Pros - Easy installation (one call to cable provider - Firewall - Wired and Wireless (have 1 Mac plugged in and 2 PCs on WiFi) - MAC address filtering - Consolidation (went from three devices to one) - Event logging - It just works
Pros Works like a charm.
Cons To many idiots buy this item, then complain.
Summary I've read the numerous "poor" reviews before buying this item. I had a Motorola router before I got this one, and was skeptical about really how bad this router/modem was. Of course I was right; it isn't hard to set up, it does connect multiple devices as once, and I stole it for $60 brand new off eBay.
These people who right reviews that are completely inaccurate are.... for a lack of words....idiots. Read the damn manual.
9 outta 10.
That will be all.
Pros Only 1 device instead of 2
Cons gateway crashes on bit torrent; not for novice users, as the high settings require extensive configuration
Summary The interface for this product is awkward.
If you try to use bit-torrent client, it's basically impossible. The gateway crashes after a few minutes. If you do a search for sbg900 bit torrent, you'll find articles confirming this.
This gateway also has only 1 LAN port. So if you need more than one, than you are stuck adding another device anyway...
Assuming that on the bit-torrent case, it only crashes with the wireless, as one article I found suggested... if you are using a VoIP service, now you are stuck setting Port Forwarding through the gateway and through your VoIP device. A nightmare.
Anoter mistake: when you reach the firewall settings, if you apply a template, it erases any prior ports you had open. I finally had to take quite sometime, set the setting to high, and then open one by one ports for aim, msn, file transfer for msn, voice for msn, Tivo... it was a mission.
When you setup port forwarding, then you have to take an extra step and access the firewall setting as well.
Again, this is not a product for the novice user, and I do not recommend it. I cannot believe Motorola is not aware of the crashing issue, and they have not released any firmware upgrades to solve this problem.
Pros Charter Cable absolutely no issues, Physical setup took 3 minutes, Much better than Linksys WCG200, wireless now works on all my computers, MAC and WEP work
Cons No automatic MAC detection, WEP screen not intuitive but both work just takes some adjusting.
Summary Overall much better experience than with Linksys Cable modem which required registering the MAC with Charter over the phone. I was able to do so with Motorola just by using Charter pipline.
Had to hand configure both the MAC and WEP security that needs a Product Marketing look to make it more automatic and intuitive.
Much happier with downlaod time than before. Not perfect but for the price well worth the money.
Pros Easy setup
Cons Failed with no warning, left without VOIP for 7 days.
Summary Shouldn't have to pay 179 USD and have it fail in 14 months. Rent the cheapest solution from your provider and buy the BEST downstream hardware, not likely from Motorola.