Speaking of a total letdown.
I was very excited to get my hands on EnGenius' latest router, the ESR300H--the first in EnGenius' new XtraRange family--expecting to have some fun, at least with its range. There was no fun to be had at all.
The ESR300H is a basic single-band wireless router with almost nothing to show for itself. If it had come out two years ago, it would have been a decent router. Now that the Wireless-N standard has fully matured, the ESR300H is far behind its time.
The router offers 300Mbps Wireless-N on the 2.4GHz band. It indeed showed some extra range, being able to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal farther than others of the same pricing. Effectively, however, in my testing, it should be used within about 75 feet if you want decent wireless performance.
And even when used in close range, the connection wasn't guaranteed to be so decent all the time.… Read more