Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Lynksys X3000 & E1200 Routers

Two products from Linksys today for a quick overview! The X3000 and the E1200. One is your full fledged modem router and wireless unit while the other offers strictly wireless functionality.

First up the X3000, let's take a look at it's spec sheet:
Model: Linksys X3000
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: 2.4 GHz
Transmit/receive: 2 x 2
Antennas: 2 internal
4 x Gigabit LAN
1 x Ethernet WAN
1 x DSL
1 x USB StorageLink
Package contents:
  • Linksys X3000 Advanced Wireless-N ADSL2+ Modem Router
  • Quick start guide
  • CD-ROM with setup software and resources
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter

Looking at its features we have a built-in modem supporting standard DSL connections and the ability to connect your Cable modem via Ethernet if need be. You get full 300mbps wireless speeds on the 2.4GHz band which allows for great coverage. One of the things that excite me about this router is the 4 Gigabit ports. Not all modem/routers come with Gigabit support, so when one comes along its a pretty big feature to have. Gigabit will give you much higher wired speeds between computers and even network storage drives. The USB port on the unit is ready to support your USB drive to share over the network, which makes it handy with the built-in Media Server capabilities. With the media server enabled you can use your media players (PS3/ XBox) to browse through the contents of the USB drive and stream wirelessly!

The packaging on the X3000 is remarkably simply. Once you open the box the unit is just sitting there with a bit of protection hovering over it. The design resembles a lot of Linksys's past models like WAG series. Overall, it looks like it could be a solid piece of networking device aimed at all-round to high end users.

Next is the E1200 wireless-n router!

Model: Linksys E1200
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: 2.4 GHz
Transmit / receive: 2 x 2
Antennas: 2 internal
Ethernet ports x speed: 4 x Ethernet
Package Contents:
  • Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router
  • Quick start guide
  • CD-ROM with setup software and resources
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter

The E1200 is a basic Wireless-N router, giving you the ability to connect multiple computers and devices to your network and giving you high speed wireless access. The router is extremely easy to setup and start sharing your internet across the house or business wirelessly. The unit itself is packaged much similarly to the X3000. Once you open the package you'll find it just sitting there. The unit does look nice and shiny and modern but is an absolute smudge and finger print magnet!
So if you need to share your internet wirelessly and got a crappy unit from your ISP, the E1200 could be a good solution for your wireless plans!

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