Pros Blazing speeds @ 5 GHz. USB Connection. Range. Gigabit ports.
Cons USB has to be in Fat32 format. Bad Documentation. LELA.
Summary This router is not for everyone. Setup for optimal performace is no the easiest for the beginner. Having said that, this router is the best I've seen.
1)Don't use Lela for Setup (ok for monitoring after setup)
2)Besure to check your wireless N adapter to use 5 GHz. Update drivers if using Intel.
3)Besure your usb drive to be attached is in Fat32 format. Don't bother with creating shares. Just plug it in and map to \\'routerip address'\default.
If you are experiencing signal drops on 2.4 and 5 gig bands, change security from wpa2 to wpa...Kudos to a guy on Linksys forums.
Pros None (except for its looks).
Cons 1. Dual band wireless drops constantly resulting in intermittent connections.
2. Requires frequent reboots (and resets automatically sometimes).
3. User guide has errors (does not correctly address light patterns).
4. Incompetent technical support.
Summary Having gone through two WRT610N routers in two days, I can confirm this router is faulty and not ready for real-world use. I tested it in an environment with new MacBook Pros (gigabit ethernet and wireless N capability) and Windows PCs, and the wireless signal drops out constantly requiring me to reboot the router. At one point, after rebooting the router, it reset all of its settings to factory defaults. On other occasions the 5 Ghz band disappeared completely, requiring a reboot as well. I have experienced exactly the same problems with both routers (the first one and its replacement). So now I am forced to replace it with another brand/model.
I have spoken with Linksys support supervisors and Level II technicians for hours, and none has been able to come up with a solution. Moreover, I have tried soft resets, hard resets, firmware upgrades and configuring the wireless bands with different channels and encryption types, to no avail.
Please be advised that there are serious problems with the WRT610N router that Linksys needs to address immediately. It has not been thoroughly tested.
Pros None - becuase it is unreliable
Cons This router is still beta and does not work. Even tech support says they are having lots of issues - took it back, got the WRT310N - works great!!
Summary I am fairly IT savvy, have used/set up lots lots of Lynksys routers. After working with tech support, updating firmware - tried this WRT610N router for a few days - had to be rebooted several times a day and I am not even talking about wireless access. It is not ready for market. My network, cable modem, CAT 5e, to switches, to wired computers. This WRT 610N router is simply is not ready - it is a beta product - I took back, got the WRT310N - that works great. If you really have to get the WRT610, wait until they upgrade the firmware - then check the reviews before buying.
Pros Slick design that's it
Cons 5Ghz N range is horrible. Frequesnt dropouts if more than one client is connected (there is a known issue with VISTA that causes this and neither Linksys or Microsoft has really addressed it)!!!
Summary Linksys advertises greatness on the 5ghz range, but that's a hoax. It is true that 5Ghz is hardly being used so you'll have virtually no one to compete with, but the 5Ghz range has terrible range. At approximately 20 feet away using my linksys dma2200 and laptop connected via a WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB stick i barely get 1 bar and it disconnects all the time - that is a problem all in itself which i'll further explain.
So i have all linksys equipment and they don't even play well together - Linksys 610n router, dma2200 media center extender, and a WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter for my laptop ? all of which are currently using the most up-to-date firmware.
#1) The LELA software doesn't even recognize that my dma2200 is a media center extender so i can't use the GUI to allocate bandwidth for streaming media. I suppose you can do this manually, but considering these are all Linksys products, that is absolutely ridiculous. The options in LELA aren?t even possible as it just greys them out. You can manually change the device to a media extender, but the option remains greyed out
#2) If you are only using one system on the router, it will probably work If you have 2 or more (PS3, Wii, laptop, pc, etc) , you?re probably screwed (doesn?t matter if they?re connected wired or wireless) and you will experience frequent dropouts, especially if just one those clients is a VISTA machine. Check the linksys forums and you will find that this is a problem with all of the new linksyss routers (610N, 310N, and 110). Also check out this microsoft article which explains the problem, but does not really fix it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us
#3) Spanning from problem #2, since my DMA2200 is a Vista Media Center Extender, it is essentially a VISTA PC to some extent. However, there is no registry that can be modified on this extender. As such, I can never apply a registry fix to this system and therefore my router will always drop out as long as the extender is connected. Really terrible since the DMA2200 is specifically created for use with the wrt610n router and dualband use which is the only real wire to enjoy streaming WIRELESS HDTV - you really need 5Ghz wireless N to do this!!!
#4) As mentioned already, when 5ghz is working, the range sucks. You can try to make it better by strictly using N products, disabling the 2.4ghz band, and using the wider 40mhz frequency, but it doesn?t really help. The higher band is more concentrated and therefore simply does not reach as far as 2.4ghz (read up on this at smartnetbuilder.com if you?d like)
So in all, this router does nothing that it claims too, and has a known problem with VISTA and the way it handles DHCP requests. This has not been addressed by any Linksys firmware updates or VISTA updates so for the time being there is no point trying to use this router if you have a VISTA machine on your network.
Althought, I?ve always sworn by Linksys in the past, the amount of wasted time, frustration, and horrible support has really changed my view about them. I?ve reverted back to my old trustworthy WRT54g router and had to run cable through my house so that my DMA2200 purchase woudn?t be for nothing. Very disappointed in all of these products and their wireless capabilities and would not suggest any of them.
Pros Excellent, and consistent speeds on both the 2.4, and 5.2GHz bands. The usual Cisco/Linksys greatness. After the latest FIRMWARE that is! NO dropped connections. NONE. And I also run Vista! AND Windows 7.
Cons I can understand the bad reviews, but the latest firmware resolves ALL of the stated negative aspects of the WRT610N. Enough said. However, wait for the WRT610N v2 (hardware refresh) which is only weeks away!
Summary While I had similar problems initially (and I run Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit), after the most recent firmware upgrade, all is wonderful in the Linksys world, including this WRT610N!
IMPORTANT: I would hold off buying version 1, which this one represents, as a refresh (version 2) is coming to market shortly. This has little to nothing to do with this version of the WRT610N. It is simply a product overhaul.
Folks, again...The WRT600N was awesome, which this, the WRT610N is the successor of. Give Cisco a break, and buy the WRT610N v2. I will exchange mine for a v2 as well. If you need one right NOW, there is nothing wrong with this one, so long as you have the latest firmware! ;)
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