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Review of the Linksys Wireless N-Gigabit Router WRT350N.

April 7, 2007

***Edit on December 28, 2007***

The router decided to stop playing nice with my cable modem tonight.  Took my whole system down for several hours.  That’s it, Linksys.  We’re through.  I bought a Netgear router tonight.

***Edit on July 2, 2007***

Linksys sent me another router and it’s working great.

***Edit on June 7, 2007 **

I got my case number to return the router. That’s what I wanted, so I’m happy.

***Edit on June 4, 2007***

Over the last few days, the router hasn’t been able to hold a connection, either wirelessly or wired. Thankfully, I kept my aged Wireless B router. I switched back and I haven’t had any problems. Now I get to see what Linksys’ return/RMA procedure is like.

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I’ve been meaning to write this for some time, but as always blog posts take a second place to real life. I haven’t even sent in my rebate for the router yet. It’s probably too late as I bought it in February.

I’ve had this router for two months. My old wireless B router started to get flaky so I took the plunge. At first, I had a little trouble. This router is packed with features. While Linksys makes things simple, it did take me a little time to get it running. When I turned to the internet for help, I gasped at the negative press the router had received at its launch. I wondered if I had made a bad choice. I bought my last router four years ago. I don’t plan on buying another one any time soon. I got some help on Linksys Community Forum. I would recommend this forum as a good resource for Linksys users.

To my relief, the WRT350N has been fine. I got everything hooked up including an external drive. It has been fast and reliable. I use it to link about 7 computers via Cat5 cable and 3 computers via wireless. It also serves two TiVos. One of the TiVos has no problems whatsoever. The other one, sadly, loses its connection all the time and I have to manually reset it every two weeks. I haven’t figured out what the deal is with that yet. Finally, it supports my phone service as we use Vonage (and I sincerely hope we’ll be able to keep doing that).

It also lets you create an FTP server with the external hard drive. I’ve not tried that yet. There is a media server function as well, but I would probably just use something else that I’m more familiar with. While I am a gamer, I haven’t had to use any of the port forwarding features. I don’t really game with other people much. I’m a solitary gamer.

I haven’t tested the wireless N capability at all. I plan on moving my flagship PC upstairs soon, so that will change. I’m not going to run Cat5 all over my house. In theory, the wireless N will give me essentially the same speed as the 10/100 wired computers that I have now. I think that probably deserves a big “we’ll see.”

I haven’t tested the gigabit wired speed yet either. My best two machines have gigabit nics but the room where I use them has a 16 port switch that’s 10/100. I need to replace that switch with a gigabit switch. It’s on my list of things to do by 2008.

If you want the specs on this router, download them here.

In short, I have to give this router high marks. It’s been doing it’s job with no input from me. That’s what you want in a router IMHO, turn it on and forget about it.

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