Review: CISCO LINKSYS E3000

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Review: CISCO LINKSYS E3000

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.

CISCO LINKSYS E3000
3 6
Verdict
An attractive router with some good features, but not the best when it comes to performance.
Overall
Specs
$163 AUD
• CISCO
This review appeared in the Jan, 2012 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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