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Wireless WAN

Normally, most routers connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable plugged into a cable/DSL modem. However, some people connect via a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP). The MWN-WAPR300N is fairly unique because it allows you to use a wireless connection as your WAN connection.

In addition to connecting to the internet via a WISP, you could also use this feature to connect to a public hotspot and then share that connection with your wired or wireless clients. You might expect to find "WAN Medium Type" under the WAN menu, but it's actually located under the Advanced Settings menu.

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N WAN Medium Type

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N WAN Medium Type

To configure the router to use a wireless WAN connection, just select Wireless WAN and click apply. The router will reboot. The gallery below shows you the steps to follow to connect the MWN-WAPR300N's WAN to a wireless network. After the connection has been made, there are a couple of things to note:

  • The primary SSID will change from your previous default to the name of the wireless network that you attached to for your WAN connection.
  • Wireless clients can still connect to the Medialink router, but they will have to attach to the secondary SSID.
  • Internet bandwidth of wireless clients attached to the MWN-WAPR300N will be cut in half. Wired LAN clients will be limited to the bandwidth of the wireless WAN link.

Traffic Statistics

The MWN-WAPR300N can keep track of traffic statistics for both WAN and LAN connections. By default, this feature is disabled. I've only seen this feature on a handful of routers. It shows statistics by IP address along with the current uplink/downlink rates, sent and received packets and sent and received MBytes.

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Traffic Statistics

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Traffic Statistics

Other Features

The gallery below shows some additional features. I've skipped a number of sub-menus as many have only single or self-explanatory items.

Routing Performance

Routing throughput was measured for the Medialink MWN-WAPR300N loaded with version V5.07.45_en_MDL02 firmware using our standard test method. Results are summarized in the chart below.

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Routing Summary

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Routing Summary

The 3795 simultaneous connections landed the MWN-WAPR300N at the bottom of that N300 charts. Even so, that should be enough connections for a typical home environment.

The IxChariot comparison shows excellent, solid throughput with very little variation between uplink and downlink tests. The routing throughput is essentially wire-speed for a 100 Mbps connection.

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Unidirectional Routing Test Results

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Unidirectional Routing Test Results

The simultaneous up/download throughput benchmark turned in 142.3 Mbps. This places it right in the middle of the simultaneous up/down throughput benchmark results for N300 routers. The average throughput hovered between 68.2 Mbps (downlink) and 74.8 Mbps (uplink) with somewhat more variation noted on the downlink results. Still, with typical internet connections, consumers won’t really notice any difference.

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Simultaneous Up/Downlink Performance Graph

Medialink MWN-WAPR300N Simultaneous Up/Downlink Performance Graph

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