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Linksys WAG160N review

£78.4 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Linksys

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

With its latest range of routers, the Linksys design department appears to have thrown away the rule book.

With its latest range of routers, the Linksys design department appears to have thrown away the rule book. The Linksys WAG160N and its sister devices now sport a curvy, sleek, lounge-friendly appearance, quite unlike their boxy predecessors. These smooth lines aren't spoiled by the presence of aerials, either - a pair of 2dBi gain aerials is built into the chassis. This means you can't swap change them for something more powerful, but it gives a better overall visual impression.

The 'WAG' part of the model number denotes that the Linksys WAG160N is a gateway device that incorporates an ADSL 2+ modem. It also sports the obligatory four ethernet ports, but these are only 100Mbps Fast Ethernet and mark the Linksys out as an entry-level device. Aside from the WPS button, the front edge has a row of status icons which are useful when it comes to diagnosing connection faults.

One thing that hasn't changed is the Linksys web interface which, although comprehensive, is now looking a little dated. However the inclusion of Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA) makes up for this. The software tool has two parts: an initial setup wizard and a network-monitoring tool that identifies the elements of your wired and wireless network.

Thanks to LELA, getting connected with the Linksys WAG160N shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes - even for a complete novice. Unfortunately, this fairly basic router's draft-n performance is then rather disappointing, averaging no more than 40 megabits per second (Mbps) throughput.

Linksys WAG160N Expert Verdict »

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£60
Linksys WAG160N Scores 7.2 out of 10 based on 40 reviews
802.11b,g,n 2.4GHz Fast Ethernet wireless router
ADSL modem
WPS
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Linksys WAG160N is a good-looking and easy to configure router, but you pay a price premium for this convenience. Given that the result is only so-so draft-n performance, we’d look elsewhere.

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