Cisco Linksys X3000 review

Too high a price for a quality router?

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  • Easy setup for fast connectivity
  • Strong wireless signal
  • Plethora of ports


  • Relatively pricey

Virtually every internet service provider will supply you with some kind of free or cheap modem when you sign up with them. However, unless you're paying a premium for your internet service, 'cheap' is likely to be the most important word: the quality of the hardware, software and performance isn't likely to be stunning.

If you want to maximise your net connection, then, or if your old device simply gives up the ghost, a decent quality modem/router is a worthwhile purchase. And there's no bigger name in network equipment than Cisco.

The Cisco Linksys X3000 is the higher-end model in a new range of routers. Supporting both cable and ADSL 2+ connections, it's a sleek-looking thing. It's thin and small, yet comes with a full complement of four Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for 802.11b/g/n, and a USB port that lets you connect and share storage.

Setup is simple. Cisco has created some configuration software specifically for the Mac (dubbed Cisco Connect) which actually works really well.

Performance, too, was good. We compared the Wi-Fi strength using 802.11n with an Apple Time Capsule, and the X3000 consistently delivered higher signal strength and therefore speed. Connection speed over ADSL 2+ was always solid and reliable, with no line drops.

Overall, the X3000 is a well-made, easy-to-use router with all the features you're likely to need. Its one issue is that it's a little on the pricey side, but you can at least see the quality you're paying for.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeModem/Wireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyADSL2+, Ethernet
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas2
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameLinksys
Form FactorWall Mountable
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height34 mm
Width202 mm
Depth160 mm
ManufacturerBelkin International, Inc
Product ModelX3000
Product NameX3000 Wireless Router
Manufacturer Part NumberX3000-EW
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Built-in DSL modem

Directly connects you to the internet wirelessly -no separate DSL modem required. The Linksys X3000 can also act as a wireless router by connecting the Ethernet WAN port to a cable modem.

Fast wireless speed

The Linksys X3000 connects your computers, wireless printers and other Wi-Fi devices at wireless transfer rates up to 300 Mbps.

Reliable wireless coverage

The MIMO antenna technology provides broad coverage so you can enjoy your wireless network from anywhere in your home.

Weight (Approximate)335 g