Rosewill T600N Dual-Band Gigabit Router - Testing and Conclusion

Article Index
Rosewill T600N Dual-Band Gigabit Router
Features and Specifications
Web Interface Setup
Testing and Conclusion

Network Performance:

As far as performance goes, we fired up iperf to do a little benchmarking on this router.  Iperf results show bandwidth that the network is actually capable of.  In the real world, you won't see wired transfer rates approaching 1000mpbs because hard drives are barely fast enough to read and write at this speed.  Also, CPU overhead becomes an issue when transferring this much data.  We use iperf with confidence as it shows how good the network hardware actually is and if it can perform anywhere close to its rated specs.

Network Speed

 

For reference we have compared the T600N to the Trendnet TEW-691GR & TEW-672GT as well as the Linksys WRT610N, E4200 and D-Link DGL-4500 & DIR-655.  While some of the wireless adapters have changed over the years, we have been using the current equivalents throughout these tests to keep everything as close to realistic as possible.

We ran through several instances of iperf and each instance transferred data for 5 minutes.  The results were averaged are displayed above.  As you can see the T600N has a very strong showing and takes the wireless crown away from the TEW-691GR.  While the wired performance of most of these products is within a couple of percent, the wireless performance is what is really starting to set some of these products apart.  That being said, I was a bit disappointed with the wired performance of this router as it didnt' quite make the magic 900+ Mbps peak.  It falls slightly behind our previously-slowest router - the DIR-655 from D-Link.

In the end, any of these routers will get the job done, but if you're looking for a super-fast 5GHz capable router, the T600N is a bargain at $60.

 

Final Thoughts:

Overall the T600N from Rosewill is a very decent product from this company that is starting to get into the network business.  This is currently their flagship product and at $60 it's hard not to notice.  Most consumers are looking for a router than gets the job done - regardless of features.  The Rosewill T600N not only gets the job done, it gets it done rather quickly.  I've had no issues with stability and performance with this router throughout the weeks we've had it around the office.

As far as performance goes, it's a bit of a mixed bag.  The wireless performance is top notch and is the fastest 802.11n router we've had on the bench.  With that being said, the wired performance was not quite up to what we've come to expect from Gigabit networking products over the past few years.

The T660N doesn't come with a lot of extras, but it's a router and we don't really expect much.  There are quite a few other routers on the market priced right around $100 that come with a USB port for print serving, USB drive sharing and more, but they left this out of the $60 model.  Still, the hi-gain antennae bring some extra value to the router bundle.

The setup of the router is a snap thanks to the modules that it saves and restarts instead of rebooting the entire router.  It's pretty obvious that this router runs a version of Linux and it does work well.  The interface is snappy and doesn't lag at all.  I'm very impressed with how fast this non-pretty interface loads.  The interface isn't fancy at all and I don't think that's a bad thing.  How much time do you really spend inside the router setting it up?  That's right.  Not much time at all.

The best part about this router is that you can buy it online for $60.  That makes it a great value for the performance - and one of the best value-priced, mid-range featured routers we've looked at - ever.  When spending $60 on a router you usually don't expect much, but Rosewill has delivered a lot more than we expected.

Pros:

  • Quick and speedy software interface
  • Stellar wirless performance
  • Dual-Band wireless with separate configuration
  • Excellent wireless performance
  • Four SSIDs per band
  • Excellent price

 

Cons:

  • Mediocre wired performance

BCCRating

Gold

 

I'd like to thank Rosewill for sending us up the T600N router.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please leave it in the forum at the link below.