Hi all, I just wanted to tell you about my experiences with the new WRT300N-UK v2.0. I have been waiting to upgrade my old WRT54GS, which has been a fantastic piece of kit over the years. It's been working reliably for a very long time, with the excellent DD-WRT firmware running the show. Well, I finally got an email from a company here in the UK, telling me that they will be getting the WRT300N in stock within the next few days. So I thought about it (for 2 seconds!!!) and clicked the buy now button! I got the new router the next day, and was surprised to see that it looked different to the pictures that Iâ€™ve been seeing all over the net for the last few months. The router is a completely different colour to the older v1.0. The v2.0 has a silver lid, grey sides, and a smoked black plastic rim at the front, which has the status LED's inside, which are quite dim, I must say, about 25% of the brightness of my old WRT54GS, and quite hard to see in daylight. (This might please those that donâ€™t like to see flashing lights! Or have their router in the living room, and donâ€™t like the distraction.) The lights are quite standard for Linksys routers, they are, from left to rightâ€¦ Power, which is orange while starting up/resetting/updating the firmware. Next are the Ethernet Port Status lights which are all green, and flash rapidly when activity is occurring. Next is the Internet/Modem port status light, which is green, and flashes to show activity. The next light is Wireless activity, and the last light is for showing if you are running a secured wireless network or not. Green for secure, and orange for un-secure. One thing to note, is a round black sticker, placed over what appears to be a push button, on the top front of the router. It is labelled as â€œFor Future Useâ€, this is the same as the v1.0. Linksys still uses the same standard (power output) Linksys power adaptor, which is quite small, and very much like a Nokia mobile charger now. It's rated at 12v, 1amp output. The polarity of the connector is also the same, centre positive, so you can use your older Linksys adaptors, if you donâ€™t fancy ripping your old one out, if youâ€™re upgrading. I had the router wired up and running within 3 minutes. It was that easy! I went to the setup menu, and noticed that it was firmware version 2.00.8, and a quick check on the Linksys UK download page said they had a newer version available (v2.00.11), so I downloaded it, and upgraded. (Please note that the Linksys UK site has this firmware file listed under the WRT300N v1, there is no v2 listed on the site. It seems to be a mistake on Linksys UKâ€™s part. This v2 firmware does NOT work on the old v1 unit.) The upgrade process is still pretty much identical to my old WRT54GS router. The firmware is very good, stable, but slightly Spartan to what DD-WRT has got me used to! One thing worth mentioning is that many settings require the router to re-boot, and this takes quite some time, around 50 seconds or so. I really hope BrainSlayer makes a version of his brilliant DD-WRT for this router, as I bet he would make the most out of what seems like much improved hardware over the old WRT54GS router. The web interface is the fastest that I have ever seen from a Linksys router, I've owned 3 different ones now (WRT54G,WRT54GS,WRT300N). It is standard Linksys fare, and will be easy going for any previous Linksys owners. Linksys have implemented a DHCP reservation button in the setup, which is a fantastic idea, and makes sure that your IP address does not change under DHCP, as it locks your IP to your MAC address, and so remembers what it allocated to you when the DHCP lease expires. The WRT300N supports all modes of wireless security, includingâ€¦ WEP, PSK Personal, PSK2 Personal, PSK2 Enterprise, and Radius Encryption protocols. One thing I have to complain about is the help pages that Linksys provide inside the firmware. It is out of date, and has as many holes in it as a piece of Swiss cheese! Linksys really need to up their game in this respect, as a new router can be hard to get to know, especially if there are new features that are not explained properly, if at all! Bad or out-of-date help seems to be the way things are in the Networking firmware world! Right, on to the part where I tell you what you have been waiting for... How does it work? Well, it has been flawless! Honestly, I have not had any problems with the router at all. Not one random reset, no wired dropouts, and no wireless disconnections either. It is fair to say that I have not yet upgraded my 2 laptops, as well as my 2 wired PCâ€™s to the Wireless N Network cards, as they are not for sale at this moment in time, here in the UK. Plus, I donâ€™t like the idea of a huge PCMCIA card hanging out of the side my laptops. Iâ€™m waiting for the new MIMO Mini-PCI cards to arrive. As long as your laptop uses 2 or more antennas, then you will be able to take advantage of MIMO. If you only have one antenna, then you would be better off going with the PCMCIA version, if you want extended range and speed. I have pre-ordered the WMP300N-UK, and will update this review as soon as it arrives. I have 2 totally different laptops, one uses a Linksys PCMCIA card (WPC54GS). And a Compaq laptop, with an Intel 54G Mini PCI card in it. Both laptops connected without any configuration what so ever. I had the SSID set the same in my old router, as well as PSK2 encryption/password. So as far as the laptops are concerned, the only change is that the signal is always at 5 bars in Windows, and the rate is always 54Mbps! The range is fantastic, and totally covers my house and garden fully! MUCH stronger signal than my trusty old WRT54GS! (The front of the box says you can expect up to 4x the range, and 12x the speed, compared to the WRT54G. An interesting point to note is that Linksys claim that the older WRT54GX4 has 3x the range, and 10x the speed of a WRT54G, so anybody wondering what the difference between the WRT54GX4 and the WRT300N are, have part of the answer now.) My old GS had the DD-WRT firmware (v23 SP1) with a setting of 55mw power output, as well as a couple of upgraded 8db Linksys antennas. The WRT300N-UK does not have upgradeable antennas however, which is a very puzzling missed opportunity on Linksys's part, considering they sell antennas! This takes me to my mini rant, it has some important information for you, so please be patient and put up with me for a momentâ€¦ Right, I have been doing some homework into the Draft N products currently on the market, and it was while I was reading the whitepaper released by Atheros (the chipset inside the WRT300N-v2) and Broadcom (Which is the chipset inside the WRT300N v1), which was talking about the interoperability tests that have just been completed by these 2 companies. The test show that if you are mixing Atheros Pre-N equipment, and Broadcom based Pre-N equipment, then expect a real-world throughput of around 100-106Mbps. Now Wireless N has a top speed of 300Mbps, with a real world bandwidth figure of around half of that figure. According to Atheros, they have seen real world throughput of between 120Mbps and 170Mbps between devices based on their chipset, so as you can see, if you mix the chipsets in your network, then you are slowing your wireless network down by as much as 25%. So what I suggest is thisâ€¦ DO NOT MIX these devices if you can avoid it, as you will be creating potential problems for yourself, as well as limiting your "Pre-N" network to a maximum real-world bandwidth of 100-106Mbps! You should get much higher real-world bandwidth (120-170Mbps according to Atheros) using products all based on the SAME CHIPSET. The same applies to the V1 of the WRT300N, as its Broadcom based, then make sure you buy Broadcom based network cards. So check this with your retailer before you order! Another question most of us have, is regarding the longevity of this so called â€œDRAFT Pre-Nâ€ standard that the WRT300N uses. One thing to be said though is that this router is going to be just as fast as the final 802.11n standard, so unless you are planning to fill an office block with these routers, you have no need to worry about the final standard. I really don't think the average home user will notice or care about the possible lack of 5Ghz band, unless you live in a block of flats, with multiple wireless networks in use. Well, I hope my mini-review has given you some useful information to take away with you. I can't recommend this router enough. It is great value at what I paid for it (Â£90 inc VAT & delivery). This review has been updated, to reflect the new information that has come to light, in the past few days. Special thanks go to Toxic, BrainSlayer, Thibor, MrAnoymous987, samuelgoh21, jdepew and James Ewing. For helping me to digg up all this info on this new product.