Pros Good wifi performance with all my devices. Range is good.
Cons - Even with firmware v1.0.01 b3, USB printing feature may not work.
- Does not support custom LAN IP subnets such as 255.255.254.0
Summary I bought this rather expensive product for its USB printing features.
On 2 of my Win7 x64 PCs, the USB printing feature does not work due to errors with the Cisco Connect software (error 80004005). The Cisco Connect PC software installs a proprietary USB over network printing driver on the PC that does not fully install the printer driver (error and work in all cases with the current Cisco Connect and router firmware versions. If you have another wired Ethernet router in between the PC and wifi router, the printing won't work either. It seems Cisco Linksys support doe not know how to fix the problem yet.
The followingi recommended procudure does not fix it:
- Factory reset on E3200 (30 sec button push).
Windows 7 firewall off
-Cisco Connect full reinstall on Windows 7 x64 ...does NOT fix the problem. Cisco's custom USB printing driver installs, but then the 80004005 error comes up again and prevents the printer from being fully installed in Win7..
Pros Decent Speeds with a number of laptops and gaming consoles going at the same time.
Cons Had 2 of them fail on me.
Summary After lightning took out the previous router I went and bought this router for 139 at Walmart. It worked for about 3 weeks and just stopped functioning all together. Brought that one back and replaced with another e3200 and that one didnt work out of the box. Tried a number of things but it would not connect to anything wireless or wired. Brought it back and got the Valet. Plugged it in and as advertised within minutes with the stick I got 5 laptops added to the network without any hassle. Been problem free ever since.
I personally wouldnt recommend the 3200 with 2 failing so quickly.
Pros Easy setup. Love the guest network feature so I don't have to give out my internal wireless pass key. I've noticed an improvement in the quality of Netflix streaming both over my computer and through my computer, roku, and xbox.
Cons I'd like to change the guest login web page to something personal, but so far I haven't found a way to do that. Probably isn't possible but would be nice. No problems with it so far.
Pros Small form factor, easy to hook up and follows similar layout and connectors to my old Linksys product, so one generally likes familiarity...especially when it works. The software if straightforward and again familiar with just a few twists and improveme
Cons While the CNET reviewer did not like the fact not all of the "Advanced" features were not in the CISCO Connect software, I think well, I'm mixed on this, to the novice, this would be good, you can't screw up things you really should not be messing with...
Summary To summarize...Excellent router overall, I would recommend this to others at this point. My router stays on all the time, lots of things in my house use it for updates and status, so I hope this one has some longevity to it. While I can't complain the old one lasted for years, it's just a pain when something that is the heart of connectivity in your house dies. I have this unit connected thru DSL modem, so my internet conection is generally fast for the area I live out in the country, but nothing like what I would like it to be. As a result, I can't really take avantage of some of the speed capability this unit can offer. Hopefully in time this will change and I can see more of what this thing can do. I am happy with my purchase...with all the port forwarding I had to do and myriad of items I had to configure, it took me about 2 hours to setup this device, part of that is me remembering procedures, so I can't fault Linksys for that. One thing I discovered prior to buying this unit with my research...I almost bought an ASUS because of the rave reviews on CNET, apparently there is a limitation with the ASUS by not being able to set "fixed" IP addresses for port forwarding...this is critical to me and some of my devices, especially web based security cameras and things like Slingboxes...so this was my decision point. Now, I'm not sure if this is true, but based on a review I read from another site, this was a con...and since I already know how to do port forwarding with Linksys and it historically has already been tricky to get to work, I stuck with Cisco Linksys. Last point, this is a good unit, I would recommend it.
"Best I've had"on by rgcAok
Pros Wired connection is super fast, Wireless is great
Cons None so far, well Price
Summary I had an older Linksys router that faded away. I bought an E1500 and it was a dud. Not sure I got a lemon or not. Dropped wired connection, spotty wifi. Did all the trouble shooting, contacted tech support and they told me to turn off encyption. (DUH). Returned it to Office Depot (painless) and got the E3200. WOW! It is a screamer. Twice the price but worth it in the end.