The Medialink Wireless N Router is a top-selling performer that offers a lot of bang for very little buck. The Medialink Wireless N is technically known as the WAPR150N, denoting that it is a 150 Mbps 2.4 GHz model that falls under the 802.11N wireless standard. This means that the router will work with pretty much any wireless adaptor and broadband modem combination that is compatible with the IEEE 802.11 standard. Basically, that means any device you will likely find on today’s market.
The router’s port configuration is a fairly standard layout with single WAN port to connect a modem, and four LAN ports for wired Ethernet connections. There is also a WPS button to the right side of the ports. WPS means “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” and pressing this button allows you to connect compatible wireless devices with zero configuration required.
The router has no external antenna. The antenna is concealed within the body of the router. While this can be aesthetically pleasing to look at, it can also slightly reduce the effective range of the router. That should not be a concern for most household users though. Medialink’s Wireless N Router is a good choice for residential use, while small business users may also find it useful depending on the size of the office it is being used in.
The Wireless N Router supports all current methods of wireless security, including WPA, WPA2, and WPS. As is to be expected from routers of this price range, it also has a built-in firewall to secure your home network from Internet-based threats.
If you are in need of an affordable, stylish, and versatile wireless router, the Medialink Wireless N is definitely the router for you. Slight drawbacks might include limited range over very large areas, but that is to be expected from this class of wireless router. The Medialink Wireless N Router is perfect for apartment, residential, and even multistory duplex type dwellings. Our tests found no significant loss of signal within a 2,000 square foot dwelling.
Out of the box, the Wireless N Router includes a power adaptor, an Ethernet cable, installation disc, and user guide. The current retail price is right around $50 on Amazon. The Medialink Wireless N Router is a top-10 seller within Amazon’s technology category. Exclave gave the Medialink Wireless N a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and we also give it a “buy” recommendation.
Exclave also did an Express Review episode on this router available here: http://youtu.be/wZZcu_MjACM