Comments about Cisco-Linksys WRT600N Linksys Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link

Cisco-Linksys WRT600N Linksys Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link

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The Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router is really four devices in one box. First, there is the dual-band Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect to the network withoutwires. There is also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100/1000 Switch to connect yourwired-Ethernet devices together at up to gigabit speeds. The Router function ties itall together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internetconnection.

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I purchased the WRT600N based on a review in a popular PC magazine comparison. I have been using the router for about a month now and use the wired connections (PC and Roku M1001 digital audio receiver), wireless connections (laptop), and USB port (hard drive attached).

Pros: Excellent Speed (wired and wireless), ability to attach a USB drive, quick set up for basic functions
Cons: Quirky set up for WPA2 security and USB drive

Out of the box it was easy to set up the router for a wired and wireless network (WPA security) using the included software. I was replacing a Netgear wired router and the software helped me through that with no problem. The software also walks you through connecting wirelessly to the network through an executable file you download from the Linksys site (very helpful if you are not familiar with networks). The software included shows a status of your network, internet connection and other PCs, laptops, devices attached to the network.

However, to take full advantage of the router requires a more advanced understanding of networks and hence the reason for dropping the rating from 5 to 4 stars. Using the included Linksys software you cannot enable WPA2 security on the wireless network. Also, while you might think of the attached USB drive as a "device" the Linksys software does not recognize it as a device on the network like one might expect.

However, not to fail, by using the router's web interface it is not difficult to enable WPA2 security, see that the USB drive is connected, disable broadcast of your address, and enable only certain MAC/IP addresses to connect to the router thus increasing the wireless security to about as high a level as you can. The web interface is a little quirky in its usability though.

The only real issue I had with the router is connecting the USB drive. I had to use web chat to contact Linksys support twice. The first time I tried to connect the USB drive I could not see it on the network. Turns out the light on the router identifying a USB drive is connected was not lit. Unfortunately support had me reset the router but it didn't fix the problem. I found on the Internet that by attaching the USB drive and turning it on before powering up the router will take care of the issue and after doing that the USB light on the router was lit. Back to the PC and I still could not see the USB drive using the Linksys software so back to the support web chat. The person walked me to the web interface which showed that the USB drive was recognized by the router. Not sure why the included software would not show it but oh well, it is working.

Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase and would recommend this router to others. My experience level is advanced with respect to PCs and intermediate with respect to networks.

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I've been a Linksys user since my first CableTV internet connection. Linksys/Cisco still makes a great product.

Before I began, I saved my old Linksys router configuration to a file on my PC. I also printed out many of the web admin pages containing configuration info.

WRT600N Setup was very simple. I unplugged my old router, ran the new cables and plugged in the 600N. Unfortunately, the EasySetup CD did not work properly in my PC.

The 600N has the same web management interface as my old WRT54G box. So I ran IE to [...] and was back on track. I entered all the old settings from the printed pages made earlier and saved the configuration.

My cable modem refused to let my PCs access the internet. Remembering advice from my cable co. I unplugged the power from both the 600N and the cable modem for a short time, then plugged them back in. After that, the cable modem sent the correct IP network settings to the 600N and I was Googling like a madman again.

NEW Stuff: The 600N has 2 wireless bands, with it my older wireless devices (a PDA, cell phone and printer) can connect wirelessly using 802.11g. At the same time, I get faster connection speeds using 802.11n with my laptop. Same network, with different security keys so it's as secure as I can make it.

Wireless N makes watching video much more enjoyable - few to no pauses in the video. Response time for shared folders is almost instantaneous.

I've read that some Mac users have had wi-fi connection dropping problems when using the 600N. I've had the 600N running for 1 month now with no connection problems from my Macbook Pro.

The 600N is one step in my Home Media system project. I think this was the right choice.

First of all, please ignore the 4 stars. I tried adjusting it, but Amazon won't seem to let me. Assume 2.5 stars...for now.

I originally bought this in April and for a few months I was happy with it. But things have been acting up the last couple of months and I have not yet figured it out. I've added more devices that connect to it and it seems like the mixture of N and G devices are really causing havoc.

I've been experiencing frequent drops and hanging connections. I'm a googler, so I've tried all sorts of things but to no avail. I adjusted beacon interval, packet size, broadcast channel, broadcast mode, etc. If it can be adjusted, I changed it. Things would seem to work for a day, then stop the next.

Customer support is garbage and is no help. I'm actually shocked that they would even call them CS.

I just read that CS had told somebody that they should turn off the dual band and stay with 2.4. I will try that as a next step, but in hopes that it is a temporary solution. Otherwise, that will be the final straw and I'm dumping Linksys. It's sad because I never had a problem with the WRT54G (solid for years), but their N-draft stuff seem to be garbage.

Bought this router and other wireless N type accessories in 2008 and thought I would share my reviews.

Excited about the wireless N claims of range and speed, it was enticing enough. However upon setup and use, found the range was greatly affected by normal obstacles such as walls etc. The speed averages around 180mbps which is great compared to the older 54mbps that linksys had in its routers. Connectivity is usually constant with not much drop off, of course distance is a big factor for this as well.

The only real issue with this router was the storage link. I never figured it out and linksys owners manuals and online setup screens are difficult to maneuver through. Your almost afraid to adjust much as you dont want to over ride or alter the firewalls and built in safety features. I left well enough alone and just used the router as my central hub for everything else which it does just fine. I also purchased the linksys family of wireless n networking adapters which work fine.

This unit is backward compatible with wireless g/b equipment such as wireless printers etc.

I rated this router 4 out of 5 due to the storage link issue as described.

I purchased the WRT600N to replace my older G-based Buffalo wireless router. I recently purchased a laptop with built-in N capability, plus I was looking for better coverage and a wider range of features. This router seems to fit the bill.

The laptop connects anywhere in my apartment with Excellent signal strength at 270mbps. Can't ask for much more. Signal strength on my other wireless devices (2 Tivos and a PS3) is also excellent... 90%+.

I gave a rating of 4 stars for 2 reasons:

1. The connection to both of my Tivos dropped unexpectedly. They lost the address that had been asigned. Re-setup was fairly painless, but I've had issues like this with Linksys hardware before (back in the B days) which is why I went with Buffalo equipment. I had my Buffalo G router for 5 years and didn't have to reset it once. Not once. Seeing the Tivos lose their addresses is a little disconcerting.

2. Setup with the provided CD was almost problem-free, but not quite. It wasn't able to detect my internet connection. I proceeded with the rest of the set up, and it seemed to go fine. I tried to access the web-based setup, but for some reason it didn't recognize my new admin password. After using admin/admin, I was able to gain access, and all of my other settings (SSID name, password, etc.) were in place. Re-doing the admin password in the web-based set up worked. After shutting down the computer, and power-cycling the router and cable modem, everything worked fine.

I set up the QoS option for my VOIP phone, and it seems to work fine; no problems anyway.

I will return in 30 days. If the Tivos have maintained their connection and no other problems arise, I would consider this a 5-star product. Stay tuned.

-----UPDATE: 8/7/08-----

I've had the router for a little over a month now. I went out of town for about a week, and when I returned I had to reboot the router to get it working. I'm not sure what may have caused the issue (power outage perhaps) so I won't hold it against the router. It hasn't dropped any connections, and works well. It detects my 2 Tivos, PS3 and laptop with no problems, and signal strength is excellent. I'm not sure what to attribute other people's problems to, but for me it has worked well. I would give the product 5 stars at this point.

This unit performed beyond expectation; I'm writing this on an inexpensive laptop some 50 feet from the transmitter. Setup was unexpectedly simple, thanks to genuinely helpful and instructive step-by-step clearly illustrated guidance (in actual English) from the installation CD. Worked the first time around.

Not so good is the companion dual-band USB receiver that is virtually useless with desktops. Don't be fooled by the glowing picture on the box of all-around the house reception. This unit works best with laptops having builtin WiFi capability.

Worth noting (and not clearly indicated) is that setup is for Windows machines only. Mac users are out of luck. On-line help is an atrocious 'Catch-22' with no way of email interaction with tech help [try asking for help setting up a Mac]. Overall, an outstanding Windows router - fully deserving of PCWorld's top ranking.

I set this up for my father-in-law and the WRT600N worked great once we learned to "unbridge" the DSL modem from AT&T. Once this was accomplished, the rest of the setup went very smoothly. This is the second Linksys wireless router I've purchased and I am very pleased with their performance. On this model, I believe they changed the TCIP address of the router to 192.168.1.0 vs the 192.168.1.1 address of my WRT330N router...not a "biggie" but took a little research to locate. I was also able to easily setup his USB backup drive off of the router so it could be used as network storage. He was pleased with this feature and now has an easy place to backup all of his important documents, music, and pictures. All in all it is a great product.

I've had this router for sometime. I like the fact that it has gigabit ethernet ports and a usb port for hard drives, but can't use it because the firmware is buggy. It hasn't been a disappointment so far. I have had page loading faster with this router than others. Video streaming isn't interrupted as it was with my old but reliable wrt54gs. The two radios is a plus for those of us than want to take advantage of it. I don't know if it's me, but this router didn't come with the vertical stand. Is this something linksys is holding out on? In the 5 ghz radio I get lower signal than in the 2.5 ghz radio. All in all, this router has been great. I think it needs improvement, but a simple final n firmware should fix it.

This device comes with a disk that is supposed to help you go through the setup. It refused to believe that the router was properly connected. I did get a very nice person at Linksys that got me through the basic set up. From there it all worked very well.
The speed of the N band is incredible. I have a laptop setup for N in the 5 gig band. I've run some of the standard bandwidth tests (CNet most of the time). The laptop tests at about 90% of the speed the desktop gets. Sometimes better than 95%. They are on different floors.
I was able to get the USB port to work, I've seen clearer instructions but I muddled through.
I would have given it 5 stars if the supplied program had worked.

Supports the DD-WRT firmware. Using that firmware, I've had none of the problems I normally have from any other router (especially those absolutely awful ISP-provided routers). 'Nuff said. Works for me.

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