By Ben Bowers
on 1.19.11

Wireless router. Now that’s a pair of words completely devoid of sex appeal. Still, that hasn’t stopped Linksys from pushing the design envelope with its dual-band E4200 ($180) wireless router. In fact, on looks alone we’d expect its slick black silhouette to blast out beats from our iPhone. Its real purpose, however, is to deliver max transfer speeds of 300-450 Mbps via six antennas (both internal and external) — giving it a supposedly bigger broadcast range inside the home compared to your old clunker. Thanks to an integrated USB port, users also have the option to create a networked media server or storage solution. Simply attach an extra hard drive, and its built-in UPnP AV media server allows users to seamlessly stream digital media files to devices like an Xbox 360, PS3, or other UPnP compatible home theater components. In other words it’s NAS(sty).

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