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Routing Performance

Routing performance for the 160NL using our standard test method is summarized in Table 1, along with the 160N's (V1) test results for comparison. WAN to LAN measured 93.4 Mbps, while LAN to WAN came in at 93.5 Mbps. Both are essentially 100 Mbps "wire speed" and slightly higher than produced by the original 160N.

The 160NL did much better than the V1 160N, however, achieving 180 simultaneous connections vs. 96.

Test Description WRT160NL
Throughput - (Mbps)
WRT160N V1
Throughput - (Mbps)
WAN - LAN
93.4
87.9
LAN - WAN
93.5
84.6
Total Simultaneous
111.9
92.8
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 180 96
Firmware Version
v1.00.01 B15
v1.02.2
Table 1: Routing throughput

Figure 8 is a composite plot of the three routing tests, which shows nice, steady routing throughput. Use the Router Charts to see how the 160NL stacks up against other routers.

WRT160NL Routing throughput composite plot
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Figure 8: WRT160NL Routing throughput composite plot

Wireless Features

As with its routing features, the 160NL's wireless features are Linksys standard. Figure 9 shows the Basic Wireless settings once you switch from the default Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) mode to the Manual setting mode. Network Modes are Disabled, Mixed (default), BG-Mixed, Wireless-B only, Wireless-G only and Wireless-N only.

Basic wireless settings

Figure 9: Basic wireless settings

Channel and Channel Width selection is simple. You can select channels only when in 20 MHz only Channel Width mode. When the Auto (20 or 40 MHz) Channel Width mode is selected, the channel selector is forced to Auto.

I successfully made a WPA2 / AES connection to the 160NL using the WPS PIN method supported by my standard Intel 5300 AGN WiFi Link test client using the Intel PROSet Wireless Connection Utility (version 12.2.0.0).

Figure 10 shows the Advanced Wireless Settings that include Transmit Rate and AP Isolation, which keeps wireless clients from communicating with each other, but no Power settings.

Advanced Wireless Settings

Figure 10: Advanced Wireless Settings

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