+2 max rate 300

Living room 20ft from router 21mb/s -70dbm signal strength
Bed room 10ft 21mb/s -50dbm
Bonus room 50ft 8mb/s -75dbm
Garage 50ft 12mb/s -80dbm
Shed 100ft 24mb/s -80dbm
Hammock 45ft 21mb/s -65dbm
Patio 50ft 24mb/s -75dbm
Swingset 80ft 22mb/s -80dbm
Mailbox 80ft .7mb/s -95dbm

So my take on the results are as follows. The locations that the Medialink performed much worse are the locations with the greatest amount of walls and obstructions for the signal to pass through. All other locations it seems to keep up nicely with the more powerful ASUS Dark Knight. Also I would guess the Medialink uses a much smaller patch style antenna whereas the Asus has 3 external antennas. Overall it seems that Mediabridge has taken some nice steps to improve their product over the previous model. I have no data yet to touch on day to day consistency or dropping connections and subsequent reconnects. That was the main problem I had with the 1st generation Medialink router. My plan is to reconnect my ASUS and attempt to link the medialink router to use it as an access point in my bonus room just to see if it works. I think it has this capability and i will revisit this review with an update once i do so after the holidays.

My final thoughts are if this router can prove sustained connections on a day to day basis and ease of reconnects at times when power outages and such occur or when relocating devices then for the money i would say this router should be considered.
The ease of setup alone is a huge benefit especially for those who aren't tech savvy. Also keep in mind i compared this to one of the top of the line routers you can buy so i feel it does rather well keeping up.

Pros:

Cost
Ease of installation
Great throughput

Cons:

Signal strength through obstructions....but...its still very good for what it is and the cost

[...]
Thank you

5/6/13 Update:

In December i allowed a neighbor install this router in his house for some long term testing. He has quite a higher usage level there with the amount of devices constantly connected. Himself,wife and 5 kids all utilizing wireless at the same time plus streaming video via Netflix regularly. Six months steady and he tells me he has had no problems to speak of so based on that time period and the load on the router it seems that it is indeed capable of handling most anyone's requirements.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2012 5:04:33 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 6:28:18 PM PST
This product is a wireless router, not a hotspot. You will still need to have a separate internet service provider and modem. This can be used with cable internet or DSL and im sure satellite internet service as well. A wireless router merely takes a hardwired internet connection and rebroadcasts it wireless ( WI-FI) inside your house so that you dont have to be hardwired to an internet connection. You still have to have internet service to your house.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 10:45:14 AM PST
C. Perdue says:
Thanks for publishing performance numbers -- and the signal strength readings are a nice bonus.

Are those data rates based on Internet downloads? If so, they do not reflect the capabilities of the router itself, which should be 10x higher. Or are the LAN performance in megaBYTES per second rather than megabits per second? If those are LAN data rates in megabits per second, that is lousy performance.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 5:59:12 PM PST
internet download rates over wireless using www.speedtest.net. my tests were only done to test wireless capabilities, not the Lan. the average person who buys this product will buy it for its wireless performance so thats all i tested. also the tests are a comparison using what i and most people would have in their home and dont necessarily provide ultimate results in the routers performance. they are a reflection of a side by side test using my components on my system. other users results will of course vary because of variables.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 7:49:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2013 2:11:19 PM PST
C. Perdue says:
Robert, the problem is that the measurements did _not_ test wireless performance. The tests you did measure Internet download performance, which is much less than the router's wireless performance because the performance is limited by the speed of your link to your Internet service provider.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 8:53:26 AM PST
Fardad says:
Hey thanks for your thorough review; I just have an additional question. Does this model have a decent QoS function and guest access capability? Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 3:12:01 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 1:42:41 PM PST
Hello Fardad,

The router does have built-in automatic QoS as well as bandwidth controls to limit bandwidth to different users on the network. The router also has a secondary SSID to provide to guests. That secondary SSID can have its own security and password however users on the secondary SSID are able to access any open network devices on the primary SSID as well. If you have further questions, please give us a call at 856-216-8222.

Thanks,
Medialink Customer Support
856-216-8222
support@medialinkproducts.com

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 4:48:35 AM PDT
R. Brown says:
Thanks for the informed review.
I take it there is no good way to install an upgraded antenna on this device?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2013 5:45:24 AM PDT
Hi R. Brown,

The antennas in this unit are internal and there are no ports to attach an external antenna.

Two of these units can be used in succession to increase range. The first unit would act as the primary router and the second unit can be setup as a Range Extender in the event that a larger area needs to be covered.

Thanks,
Mediabridge Customer Support
856-216-8222
support@mediabridgeproducts.com
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