Pros Great design. Great range. Great speed. Works as advertised.
Cons Takes abit of setting up and is a bit sensitive to thick walls like most routers I guess.
Summary I like the product becuase it is very configurable... for example I am not using the routing feature... I use a Linux machine with a squid proxy, bind dns and ISC dhcpd for more flexibility. I had problems with configuing the networking in other routers because they don't separate the features that well. I am getting 100-140mbps connections over 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz from 20-30 feet through 2 walls in my apartment (2500sq ft). Getting 20-30mbps connections over 2.4Ghz in the courtyard near our swimming pool 10 floors below and through the wall/window. Getting clean 10-15mbps connections on the other side of the pool (at least 500 ft away!). 5Ghz connection is amazing... it stays connected from so far away and loses strength slowly and smoothly. A bit of messing about to get it configured. penetration through walls could be better. I initially had it set up in my home office behind a thick wall (with a wardrobe behind and a total of 5 average thickness concrete walls to my living area). Was struggling to get 20-30mbps connections in living area. I live in Indonesia (apartment construction here is mostly concrete). Maybe a downside for non technical users as you do need to mess about a bit and tune it.Update... my product died after 3 months (electrically dead for no reason). No techn support for them and I can't figure out how to get a warranty replacement. LINKSYS SUCKS.
For me so far this is 1.8jt (about $170 USD) well spent.
Updated on Jan 25, 2010
Pros Supports dual band (full speed) Draft-N on 5GHz and 2.4GHz. Simple NAS -- USB storage support on router offering SMB/FTP/uPNP.
Cons Lousy uptime, dies on moderate traffic. NAS management is buggy and users list is prone to corruption. Unreliable.
Summary If it worked, it'd be one of the best products ever. But it doesn't, so it is one of the worst. Cisco's reputation on up-time can only be tarnished by this product.
Pros fast, our son plays WOW and the rest of us stil have good DL speeds.(up tp 16Mbps, our rated cable speed) Very diffficult to set up initially, but Im no expert. I have had three WRT54g in past. also very stable, restart needed 1/mo maybe
Cons It is expensive but I bought it for $55 on ebay like new from a gal I now suspect could not get it to work with orig (summer 08) FW. Once updated, with persistence, I am now cruising.
Summary Works great with one ibook with G mixed with two macbook pros running N, and a HP wireless G printer PS6180? all on one side.
the other runs pure N with student run N MBP gaming WOW (and studying, of course)
Pros -once configured correctly, fantastic troughgput
-never cuts out as reportd by some users
-Wonderful when used as an access point (not a router).
Cons -hot, hot, hot, hot
Summary I love the throughput and reliable connection. I had problems originally with dropping off but after updating the firmware to version 1.00.02.10 dated January 21, 2009, available at the following link, and changing my settings as below, it blew me away and I get constant connection speeds between 180 and 300 Mbps:
1) I was using the same key on both bands but I have made them different now.
2) I do not use it as a DHCP server, I have a firewall doing that job.
3) I have both channel widths set to "auto".
3) I did not use "wi-fi protected setup" (It is a useless program).
4) I am not using a network that conflicts with my neighbours (try using something other than 192.168.0.0 or 192.168.1.0. maybe 172.16.25.xx
5) My SSID Broadcast is disabled.
6) I use WPA2 and AES only
7) I have the mac filter set to only permit allowed listed computers.
8) SPI firewall protection is disabled (I am only using as an access point). I have another firewall.
Once again, all I can say is, that once you get through the frustration, it is the best "wireless access point" I have ever owned, and I have owned most of them.
Just keep it away from flamable objects!!!!!
"Don't Bother"on by admmck
Pros Slim and (at least it looks good). I am used to their online interface. Easy to manipulate their option. I like the quick info that LELA provides you at a quick glance. USB port for shared network storage (I couldn't test this yet, see below).
Cons The wireless signal drops frequently.
Summary Bottom line. I've never had so many problems trying to connect my laptop and iTouch to any wireless network previously. It wouldn't even accept the password to connect to the wireless network that I chose for the router. This was the 2nd most frustrating problem. The 1st was not having consistent wireless service. I have used Linksys WRT54Gs for several years and have never had a problem with them. This router was never functional for me. I wished this had worked for me. I have been loyal to Linksys, but I may venture out to a Belkin with USB harddrive support now. Don't buy this.
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