Recently we were sent an X3000 Linksys router to review. As much as I love my techie gadgets and gizmos I am clueless as to how things work, I leave all the setting up and complicated stuff to Matthew – the boffin of the family. I really don’t know much about the specifications of things and if someone tells me something is good then I generally take their word for it, Matthew, on the other hand, is what you may call an expert. He used to work for both Comet and Currys and has had many years worth of training in all things electronic and technological.
In our home we have a lot of devices that use our WIFI network and when I say a lot I mean 3 games consoles, 1 PC, 1 laptop, 1 netbook, 2 phones, a printer, a sky box, a 3D TV and Blu-ray player. We have found in the past that although our internet speed is good, we have problems with connectivity when we are both trying to do things, for example if I am writing my blog and on Facebook at the same time (what can I say I’m a woman I can multitask) and Matthew wants to play COD online with his mates he often finds that he is kicked out of the games due to lost connection – this often ends up with him swearing lots especially if he’s on the winning side and about to gain precious points (or so I have gathered). It has been known before now for everything to be turned off except for the console so that he can play in peace. But this is really not practical and is especially boring for me. We have always blamed our internet for this problem but it was only recently when we were told that it was most likely our router that we admitted we may have a problem. This is because most standard routers like the ones provided by ISPs don’t support media streaming and are unable to cope when more than one person is online at the same time.
In the box, you will find everything you need, a quick start guide, a CD with the Cisco Connect software on it, an Ethernet cable, a telephone cable, an ADSL microfilter and of course the X3000 router and power adapter.
The main thing I can say about this router that makes me love it is that it looks really fab and is quite small and stylish so fits in well with my home, it doesn’t stand out too much and isn’t ugly.
One of the key features of the router is that it is really quick to install, there are literally 3 steps for you to set up your wireless network and it can be done on either on a Windows or Mac computer. Of course, I left this Matthew (as I told you earlier I am completely useless). We did have problems without ISP when we switched to the X3000 Linksys router, but this was to do with Sky and not the router itself. We needed our password and username but Sky wouldn’t give us this, luckily Matthew would not be defeated and found a website that can generate the details we needed. Once we did this it was so fast and simple we wondered what all the fuss was about, honestly, even without the boffin being here I reckon I would have got it sussed! oh and if anyone should want the website just email me and I will happily steer you in the right direction.