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.