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3.0 out of 5 stars Feature packed item, only let down by wireless signal problems, 19 May 2009
This review is from: Linksys by Cisco WRT610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link (for Cable connections i.e Virgin Broadband) (Electronics)
Impressed by the specifications of this router, I know I was when I looked at it.

Having previously owned a Linksys WRT350N I knew what to expect from this router, my networking is reasonably knowledgable and as such I didnt use the CD based setup procedure, instead I setup the unit manually, this is very easily done by visiting 192.168.1.1 (login and password are both initially 'admin').

The configuration interface was clean, and easy to understand, as it was virtually identical to my previous Linksys router it didnt take me long to configure everything.

Problem no.1: The unit didn't want to lease an IP address from my Orange Livebox modem, Solution: Allow more leasable IP addresses from the Orange Livebox, and start the leasable IP range on the WRT610n from xxx.xxx.xxx.100 , that seems to do the trick.

At this point everything was setup, and running very very sweetly, my PS3 recognised the inbuilt media server and could stream avi/divx/xvid/mpgs very nice, the inbuilt 1 gigabit network ports were rock steady and very stable, my netbook, laptop and another desktop were all connected wirelessly utilising both the 5ghz and 2.4ghz wireless signals being generated by the WRT610n - this is where the serious problems occur, for regular email/website viewing you shouldn't really have any problems with the wireless function of this router, however - if you wish to watch media streams from the attached network storage, or download items which use all of the connections bandwidth, you could well experience frequent connection dropouts, on the unit I had this happened between 2 and 30 minutes into the data transfer, at which time the wireless connection will simply drop and data would cease to transfer, touching the underside of router at this point will most probably be VERY hot, thus indicating thermal (heat) issues with the wireless function of this router.

In fact, the problems are very well documented on the Linksys community forums.

That said, it looks like not all of the WRT610n's are affected by this problem, unfortunately mine was - as such I am RMA'ing right now, and hopefully my replacement will work perfectly.

If the wireless problems can be sorted, then this router is nothing short of excellent, its has/does everything a consumer could possibly want from a router.

Only additional things I can think of is maybe the inclusion of a print server to enable usb based printers to be accessed via the router itself, am sure that will come in future Linksys routers.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2010 21:23:17 GMT
Chazzr D says:
Did the wireless issue ever get sorted for you ???

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2010 14:05:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2010 14:09:03 BDT
V. Tovey says:
Yes, wireless problems were eventually sorted, I think I got it all sorted after receiving my 3rd WRT610N, I have to say - Amazon were fantastic in making arrangements to get units replaced, Linksys on the otherhand were nothing short of awful, and does actually put me off wanting to buy any further Linksys/Cisco products.

Unfortunately, the unit I have does seem to randomly reboot and drop the wireless signal.

I am trying to source a v3 of this item (I have a v1) to see if that version is any better.
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