I had been looking for a decent Wi-Fi router for the last couple of weeks, and after some analysis I narrowed down to the Linksys WAG200G. Essentially, I wanted a Wi-Fi router that had a built-in ADSL2+ modem, since I didn’t want two devices (the modem and the router) lying around and making the place look messy.
After enquiring the prices in various places, I finally purchased it from a shop in SP Road in Bangalore for about Rs. 3200 (I was not too concerned about the price anyway, as I would be getting it reimbursed from my company on account of “home broadband installation expenses”).
After coming home, I started to install it. Now, since I have an Airtel DSL broadband connection, I was initially unsure of whether to buy this or to go with the Airtel-supplied Beetel 450BXI Wi-fi router, since the latter is cheaper and of course the Airtel guys would set it up and even assist with any troubleshooting later on. By contrast, with a third-party router, I would be on my own if I faced a problem (I had never configured a Wi-fi router before).
But I’m happy to say that I never had a chance to rue my decision of buying the WAG200G. It was a breeze to set up, and was literally up and running within five minutes of unpacking! Linksys has made the router setup process is so simple that even a schoolboy can configure it.
The router comes with a setup CD. You need to connect one of the Ethernet ports on the Wi-fi router to your laptop/PC and then insert the CD to start the setup program. The setup asks you to choose your service provider (Airtel, Tata Indicom, BSNL, etc. are all supported). Based on your choice, it configures the specific DSL settings for that service provider. It then asks you your broadband username and password. Once you enter it, you’re done! It totally takes about five minutes!
Some of the salient features of the Linksys WAG200G are:
– Great signal range and coverage (best in the industry), so you can work from anywhere in your house
– Better signal strength, resulting in faster browsing
– Built-in ADSL 2+ modem, which means you don’t need to have your service provider’s modem alongside the router, thus reducing clutter. The downside is that this makes it rather specific to DSL Internet connections and unsuitable for Cable Internet, WiMAX, etc. For these, a simple Wi-Fi router like WRT54G would be suitable.
– Great security features. It supports all industry-standard data encryption algorithms, such as WEP, WPA and even the latest WPA2. Besides, you can disable logins to the router administration GUI over Wi-Fi, and also allow only specific MAC addresses to access the Internet (so no outsider can use your Internet connection or change your router settings). You can even “hide” your Wi-fi network from everyone else by disabling SSID broadcasts. See this post for more details on this.
– So easy to set up that it’s literally child’s play! The Wi-fi router will be up and running in no time!
– Great technical support of Linksys.
– Four Ethernet ports in addition to Wi-Fi, so you can connect both PCs and laptops simultaneously.
– Sleek and beautiful looks!
Last but not the least, it is pertinent to mention that the WAG200G is indeed slightly costlier as compared to similar Wi-Fi routers from other well-known companies like Netgear, Belkin, etc., but then it gives you the best possible performance, security and technical support which makes it well worth the extra money!