"It's great to have a router that finally works!"4.5 starson by UncleDouger
Pros: Very easy for a novice like me to install, using the included software. Excellent on-line help with the easy-to-read FAQs and the on-line chat. It works flawlessly. Coverage range in my house is over twice that of my old router.
Cons: The Cisco Connect software very freely tells anyone who sits down at your computer and starts this program what your User ID and passwords are. The software itself should have a password to access these settings.
Summary: I replaced my old Linksys WRT160N with this E3000 and my, what a difference! My old WRT160N had very poor range in my house, and the wireless part would quit connecting to all of my computers at least once a week (the wired Ethernet port would still work on my desk computer). I had replaced the WRT160N once under warranty and updated the firmware, but no improvement. I was scared to death to install the new E3000 due to the terrible experience I had with the 160 installation. Before I installed the E3000 I read through the on-line FAQs which gave me the courage to proceed. Man, was it ever easy! The software did all the standard configuration, including assigning a unique SSID network name and password. After seeing that everything worked, I got brave and changed the 2.4 GHz SSID network name and password and also set up a guest account (using the Cisco Connect software as explained in the FAQs), and then logged into the router using its web-based utility and set up the separate 5.0 GHz SSID and password. People are complaining about needing to use both the Cisco Connect software and the web-based utility to access all of the router's settings, but I don't think that's an issue at all. The software warns you not to change the 2.4GHz SSID while in the web-based utility, so you can't mess up if you read the instructions!
This router has worked flawlessly for the past 2 weeks. It gives full signal bars anywhere in my 2-story house, and my laptop and iPhone connections are much faster than the 160 ever was. I have not yet used the USB mass-storage feature yet. I'll add to this post if I have any difficulties (not expecting any though).
I am extremely happy that I took the plunge and upgraded to this E3000 router.