Linksys by Cisco Releases the WRT160NL Wireless-N Router with NAS and Media Serving Capabilities

Linksys by Cisco WRT160NL

Wow, I haven’t found reason to upgrade my router until now. The new Linksys by Cisco WRT160NL Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is a $119.99 Linux powered device that’s not only capable of providing a strong 802.11n signal via its two R-SMA antenna connectors, but it can function as a NAS server as well as UPnP AV media server (DLNA 1.5 certified) when an external USB 2.0 storage drive is attached. I kid you not. It seems the engineers at Linksys are quite proud of the WRT160NL and have based much of its foundation on the experience they gained from the popular selling and hackable WRT54GL and NSLU2. Quick specs: 400Mhz processor, 32MD of DDRAM, 8MB of flash memory, USB 2.0 storage link port, 802.11n draft 2.0. Downside: no Gigabit Ethernet and it currently only supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS storage drive files systems.

Cisco Launches Linux Powered N-Router with Media Sharing Functionality

IRVINE, California – June 23, 2009 – Cisco® today announced a new Linux powered router, the Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL). The new model complements the existing Linksys by Cisco consumer router line-up and is essentially the next generation of the popular WRT54GL. The design of the product is similar to other Linksys by Cisco N-routers, but has integrated connectors for external antennae. Consumers that prefer external aerials can now enjoy the new Linksys by Cisco router design because of the integrated R-SMA antenna connectors. The integrated Storage Link functionality lets consumers connect their USB storage device to the router to create a powerful media sharing solution that enables video, photo and music sharing through the integrated media server.


* The Storage Link port lets users connect USB storage devices to the router. Music, video, or data files can be made available in the network through the built-in media server. The media server can stream to PCs or UPnP AV digital media adapters. The integrated Storage Link port supports FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems in both read and write mode.
* Although most Linksys by Cisco router feature internal antennae the WRT160NL has external antennae. The two R-SMA antenna connectors are designed to allow tech savvy users to be more flexible in their antennae choice and placement.
* The new Linksys by Cisco product packaging provides more than 40% reduction in waste materials compared to the previously offered packaging. The size of the boxes is reduced, internal packaging is transitioning to more recyclable material, the use of plastic bags is being eliminated where possible and all packaging and internal documents are printed on paper that is made from 80% recycled content and vegetable and soy inks are being used.
* The Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is shipped with Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA). LELA helps consumers to get their network up and running and helps keep their network updated and secure. The included set-up CD is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers.

System specifications:

* Linux powered
* 802.11n draft 2.0 certified
* 400Mhz processor
* 8 Megabytes Flash memory
* 32 Megabytes DDRAM
* Storage Link port (USB 2.0)
* UPnP AV media server
* Wi-Fi protected Setup pushbutton security
* 2 x R-SMA antennae connectors

Supporting Quote:

“In the past we have had many successful Linux powered devices with the WRT54GL and NSLU2 being great examples. The WRT160NL is the logical next step combining Linux, 802.11n technology and USB storage functionality. We see the WRT160NL as a possible successor of our WRT54GL as the market transitions to 802.11n – but then with storage functionality on top of that,” said Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Cisco Consumer Business Group.


The Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is available from authorized Linksys by Cisco retailers, resellers, and VAR partners. MSRP: $119.99.
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4 Reactions to “Linksys by Cisco Releases the WRT160NL Wireless-N Router with NAS and Media Serving Capabilities”

  1. mark says:

    Lost me at no Gigabit Ethernet.

  2. Michael says:

    The same for me. I don’t understand why Cisco didn’t put Gigabit Ethernet to such cool device.

  3. Brian says:

    Gigabit Ethernet is a loss, but how is only FAT16, 32 and NTFS a loss?? I wish my WRT350N could do NTFS!!

  4. It’s not a loss. However, since Linksys is touting the virtues of Linux on this router, one would think it would offer support for file systems popular on the Linux platform like ext3, ext4, ReiserFS as well.

    As for no Gigabit:
    It would be nice to have, but it’s not a deal breaker. I think most people who end up buying this router intend to use 802.11n primarily for all their connectivity.