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Customer Review

on 19 May 2009
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 (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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