Since we are reviewing the Linksys E3000 wireless-N router, it's time to take a brief look at the main reason that this router is the flagship model - the media server.
The specifications of the E2000 and E3000 are essentially the same, but the big add-on to the E3000 toolbox is the fact it can act as a UPnP media server.
The idea is that we can connect an external USB hard drive to the USB port on the rear of the router. We can then specify a media share folder(s) on the hard drive in which we can store video, audio and picture files.
Once we have the setup configured, then any UPnP compliant device on the network will be able to find and play these media files. Such devices are the Xbox and PlayStation3 games consoles.
I tested the E3000 media server with Kodi media player software - and through Kodi I had no problems finding and playing various media files from the USB hard drive across my LAN.
There is one thing that is worth pointing out at this stage. The USB port on the back of the router can only be used for a UPnP media server hard drive - it does not function as a print server to add your printer to the network.
Just be clear on what you actually need from your Linksys E-series router before you buy one. If you don't need the media server functionality - maybe you are already using another method to stream video around your network - then you can save some money and buy the E2000.
However, if you need this extra feature then it could be a useful tool to help build your home entertainment network.
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