"Router has problems"1.5 starson by Netguy27
Pros: The router has a set of programmable options for the advanced user, but also has an easier setup GUI for novice users. The router comes with Gigabit Ethernet ports Dual-band, guest network and built-in USB for network storage.
Cons: HOT!!! Due to design flaws this device will run hot no matter where you place it. The heat dramatically impacts performance from this device.
Summary: I am a network administrator by trade. I originally purchased this device to allow for media streaming and online gaming to several devices on my network to include a Home Server. I owned this server for 45 days before returning it to the store.
This router has several features that make it an attractive device. Unfortunately, the design of this router does not allow for adequate ventilation and therefore it overheats even when placed on a flat surface. Overheating caused devices to drop from the network and not reconnect, packet loss, slow/poor performance in the GUI and regular internet routing. Another problem I had with this router is that after 2 separate occurrences of power loss, the router lost all configurations, though they were ?saved?. I contacted Linksys customer support about this issue and was told that this router is not designed to run 24/7. After reprogramming the network and router for the second time, I decided to take Linksys?s advice and return this router for the Valet Plus. I immediately saw better performance, and after 24 hours, I could feel a temperature difference between the two devices.
This device requires separate cooling or the removal of power when not in use to remain stable. I would not recommend this device to anyone, and would rather suggest looking into the Valet Plus which is Cisco?s latest generation router based on this architecture.