I have been using ADSL as my wireline internet connection for quite a long time, probably around 8 years or so. My old DLink DSL-G604T router was aged and had a broken body after all these years of usage. It was time to buy a newer and more capable router. Another important reason was that the number of devices in my home had increased. Our home now has 3 computers, 4 phones, 2 tablets and 1 television. Streaming media and files across these devices was hard as the old router was incapable of handling the heavy bandwidth. After a lot of searching and comparing, I finally decided to buy a new Cisco Linksys X3500 ADSL 2+ modem router. It comes with a price tag of INR 16000 (US$ 246) in the Indian market, but I was able to get a new one off eBay for INR 9550 (US$146).
The Cisco Linksys X3500 ADSL 2+ router allows the devices in your home to connect via your ADSL connection. It also has an ethernet WAN port so you can also use it as a generic router in conjunction with a cable or fiber connection. It features dual-band 802.11n wifi, which gives a bandwidth of 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 450 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. Wifi protected setup (WPS) is present. It also has 4 gigabit ethernet ports for connecting wired computers. Moreover it has a USB port for attaching devices like printers and hard drives. All-in-all it is a perfect solution for connecting all networked devices at home with awesome data transfer rates.
The unit comes enclosed in a box with printed bold visuals and information. The following photo shows how the packaging looks like:
The box contains the X3500 itself, along with a power adapter, RJ11 (telephone) cable, RJ45 (ethernet) cable, a quick installation guide, warranty card and the Cisco Connect CD.
The router alone looks like this, with the LED indicators and the grey wireless aerial strip:
The back and bottom views of the router look like this, with the back view showing all the wired ports:
Installation and setting up is pretty easy with the Cisco Connect CD. All that needs to be done is installing the application from the CD and following the instructions step by step. Alternatively, one can connect to the router and open the web interface at http://192.168.1.1 with username ‘admin’ (without quotes) and blank password and manage the router settings. The controls are very easy and straightforward, and even a novice would be easily able to set it up. There’s also a mobile app namedCisco Connect Express to let you manage the router. Some screenshots of the web interface are given below: