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Linksys E3000 wireless-N router review
- Introduction

Introduction

The Linksys E3000 Wireless-N router is the flagship model in the new E-Series range.

It incorporates dual-band wireless-N technology at 2.4 and 5 GHz to provide some of the fastest wireless connection speeds available, has four gigabit ethernet ports for transferring data at high speeds over wired connections, and also provides a USB port to attach an external hard drive - effectively making this router a media server too.

Linksys E3000 Wireless-N RouterLinksys E3000 Wireless-N Router

The other models in the range are:

  • E1000 - wireless-N with four 10/100 ethernet ports
  • E2000 - dual-band wireless-N with four 10/100/1000 ethernet ports

Now, you may be wondering why you are browsing a website dedicated to home cinema technology and are reading a review of a wireless router.

Well, these days home cinema technology and home networking products go hand-in-hand like two young lovers on a Paris spring afternoon.

It is hard to find a new AV product that is not 'internet-ready'. From flat screen TVs to AV receivers to Blu-ray players - they are all either designed to connect to the internet for additional content and software upgrades - or they allow you to access audio and video content stored on your home network.

Linksys E3000 Router Rear ConnectionsLinksys E3000 Router Rear Connections

While all this new technology is great, it means that we have to figure out the best way to get our internet connection networked throughout the home. And that is often easier said than done.

Yes, that's right, even an AV enthusiast needs to understand a little about networking, IP addresses, DHCP and default gateways.

In fact, I'm thinking of changing the name of this website to The Home Cinema Geek.com!

Now, wireless networks are often one of the easiest ways of making your home network and internet connection available around your home, but they can also be a source of frustration when it comes to streaming high-resolution video. You often just get an unwatchable mess of freeze-frames and pixelated images.

The reason for this is that wireless networks can struggle to provide a reliable connection with a fast-enough data rate to enable the successful playback of audio and video data. Because of this, many people still have to rely on a wired solution as this is the only way to provide a fast enough connection.

The promise of wireless-N technology is that it will provide lightning-fast 300 Mbps data rates - which would be more than enough to stream high-definition 1080p video. This is compared to the maximum data rate of 54 Mbps of the previous wireless-G standard.

So lets take a close look at the Linksys E3000 wireless-N router, and see if it solves all of our audio and video streaming problems.

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