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Cisco Linksys E3000 CNET rating: 3.5 stars out

Cisco Linksys E3000

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very Good)

The good: The Linksys High Performance Wireless-N Router E3000 delivers most of what you'd expect from a high-end router, including true dual-band, Gigabit Ethernet, fast throughput, a long range, NAS functionality, a nice set of networking features, and a good Web interface. It also has an aesthetically pleasing compact design and an intuitive software application to help home users set up and manage a home wireless network with ease.

The bad: The Linksys E3000's built-in network storage function lacks speed, and its Guest networking feature is limited. It doesn't support USB printers, and its Media Server doesn't work well with large video files. The included desktop application can't be used with the router's Web interface. The cost: $133.19 - $179.99

The bottom line: The Linksys E3000 is the first advanced router that's also easy to use for novices. It provides great wireless performance and has a good set of useful networking features. Its mediocre NAS performance and limited guest networking feature make it significantly less than perfect, however.

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