- Simultaneous Dual Band for HD Video Streaming, Online Gaming, Large File Transferring
- Detachable High Gain Antenna
- QoS to Prioritize Bandwidth Intensive Data
- Up to 30000 Data Session
There are better alternatives in this price range 05/06/2013
As much as love to talk highly about something, this router just didn't really prove itself to be that great of a unit, at least not when compared to other units in the same price range, both retired and those still in retail channels.
I'll say that the range should be good enough for most households. I have the router in an upstairs bedroom that faces the front of the house. I took my iPhone 4s connected to the 2.4Ghz band and walked behind my backyard shed which is about 120ft away. The signal passed through at least 4 walls (including the outside wall) and behind my shed.
It also maintained a wireless connection speed of 270-300Mbps to my media server in the basement.
It also proved itself to be quite sufficient in handling network traffic. I essentially created a network flood by kicking off simultaneous 7GB transfers among 4 computers (2 wireless, 2 ethernet), meaning I was pushing 7GB per PC and thus receiving 7GB as well. While that was running, I fired up some 1080p video on my Roku3 box. To pile on a little more, I kicked off some "speedtest" tests on my mobile devices. At no time did anything ever lag or stutter. So for people that have console gaming systems in their house, the built in QOS on this unit shouldn't have any problems.
In further testing this unit, I set it up as a secondary router on the network and did a factory reset. Using the setup wizard, for all intents and purposes, it correctly identified it's place on the network and allowed it's connected devices out to the internet.
I also did some basic testing with the URL filtering and it seems to work about as well as you can expect. Filtered URLs simply won't load and sites that have 'keywords' also don't load. No filter is foolproof and if you get carried away trying to add a bunch of content, you'll slow everything down and end up filtering safe content. However, it's something that parents or administrators can play with as a simple means of restricting internet content.
Where to start? As others have noted, the initial setup wizard does not appear to properly negotiate anything. And just to be sure, I went through a factory reset twice. Same results- nothing.
At this point, your average Joe & Jane User would get frustrated. Afterall, it did come packaged with a rather nicely written quick setup guide. It was disappointing that it wasn't working.
To add insult on to that, there is no real built-in on-screen help to assist anyone in determining what all the settings mean. Most(?) routers nowadays have assisting paragraphs somewhere on the current settings screen giving you some idea of what it's function is. If you want to find out something about all the various settings, you'll need to refer to the included PDF on CD or download it from Rosewill's website. And even the PDF is somewhat sparse. I don't expect someone to learn everything about networking by reading a setup guide, but I've seen consumer routers with better on-screen help & descriptions.
Whenever you want to make a change to the router, you get the lovely "Wait 15 seconds" countdown. This gets old, fast. However, most of the time you can simply click to a different settings page, then click back and your changes are there. I'm guessing the 15 second wait is just a globally applied setting to cover areas that do take longer to internally reconfigure.
I like all the known devices on my network to have static IP addresses, so after first setting them all manually, I then went back and tried a few using the router's DHCP reservation system. While the functionality works, the setup is cumbersome. For example, the DHCP tables shows the MAC address in the format of ##:##:##:##:##:##, but right below you can't cut & paste because the reservation input field only allows for 12 characters, meaning no dividers. And once you have a large list of reservations, there's no way to sort the list. The order that you enter them is the way you have to search it. Granted, you can use the browsers search function, but that just seems less intuitive than a sortable HTML table.
I also had a problem with my Asus USB-N53 wifi adapter that is both 2.4 and 5Ghz. For whatever reason, it never negotiated more than a 54Mbps connection. In fact, it never even saw the 5Ghz SSID. But it works just fine on my other 5Ghz routers noted below. I double-checked both the adapter and router. Even the configuration menus deep-down in Device Manager looked correct.
Other things that stood out?
- I didn't see a place to change the "admin" login name, only the password. Being able to create a different login would be nice.
- When I changed the default internal IP addressing from 192.168. to a 10.0 network, it didn't automatically update the DHCP scope. Those should be dynamically linked together for ease of use and configuration.
All my PC's are running Win7 Professional x64.
My home/lab consists of the following network equipment either used in testing the T600N or used as a control/reference unit. (NewEgg SKUs where applicable).
- Motorola Surfboard SB5100 cable modem
- (2) desktops using built in 1Gb NIC
- desktop using Asus USB-N53 wifi adapter (N82E16833320089)
- desktop using Rosewill RNX-N2X wifi adapter (N82E16833166027)
- desktop using TP-Link TL-WN772N wifi adapter (N82E16833704045)
- Lenovo G550 laptop (N82E16834146706)
- iPhone 3g, 4S, 5
- iPad 2
- Roku 3 (wireless)
- HP LaserJet 4350n (ethernet)
- Epson Artisan 725 (wireless)
- (reference) LinkSys WRT110 router (N82E16833124285)
- (reference) Trendnet TEW-673GRU router (N82E16833156285)
- (reference) TP-Link TL-WR1043ND router (N82E16833704038)
- (reference) TP-Link TL-SG1005D switch (N82E16833704042)
Overall, this unit just doesn't impress, especially not in the price range which is currently $65. In order for something to be listed in the PROS section, it really needs to stand out for something. The fact that it appears "stable" or "does well in getting near it's theoretical transfer speed limits" is what one should expect; It shouldn't be a bonus at this price range.
As an Eggxpert Reviewer, we try to get our reviews up within 2 weeks of getting the unit. Unlike testing a single function device like a HDD/SSD or power supply, for me, two weeks is simply not enough time to fully test the capabilities of the unit, such as VPN passthrough, tinkering with QOS, hardware acceleration, DMZ utlization, port triggering/forwarding, etc. Also, this is by no means a commercial grade router, so doing a deep dive into those areas are places that most of you won't go, so it's not really relevant right now.
Given the fact that 1) it essentially failed the first OOBE ("Out Of Box Experience") FOR MULTIPLE REVIEWERS, which is to have the wizard get you up and running quickly, and 2) some of the other low-to-mid-level functions only received an "Ehhh" rating, doing a deeper dive didn't seem like good enough reason to go beyond the 2-week review period.
So...my final/other thought? A 2-egg rating. I'd pass on this one.
Does it work? Yes, for the most part. I'm certain for some, once it's configured, it would offer years of trouble-free operation and would probably garner a 5-egg rating. For those, it's "$65 well spent, no muss, no fuss."
Are there shortcomings? Absolutely. Would these shortcomings be deal-breakers? For some, yes. If anything at all, the shortcomings would be annoyances that would lead to calls to Rosewill or NewEgg's tech support. Nothing burns a buyer more than having buyers' remorse and having to eat the re-stocking fee and/or RMA return shipping fee. Those that would decide to keep it would likely always be second-guessing their purchase.
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