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Review: Linksys WRT160NL Linux Powered Wireless-N Router

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The Linksys WRT160NL Wireless-N router has the potential to be both an excellent wireless router and also a simple to setup and run file and media server. The “Powered by Linux” logo and the claims on the box sound like a great recipe, but was it baked properly? Read on to find out.

The WRT160NL boasts an impressive feature set. Real draft Wireless-N networking (unlike the WRT160N that shares most of it's model number), built in network storage and media server hardware, and the above average routing features usually found in Linksys products. Gigabit ethernet is the only “paper stat” that I would have liked to see. Let's see how it performs in the real world.

Upon opening the box, I was greeted with the usuals-the router components, a small user manual, a first time setup guide, Linksys's traditional setup cd, and an ethernet cable. To top it off, Linksys provides a short USB extension cable for the storage port, in case your harddrive or flash disk's plug is too large and interferes with the adjacent ports. It seems trivial, but it's shows thought was put into the practical side of actually using the router, not just it's feature set.

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