Linksys X3000 Wireless ADSL2 Router

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).

Highlights:

  • 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

Linksys X3000 wireless N300 gateway

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.

Media server

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.

Comparison

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.

Dgnd3700

Netgear Dgnd3700 wireless N600 ADSL

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.

Management

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).

Comparison table

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
Ethernet ports Gigabit Gigabit
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
Security WPA/WPA2; WEP

SPI and NAT firewall

WPS

Guest network

Time-of-day access

Domain blocking

WPA/WPA2—PSK & WEP

SPI and NAT firewall

DoS attack prevention

WPS

Guest network

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.

 


 

Click here for X3000 spec details and click here for Netgear Dgnd3700 spec details.

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Cheers,

Ali

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