Pros I haven't used it, since I couldn't install the set up software, so I can't comment on its pro's.
Cons If you use Windows XP, you must have SP3 installed in order to use the Cisco Connect software to set up the router. Otherwise, you must install the router manually, and you may not have access to all its features.
Summary There are two ways to set up Cisco routers that are part of their E series and Valet series of wireless routers: 1) with the included Cisco Connect software that makes set up very easy, or 2) manually, thru the web browser interface. The manual method may be too difficult for people who are not very knowledgeable about setting up routers and wifi networks.
However, if your operating system is Windows XP, you cannot install the Cisco Connect software unless you are using Windows XP SP3 (i.e., with Microsoft's service pack 3 installed). The outside of the box states that Windows XP SP3 is a minimum system requirement, and Cisco tech support confirmed this.
Many Windows XP users do not have SP3 installed. I only have SP2, and I don't want to risk installing SP3 because it was widely reported that installing SP3 caused a lot of people serious trouble. I am not going to take that risk just so that I can use Cisco Connect Software. I don't know why Cisco made SP3 a requirement. I think it's the only software that I have come across that requires SP3.
So, if you don't have SP3 installed, don't buy one of these series of routers unless you are prepared to install it manually. Also, Cisco tech support told me that some of the features on some of the models can't be used if you don't install the Cisco Connect software. But they told me that all of the features of their new model E4200 can be set up and used from the manual web browser interface, without installing the Cisco Connect software.
Pros Good range
Cons Almost all of it's features
-Data transfer too slow (other brand of its price range is better)
-If you're not using XP SP3 Good Luck
-Bad Tech support
-too complicated to manually setup ( too many useless Options )
Summary Don't buy this one if you got 3 or more computer's on your house and you are doing some low cost network gaming at same time but it has good range and security for it's price
Pros Not bad looking...
Cons When streaming movies, you have let the movie play some, then back up to stop the reloading...best for web surfing only...a freebie from att...
Summary Only for internet...
Pros bought it few days ago
super strong signal for a wl router @ this price (receive strong signal everywhere in a 2 stories building)
a lot of security options to play with
worth the price
Cons the installation CD requires your PC to be XP sp3 or above before you can start using the software,
without the software, you cannot even get the admin password, thats very unfriendly.
took an hour to update from xp2 to xp3, lucky my previous connection
Summary very high quality product
though, stupid setup CD .........:(
after setup, everything's awesome
it's a wall penetrator!
wm6.1, iphone, xp, all work well with this e-1000
Pros -Easy set-up
-Good range in small house
-It's by Cisco
-Guest sharing so you don't have to give out your password
-Has a built-in SPI Firewall
Cons -No gigabit Ethernet (speeds up transferring files between machines hooked up to the router physically)
-Not dual band
but hey, can't complain... it's an entry level router after all.
Summary Overall I am very happy with this router.
It was much easier to set up then my previous 3com router, which I also really liked. Just pop in the disk and follow the instructions and bang your set to go. I did need to use some of the advanced features which are comfortable and easy to use.