Linksys WRT610N Dual Band 802.11n Gigabit Router - Closer Look, Features and Specs

Article Index
Linksys WRT610N Dual Band 802.11n Gigabit Router
Closer Look, Features and Specs
Linksys WRT610N Web Interface
Network Performance and Final Thoughts
 

Closer Look:

As we take a closer look at the WRT610N router we find that Linksys has done a good job of setting up this router for the average consumer.  The front of the router comes adorned with LED indicators for power, LAN connections 1-4; WAN, Wireless LAN, Internet and USB connected storage.  Most of these LEDs are pretty commonplace.  Right in the middle of all of these indicators there is a WPS setup button as is found on many other routers from Linksys and D-Link.  This makes setting up a protected network a bit easier for the networking n00b but many techs and enthusiasts will want to setup their network with custom security settings.

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Moving around to the back we get a closer look at the LAN and WAN ports as well as the handy-dandy USB port for connecting and external storage device.  Unlike the TEW-672GR from Trendnet, the Linksys unit doesn't feature a physical WLAN on/off switch and I think that this is a handy feature for those that want to quickly shut off their wireless if they are not going to be at home.  You can still log into the router and disable it through software, but a physical switch is nice as well.

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Router Rear

 


Features & Specifications:

To check out all of the features and specifications, we'll head on over to Linksys By Cisco site and pull the details from there.

Command Performance

Built for speed – optimized for media, music, movies, gaming: whatever you’re into, the Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router Delivers double the bandwidth and media-optimized performance so you can enjoy it more smoothly, with less lag, all around your home. Easy to use and setup; includes Mac setup wizard.

Double Bandwidth

Experience faster wireless connectivity with fewer interruptions with two bands of Wireless-N, today’s most advanced wireless technology. The 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands are designed to work separately yet simultaneously, so you can easily customize your ideal configuration – for example, use the 2.4 GHz band to surf, email and print while keeping the less crowded 5 GHz band free for time sensitive traffic like music, gaming and high-definition video. Built-in Media Optimized Networking technology gives time-sensitive traffic priority, so your media can run more smoothly, with fewer interruptions.

Extended Coverage

Coverage you can count on, all around your home. Wireless-N’s Multiple in, Multiple Out MIMO technology actually uses the signal reflections that confuse ordinary wireless technologies to help boost range and reduce dead spots, while its ultra-wide bandwidth greatly reduces interference from nearby wireless devices.

Gigabit Connectivity

Four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect networked storage, computers, and other devices directly to your network and access them at much faster speeds. Storage Link provides USB connectivity for hard drives and memory stick.

Advanced Security

Advanced wireless security and SPI firewall protection is designed to help safeguard your home network and computers from most Internet attacks.

 

Tech Specs

  • Model: WRT610N
  • Standards: Draft 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab
  • Ports: Power, Ethernet, Internet, USB
  • Buttons: Reset, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
  • LEDs: Power, USB, Internet, Wireless, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Ethernet (1-4)
  • Number of Antennas: 3 internal antennas per each 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz radio band
  • Detachable (y/n): No
  • Modulations: 802.11b: CCK, QPSK, BPSK; 802.11g: OFDM; 802.11a: OFDM; Wireless-N: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
  • RF Power (EIRP) in dBm:


2,4 GHz:

  • 802.11b: 16 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range
  • 802.11g: 13,5 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range
  • Wireless-N 20 MHz: 13 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range
  • Wireless-N 40 MHz: 13 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range


5 GHz:

  • 802.11a: 12,5 ± 1,5dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range
  • Wireless-N 20 MHz: 8,5 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range
  • Wireless-N 40 MHz: 11 ± 1,5 dBm Typical @ Normal Temp Range


Receive Sensitivity:
  • 2,4 GHz:
    • 11 Mbps: -86 dBm @ Typical
    • 54 Mbps: -71 dBm @ Typical
    • 130 Mbps (20 MHz): -70 dBm @ Typical
    • 270 Mbps (40 MHz): -66 dBm @ Typical
  • 5 GHz:
    • 54 Mbps: -67 dBm @ Typical
    • 130 Mbps (20 MHz): -68 dBm @ Typical
    • 270 Mbps (40 MHz): -62 dBm @ Typical


Antenna Gain in dBi:
  • 2,4 GHz: RIFA 1 & RIFA 2 & RIFA 3 = 4 dBi (Typical)
  • 5 GHz: RIFA 1 & RIFA 2 & RIFA 3 = 3,5 dBi (Typical)


  • UPnP: Supported
  • Security features: WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • Security key bits: Up to 128-bit encryption

 

On the next page we'll look at the web interface for the WRT610N and set this up for some testing.