Rosewill T600N Dual-Band Gigabit Router
|Rosewill T600N Dual-Band Gigabit Router|
|Features and Specifications|
|Web Interface Setup|
|Testing and Conclusion|
Today we are looking at the Rosewill T600N Dual-Band Gigabit Router. We've looked at quite a few routers over the years from Linksys, D-Link and Trendnet, but this is the first one we've looked at from Rosewill. In fact, Rosewill is pretty new in the networking market so it will be interesting to see what they have to offer. I found it interesting to see that this budget router ($59.99) has pretty much the same feature set that $159.99 routers did last year from vendors such as Linksys and D-Link. As we carry on through this review, we'll take a look and see what Rosewill has to offer and in the end put it up against a few other networking products in a head-to-head race.
If you've shopped at Newegg, you'll be familiar with the Rosewill name. They make some pretty decent products at great prices and today we'll find out how well they can manage wireless and wired networking.
There's not a lot you can do with the box of a router to make it appear fancy without being cheesy. It is a piece of networking hardware after all. Rosewill decided to go with an understated professional look that works. Included in the box is the standard setup CD, the power cord, a short Ethernet cable, a pair of hi-gain antennae and a quick install guide. It doesn't get you very excited, but it does have everything you need to get the job done. The hi-gain antennae are a nice touch that helps them get good range without a ton of transmit power.
The overall appearance of the T600N is a bit reminiscent of a Trendnet router. I'm not picking on anyone here, but the sleek front, top and sides are totally ruined by the ultra-bright LAN ports in the back. The truth is that no one will be checking out the back of your router, but these mega-bright ports do take away from the overall excellent finish of the product. Keep in mind that beauty is only skin deep and this certainly won't affect the overall score.
I noticed as I looked at this router that there is quite a bit of ventilation on the router. This should help with passive airflow and hopefully will keep the router cool enough under a heavy load to keep it stable. You can see around the entire outside edge at the top that it has small vents. There are larger vents on the bottom at the sides.
Once you get the antennae strapped on this router looks a little more impressive. It also gives you an idea about the size of these hi-gain units as well.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of the T600N from Rosewill before we fire it up, take a look at the interface and then jump into testing.
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