By Ki Grinsing
Almost every networking manufacturer offers wireless modem gateway products which the users are customers of internet service from the local Telco Company. In the metropolitan areas cable services may be more desirable than DSL, but cable services do not exist in most towns. However, most DSL services provided by the local Telco companies, because DSL uses telephone wiring infrastructure that already exists.
For that DSL modem gateways are more interested in the small towns where cable services are not available yet than in metropolitan areas.
X2000 is one of wireless DSL modem gateways introduced by Linksys for DSL subscriber. Design like most other Linksys products rather flat square with sides of gray while the upper surface is black.
- Wireless N300 router with built-in ADSL2 modem
- Gigabit Ethernet ports including 4x LAN and 1x WAN port for Cable modem
- USB port with built-in UPnP and media server
Wireless N300 ADSL gateway
With wireless N300 technology applied on this modem gateway would be able to meet your wifi network needs at home with a quite good performance. Besides the practical nature of the all-in-one product is more easily maintained and you only need one device for your wifi network.
Compared with the previous version of the X2000 which is packed with 3x fast Ethernet ports and one EWAN, X3000 is packed with 4 gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and one gigabit EWAN port.
Traditional wireless ADSL gateway doesn’t include Ewan port for connection to a cable modem or fiber Ethernet, but the X3000 comes equipped with one Ewan port if one day you change to the cable service so you do not need to buy a new wireless router.
The second difference between the X2000 and X3000 is the USB port which is included in X3000 with built-in UPnP and media server. With UPnP media server you can seamlessly connect XBOX, PS3, Blu-Ray and more UPnP compatible devices. The addition of USB port allows you add an external hard disk for sharing with the whole family on the network. Store all the multimedia files including HD video, music and more in the share storage.
Linksys X3000 Vs DGND3700
Linksys X3000 with USB port is similar with the product shipped by Netgear – the DGND3700. Now, have a look at the following table that compares the manufacturer’s spec for Linksys X3000 Vs Dgnd3700.
Single Vs Dual band
X3000 is based on N300 single 2.4GHz band while Dgnd3700 is based on N600 dual band. Dgnd3700 theoretically is more robust than the X3000 and performance of dual band will be great for multimedia networks such as streaming and gaming.
The other high performance feature for Dgnd3700 is that it is powered by dual-core 400MHz processor and 128MB flash memory and 128MB RAM for heavy duty processing, no wonder Netgear put this device into its high performance products. No processor and memory spec found for X3000.
Dgnd3700 Vs X3000 comparison Table
|Linksys X3000||Netgear Dgnd3700|
|Wireless technology||Wireless N300 – 802.11b/g/n compliant||Wireless N600 – 802.11a/b/g/n compliant|
|Antennas||2 internal antennas with MIMO technology||Internal MIMO antennas|
|USB port||1xUSB port storage link with built-in UPnP and media server||1xUSB storage link with built-in UPnP media server – DLNA compliant|
|Memory||Unspecified||Flash = 128MB and RAM = 128MB|
SPI and NAT firewall
|WPA/WPA2—PSK & WEP
SPI and NAT firewall
DoS attack prevention
|Other features||Power on/off button
Cisco connect software
|Power and wireless on/off button
Broadband usage meter