Vizio XWR100 dual-band wireless router
Manufacturer: Vizio Part number: XWR100
- Bottom Line:
- The Vizio XWR100 Dual Band HD Wireless Internet Router is arguably one of the best sub-$100 wireless routers on the market, and it's a must-have for those with network-ready home entertainment devices from Vizio.
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo
- Reviewed on: 12/02/2010
The good: The Vizio XWR100 Dual Band HD Wireless Internet Router offers solid performance and a user-friendly Web interface. The router supports true dual-band, USB external hard drives, is easy to use, and comes in an aesthetically pleasing design.
The bad: The Vizio XWR100 doesn't support Gigabit Ethernet. Its network storage function can't write to external hard drives formatted in NTFS file system. The Web interface offers limited customization of its settings and features.
The bottom line: The Vizio XWR100 Dual Band HD Wireless Internet Router is arguably one of the best sub-$100 wireless routers on the market, and it's a must-have for those with network-ready home entertainment devices from Vizio.
This product is terrible. Do not waste your money
by Wireless785 on December 3, 2011
Pros: Works well with the Vizio Blue Ray player
Cons: Constantly drops internet. Students, don't waste your money. You are better off going to Starbucks to do your homework.
Summary: It works for very short periods of time. The Vizio customer service is useless. I have owned this router for 4 months. During that time I have been on the ...
Summary: It works for very short periods of time. The Vizio customer service is useless. I have owned this router for 4 months. During that time I have been on the phone with customer service for 30 plus hours. They have sent me two routers and will not refund my money. Linksys is so much better. I have given up on this router and will be purchasing a new Linksys or Belkin router today. A friend of mine bought a Belkin within days of my Vizio purchase and has had zero trouble with it.
Not Reliable and USB Function doesn't work.
by harpo95993 on November 13, 2011
Pros: Dual Band Router
Cons: USB Storage Device
Summary: The router drops the connections several times a week. Plus the usb function doesn't work. I contacted support about the usb not working and they sent me a replacement. ...
Summary: The router drops the connections several times a week. Plus the usb function doesn't work. I contacted support about the usb not working and they sent me a replacement. Guess what the replacement doesn't work and support told me it was my computers. Three separate computers made by three different manufactures. I don't think so. The only thing common to these computers and several different usb devices I tried is the router and Vizio is saying it's not their problem. By the way this was with several operating systems as well.
Keeps dropping my network
by smittyssp on July 15, 2011
Pros: Can't think of any
Cons: signal, connection, range, networking all poor
Summary: From day one, I've had a problem with it. My network continuously loses the signal from the router. I have no cordless phones or anything else that would interfere. ...
Summary: From day one, I've had a problem with it. My network continuously loses the signal from the router. I have no cordless phones or anything else that would interfere. I originally called VIZIO and they where going to send me a new one. Then realized that I hadn't registered it and that was the reason for dropping signal. Well it was fine for a few weeks and it's doing it again.
Decent range, but wireless networks frequently drop.
by michael98--2008 on July 3, 2011
Pros: Decent range, easy setup, low profile
Cons: Wireless networks drop once or twice a week
Summary: I was really excited to get this router (even though I hate that I had to buy it from Walmart) because of the good points it got for range. I ...
Summary: I was really excited to get this router (even though I hate that I had to buy it from Walmart) because of the good points it got for range. I previously had an Airport Extreme and my Sony Bluray player could not get enough of a signal (on the opposite side of the house) to do any streaming at all. So I was pretty stoked when I set everything up and my Bluray player got a consistently excellent signal. But, the one drawback is that for some reason, once or twice a week, the wireless networks will just disappear and my only recourse is to reboot the router. I've never bothered calling tech support about it because I know their support is pretty much useless. So I've just lived with the annoyance of having to get up and go reboot it once a week or so. This may just be a dud unit, though, because nobody else mentions this issue out of all the reviews I've read online.
excellant simplet o use router
by plexer2498 on July 1, 2011
Pros: easy set up, straight forward web interface, good signal through walls in -home though to about 150 ft. Detection of 80% singal strength outside home in backyard to 80 feet - to the point controls on the web interface, easy to set security protocals. Dev
Cons: Signal strength still could be a bit stronger I think - this compared to EnGenius b/g router. Although you canlmiit user numbe rthrogh web interface, form what I've read from oter users that are more hardcore, there may not be enough funciotnality for tra
Summary: Given the discounted price I received through amazon and that this is a new router for me (new as of June 2011), this is a great router, and well worth ...
Summary: Given the discounted price I received through amazon and that this is a new router for me (new as of June 2011), this is a great router, and well worth the money. Although I have not tried full HD streaming yet, I have put this router under transmission stress of 2 computers, a PS3 and a Wii at the same time, with all streaming video signal from youtube - handled it beautifully with no signal loss or hiccups. Even when the PS3 was chaged to online gaming, still no problems or slowdowns. Only time will tell, but if this unit holds up over time, it is well worth the money.have had the router for just over a year. has performed without issues, except with my HP laptop. Signal occassionally drops, but I've tracked the problem to the laptop. Simple hit on the router button, and problem is fixed. I have no problems with function between my netbook, PS3, desktop and laptop otherwise. Router has been able to handle all four units running different wireless operations at the same time without a problem. This included streaming video and game network links.
Updated on Apr 18, 2012
Router Set Up: 5 stars; Range:1 star
by Rickkel on June 18, 2011
Pros: One of the easiest routers I have ever set up. Very good price. Nice design.
Cons: The range of the wireless signal is not poor, it is horrible. My ancient Linksys G router was significantly better. The signal drops off to nearly nothing when I leave the room it was installed in. I have a small house (1,500 sf) and I can't even get a
Summary: Nice setup, but the fact I can only really use it in one room defeats the whole purpose of a wireless router. I will probably return this piece of junk ...
Summary: Nice setup, but the fact I can only really use it in one room defeats the whole purpose of a wireless router. I will probably return this piece of junk and bite the bullet with a more expensive one.
Excellent Bang for the Buck!
Pros: 1.Price 2.Features 3.Ease of use.
Cons: I could not find any issues... well maybe it could have included a more robust Ethernet cable.. though that was just a visual note.
Summary: You can't beat the price, same features as routers costing twice as much.
Summary: You can't beat the price, same features as routers costing twice as much.
Worked for (ALMOST)
by davenbft on March 8, 2011
Pros: Sleek Design
Cons: Bad Quality
Summary: I bought this router at about 2PM as a replacement for my Belkin router I have used for over 7 years. I needed dual band due to video streaming for ...
Summary: I bought this router at about 2PM as a replacement for my Belkin router I have used for over 7 years. I needed dual band due to video streaming for my new 3D Blu-Ray/TV set up. I set it up in the afternoon about 7 PM or so. Set up was relatively easy. The following AM, I was unable to connect to wireless (neither 2.5 or 5.0) with any WiFI device (laptops, phones, WII, Blu-Ray) unless I held the phones and laptops almost on top of router and then it showed poor signal ( my neighbors' signals were higher than this). I tried all normal troubleshooting measures including resetting and reinstalling to no avail. After reinstalling my old Belkin, my connectivity returned as always. I replaced this with new reliable Belkin dual band and have had no further problems. Save time and money and just go with something reliable in first place.
1st died in 30 mins, 2nd drops signal every few mins
by sschrupp on February 17, 2011
Pros: Inexpensive, nice looking
Cons: Poor quality, doesn't work properly
Summary: I've used a lot of technology over the years and this is the first item that I've felt the need to give below 3 or 4 stars. The ...
Summary: I've used a lot of technology over the years and this is the first item that I've felt the need to give below 3 or 4 stars. The first router I brought home from Walmart completely froze after 30 minutes. Spoke with their tech support and he couldn't get it to reset to factory, told me it was defective.
The second one I brought home I was sure would be good because I've read good reviews about this. It set up just fine, signal was strong, had no issues. Three minutes later it dumped my wired connection out of Ventrilo and a game I was in then reconnected after 30 seconds or so.
I figured it was just a fluke, until 4 or 5 minutes later it happened again. And again. And again. I tried various settings, factory reset, 30/30/30 reset, etc etc. Nothing kept it from dropping my connection. How disappointing!
I really wanted to like this thing. I mean for the price it seems too good to be true. I guess it is.
I'm tempted to give it a 3rd try since there have been good reviews from people, but I've also seen reviews with similar problems to me. So is it just shoddy craftmanship? Do they just have poor manufacturing process and have many faulty devices rolling out?
Great all-purpose router for the money
by msitter on February 14, 2011
Easy to set up
Cons: Doesn't appear to support advanced features such as MAC address filtering
- Manufacturer: Vizio
- Part number: XWR100
- Description: The next generation of routers is here! VIZIO brings you the dual-band HD wireless Internet router. This state of the art router prioritizes the sending of media files over regular data files delivering a superior streaming experience with fewer delays. Use it to wirelessly stream movies, TV shows, music and more in HD quality directly to your Internet ready HDTV. The XRW100 works with simultaneous dual-band wireless (802.11a/b/g/n) and wired Internet devices to connect gadgets such as Blu-ray players, DVRs, smart phones, laptops, game consoles and more. With the built-in setup app easily create a secure wireless hotspot supporting WPS, WEP and WPA security. The integrated 4-port 10/100 switch lets you connect up to four wired Internet devices and the USB 2.0 port enables you to connect a USB hard drive to your network for shared access to photos, videos and so much more!
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz,
- Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Authentication Method RADIUS
- Features Wall mountable ,
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g , FCC,
IEEE 802.11a , cUL,
IEEE 802.11n , UL,
- Line Coding Format 64 QAM,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
WAN : 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
Hi-Speed USB : 1 x 4 pin USB Type A
- Expansion Slots None
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.11a ,
IEEE 802.11n ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.3u ,
- Antenna Internal integrated
- Antenna Qty 4
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 8 in
- Depth 5.9 in
- Height 1.3 in
- Weight 10.6 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80% (non-condensing)