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LINKSYS WES610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Entertainment Bridge

  • 2.4GHz/5.0GHz
  • 3 x Internal Antenna
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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Learn more about the Linksys WES610N

Model

Brand
LINKSYS
Model
WES610N

SPEC

Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5.0GHz
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
WPA2, WPS
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Antenna
3 x Internal Antenna
Interface
Ethernet Port
Ports
4 x 10/100M
System Requirements
Wireless: Existing a/b/g/n wireless router or access point.

Ethernet Port: Active Ethernet port on device to be connected.

Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Safari 4, or Firefox 3 or higher for optional browser-based configuration.

HD/3D Video Streaming: Requires a minimum of 100Mbps transfer speed. Actual performance may vary.

Feature

Features
Ideal for:
Easy wireless connectivity.
Streaming HD video and music.
Gaming online head-to-head.
Enjoying online entertainment like Hulu and Rhapsody.
Connecting multiple home theater or office devices.

Packaging

Package Contents
Linksys WES610N Dual-Band N Entertainment Bridge
CD-ROM with Documentation Resources
Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Garrett C.
  • 7/17/2012 11:05:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: The push-button setup works. The twist ties held the cables together.

Cons: When connected to my 5GHz network, one foot away from the AP, the signal strength is 75% and the rated speed is 300 Mbps. When the bridge is placed thirty feet away, in the same room as the AP, the signal strength falls to 8% and the rated speed is 13 Mbps. This thing is junk.

Other Thoughts: I had a DD-WRT setup that worked flawlessly and the entire setup (2 routers) costs less than this unit. I don't know what possessed me to buy this, but I'm returning it.

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  • Allan H.
  • 5/25/2012 1:11:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Connection, Poor Documentation

Pros: Good connection for audio/video components to the internet. All the bandwidth I need, and reasonably fast speeds throughout the condominium.

Cons: Poor documentation, and not intuitive setup. Linksys did not even include a pdf of the User Manual on the included CD -- they make you download it from the net. The CD is completely useless - it has only a "troubleshooting guide" that covers only a few common issues. The "User Manual" icon is only a link to the web to download the manual, and I found the link to be non-functional (error message that the document is corrupted and could not be downloaded). Linksys should have given users a manual on the disk.

Other Thoughts: One item not in the documentation is that you must not plug any devices into the bridge after you have programmed it to interact with your network until you have moved it to where it will live and have turned it on. After you have done this, and the device has associated itself and shows it is connected wirelessly to your network, you can then hot plug your devices into the RJ-45 plugs in the rear. Otherwise, the device will not associate itself with your network.

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  • Bradley R.
  • 4/14/2012 10:41:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsBuy this instead of a wireless card

Pros: I bought this bridge to replace the useless d-link wireless card I had in my desktop. I searched newegg for hours looking for a good wireless card that had very few issues but they all seem to be junk. This bridge is about twice the price but it's also a little more future proof considering it can connect up to four devices and you can move it anywhere you want. Setup was moderately easy (see cons) and the speed is great relative to the wireless card I was using.

Cons: The auto-connect button tried to connect to my neighbors router. It was easy enough to fix, I just navigated to the bridge IP and ran the setup through there. Works great after that. All the documentation is included on a disc...not necessarily a con but not as easy as a piece of paper.

Other Thoughts: Twice now, my computer couldn't connect to the router through the bridge but I believe it's a problem with my computer because both times, I couldn't access the Network Connections directory on the computer without crashing Internet Explorer...no stars were removed for this.

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  • Steven T.
  • 3/18/2012 10:43:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst support ever

Pros: Device worked like a charm for a few months.

Cons: Device started interfering with other wireless devices until the hardware gave out altogether after a few months. Extremely frustrating experience trying to get a replacement from Cisco... well over an hour on the phone, they hung up on me twice, support reps asking me to perform laughable troubleshooting steps on clearly bricked hardware, etc.

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  • Timothy B.
  • 3/16/2012 3:15:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Super easy to setup. Took less than 1 minute after removing from the box and plugging in. Never had to curse once which isn't typical for me and new network devices.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I just bought it. Still haven't worked all the kinks out, but Windows 7 is showing 100Mbps on the adapter status. Not sure how accurate that is. I have a good dual-band router that boasts 300 Mbps, so I'm not sure why it's only reading 100 Mbps. Not complaining though since this thing is working perfectly otherwise.

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  • Mark T.
  • 2/10/2012 10:36:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks good

Pros: For just a little bit more money than a card you can get wireless bridges(WET610N or WES610) I have found cards/usb never perform well except for basic internet and file transfer. I have the bridges setup with static IPs and they basically throttle as fast as your internet/network(up to 300mps???) will go. I never use to be able to watch 1080p TV shows, wirelessly from my server computer(MCE) now they play with out skipping a beat. I have one connected to an XBOX and one connnected to my main computer (2 floors away)that I use often. I was so happy when I could stream 1080P video off the internet and network. I really could not get anything else to work wirelessly. Even though it says Entertainment bridge they work great for everyday computer.

Cons: I gave 5 eggs because this item worked the way I wanted it to. Some cons are: This unit is always on there is no off switch. My solution was to use computer control power strips(APC) When the computer is turned off or sleeps the bridge will turn off. The other thing is I don't like WPS or setup CDs, if I can get to Web based manager (which the WET and WES have) I will configure it myself. In the WMM settings set to BEST EFFORT. the other setting never seem to work well. I would set a static IP for the device below your DHCP range. 5Ghz is weaker than 2.4Ghz. But I have found this true for most N devices.

Other Thoughts: I had a few WMP600n (cards) they were horrible. If you are going wirelessly for a stationary unit HTPC or Computer go with a bridge.

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  • Josh B.
  • 1/24/2012 7:24:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: Well, it does connect and transfer data - so that's a plus, I guess.

Cons: Speed nowhere near advertised. Sitting right next to a Linksys E3000 running DD-WRT this thing only moves about 50Mb/sec compared to the advertised 300Mb/sec. The easy setup didn't work, as expected, since there is no way that little button is going to figure out what your network passkey is nor is it magically going to populate the MAC filter on your router. Annoyed they don't just give you the default password in the quick setup guide, rather than making you insert a disc or go online. Reboots take forever and a day, don't expect this to be a quick setup if the changes you are making require a reboot.

Other Thoughts: My old setup was a couple Linksys WRT54 routers running DD-WRT, one running as my primary router and the other as a wireless access point sitting down at my media center. Data streaming requirements finally pushed me to upgrade, so I went with what I thought would be a great upgrade to wireless-N with a Linksys E3000 and the Linksys WES610N WAP. This $200 fancy looking setup just barely (as in, it's hard to measure actual gains) beats the speed/throughput of my 8 year old wireless-g hardware. If I hadn't spent the time to configure these and already promised off my old hardware I'd be tempted to send back the whole lot.

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  • Joseph G.
  • 1/22/2012 11:20:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRETAILS FOR $129.

Pros: It is a good bridge. Hard to argue about that

Cons: New Egg says Was: $199.99
Now: $99.99
Save: $100.00
This item only retails for $129. Why are they trying to stroke their customers?

Other Thoughts: I have 3 of these, 2 at work one at home and they haven't let us down.
The only down side is the ports are limited to 100mb, kinda sucks with a 300mb advert.

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  • Mick M.
  • 9/12/2011 3:22:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBring your computer and home entertainment systems together

Pros: Allows you to connect up to 4 internet capable devices to your wireless network. Works on dual band wireless N networks with speeds up to 300 Mbps with good range. Only need to buy 1 device to allow 4 devices to access the internet. Easy connection to WPS capable routers. Set up took less than 1min with Linksys E4200 router.

Cons: The 4 wired Ethernet are only fast connections that run at a maximum of 100 Mbps, thus limiting the ability to use the potential 300 Mbps connection from the wireless N network.
A little pricey.

Other Thoughts: Great way to connect multiple internet capable devices that don't have built in wireless connectivity. Can allow your whole multimedia (such as tv, blu ray, ps3, x-box) to access the internet with one device. Will significantly improve streaming capability of slower wireless connections such as ps3.
The only downside is the 100 Mbps Ethernet ports. It would have been nice if they provided gigabit ports to maximize the potential of the wireless N network. Though, you probably wont achieve much more than 100 Mbps wirelessly at any distance and most likely you will not need the extra speed. Most full 1080p high def only requires about 10 Mbps of sustained speed. Still it would've been nice.
As far as the price; the WES610N is a little pricey. However, if you had to buy 4 separate wireless N adapters, you would spend as much if not more plus have to set them all up individually.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 9/7/2011 11:06:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest Invention Ever

Pros: Great and Easy Setup, Linksys Shows you how to Install it very easily through your own linksys router. Went From Having One Bar in My Entertainment Center to Having 4 bars with wired connections for better bandwidth between items. 4 WIRED PORTS, I Hooked up
1 Desktop (Dual), 1 PS3, and 2-3 Laptops/Cell Phones in the Room at All Times. No Lag in Streaming from Desktop to PS3. Works Great with E4200 Router, Though Linksys hasn't Perfected their Routers in the N-Band, for Range but Speed i was getting.

Cons: PRICE!!!! THOUGH NEWEGG HAS IT ON SALE

Other Thoughts: Easiest Installation, Hard Wire into Router

Go to Status -> Local Network -> DCHP Table To Find the Bridge IP Address. Go to That IP Address and Setup the Wireless Login and Network Name, Takes a Few Minutes to Change Settings, and then you can Unplug and Move ANYWHERE IN THE HOUSE AND HAVE A SIGNAL.

DDWRT Should Come out with a Better Firmware for this Bridge

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