- Ease of use No comments
- Speed / throughput No comments
- Configurability / networking features No comments
- Reliability No comments
- Range No comments
- Durability No comments
As a WAP, the WRT400N is decent. Because the antennas are internal, the 2.4GHz range is less than my old WAP54G. I had to move the router to a more centralized location in my house to get full coverage above 2 bars. The 5GHz range is obviously even less, but that was expected. The ability to configure both bands separately is a plus, and the full range of security options is good (though I still have to use WEP for the girlfriend's DSi). I did have some issues when running WPA2 on the 5GHz channel, though I think that was a bad interaction between the router and my laptop's Intel 5100agn card. Dropping down to WPA (yes, I know, less secure) seemed to make those issues go away. Next time there's a firmware update for the 400N or a driver update for the 5100agn I'll try WPA2 again. For now, not so much.
The router's physical casing is nice and sleek, but it's also a fingerprint magnet. That's not terribly important to me as I rarely need to touch it, but since it now has the fancy one-button connection they should expect people to be touching the router more often. The other, much more significant issue is the current love affair with bright blue LEDs. This router is *BRIGHT*. Mine is currently in my upstairs hallway (would be in a separate room, but had to move it due to range issues -- see above), and it lights up the hallway at night way too much. Strategic placement of black electrical tape solved that problem, but I really wish manufacturers would knock it off with the blue LEDs already. Yeah, we get it, blue LEDs are sexy and make your product look "futuristic". I hereby declare red and green LEDs to be more futuristic, and I expect manufacturers to stop using annoying blue LEDs.
Overall, the WRT400N is an average dual-band WAP. It might be a good router. The configuration pages looked like they gave a lot of control over what you can do, but I wouldn't know because I don't use it as a router.
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