Pros 3rd party firmware
Cons Only 2 antennas
Summary I bought this router last week, to replace an aging WAP54G as an access point. It took a few tweaks before it performed as it should...
First of all, stock Linksys firmware is buggy, unstable and fairly limited. I gave it a fair chance, just left it at that for a couple of days before I got tired of my wife complaining that wireless keeps cutting her off all the time and the signal is abysmal in some parts of the house.
So... in went DD-WRT, which (once again) proved to be very stable and, with a few adjustments to wireless properties, extended the range considerably. The sweet spot of txpower vs. noise seems to be around 100-120mW. Antennas aren't very good and there are only two of them, compared to three in higher-end WRT300/350 routers. That seems to make a difference and once I'm convinced that I won't need the warranty, I'll probably de-solder the internal antennas and install two RP-SMA connectors in the back of the unit. That, with quality 7-9dB omnidirectional external antennas, should boost the range noticeably.
Without DD-WRT support I would have not bought this router. Replacing antennas isn't that difficult but it'll void the warranty and unless you have some experience with soldering electronics, I wouldn't recommend trying to do it on your own. All in all, this is a great, cheap router as a starting point for a build/mod project, but off the shelf, it's both unremarkable and mediocre value for money.
Buffalo WZR-G300N and Linksys WRT300N may be a bit more expensive but far better routers out of the box, not to mention multiband routers like WRT610N or D-Link 855.
"Poor range"on by westlyw
Pros Easy setup
Cons False advertising
Summary Although I'm new to wirless I'm not impressed with this at all and know false advertising when I see it. I bought the wpc300n card to go with it. This is my second wrt160n router. The first did all kinds of weird things like reset itself to the year 1970 and so on. I spent 3 sessions with linksys in online chat because I couldn't find a phone #. I liked how they would ask you if you tried something and then immediately leave chat. I had already tried most of everything they came up with anyway. And what they did suggest didn't work either. Seemed hokey pokey at best. Thru put is good at close range of 30 feet. It was extremely simple to set up. Setting the router in front of a window and walking in a straight line outside 75 feet I lose signal. The funny thing is I lose the N signal long before I lose the G signal. The N signal only travels about 30 feet or so. 4X Range RIGHT.
Appears to function well as a G router. But doesn't give the range that I was looking for so I have to rate it negatively.
Pros Gives a decent range and when its working it was fine.
Cons Kept dropping out and then the wired router connection stopped working altogether (after 1 year warranty expired). Tech support was not helpful.
Summary Do not buy this router. I am off to find a replacement that has strong user reviews for reliability and good tech support.
Pros It is a pretty solid router. Sleek design and fairly easy to set up. We get good reception and connectivity on both PC and Mac.
Cons Serious issues with the firmware (Ver.3.0.02 and before). This known issue that is well documented in Cisco's own forums. Nothing is more frustrating that surfing the net and being automatically redirected to a different website by your router.
Summary When you first plug it in, it works great. But things just go downhill.
Then, one day you'll type in one website on your browser and it will go to entirely different one. What!? Yep, it is a well known problem with this device (and a few other similar Linksys routers). It will occasionally send you to a completely different website than what you type in. Take a look in Cisco's own forums and you'll see long message threads of people complaining about the same thing. What is strange is that has been out in the market for some time and there is still no fix.
Bottom Line: DO NOT BUY unless Linksys updates their firmware and addresses this pervasive issue.
Pros Looks nice
Cons My laptop never consistently connected to the internet. I had a harder time connecting to the internet through the router when I was 2 ft from it than when i was in another room of the house.
Summary When I first hooked up it seemed to work well. I loaded that home network software that came with the router. Later I started to notice that if my laptop went into sleep mode, when I logged back in it would lose its connection to the internet. The wireless card could see the router but could not connect to the internet. I tried to use the "repair connection" function of the software multiple times with initial success then it stopped workign. It kept bringing me through the power recycle process of the router and sometimes it worked and other times it didint'. The key was correct and there was nothing that should have been interfering at this range.
I looked online and sure enough multiple people have given the same problem. On the LinkSys site they had you going through all sorts of programming steps to try and fix the problem. That may be great for someone with minimal computer lingo background but for the average user, if I can't fix it through the windows based format, I can't fix it!
Bottom line: if you have a computer science degree, nice looking product. If not, stay away.