Sunday, August 07, 2011

Review: Linksys WES610N Entertainment Bridge

In today's connected world it seems like almost every device we own needs an internet connection. Whether it be a TV for streaming videos, a gaming console like the PS3 or Xbox for online gaming, or something else they all want to be online and while some are wireless not all have have made the leap. Enter the Linksys WES610N dual-band Wireless-N entertainment bridge.

With the WES610N you can connect virtually any wired device to wireless network. It provides a high speed dual band connection perfectly optimized for streaming video, sharing music or gaming. Simply plug your wired device into one of the four Ethernet ports, hit the connection button to sync to your router and you are good to go.

The Linksys WES610N is compatible with almost any device you throw at it. Here are just a few devices Linksys mentions.
  • HD Televisions (Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG, Panasonic)
  • Blu-ray Players (Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic)
  • Game Consoles (Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox)
  • DVRs and Set-top boxes (Tivo, Dish Network, DirecTV)
  • Media Players (Roku, Logitech, Seagate, Iomega, Western Digital)
  • AV Receivers (Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Yamaha, Sony )
  • Shared Storage (Western Digital, Iomega, Seagate)
  • Printers (HP, Lexmark, Canon)

The full review!

Wireless networking devices these days are a breeze to setup. I normally don't use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup, instead opting for the old school route but it makes things pushbutton simple so I went ahead and used it this time. I paired the bridge with my Linksys E4200 router and I'm pretty sure this was a match made in heaven. The two devices synced nicely and gave me next to no hassles at all.

Instead of connecting a ton of devices, which I don't really own, I used a secondary PC to test transfer speeds and range. With the PC all the way at the other end of the house I got great signal strength and my file transfer speeds were just about as fast as I could ever ask for.

My overall opinion, for someone with a home entertainment setup  that perhaps has an internet ready TV, blu-ray player and maybe a gaming console that needs a wi-fi connection. The Linksys WES610N is a perfect device. You get four ports, dual band connectivity providing up to 300Mbps speeds, plenty of bandwidth and of course the trusted Linksys name.

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