The Good Superior wireless performance; easy to install; excellent security options; wireless bridge support; parental controls.
The Bad Short, one-year warranty; makes you hunt for some configuration settings.
The Bottom Line Dell's new 802.11g router is fast and easy to use, and it has all the right features for wireless home networking.
Dell Wireless 2300 router
Editors' note: The rating and/or Editors' Choice designation for this product has been altered since the review's original publication. The reason for this is simply the general improvement of technology over time. In order to keep our ratings fair and accurate, it's sometimes necessary to downgrade the ratings of older products relative to those of newer products.
Dell's Wireless 2300 broadband router offers superior performance and a well-rounded feature set suited for the home user. Windows 2000 and XP users, as well as novices, will like the streamlined installation, which nearly runs itself (other operating systems are supported, but not as seamlessly). The Wireless 2300 supports both 802.11b and 802.11g and touts an excellent array of security options, including WPA, WEP, SSID blocking, stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, and parental controls. You can also link the router to two additional Wireless 2300 routers to increase your 802.11g coverage area. This is the most polished 802.11g router we have seen to date.
The initial setup of the Wireless 2300 is simple and quick, especially for those with Windows 2000 or XP systems. Inserting the accompanying CD starts the Setup Wizard. After a quick scan of your network, the Setup Wizard automatically configures the settings for both your computer and the Wireless 2300. With the Setup Wizard making all of the networking changes for us, we connected quickly and were surfing within just a few minutes. The process takes a bit longer with other OSs, but the included user guide walks you through the process.