If you are considering purchasing the Linksys Simultaneous Dual -N Band Wireless router WRT610N you will have already identified a need for heavier network and Internet usage. This will probably be video streaming, on line gaming, and large file downloads or you may want the ability to moves very large files quickly across your network.
You will be aware of Ethernet (10 Mbps), Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) and now Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps, which is 10x faster than Fast Ethernet). This Wireless Router is also doubling its bandwidth by using 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time if required.
On opening the box you can instantly see that its now almost compulsory glossy black and blue metallic finish is never going to look as good again as you put on the first of many fingerprints. There are no external antennas which was odd for a wireless router. A sticky warning sign across the four 10/100/1000 ethernet ports discourage you from instantly plugging everything in and advising to install the CD first.
On running the installation CD you have an option of replacing or adding to an existing router. I was replacing a LinksWirelss-G Broadband Router with 4 PC's connected on an existing cable broadband network so expected no problems. I would suggest at the initial setup stage of the Wireless Network setup that you think carefully before opting for the high or medium level of security unless you are good at entering the 26 digit security key twice without copy and paste. I backtracked and had no security level at this stage until I could get things working. I also accepted the default username and password of ADMIN ( in both boxes)
Using the software wizard the network was set up screen by screen advice on how to plug in each cable was helpful I expect for completely new users of a router. At the point of establishing a Cable Internet connection the Wizard failed and began a loop of not very helpful screen tips of telling me to check the connections and ensure it was switched on and the IT helpline standard of "try switching it off and back on again" but technically called mains cycling by the WIZARD. Getting nowhere I manually set the IP address at 192.168.1.1 .and connection was obtained. I have no idea at this stage what the Wizard was trying to input but as it is all up and running I will leave well alone for the moment.
The router has the familiar blue lighted symbols and green network connected items. A feature centrally is a button for Wi-Fi Protected Setup if you have wireless devices with this feature on and needing secure setup.
A USB light on the front and USB port at the rear are for connection of a NAS (Network Attached Storage) but testing this with just a USB memory stick to see how it is done on the Web based interface in conjunction with about 8 pages of the PDF manual is not yet proving very easy.
You will like the Linksys EasyLink Advisor software which unfortunately becomes resident in the taskbar system tray like everything else. It provides a visual layout and status of your network and if needed an entire printout of all device details.