Pros when it works, router has good range and quality signal
Cons too bad the router doesnt work, the auto config is all kinds of messed up and doesnt allow any access to the internet or other machines on the network
Summary I wish i had my money back, this product is the biggest waste of time ive ever had. my 10 year old wrtg54 thats half dead performs 1000x better.
"good and bad"on by wbmarquand
Pros good performance
Cons 'CISCO CONNECT' HAS REALLY PRIMITIVE PARENTAL CONTROLS
Summary Good performance so far. But I bought this as a dad trying to put some limits on all the facebooking during homework times. Cisco needs to put some dough into bringing their parental controls above absolute minimun. Lousy, almost worthless. Those old timers you put on electrical outlets would not be that much worse. If for example you want to keep them away from porn, you have one choice: turn off internet on their computer. What good is that? You also could 'block' ten websites, but what good is that? If Cisco doesn't know what you need for real parental controls (beyond what marketing may require to be able to claim them) you need - categories to block feature, - profiles to go with certain times of the day. What I would really like is a feature that blocks everything but allows only certain web sites you list. I would block everything and just get a list going of what is good for kids entertainment and education. People are crazy to say: sweetie, you are 13 I know, but here is a machine that will let you view and discuss all the kinky sex, child sacrifice, animal torture and racism the world has to offer. If you want plan for how to blow up a building, don't forget those are available as well. This is what essentially what Cisco's crummy parental controls will allow any kid to do.
Pros low cost, good features. Nice and patient people at customer support
Cons firmware problems with DHCP. It's a gamble to get into the internet and some devices never will. Customer service only knows the obvious stuff.
Summary I replaced a stone-age Linksys with the E1500 and on the first attempt none of the PC's (winDOS XP, winDOS7, Linux) and print servers/storage were able to connect to the internet as the DHCP server didn't provide the default gateway. Exchanged the unit and the new one had the same problem. After 2h on the phone with Cisco Service, changing a lot of settings, flashing a new firmware and rebooting a lot of times it still didn't work. Got PC's but not print servers to connect to the internet by manually entering the default gateway.
Gave up and returned it for a Netgear WNDR3400. Plug in, works, enter the passwords and the system is running within 10mins.
Until they have fixed their problems I would highly recommend to avoid Linksys and use Netgear instead.