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LINKSYS WES610N-NP Dual-Band N600 4 Port Wireless Universal Media Connector

  • Wireless Dual-Band N (2.4 or 5 GHz)
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100) 4-Port Switch
  • High speed up to 300 Mbps
  • Optimized for streaming video & gaming
  • Converts wired devices to wireless
  • Easily connect HDTVs
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Learn more about the Linksys WES610N-NP

Model

Brand
LINKSYS
Model
WES610N-NP

SPEC

Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5.0GHz
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
WPA, WPA2, WPS
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Antenna
3 x Internal Antenna
Modulation
802.11a: OFDM/BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
802.11b: CCK/QPSK, BPSK
802.11g: OFDM/BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
802.11n: OFDM/BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Receiving Sensitivity
802.11a: -72 dBm (typical) @ 54 Mbps
802.11b: -85 dBm (typical) @ 11 Mbps
802.11g: -73 dBm (typical) @ 54 Mbps
802.11n (20 MHz): -75 dBm (typical) @ MCS15
802.11n (40 MHz): -69 dBm (typical) @ MCS15
Interface
Ethernet Port
Ports
4 x 10/100M
LED
Power, Ethernet, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Wireless, individual Ethernet link and activity
Dimensions
6.97" x 5.04" x 2.68"
Weight
0.65 lbs.

Feature

Features
Reset, Wi-Fi Protected Setup Button

CAT5e Cable

Wireless Dual-Band N (2.4 or 5 GHz)

Fast Ethernet (10/100) 4-Port Switch

Optimized for streaming video & gaming

Converts wired devices to wireless

Easily connect HDTVs, Game Consoles & more

Environmental

Operating Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Benjamin R.
  • 1/17/2014 8:19:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as intended 99% of the time.

Pros: Wireless N
4 Wired ports

Cons: Randomly drops connection for very short period of time.

Other Thoughts: The WES610N does what is claims to. I have my Tivo, HTPC and PS3 connected to it. It works fine and has decent throughput. I am able to stream Netflix, Hulu, etc. the only problem is that it will randomly, maybe once every hour or two, have a connection hiccup. The streaming services recover after a slight pause, but it is infuriating on the PS3, as it will dump you out of any online multiplayer game you are part of. I gave up on using it for the PS3 went with a wire.

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  • Aaron S.
  • 1/1/2014 1:18:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes it's job!

Pros: It seems others have had issues with this device not staying connected to their network - which could also be an issue with their network settings itself - as I have had this device set up for going on 2 months now and It has yet to drop connection. My router is in my office and I am streaming a wireless connection to it in the living room and it has not had a single hiccup. A solid solution for bridging wired devices

Cons: I have yet to experience one

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  • Donald S.
  • 11/2/2013 6:05:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne month post review

Pros: Still working great. No dropped connections. I have my PC, DirectTV HDTV box, and Samsung Blu-Ray player hooked into it. This appears to be a low to no maintenance device...a good thing because that is what I demand from it.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • Donald S.
  • 10/9/2013 1:14:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat product, but NEEDLESSLY COMPLEX SETUP!

Pros: As with all my reviews, I start from the unboxing and go from there. First, the bridge comes well packaged with a AC adapter, documentation disk, and a blue CAT 5e Ethernet cable. Setting it up involved setting it onto a shelf, plugging in the AC adapter, and then waiting for the unit to boot. Once booted, I plugged in the Ethernet cable and configured manually via my PC. The firmware screens were simple enough to navigate, and once it was connected the screens refreshed very quickly. I had very slow screen refreshes until the device was fully setup, however. The connection has been rock solid and I have not experienced any signal drops. The firmware loaded onto the device is dated mid-2011, and is the second to last one. The latest one, dated later in 2011 adds more language options so I did not need to update the firmware as there is always a risk and adding language support I do not need is a needless risk. Some additional pros are that this device works off your Ethernet port and does not need any special drivers, and therefore you will not have any unusual and flakey driver issues such as you may get with USB or PCI-E adapters.

Measured received signal strength is good from the AP, but not that much better than the previous USB dual band adapter I was using. Conversely, the AP is getting a much better return signal from this bridge than from my previous USB adapter. The AP was measuring -71 dBm from my USB adapter. Now it is -63 dBm with the bridge.

Cons: The cons that this device has are irritating ones. Listed in most irritating to least:

1. The setup is NEEDLESSLY COMPLEX due to some assumptions on Linksys/Cisco's part....

A. You must use the documentation CD to find out the default IP address of the bridge and what IP/subnet to configure your TCP/IP v4 protocol on the wired PC Ethernet port. FYI, the device comes with a default IP of 169.254.1.250 with a subnet of 255.255.0.0 if it cannot get one via DHCP. The setup documentation assumes you are using WPS and have it active and available in your environment to utilize in order to get the device up and running. First, WPS is a security threat and I have it disabled. Even IF it was enabled, it still would not work as I am NOT connected directly to the router via wireless--I am going through an outside EnGenius ENS500 A/N Access Point that is backhauled into a gigabit switch which is in turn hooked into a ASUS RT-N66U located in a different building. So, a noob is going to be confused as to how to get this device up and running if their router is not using WPS or WPS is disabled or the environment will not allow WPS in any circumstance. The default IP of this bridge should be printed on the outside of the unit or on the documentation card, in addition to the recommended settings for your PC's Ethernet adapter as you must set a fixed IP to get into the firmware.

B. Password is not printed on the outside of the unit nor on the documentation card. Yup, again the CD to find out! FYI, it is "admin". There is no user name.

C. The CD documentation does not remind you to make sure you go back into your PC's Ethernet TCP/IP v4 configuration and set it back to DHCP as opposed to the fixed IP you need to set the bridge up. Failure to do so will result in no ability to access the bridge anymore or the ability to do anything once the bridge is setup and receiving a IP via your router's DHCP server.

What was Linksys/Cisco thinking? What if you don't have a working internet connection to get this information on-line and/or a PC without a CD drive? What person wrote the inadequate documentation in the first place? Combine this without WPS capability in your environment and you are DEAD IN THE WATER!!!!

2. AC adapter cable is TOO short. Only about 4 feet long. Not nearly long enough.

3. Ethernet cable is TOO short...again only about 4 feet long. I had to supply my own.

4. Ethernet ports are only 10/100. Huh? The bridge is capable of 300 Mb/s wireless connections.

Other Thoughts: In short, this a great device and does exactly what it says it will do.

What caused the loss of an egg is the setup process has the potential to be so fracked up that it might cause someone to return it. Fortunately, I am experienced and do not give up easily.

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  • Stephen S.
  • 9/20/2013 2:47:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it says

Pros: I moved into a new place that has wifi but no wired connections. I have my desktop, original xbox 360, and a PS3. The PS3 I used the most at first when I moved in due to it having wireless internet while the xbox and PC were useless. I looked at the cost to get each piece up and running on the wireless and it was expensive compared to the cost of this item.

Setup was easy. You plug in the device, connect it to your computer, run the software and put in your wireless password. Give it a minute or two and you are connected.

Now I have the PC, PS3, and xBox 360 all connected with a wired connection and works flawlessly.

Cons: The only downside I could think is that it doesn't boost the wireless signal farther out. However if I wanted that I could have paid for it.

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  • Izaak S.
  • 7/8/2013 10:28:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood WiFi expander

Pros: Good design, takes little space. Bought this WiFi switch to connect to WiFi router located on different room because my server doesn't have WiFi card. And it works great no problem so far, good stable connection. Now my server connects to internet.

Cons: 4 tar only for little complicated setup until figure out how to connect.

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  • Alexander Y.
  • 5/3/2013 7:17:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Of The Best Of The Best, Sir!!!

Pros: Works right out of the box with no hassle. I use 2 gaming consoles with my blueray player on it with netflix with no issues EVER!!!

Cons: Bought it local for way more than Newegg. Linksys said no when I asked them to Marry me :-(

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