Pros Easy setup, decently configurable.
Cons Locks up whenever my cable router renews IP. Customer support is nonexistant.
Summary Overall I have been pleased with the router, except that every time my cable modem renews my external IP, the router locks up. The only remedy for that was cycling the power. For $10 after rebate, I guess you can't expect it to be perfect.
I did come up with two workarounds for the power cycling.
1. If your connection drops and it locks up regularly (mine was about every 24 hours), you can put the router on a Christmas-light-type timer to auto-cycle power in the middle of the night.
2. If you're looking for a cheap switch, buy a crossover cable and sacrifice one of the wired ports to turn it into a $10 switch.
Pros Great Range, Never Crashes, Improves DSL reliability
Cons Switching users on a VPN requires a reboot
Summary We used this router in a small office (5 people) for 3 months and it worked GREAT. Three other routers were too flakey and this one WAS ROCK SOLID AND NEVER CRASHED, NEVER EVEN HICKUP'ED.
When we hooked it up to our cable modem at home, the cable modem actually started staying up for longer. Previously, windows would crash/freeze the cable modem when directly connected (probably MS-Windows trying to crash a Novell Product, as Bill Gates is Famous for doing ..)
The one problem is as follows. If my wife connects to a VPN through the router, I must power-cycle the router before I can connect to a VPN later that evening. She can meanwhile reconnect at any time with no troubles.
I would have given it 10 stars if they had fixed this problem, or at least if they had provided a remote-access feature to reboot the router.
Summary Gradual decreased in operability. Had to uninstall software firewall. Can no longer use Yahoogroups, Yahoomail, cannot load files to resume sites, cannot pass photos to website, blah! Be aware that the router resets your modem making it difficult to uninstall unless you have weeks of time to kill. No support on the web, no FAQs, kindof inappropriate for consumer home networking...
Pros Works throughout the house, dirt cheap
Cons None, really
Summary Getting a router was the obvious alternative to tripping over the cable that connected my laptop to my desktop, but price is an issue when you don't have health insurance. A friend bought me this refurbished baby as a gift, and it's been priceless. With intermediate computer skills, I set it up quickly, and it's given me no troubles in the past year. My connection is great, and I can bring my laptop around the house if I choose - though, if I'm using my laptop, I'm generally in bed. (It may be stronger; I've noticed a few local IP attempts into my router since I got around to installing ZoneAlarm, which I read about in a CNET newsletter in January 2007.)
I use my computer for learning, for socializing, and for pretending I'm a writer (http://www.modified-news.com). My health - oh, if only it were as good as my intermediate computer skills! Anything that makes my computer experience more possible on pain flare-up days is a blessing, because my computer keeps me sane. The NetGear router does exactly what I want it to do, and even though it's not the latest or greatest, I don't need those for MY requirements. If you want to move around your laptop as I do, the Netgear router is a product I'd recommend.
Pros I realized this is seperated into pros and cons but I'm just gonna put together a paragraph for all those interested. Just like you I have looked at around 5 or more different wireless routers. The user reviews are usually around 50-50 with some tiping th