Linksys WRT610N Dual Band 802.11n Gigabit Router - Linksys WRT610N Web Interface

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

Web Interface & Setup:

Most of the router setup is pretty straight forward and there isn't much use me stating the obvious.  I've included quite a few screenshots of some of the more advanced features as well.  Things like Advanced Routing, Virtual Servers, Independent Dual Band Wireless Setup, Access Control and more.  As I mentioned, most of it is pretty simple so make sure you take time to click through the screenshots in the gallery so you can understand what makes the WRT610N tick.

Basic Setup
Basic Setup
Advanced Routing
Advanced Routing

 

The WRT610N supports the typical WAN connections such as static, DHCP and PPPoE to name a few.  This router comes set to a typical 192.168.1.x range and if you already use this range, it should be an easy swap-out and upgrade.  I say upgrade as there are not many routers that can equal the speed and features of this unit.

 

Wireless Features:

One thing the I really like about the WRT610N is the dual-band wireless.  It basically is capable of operating two entirely separate wireless networks - one running 802.11b/g on the 2.4GHz band with a distinct SSID, encryption, and channel and the other operating the 802.11a/n on the 5GHz band.  Below are some of the settings and features available.

 Dual Wireless Setup
Dual Wireless Setup
Dual Wireless Security
Dual Wireless Security
   
 MAC Filter
MAC Filter
 Dual Advanced Wireless
Dual Advanced Wireless



Advanced Settings:

As we head into the advanced settings, I'll remind you to take a look at the gallery and click your way through these images here as we'll over cover a few below.  One of the most interesting and handy features of this router is the USB attached storage and how it serves files; both media files and ftp access.  You'll need to create users and groups which is a very simple process, then simply give read only or read/write permissions to different parts of your connected drive.  You can either share existing directories on your drive or create new shares.  I used a 160GB drive that was formatted to the NTFS file system with no issues.

 Storage Server
Storage Server
Media Server
Media Server
   
 FTP Server
FTP Server
 Server Admin
Server Admin

 

The last few screenshots we'll look at before we jump into testing have to do with port forwarding and Quality of Service.  These are pretty standard as well, so I'll let them explain themselves.

 Port Forwarding
Port Forwarding
QoS
QoS

 

One thing I noticed that the WRT610N has is a network speed measurement in order for it to determine what kind of bandwidth it can allow for external applications.  The D-Link DGL-4x00 series measures internet speed so that it can scale the Quality of Service settings accordingly.  We'll see in the testing section on the next page if this in fact has an impact on performance.

On the last age we'll take a look at how this router performs in terms of network throughput.