Linksys WRT160N review: Linksys WRT160N

Apart from , it also has an SPI firewall that you can turn on or off, or further customize with different options.

Performance
The WRT160N's performance met our expectation for a single-band Wireless-N router.

On our throughput test, where the router was set to offer the best possible performance, it achieved 40.3Mbps, just a little slower than the 45.3Mbps of the WRT320 and a bit faster than the 40.1Mbps of the WRT400N. At this speed the WRT160N would take about 99 seconds to finish transmitting 500MB of data over its wireless network.

On our range test, where the router was 100 feet away from the client, it got 36.8Mbps, which was faster than the WRT320N and about the same as the WRT400N.

In mixed mode, the WRT160N remained at 36.7Mbps. The mixed-mode test was done with the router set to work with both Wireless-N and legacy Wireless-G simultaneously.

We noticed that the WRT160N, like most of Linksys' recent routers, offer consistent performance with small degradation over range and mixed mode, which is impressive. The Belkin N+, for example, has a faster throughput speed of 55.4Mbps, but its range speed reduced by nearly half to 29.4Mbps.

CNET Labs 2.4Ghz Wireless-N performance score
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed mode  
Range  
Throughput  
D-Link DIR-825
55.04 
40.4 
57.44 
Belkin N+ Wireless Router
36.16 
29.44 
55.44 
Linksys WRT320N
40.8 
32.6 
45.3 
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
35.2 
21.12 
40.6 
Linksys WRT160N
36.7 
36.8 
40.3 
Linksys WRT400N
38.2 
37.4 
40.1 
Linksys WRT610n
27.04 
28.8 
35.76 
Apple Time Capsule
20 
20.3 
32.2 

We were also satisfied with the WRT160N's 270-foot range in our testing facility, which is not range optimized. In the real world, depending on your location, you might get even longer range.

Service and support
Like with its other new routers, Linksys backs the WRT160N with a one-year limited warranty. This is short but standard for most routers on the market. Linksys' toll-free phone support is available 24-7, as is online chat with a support representative. Linksys' Web site includes software, drivers, firmware downloads, as well as an FAQ section.

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  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Weight 9.9 oz