Pros possibly wireless ac, have not been able to try that yet
Cons cmp to wrt-54gl had worse:
-signal strength @same distance
-restart for almost every configuration change. linksys only restarted for changes that should require it.
-firmware web based UI could be a lot better
Summary Not sure what else to say. 7 year old linksys wrt-54gl is only wireless G, and performed better in pretty much every aspect I care about in a router. dual band is great in theory, but even when arranging my connections to make use of both frequencies, I get poorer performance on each than I did when everything was all on one with the old router...
I'm sure someone will complain (and i'll admit it's valid) that I haven't tried AC yet...that's supposed to be the main purpose of the router. But what are there, like 2 client devices that can make use of it at the moment? The media bridge and the ASUS laptop on the way? I did plan to get the media bridge for streaming bd-iso, but 1) i'm not willing to make the tradeoff to have worse performance overall for all my other devices, and 2) After seeing this poor performance, I'm really doubting the ac performance would be up to par either. Nobody expects routers to hit theoretical speeds, but when you're getting kiilled by an almost decade old router at 30% the cost (and that old router still gets a good price for how old it is)... I think that's a problem.
Pros Good price, nice package
Cons This is not a 802.11ac Wifi Certified router, since the Wifi certification for 802.11ac will not start until the beginning of next year.
Summary When 802.11n came out, and all the makers made routers before the WiFi Certification was started, and it was a real problem in which many of those first routers had performance and compatibility issues. Even the Cnet editors pointed out that it's 5G speeds were low. Once I realized 802.11ac was not WiFi Certified, I returned it, and will wait till the beginning of next year to get an 802.11ac router that has WiFi Certification and I know it will perform and be fully compatible with all the 11ac products.
Cons there are no cons
Pros super duper fast
Cons there are the base isnt sturdy so i put it horizontally