Review: CISCO LINKSYS E3000

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Overall:

An attractive router with some good features, but not the best when it comes to performance.

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$163 AUD
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An attractive router with some good features, but not the best when it comes to performance.


On the face of it, the E3000 looks to have all the bases covered.

It’s a dual-band router that can maintain concurrent 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, it has four Gigabit Ethernet ports and it also has a USB port that allows you to share FAT32- and NTFS-formatted thumb drives and hard disks over a network. 

Plus, it looks great. We’ve never been big fans of the spartan Linksys web interface, however, and nothing has changed here – it’s the same as it always has been.

In performance terms, it’s nothing special. At close range over 2.4GHz, its 9.6MB/sec average speed placed it ninth in the rankings this month, and long-range performance was poor in both frequency bands. The only real bright spot for the E3000 was close-up 5GHz performance, which was fourth fastest overall.

Other than that, though, this is a disappointing and relatively expensive router.

 
 

This Review appeared in the Jan, 2012 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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