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Color Mouse over a color for a picture. While that may seem to be a lot of things on the router's back, items are well-distributed, so it's less cluttered than you would imagine. I have about 30 different hardwired devices scattered throughout my house. The data presented is for information purposes only. With regular clients, speeds were reduced to just 37Mbps and 29Mbps.

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The router is not designed to be wall-mountable but it comes with a detachable base to work in a vertical position. It can also be placed on its bottom, like all routers. Despite the new compact physical size, the RTU packs a heavy punch. Next to the ports, there are also two USB ports designed to host printers or network storage.

This is the first router of this ultracompact size to come with two USB ports. Most compact routers we've reviewed don't have a USB port at all. Between the USB ports and the LAN ports is a tiny reset button that restores the router to its default manufacturer settings. On top, the router comes with an array of tiny blue lights labeled with the function each displays the status of--the USB port, the wired network, the two wireless networks 2.

It's very easy to get the RTU up and running. First, plug the router in and turn it on. Next, from a computer that's connected to the router via a network cable, open an Internet browser, such as Firefox.

You will be greeted with a quick Web-based wizard that walks you through a few simple steps to set up the wireless networks and get connected to the Internet. In our case, this took less than three minutes. The setup is foolproof and probably the fastest way to set up a router we've seen -- possibly even faster than the case of Cisco's E and Vale series, which are extremely easy.

After the wizard, you can use the router right away or stay in its Web interface to further customize its features. Later on you can log in to this interface again at any time by pointing a browser of a connected computer to its IP address, which by default is The new router also has more features. The only nag we had is the fact that the interface takes a long time to apply changes.

It displays a countdown message that goes from 1 to percent at a rate of about 2 or 3 percent per second, meaning almost every change takes close to a minute. The interface has a nifty network map that show a schematic of all the devices connected to its network and USB ports. It also has a very easy-to-use quality of service QoS feature called EzQoS that lets you quickly prioritize what type of services--gaming, media streaming, VoIP or Internet applications--that you want the network to prioritize for each connected device.

There's even a comprehensive "Traffic Meter" that shows the use of the Internet as well as wired and wireless networks in real time or in the past 24 hours. In our trial, the router could handle two bus-powered external hard drives, the Seagate GoFlex Pro and the Western Digital My Passport , at the same time. So without needing too many wires running around, the router can offer up to 3TB of network storage with two 1.

Once the hard drive is connected, you can choose to share its entire existing contents as public simple share , meaning everyone can have full access to it; or you can choose to share it with accounts. We tried all these different settings, via a section called USB Application within the router's interface, and they worked as intended.

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