"Best router I've ever used"4.5 starson by mjoyce91
Pros: Long range, 5GHz, OLED screen, Gamefuel
Cons: None I can think of
Summary: This may be the best router on the market right now. With our old wireless router, the D-Link WBR-1310, we could not connect either of our laptops from our basement to our top floor in our 3 story town house, but it maybe got 1 bar, but then would drop out within a few hours. With this laptop, we get the full amount of bars. The router even says it has a 100% connection, and i think it got to maybe 88% at the lowest, but it's at 100% for the most part. I don't think there's any house that this router wouldn't work in. I would be confident that you could get atleast a 30% signal from the basement to the top floor of a 5 story house.
I play Xbox 360 pretty often, and with my old router, I had my 360 hard wired to it and I would ALWAYS lag during games. I have not lagged once with this router, even when I use the wireless.
The OLED screen is really nice. It shows current bandwidth usage, date and time, ect. Basic stuff going on with the router, pretty much. Some people complain about the fact that it turns off after 20 seconds or some thing, but if it didn't, it would burn out after about 6-10 months.
This router has the option of a 2.4GHz or a 5GHz frequency. The only problem is that you can only use one or the other, not a mix of the two. It's not a big deal though because you get such a strong signal you probably won't need the 5GHz, but if all of your wireless devices have 5GHz wifi, you might as well use it.
Some people have said that following the instructions from the CD don't work. I just used the pamphlet and I didn't have any problems. I also read about some one's router constantly resetting because his Nintendo Wii controller was too close to the router, and the bluetooth transmission was screwing with the router, so if you have a wii controller and your router is resetting, take the batteries from the controller out, and then try using the router again.
This has game connection boosting built in. I think my connection is so fast that I'm not really seeing a big difference. If you have DSL you'll probably see a bigger difference. Remember that the connection speed depends on the host of the game's connection, along with your's.
It looks like the price of this is dropping pretty fast. I got mine on December 24th for $179.99 from circuit city, and it looks like circuit city now has it for $159.99, so this is a pretty good deal for a top of the line router, considering some this router's competitors are selling from 180-220.
Definately recommended if you have a large home and are having trouble connecting to your wireless router from far away, or you're lagging in games. If you live in a smaller home or don't use any wireless devices, or don't play many games, go with some thing cheaper.