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Linksys draft-N 9x vs 12x

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by jhowarth, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. jhowarth

    jhowarth Network Guru Member

    I noticed that the WRT-300N and WRT-350N draft-N wireless routers claim to be 12x the speed and 4x the range of G class routers. The newer WRT-150N draft-N router (which uses the Broadcom Intensi Fi chipset) only claims to be 9x faster and 3x the range of G class routers. Interestingly, the reviews for the WRT-300N seem rather negative whereas the C/NET review for the WRT-150N seemed rather positive. Am I correct in assuming that Linksys overpromised for the WRT-300N and WRT-350N routers and now is using more conservative and realistic numbers?
  2. jhowarth

    jhowarth Network Guru Member

    To answer my own question, I believe I have puzzled out the answer. The WRT-150N is a 2.4 GHz only device whereas the WRT-3x0N series are 2.4/5.0 GHz devices. I still think the WRT-150N might be a slightly safer bet since it appears to be using a very recent N wireless chipset. It is unclear if the WRT-300N routers sold in the US are still using their original chipsets or if they have been revised yet like those in Europe.
    One other thing that is yet odd. I don't understand why Linksys hides the fact that the WRT-3x0N routers support 5 GHz. This feature is not mentioned in either the specification sheet or in the user guide (which refers to it as a 2.4 GHz device). Weird.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    afaik it is a 2.4Ghz device. the only draftN device with 802.11a (5Ghz) will be the WRT600N.

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