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We are going to discuss a home router from Linksys today. So far we have only covered one router from this company in our network equipment reviews, and that was quite a long time ago. The model was called WRT300N and it was one of the earliest home routers that supported the draft IEEE 802.11n standard. The WRT300N was soon followed by another product from Linksys, a Gigabit Ethernet router with Draft N support and an integrated USB 2.0 port. Called WRT350N, the new model was among the earliest Draft N routers with Gigabit Ethernet.

We have long been waiting for the WRT350N to come to our labs, and finally it’s here. We will test it now and see what it is capable of.

Specification and Accessories

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

- IEEE 802.11b/g
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Encoding standard

- WEP (64/128bit)
- WPA (TKIP, AES)
- WPA2 (TKIP, AES)
- WPS: PIN and PBC support

Antenna

- 2 x 4dBi dipole antennas
- 1 external planar antenna

Signal modulation

OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK.

Operating frequency

- 2.412 ~ 2.462GHz (FCC); 
- 2.412 ~ 2.472GHz (ETSI)

Transmit power

- 802.11b: 18dBm
- 802.11g: 15dBm
- 802.11n (draft 2.0): 6dBm

Receiver sensitivity

- 802.11b: -84dBm @ 11Mpbs
- 802.11g: -73dBm @ 54Mbps
- 802.11n (draft 2.0) : -69dBm

Nominal data transfer rate

- 802.11n (draft): up to 300Mbps
- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Operating channels

11 for North America, 14 Japan,
13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)

WAN

1 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX port

LAN

4 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX ports

Other interfaces

1 USB 2.0 port

Power

External power supply unit

Dimensions

188(L)  x 176(W) x 40(H) mm

Additional features

- WiFi certified
- ftp-server
- WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)

The box contains:

  • WRT350N version 2.1 router
  • Stand for installing the router upright
  • Category 5e Ethernet cable
  • Quick Installation Guide and other documentation
  • CD with a user manual and a quick setup wizard
  • 12V/1.5A power adapter
 
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