By Ali H
Linksys introduces new X3000 Wireless N ADSL2 router with media server and gigabit Ethernet ports.
What this product does
X3000 is a wireless N300 router with built-in ADSL2 modem, another X series after the first X2000 series, probably it is not available in North America but in some regions of Asia Pacific.
If you compare this X3000 with X2000 series, there are couples of feature differences. Firstly, Linksys upgrades the fast Ethernet (10/100Mbps) ports in X2000 to the Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps) Ethernet ports in X3000. Actually X3000 adds one more Gigabit port in its LAN interfaces (4x) while the X2000 includes only three LAN ports (fast Ethernet).
- Wireless N300 router with built-in ADSL2 modem
- Gigabit Ethernet ports including 4x LAN and 1x WAN port for Cable modem
- USB port with built-in UPnP and media server
Includes Gigabit WAN port
The X2000 series with fast Ethernet ports doesn’t make any different with other traditional wireless N ADSL2 router such as Trendnet TEW-658BRM or TP-Link TD-W8961ND. Except that the X series include one WAN Ethernet port for cable modem connectivity in case you require cable services instead of DSL. In this case your X series device becomes a standard wireless N300 router that requires modem connection such as Surfboard 6120 for sharing the internet. Unfortunately you cannot make both ADSL and Cable connectivity in a load balancing manner or failover – failback manner like those dual WAN routers such as Cisco RV016 multi-WAN VPN router.
The second difference between the X2000 and X3000 is the USB port which is included in X3000 with built-in UPnP and media server. With UPnP media server you can seamlessly connect XBOX, PS3, Blu-Ray and more UPnP compatible devices. The addition of USB port allows you to add an external hard disk for sharing with the whole family on the network. Store all the multimedia files including HD video, music and more in the share storage.
Linksys X3000 with USB port is similar with the product shipped by Netgear – the DGND3700. Now, have a look at the following comparison table that compares the manufacturer’s spec differences between Linksys X3000 and Dgnd3700 if any.
Single Vs Simultaneous dual band
The Linksys X3000 is a wireless N300 ADSL router with the high speed up to 300Mbps but Dgnd3700 is a wireless N600 simultaneous dual band ADSL router. Wireless N600 router supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time, speed up to 300Mbps each band. Both ADSL routers include four Gigabit LAN interfaces plus one Gigabit WAN interface for Cable modem connection.
The other high performance feature for Dgnd3700 is that it is powered by dual-core 400MHz processor and 128MB flash memory and 128MB RAM for heavy duty processing, no wonder Netgear put this device into its high performance products. I do not have much information about the processor and memory spec for X3000.
X3000 comes with Cisco Connect software (in your CD installation) to let you setup the wireless gateway easily. However Netgear Dgnd3700 comes with NETGEAR® genie® App to run in your computers, tablets, or smartphones to let you easily manage your home network including helps you repair your home network. Watch this video introduction about Netgear genie to help you understand how it works (courtesy by Netgear and YouTube).
|Linksys X3000||Netgear Dgnd3700|
|Wireless technology||Wireless N300 – 802.11b/g/n compliant||Wireless N600 – 802.11a/b/g/n compliant|
|Antennas||2 internal antennas with MIMO technology||Internal MIMO antennas|
|USB port||1xUSB port storage link with built-in UPnP and media server||1xUSB storage link with built-in UPnP media server – DLNA compliant|
|Memory||Unspecified||Flash = 128MB and RAM = 128MB|
|Management||Cisco Connect software – easy steps to setup the network||Netgear Genie Apps – CD-less installation and configuration – accessible either from your computers or mobile devices|
SPI and NAT firewall
|WPA/WPA2—PSK & WEP
SPI and NAT firewall
DoS attack prevention
|Other features||Power on/off button
Cisco connect software
|Power and wireless on/off button
Broadband usage meter
On Off buttons
In some cases, you prefer to shut off the wifi when you yourself connect to the router by using wired connection just to save the power. With Linksys X3000 you cannot do that, but you can with Dgnd3700. As I said in some cases, actually your router will work mostly servicing your clients wirelessly.
Linksys X3000 ADSL router is ideal for homes or small offices with DSL services (or cable) that require easy installation and maintenance, you don’t need to purchase separate DSL modem to build your home wireless network with share storage. Linksys X3000 is an All-in-one device for your home wireless network.
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