Pros Great range, very fast, simple to set up, useful LEDs on the front, good price, USB port for network storage devices, wireless guest access, stylish looking, bandwidth meter on the front
Cons USB port could be faster, not many advanced features, USB port only handles storage (no printers), only stands upright
Summary I got this to replace my linksys wrt54g that kept failing after only a year. Out of the four or five different kinds of routers I've set up, this one is my favorite.
I'm slightly confused by prior reviews saying that it was a pain to set up - I just plugged it into power, modem, and my computer, and went to 192.168.2.1, and changed all the settings to my prefered settings. It was that simple.
I like the web interface far more than the linksys or dlink ones that I've tried - it's much cleaner, much more intuitive, and very responsive (doesn't tend to freeze and have browser issues). I'm no power user, so I can't say it's hurting for features - it has everything I need and more than I'll end up using. The guest access is nice - it allows for a second network for guests, internet only, and requires them to log in either with WPA or through a web portal (hotel-style).
The USB storage feature is very nice. Just plug in your hard drive or flash drive and go to \\192.168.2.1\DEVICENAME and there it is. I hear there is also manager software if you want it (windows only), but I don't need it. I've tried it with my external HD and with a flash drive, and both worked perfect. It's a little slow, but it's not bad for smaller files and such (just don't try and move your entire hard drive through it).
Overall I'm very happy with it - N wireless, gigabit ethernet, fast, simple, and with network storage. I have not experienced any problems that any other users have in their reviews (or any problems for that matter).
Pros Initially the router kept dropping connection. You have to hard set settings in router to a diffrent channel and match that channel on your pc's, I recommend ch3. Because almost all routers default to 6, use diffrent ch.
Cons Read bottom line summary
Summary And hard set to either 802.11b or 802.11g and do same on your pc. I have comcast cable modem and have got it to work. I had Linksys wrt300 and it died after 2 years. I've had this one for 2 days and now its not dropping connection and seems to work fast. If you buy this router, follow my recommendations. Your neighbors probably have wireless routers and they will be on the same ch as this one. Also set your SSID to something unique and disable broadcast so no one can piggy back on your router. I am a network administrator and this should help you get max performance from this device.
Pros Small footprint vs what I had. Easy set up with my cox internet service provider where my LinkSys wasn't. I find the signal stength better than my previous router. Easy access to web for advanced features.
Cons Don't care for all the blue lights on the front of the unit. But not a deal breaker.
Summary Returned my dual band LinkSys after it stopped working after 3 months. Found set up quick. I like the USB network. Easier to configure and get up and running vs my LinkSys. I don't find the USB connection that slow. And I don't find the unit bulky. I like how it takes up less space that my saucer shaped LinkSys. I'm very happy with my purchase. I also like the fact that my connection speed over the network is faster than what I had before and I don't miss the dual band as I could never use the 5g effectively from 50' so I was always using the 2.4g. So much for dual band.
Pros User Friendly set up.
Simply to use.
Firmware updates are a breeze.
External drive shared by all.
Cons Very tall but still visually pleasing.
Documentation still needs work regarding using options.
Cost, a little expensive but it's an N router.
Summary I have done research on many sites looking for a router. I like the fact that this is a true N router and not a draft or N150. I went to amazon and smallnetbuilder for info. Editors and amazon users love it but here it's hated. I bought the unit and was happy I did. I was up and running in 15 minutes and using a jump drive was able to set up my netbooks to link up quick. I had no drops or issues. I live in an apartment with many other wireless routers in the area and lots of radio noise from cell phones and cordless phones. I have to say the user rating for this product doesn't wash and that this is a solid product. I would recommend this product.
Pros Good technical support from Jacquin, Ramesh.
Cons Difficult to set up, requiring three calls to Belkin's tech support. Poor range -- the router wouldn't match the coverage of my old Belkin Pre-N.
Summary I took the router back because it's useless to me. It wouldn't cover my house like my old Belkin Pre-N. I don't see the point in having wireless if you have to sit in the same room to use it.