Vizio XWR100 dual-band wireless router review: Vizio XWR100 dual-band wireless router

Similarly, the Router part allows access to the router's settings, such as its default IP address, firewall, and so on. And the Wireless part is where you can customize the above-mentioned wireless networks. Here you can also turn on the third network to use for guests or to host legacy slow clients.

In all, we found the interface intuitive and responsive. It also includes most of the basic features. However, it doesn't allow for in-depth configuration. Apart from enabling or disabling the optimization for video streaming, basically the Quality of Service features, you can't do anything else such as optimizing the Internet connection for VoIP or gaming applications and so on. You can't change any of the router's network storage features, either.

The router can host any USB external hard drive formatted in FAT 32 and NTFS. It can, however, only read NTFS drives, meaning network computers can only read data from the connected drives without making any changes. This is a huge drawback; most external hard drives are formatted in NTFS file system, which has much better support for large storage capacity and file sizes.

Once connected, the entire external drive's content will be shared via a public share folder called "default." All computers in the network will have the same access to it. There's no way to restrict the access of any computers to the drive. The router can also stream digital media stored on the external hard drive to DLNA-compliant players; again, though, we couldn't figure out how to customize the way this feature works.

For what it's worth, we like the amount of features and the nice Web interface the Vizio XWR100 offers. While networking enthusiasts might see it as a little lacking, general consumers will find it much less intimidating to deal with than other routers.

Performance
The XWR100's performance met our expectations. We tested the router in both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, and the scores were as follows.

In the 5GHz band, the router scored 56.8Mbps in the close-range test, which was slowest on our charts, but the router is also by far the most affordable of those compared on the charts. This is still fast and transmitted 500MB of data in less than 70 seconds. In the long-range test, it did comparatively better at 41.8Mbps, beating the Netgear WNDR 3700 and the D-Link DIR-825.

In tests with the 2.4GHz band, the router did significantly better with 38.2Mbps, 32.8Mbps, and 22.4Mbps for close-range, long-range, and mixed-mode tests, respectively. The mixed-mode test is when the router is set to work with devices of different wireless standards, including N, G, and B at a time.

The XWR100 was absolutely excellent when it came to range and signal stability. The router held a steady connection up to 300 feet away in our testing facility, which is among the longest distances we've seen. It passed our 48-hour stress test, during which time it was set to transfer a large amount of data between wireless clients, with ease and didn't disconnect once.

On the other hand, like all other routers with a built-in network storage function, the XWR100 won't impress anybody with its storage throughput. We tested this function via network cable, with a few different external hard drives, and the scores were consistently around 36Mbps for writing and 60Mbps for reading, which is comparatively acceptable. At these rates, the router can handle light file sharing (such as office documents) and media streaming (such as music and photos). If you're serious about network storage, we'd recommend getting a dedicated NAS server.

CNET Labs 2.4GHz Wireless-N performance score (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed Mode  
Range  
Throughput  
Cisco Linksys E2000
71.3 
51.3 
74.2 
D-Link DIR-825
55.04 
40.4 
57.44 
Netgear WNDR3700
41.8 
38.6 
54.8 
Cisco Linksys E3000
35.3 
32.8 
43.5 
Vizio XWR100
22.4 
32.8 
38.2 
Belkin N+ Wireless Router
36.16 
29.44 
55.44 
Linksys WRT610n
27.04 
28.8 
35.76 
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
35.2 
21.12 
40.6 
Apple Time Capsule
20 
20.8 
32.2 
LaCie Wireless Space
48.6 
19.8 
53.4 

NAS performance scores (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
Asus TS Mini
690.3 
467.1 
WD My Book Live
529.9 
340.3 
Vebatim MediaShare
435.1 
224.4 
LG N1T1
387.5 
243.8 
LaCie Network Space 2
280.6 
146.8 
My Book World Edition
206.6 
120.1 
LaCie Wireless Space
164.7 
140.6 
QNAP TS109 Pro
152.4 
101.4 
Apple Time Capsule
114.2 
81.2 
Vizio XWR100
60 
36 
ASUS RT-N16
48.8 
46 
Netgear WNDR3700
40 
17.8 
Cisco Linksys E3000
32.2 
57.1 

Service and support
Vizio backs the XWR100 with one-year warranty, which is short but standard for most routers on the market. The company's toll-free support is available 24-7, as is online chat with a support representative. The company's Web site includes a detailed FAQ section, mostly in regard to how to set up the router with Vizio's entertainment devices.

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  • Weight 10.6 oz
  • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
  • Connectivity Technology wireless