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There's good news and bad news regarding Cisco's Linksys E3000 High Performance Wireless N Router. First, the good: the throughput performance of this router is amazing. It delivered off-the-chart performance in testing. The E3000 also offers some NAS capabilities by including a USB port and UPnP Media Server functionality. That's what brings us to the bad news: it's only a so-so when it comes to NAS functionality. We've already reviewed and liked Cisco Linksys' E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router ($119, 3 stars), which was aimed at gaming and multimedia enthusiasts. The E3000, extends the earlier router's abilities with 6 internal 2x3 antennas - double the amount in the E2000. It doesn't differ much in design from the E2000 except it's got a dark, metallic blue edging around the top of the housing. The E3000 has a USB port and an additional LED to indicate when a USB device is connected - it supports only USB storage devices. The E3000 uses the same easy connect setup found in the E2000 and the Editors Choice winning Cisco Valet Plus ($149, 4.5 stars), so I won't delve too much into it. Setup using Cisco Connect software took just minutes, as with other Cisco/Linksys routers using this same software.
Cisco’s new Linksys E-series routers look a lot like the WRT-series routers they replace, complete with the weird flying-saucer motif and internal antennas. All the new features are under the hood and in the setup software. As befits a flagship product, the E3000 is a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) router that enables you to operate two discrete wireless networks simultaneously. You can also operate a virtual guest network on the 2.4GHz band that limits clients to Internet access, isolating them from the rest of your network. We typically ignore a router’s setup software, but we’re of two minds when it comes to Cisco Connect. It’s the most foolproof tool we’ve ever used to set up a router, but it’s very fragile unless you do things exactly Cisco’s way. The utility assigns the router a unique, easy-to-remember SSID (e.g., RubyPenguin) and a complex password. Connecting additional PC clients to the network is a simple matter of using Cisco Connect to create a USB key and then plugging the key into each client. You can use Cisco Connect to change the router’s SSID or password, but doing so from within the web interface breaks Cisco Connect because the software doesn’t have this new information.
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