Installation & Use
The WRT150N-RM uses a standard WRT150N Linksys firmware and web administration panel. The administrator can change a variety of WAN settings and can set up dynamic DNS service through dyndns.org or tzo.com.
The unit is capable of WPA and WPA2 security, and can restrict wireless traffic to B, G, or N only. The unit can also isolate wireless clients from wired clients.
Most routers sold these days can do VPN passthrough, and the WRT150N is no exception. It can do IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP passthrough.
Linksys also has an excellent Internet Access Policy manager. This tool allows an administrator to restrict access to the Internet in various ways, including by URL and port, as well as on a schedule. It also has Quality of Service (QoS) management to keep critical games and VoIP at a higher priority than regular traffic.
The administrator can obviously change passwords and configure remote access to the router’s administration panel, and also see LAN, WAN, and wireless information.
For some very basic testing, I meandered throughout my apartment and outside with a friend’s MacBook. I had strong signal throughout my house and yard, despite not having an 802.11n wireless card. Wired tests showed approximately average speed for a 10/100 Ethernet connection, varying between 8 and 10 MBps.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.