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Linksys WRT330N router review

300 Mbps
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ubicom IP5160U
32 MB / 4 MB

Linksys introduced the WRT330N router in 2006. It is powered by Ubicom IP5160U chipset, 32 MB of RAM, and 4 MB of flash memory.

Want to know if the WRT330N is a game-changer? Stick around until the end of our article!

Table of Contents

  • Linksys WRT330N specifications
    • Body, dimensions, weight
    • System, chipset, RAM, flash, power supply
    • Network, protocols, WAN and LAN ports
    • Wireless, antennas, speed, security
    • Connectivity
    • Administration, user interface, login information
  • Verdict, Pros and Cons
  • Photos

Our personal experiences and opinions form the basis of this article. We aimed to share insights on a topic, and we hoped others would find it useful and inspirational. The specs below rely on official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you noticed any mistakes or missing details about the Linksys WRT330N, please let us know. Furthermore, we strive to deliver a thorough and precise overview.

Linksys WRT330N / WRT330N

The WRT330N is a basic Wi-Fi router. It provides reliable wireless connectivity for small homes or apartments. Linksys incorporates energy-efficient features in their products, promoting sustainability and reducing power consumption.

Linksys WRT330N specifications

BrandLinksys
NameWRT330N
TypeWRT330N
Rating
Rated 3/5 based on 1485 user votes.
Launch2006

Body

Dimensions188 x 40 x 176 mm
Weight527 g

If you have limited space, like in a small apartment or office, the dimensions can determine if it can fit there. If you plan to mount your router on a wall or ceiling, the weight can affect the mounting process. It also affects the type of mounting hardware needed.

System

ChipsetUbicom IP5160U
RAM32 MB
Flash4 MB
OSLinksys
Power supply12 V / 1 A

The Ubicom IP5160U CPU is key. It, along with factors like RAM and firmware, decides how well the router works. The 32 MB of RAM enables the router to handle multiple tasks and processes concurrently. Flash memory retains its data even when the router is off. This allows the router to keep its firmware and settings across reboots. Upgrading router firmware has become simple and user-friendly. The Linksys provides the right power supply. It is 12 V / 1 A, this matches the router's voltage needs.

Network

ProtocolsIPv4
LAN ports4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
WAN ports1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
Mobile networkno
VPN supportno

Like many modern routers, the Linksys WRT330N supports many features and tech. They improve your network's connectivity and security. Most networking equipment, like routers and switches, supports IPv4. Gigabit Ethernet ports support data transfer rates of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). A Gigabit WAN port is helpful. It is useful when your internet plan supports high speeds.

Linksys WRT330N (WRT330N) / 1

Wireless

Antennas3 x 1.5 dBi
RP-SMA
2.4 GHzyes
5 GHzno
60 GHzno
StandardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n
ClassN300
Speed300 Mbps
Transmit power14 dBm
SecurityWEP
WPA
WPA2
Guest networkno

The 3 x 1.5 dBi, RP-SMA antennas allow sending and getting many data streams at once. This boosts overall throughput and improves Wi-Fi performance. Many IoT devices, smart home devices, and older Wi-Fi devices mainly use the 2.4 GHz band. Older routers have a more limited range than newer Wi-Fi standards. So, they are less suitable for larger homes or offices. The top speed, 300 Mbps, is the highest data rate the router can reach. It's the theoretical limit in perfect conditions.

WEP was the first Wi-Fi security protocol. But it is now seen as weak and easy to hack. The introduction of WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) improved upon WEP. It provides stronger security.

Connectivity

USB portsno
Print serverno
File serverno

The WRT330N router doesn't have file-server or print-server functionality.

Administration

Default IP192.168.1.1
Default username[blank]
Default passwordadmin

Changing the password often is a good security practice. It protects your network and devices from unauthorized access. Changing the default password improves your router's security. It reduces the risk of unauthorized individuals controlling your network.

Pros and Cons

Every router, including this Linksys one, has its good sides and not-so-good sides. Let's take a closer look at both to get a full understanding of what this router can do. We'll talk about what it does well and also where it could use some improvements. Just remember, this is just what I think, and you might see things differently.

Pros

  • high-speed LAN port
  • high-speed WAN port

Cons

  • insufficient flash
  • missing Wi-Fi 6 support
  • lacks Wi-Fi 5 compatibility
  • reduced Wi-Fi bandwidth
  • incompatible with WPA3
  • missing WPS support
  • no USB connectivity

Linksys WRT330N photos

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Robert Miller
For over 15 years, I've immersed myself in the world of networking devices as a tech aficionado. I've dedicated myself to thoroughly testing and analyzing routers and other networking gear. I aim to provide thorough reviews. They will give you the knowledge needed to improve your network.
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