Pros Styling, "proposed" features.
I would call them "features", but none of them really seemed to work....
Cons Unreliable after just a few hours of use.
Summary Not too bad to set up with a wireless N equipped iMac, 2 wireless G Tivos, one G laptop, an Xbox 360 and a hard wired Dell laptop, but after a few hours of use it dropped connection after connection on every device but the hard wired PC. Not exactly the performance I would expect from a "wireless router". I also could not see the MyBook 250 gig hard drive with the USB connection. The 5gig signal held up better than the 2.4, but in all it is a dud. After hours of frustration, I hooked my previous Linksys WRT54G back up and everything is humming along like a champ. The kids and the wife are loving me again. This will be returned to Best Buy. Don't waste your time on this one. Good luck.
Pros Combined my firewall and wireless into one
Setup was easy after a couple of hitches
Offering of FW, Web filter, Dyn DNS and Virus protection in one
Forward compatibility w/5ghz range
802.11 protocols supported
Support as an FTP server
USB storage con
Cons Costlier than competing offerings (we'll see if that's for good reason)
Automated setup did not provide a manual route after failing
Doesn't specifically say that it provides port address translation (PAT) for single IP home users - it does.
Summary I did quite a bit of research to replace my home PIX 501 and Aironet WAP. Did I do enough, time will tell, but I'm excited about the potential of these new (to me) UTM's. The other main competitor in my paper evaluation was the Dlink 655 (~$99.).
Also paper reviewed were Fortigate, Sonicwall, Zywall, Cisco (ASA) and Netgear with multiple models reviewed in Fortigate, Dlink, Linksys, and Zywall.
For $170 (had to take an iPhone pic of the lower price to get $170 at Office Depot, though. However, Office Depot would do a return if necessary without a restocking fee), my bandwidth speed tests have gone from ~3500kbps down to ~17,000kbps down. I have also integrated my wireless into my firewall, so that should eliminate my WAP stealing my one cable-provided IP when there's an outage blip.
When I first went through the guided setup, nothing worked. The guided setup just kept failing and it didn't tell me what to do. Luckily, the printed guide gave me the default IP and password, and I was able to configure a PC on that subnet to "talk" to the router.
I don't think I'll ever know what that problem was, but I was able to continue to implement the router as my home's primary incoming connection protection from the web gui.
The next problem was that I didn't have an IP from my ISP. Nothing guided me there, but a trip to the Status tab showed me no IP and gave me the option to release/renew. Armed with this, I was able to get everything working.
It turned out that it was probably my cable modem/provider not giving me an IP. However, I tried a straight through catv to the ISP modem and nearly killed it for good.
After pulling the battery out of the ISP's modem, unplugging it and liberal use of the reset button on it, I had my modem back and had an Internet IP for my WRT610n.
And finally, when it came time to test the new speed on all my devices, my wired PC was blazing, my wireless laptop was blazing, but my iPhone wifi was craaawling. I ended up trying a multitude of the wireless radio settings and finally settled on mixed with a 40mhz spread. This took my laptop down by about 5mbps, but still a decent 12mbps, and it took my iPhone from .01mbps to ~4mbps.
That wasn't all what I would call smooth sailing, but being a network professional, ease of setup wasn't a main criteria of mine. Configuration options, services, reliability and speed were my biggies.
I am just ecstatic that I now have more than tripled the available bandwidth to my PC's over my old protection scheme (PIX 501), eliminated some problems along the way and added multiple services now available to me like: DynDNS awareness in the router; Web content filtering for my nearly-that-age children; network accessible USB drive availibility; Wireless G & N that I didn't have before; etc.
I'm afraid the firewall looks a little weaker than I prefer, but home networks tend to make complex policies tough to support anyway.
The touted antivirus protection looks like a site blocking database instead of packet inspection at light speed, but that's probably a technology/price/speed issue.
And that's about it for only one day of ownership. This may sound like a negative-bent review, but I think I have best of breed. I just want everyone to know there are a couple of surmountable wrinkles that *may* pop up.
I really rely on some of the more detailed user reviews, so I thought I would write one on this given the research that I had to do in order to still only guess that this was the best option for the money and would be a reliable choice.
Pros Solid Wireless N connectivity, sleek design, very robust features
Cons None that I can think of, and I've tested just about every feature on this device.
Summary I purchased this unit to replace a 100 Mbps Netgear wifi/switch/router that I was using. My intention was to upgrade my lab at home to 1000 Mbps and to upgrade from Wireless G to Wireless N. This has been by far the best wifi/switch/router unit that I have ever purchased. I host my web and ftp servers through it and the performance is flawless. I also use the built in SAN feature with an external 250GB hard drive, a really nice addition to an already perfect device. My wireless N laptop's wifi connection to the unit is solid and I have never had a signal dropoff, a huge improvemet from wireless G. You can't even tell the difference when my laptop is connecting wireless, the connection is just as solid as if it were on the wire. I definitely reccomend this router to anyone who wants a high performance unit with tons of features at their disposal.
Pros 2.4 ghz works ok
Cons 5ghz has no range and drops constantly, support is worse
Summary I have tried two of these routers and both have awful 5ghz performance. The range is less than 25 feet and even if I'm three feet from the router it drops the connection when copying large files. I'd loved to have the router that cnet tested.
I tried talking to linksys support which was also awful. The reps don't know anything about this router (one rep ask me to tell them what the options were for a drop down because she didn't know). In addition, the reps repeatedly tried solving problems I wasn't having: connecting to the internet, 2.4 ghz wifi problems (both of which worked fine). I called three separate times and each time I was disconnected during the call, once after being on the phone 35 minutes. Each of the times the rep didn't called back.
I guess when your the 800 pound gorilla in the room you don't have to have quality products or quality support. It will be a long time before I buy another linksys product.
Pros nice speed connected at 135Mbps. Cool looking, like the setup where you are asked to setup a password
Cons not sure why setting have to be configured to match wireless card and to switch off band A at 5GHz
Summary After setting up on the first day .. wireless was constantly dropping and I though oh no ? what have I done, I should have listened to the reviews.You must upgrade the firmware to Ver.1.00.02.10 (01/21/2009)
Went to advanced configuration and under wireless->5GHz I switched the network mode to wireless N only. Radio band to auto. Under 2.4GHz switched radio band to auto.
I am using a Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN card. Under configure ->advanced set width for band 2.4 to Auto & width for band 5.2 to Auto.
After configuring above settings ? not had another drop.
Updated on Jul 9, 2009