The Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU is a mid-range wireless router for small businesses or home office networks.

It's resolutely mid-range, rather ugly and offers little beyond its basic feature set but the Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU's 11.n wireless credentials are good. Factor in the incredibly low price and the USB adaptor Sitecom provides as part of the package in for free and you have rather a steal on your hands – once that‘s also covered by a massive 10-year warranty.

The Sitecom is not without its problems, however. The Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU is not just plain looking: the LED lights on the front of the router come without any explanatory text. There is no indication anywhere on the router itself what any of the status lights mean. Only the WPS label on the instant Wi-Fi connect button will give novice users an easy time.

Round the back of the Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU are the standard four Ethernet ports and DSL but there's no USB port on this budget box. You'll need to factor in the cost of a UK adaptor for the euro-pin power adaptor, although we forgave Sitecom for including the 11.n USB adaptor.

All wireless security encryption levels are covered and, as with the Netgear, the Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU touts a 300Mbps connection speed from the three internal antennae. Since the antennae are enclosed within the router case we couldn't tweak them to enhance performance but the WL-585 EU model does support ASDL+ and is certified with the newer draft n 2.0 standard. As you might expect given the price tag, this is not dual-band and can't transmit over the less crowded 5GHZ wireless spectrum.

Installation isn't as simple as it should be. The box comes with two discs. One is for the router; the other contains a driver and utility for the USB adaptor. Unfortunately, try as we might, we couldn't access the web link pages supplied from the CD. Instead, we kept getting 'a page not found' error. There's no backup smart wizard, so we had to install the Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU using the web admin device page instead. Novice users might balk at the idea.

Happily, installing the USB adaptor was a cinch and gave us a 11.n wireless connection to our test laptop. Unfortunately, the 11.g performance was very slow for a business router. It took 5 mins 26 sec when faced with a two-wall barrier.

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Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU: Specs

  • 802.11b, g, n
  • 2.4GHz radio
  • WPS/WEP/WPA/WPA2
  • USB port, 4x network ports
  • average power consumption: 6W
  • 120x115x30mm
  • 0.6kg
  • 802.11b, g, n
  • 2.4GHz radio
  • WPS/WEP/WPA/WPA2
  • USB port, 4x network ports
  • average power consumption: 6W
  • 120x115x30mm
  • 0.6kg

OUR VERDICT

The walls weren't the problem though; the Sitecom 300N X3 WL-585 EU was only 17 seconds faster with the laptop sat next to the router. The 11.n performance was much better at 1 minute and 12 seconds from the furthest range. This was only 7 seconds slower than the data throughput at the nearest range, making the X3 WL-585 EU a speedy option as long as you're on the latest 802.11n network hardware.

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