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Conclusion

The transition to Gigabit Ethernet in home network equipment is an important and long anticipated event because of the ever-increasing amounts of traffic in home and city LANs. Moreover, as we know from our tests of Draft N routers with Fast Ethernet ports, the 100Mbps speed is a limitation for the 802.11n standard. Therefore we can’t understand the developer’s solution with respect to the WRT350N’s WAN port.

On the other hand, the limited speed of the router’s WAN port may only be a problem for users who are connected to a faster provider network. For DSL modem users the speed of the WAN port is unimportant at all because the modem is going to be slower anyway.

Otherwise, the router proved to have excellent performance. When it comes to functionality, we only regret the lack of an integrated downloads manager. However, this feature is not obligatory. It is just a nice bonus you get in some other devices.

Thus, the most serious drawback of the WRT350N is that costs 10-15% more than similar wireless routers from other brands. We guess even the full-featured USB port doesn’t justify the price, especially as you are offered only a 100Mbps WAN port for that money.

Highs:

  • USB 2.0 port
  • Large amount of system memory
  • Original exterior
  • User-friendly web-interface
  • Flexible QoS settings
  • High bandwidth of every network interface save for the WAN

Lows:

  • Fast Ethernet in the WAN port
  • Non-detachable antennas
  • Gets very hot at work
 
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