Linksys® WRT160N Broadband Router
The Linksys WRT160N Broadband Router comes in a compact and sleek design. It supports an easy-to-use web interface and offers a good set of networking features. It has a wireless access point, a 4-point Ethernet connection and a router to link all the systems together. It features an encrypted wireless signal designed to protect the Internet connection from outside intrusion. The elaborate content filtering system called 'Access Restrictions' allows the user to restrict the Internet access of particular networked computers.
The Linksys WRT160N router sports an aesthetically pleasing sleek, flat, UFO-shaped chassis. The antennas are internal that makes it more compact. On the back it has four network ports which are confined at 100 Mbps. The WRT160N comes with Linksys’ Easylink Advisor software for both PC and Mac. The software is well designed and well thought out so that even the most novices of users can follow.
The Linksys WRT160N router is a MIMO device with a difference- instead of three identical antennae. The router has two plus a large paddle-shaped antenna between them, which would give the user hours of twiddling fun. It has a standard RJ-45 port-so the user will need an external cable or ADSL modem. It also has a very full feature list, which includes an SPI Firewall, a DHCP server DMZ and VPN pass-through, and WPA2 security. The desktop software of the router offers some original post set-up features like the capability to see a map of all the clients connected to the network and the capability to manage them in real-time.
FIVE –Â Wireless-N Technology
The router has an access point which uses the Wireless Networking technology (Wireless N).The speed of Wireless N technology is much faster when compared to any other technology because using Wireless N on both the ends of the wireless network, double the number of radio bands can be used leading to its increased speed. The speed of wireless N makes it perfect for applications like streaming video, gaming, etc. and gives plenty of space to run multiple media-intense data streams through the network simultaneously with no degradation in performance.
FOUR –Â Four-Wired 10/100 Full Duplex Ports
The Linksys WRT160N Brooadband router has a built-in four wired 10/100 full duplex port. These four Ethernet ports help the user to connect to other Ethernet devices which are wired. The Ethernet ports present at the back panel of the router are used to connect the router to the PCs which are on the wired network and also to other Ethernet connected devices.
THREE –Â 256-Bit Wireless Encryption
All the wireless transmissions are encoded with 256-bit encryption to help the user for protecting data and privacy. It can serve as the network’s DHCP server, and has a powerful SPI firewall to protect the PC against intruders and most common Internet threats and supports VPN pass-through. Configuration is a snap with the web-browser-based configuration utility.
TWO –Â Uses MIMO Technology
MIMO (Multiple Inputs, Multiple Outputs) is an antenna technology for wireless communication in which multiple antennas are used at both the transmitter side and receiver side which can effectively eliminate the problem caused by multipath wave propagation. By overlaying the signals of multiple radios, Wireless-N’s MIMO technology multiplies the effective data rate. MIMO uses the signal reflections to increase the range and reduce the dead spots in the wireless coverage area.
ONE – Â Built in Firewall
A wireless router allows the user to connect several computers to the network through wireless access points instead of using cables or wires. It is recommended to have a firewall in order to prevent intruders. Linksys WRT160N Broadband router has a built in firewall to provide security and privacy. Wireless routers with good firewall configuration settings are generally preferred.
The Linksys WRT160N Broadband Router provides an easy way for web interfacing. The utilization of MIMO technology by the access points allows the router to use double the radio bands thereby providing robust signals which can travel farther without much loss.