Pros Portable, (but not as small as Asus, or Netgear portable) but lots of features you would not find on something so small.
Cons Stupid button with blinking light begs anyone to press it but don't. Once you do, all your settings are erased! yes this is the stupedist thing I have ever seen. Honestly, am I missing something?
Summary I am testing the best portable routers out there and I just bought this to compare. Setup was not a problem and the features on this thing are ok too. After I set this thing up, I looked at this blinking button on the front panel which took posession of my finger and before I knew it, I pressed it. I could not log into the router and when I did using the ethernet cable I could not believe my eyes. All of mysettings had changed the moment I pressed that stupid button. The instructions even said that this would happen. This is supposed to be a feature, but you must lock it up somewhere so others don't press that stupid button and erase all of your settings. My god those people at Linksys must be smokeing crack. The instructions also say that if you press this button, you must change all of the clients as well. (DUH, NO KIDDING), I'll be out of a job the second time someone presses that button. Oh my god!
Pros Good range, excellent signal, also can be used as a wireless adapter, as long as network is not secured
Cons Hopefully, next software will allow you to use it with secured network as wireless adapter; Don't think the SES button is necessary
Summary Great travel router. If you are familiar with Linksys product lines, you will like this item. It works great, and actually functions as a repeater, allowing several people to connect through your router, and use only one paying account at a Hotspot. Easy to use and configure. The other review talks about hitting the SES button. Apparently someone did not read the manual and find out what that button was, as well as figuring out that there is a reset button to fix such occurrences. Item does work well with wired access too.
Pros Portable, dual voltage, good range, easy setup (if you know something about networks)
Cons Tricky if you want to use it as a switch
Summary Are you a road warrior? Do you travel to Europe? Do you want a box that's easy to plug into your network to add wireless when you're home? If so, this is the box for you!
I set up two profiles - one to set up the box as a router when I'm on the road and want to plug into a hotel network, and another to make it act like a switch when I want to plug it into my home router to provide a wireless extension to my network.
The first was easy - just follow the setup wizard. Or if you have other "smart" LinkSys products, just press the button. Caution: DO NOT press the button after you have set it up - it'll reset to default settings and then go hunting for another LinkSys device.
Setting it up as a switch is a bit more difficult, but LinkSys support provided a clear answer within 24 hours. To make it work like a switch or hub:
1. Find out the base IP address of your router by connecting to its admin page. It'll be something like 192.168.xx.1.
2. Connect to this router's web-based pages. Default IP is 192.168.16.1.
3. Set a static IP for this box to your router's address plus 1. For example, 192.168.xx.2.
4. Turn off DHCP on this box and click Save - you'll be disconnected.
5. Most Important: Now connect this box using the ETHERNET (not INTERNET) plug to your router.
Voila! You now have a wireless extension to your home network that will support multiple wireless connections.
Tip: As you set up the router, go to the Admin menu and save your profile. I have two separate ones saved on my laptop - one to turn the box back into a router for the road and a second to make it a switch at home.
Pros Good Range, Small, and Wireless!
Cons Can be a little tricky to setup.
Summary Ok, this travel wireless router is a very good product. However, there are 3 things you have to setup. They are: The Modem(Cable or ADSL or other), the travel router, and the PC. For the PC, you must have a wireless card!
1. Set up the Modem: make sure it works before connecting the wireless travel router.
2. The travel router comes with an installation cd that you must run. During this installation, you must connect your PC to the wireless router through an ethernet cable. Once you have followed the directions (they are easy to follow), you must set up your computer. TIP: If you want to configure it multiple times, it helps to copy the contents of the install CD to the harddrive. This way you won't have to lug the CD around on trips.
3. To set up your computer, use a software application that came with your wireless card on your PC. Use it to talk to the wireless router.
Other than that, it works really well and several rooms away. I have never had a wireless router until now, but I am very happy with it's range and capabilities. I have a laptop with Super G capability.
"Constantly Disconnects"on by GSES
Pros Small Size
Cons Needs new firmware
Summary I purchased two of these routers, not for their portability, but for their size. I use both of them in apartment buildings where there is a fair degree of interference from time to time. The router seems to work well when connected to one computer and not downloading streaming data. Add a computer and/or stream data (e.g. from apple's movie review website) and the unit disconnects.
When you search for the unit again, there is no listing in the list of proximate wireless networks, as if the unit has disappeared. The only way to fix this issue is to unplug the router, which is annoying.
I hope that linksys updates the firmware (currently on version 1) for this product soon, although I imagine that it's not selling particularly well - I really don't see the need for the portability aspect to this router.
Unless you really need to cart a router around with you, steer clear of this router.