Linksys WRT110 RangePlus Wireless Router review: Linksys WRT110 RangePlus Wireless Router

The WRT110 uses similar Web interface to previous models, but we noticed improved responsiveness and a few new features including an Application and Gaming tab that allows for setting up ports to support special applications and network services. The WRT110 also supports all available wireless encryption from WEP to WPA and WPA2, as well as Remote Authentication Dial In User Service. As with most other routers from Linksys, the WRT110 supports VPN pass-through and access restriction. It is also the first budget router from Linksys that offers Wi-Fi Protected Setup.

Performance
We stopped testing 802.11b and .11g routers (basically, any non-Draft N router) at the beginning of the year, but we made an exception for this WRT110 because of its promise to deliver near Draft N throughput. We tested the Linksys RangePlus WRT110 the same way we test Wireless-N routers. Considering this is a predetermined unfair comparison, the WRT110 did very well.

On our max throughput test, at 46.2Mbps, the WRT110 trailed behind recent Draft N routers we've tested by 40 percent to 46 percent. It was even a little slower than the pokey LevelOne WBR-6000 N-One. In mixed mode testing, however, where the router is forced to work with multiple wireless standards, the WRT110 saw only a slight dip in throughput to 41.3Mbps, which far exceeded the LevelOne N-One's score of 23.9Mbps and trailed only slightly behind Draft N routers from SMC and D-Link. At 68Mbps, the Edimax BR-6504N is still the mixed mode speed king, and came very close to the rest of the Draft N routers. It did even better in range test registering 14.5Mbps, which is impressively faster than the Edimax BR-6504N nMax.

It's worth noting that the WRT110's performance--when compared with that of older 802.11g routers we've tested--is excellent and roughly twice as fast as the fastest ones, such as the Netgear WGR614 . On average, 802.11g routers scored roughly 20Mbps and 8Mbps on our max throughput and mixed-mode tests, respectively.

The WRT110 offers excellent range--on par with Draft N adapters. We were able to get its signal from more than 250 feet away. The range reduced with Wireless-G adapters, we never got a signal at more than 190 feet. Our testing environment is not range-optimized, so in real life the WRT110 may offer better range.

Service and support
Linksys backs the WRT110 with a one-year warranty, which is disappointing, since it backs some others, such as the slow WRT300N, with a generous three-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is available 24-7, as is online chat with a support representative. Linksys' Web site includes software, drivers, and firmware downloads as well as a FAQ section.

Ixia IxChariot maximum throughput tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Weight 11.8 oz