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Review: Linksys Wireless G Router with SRX200

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Linksys Wireless G with SRX200

Having been an early adopter of the original Wireless-g offering from Linksys, I was interested in whet their newest product would add. The ease of setup and realtive low cost made the original version a winner.

From NewsFactor.com, “When the wireless revolution hit, Linksys was among the first to create an effective wireless networking kit that was a snap to set up. The company has continued this tradition with a new MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) router, called the Wireless-G Router with SRX200.

The unit is small and sleek, making it fit well with almost any home or office decor. Two antennas on top of the device serve up the 802.11b/g wireless signal, while a four-port switch connects any Ethernet-based computer to the network.

Installing and configuring the router is a walk in the park. The Linksys software program offers easy-to-follow instructions. Simply click the “next” button a few times and your network is complete.

The router employs the new MIMO technology, which uses multiple antennas to increase signal range while doubling transfer rates. While MIMO technology has limitations, it actually bounces signals around to enhance the range of the wireless networks, even, to a certain extent, making the signal stronger the further your device is from the router.

In addition to the MIMO and set-up features, you also can expect to find the typical set of features in this Linksys unit. The broadband router comes with a built-in firewall, can serve as a DHCP server, and includes several kinds of encryption .

Altogether, this router represents everything a home or office might need from a wireless hub, and it performs as well as its advertising claims, with an average ping rate of less than 1 millisecond and an average transfer rate at slightly under 40 Mbps. While some routers can achieve numbers like these under optimal conditions, the Linksys device did it consistently in not-so-accommodating environments. We also came away impressed by the range, getting a strong signal even 160 feet from the device.

For those looking for a high-performance MIMO router, the $140 device is worth every penny. But some users might find this piece of equipment to be much more than they need.

For those who want to network two computers and are not interested in an ultrafast connection or the increased range offered by this router, a less expensive $70 router from Linksys or any other manufacturer might do just fine. On the other hand, performance-minded shoppers will be very happy with the new Linksys MIMO router.

Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router with SRX200

Specs: Internet-sharing router with a four-port switch and 802.11b/g capabilities.

Pros: Impressive throughput and range; easy setup.

Cons: Premium price for premium performance.

Verdict: For those who want to network two computers and are not interested in an ultrafast connection or the increased range offered by this router, a less expensive $70 router from Linksys or any other manufacturer might do just fine. On the other hand, performance-minded shoppers will be very happy with the new Linksys MIMO router. Great for speed junkies. ”

Posted by Jeff

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