Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router review: Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router

As with most recent routers, the WRT610N supports all available wireless-encryption standards, including WEP, WPA-personal, and WPA-Enterprise. The router allows for VPN Passthrough for all existing VPN protocols, including IPsec/ L2TP and PPTP, meaning that if you have the router at your home, you can use a VPN client to access your office via a VPN connection.

Unfortunately, WRT610N doesn't serve printers, which is disappointing. Considering its compact design, however, it has a lot more to offer than most routers.

Performance
We tested the Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router on both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz frequencies and found mixed results.

In the 5Ghz frequency tests, the router registered 101Mpbs on a close-range throughput test, which is a tad slower than the Apple Time Capsule 1TB (103.1Mbps) or the D-Link DGL-4500 (116Mbps). However, we tested both the Time Capsule and the DGL-4500 on 5Ghz only, but the WRT610N performed while running both 5Ghz and 2.4ghz frequencies at once. On our long-range test, the WRT610N, still offering signal in two frequencies, topped the 5Ghz router chart at an impressive 64.6Mbps.

Our 2.4Ghz-frequency tests told a different tale. The WRT610N registered only 53.3Mbps in close-range tests--nearly the lowest score among Draft N 2.0 routers. However, the WRT610N's signal doesn't wane over range, reaching 47.7Mbps on the long-range test, which is by far the best among 2.4Ghz routers. In a mixed-mode test where we set the router to work with both Draft N 2.0 and Wireless-G clients, the WRT610N scored about average among the routers we've reviewed, at 44.4Mbps.

The WRT610N's range varies depending on the frequency at which you use it: the router ranged about 250 feet in our 5Ghz test, which was far but not as far as its 2.4Ghz frequency range, which reached up to 270 feet. Both of these ranges are admirable, although not the longest we've seen.

Overall, we are happy with the Linksys WR610N's performance, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

Service and support
Linksys backs the WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router with a one-year, limited warranty, which is short, although the same as offered for previous models such as the WRT310N and the WRT110. Linksys' 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 (at 15 feet) (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router from D-Link (2.4Ghz)
77.0 
DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router from D-Link (5Ghz)
101.7 
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme Gaming Router (5Ghz)
116.1 
Linksys N Ultra RangePlus WRT31N (2.4Ghz)
110.6 
Apple Time Capsule (5Ghz)
103.1 
Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless WRT610N (5Ghz)
101 
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme Gaming Router (2.4Ghz)
81.9 
Apple Airport Express (5GHz)
66.5 
Apple Time Capsule (2.4Ghz)
65.1 
Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless WRT610N (2.4Ghz)
53.3 
Apple Airport Express (2.4Ghz)
52.8 

Ixia IxChariot maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N clients operating in 2.4Ghz frequency (at 15 feet) (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router from D-Link
58.5 
Linksys N Ultra RangePlus WRT31N
95.3 
Edimax BR-6504N nMax
68 
Netgear RangeMax Next WNR854T
67.5 
SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N
52.4 
Apple Time Capsule
51.5 
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme Gaming Router
50.9 
Apple Airport Express
50.5 
Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless WRT610N
44.4 

Ixia IxChariot long-range tests, throughput measured indoors at 200 feet (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router from D-Link (2.4Ghz)
66.5 
DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router from D-Link (5Ghz)
85.7 
Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless WRT610N (5Ghz)
64.6 
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme Gaming Router (5Ghz)
49.7 
Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless WRT610N (2.4Ghz)
47.7 
Apple Time Capsule (5Ghz)
42.27 
Linksys N Ultra RangePlus WRT310N (2.4Ghz)
28.8 
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme Gaming Router (2.4ghz)
27 
Apple Time Capsule (2.4Ghz)
21.36 
Apple Airport Express (5Ghz)
18.4 
Apple Airport Express (2.4Ghz)
11.7 

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Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router

Part Number: WRT610N Released: Jul. 2, 2008
MSRP: $199.99 Low Price: $233.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Jul. 2, 2008
  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Weight 15.9 oz