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Nice alternative to N56U
on November 29, 2011
Pros: Dual Band, Easy Set Up, Good Range, Wireless Speed, Internet Speed
I have been getting pretty consistent 50 - 80 Mbps (which is good) doing tests with Lan Speed Test from a floor above the router. On the second floor it drops to about 20-40 mbps
For my wireless routers I have always turned off security and used mac filtering along with hidden SSID to "secure" my home network. Along with those changes I updated the 2.4 and 5 ghz channels to separate SSIDs, 40hz, N only and set to a channel that no one else in the neighborhood uses. It took about 20 minutes when you throw in all the apply or save The UI to set all that up is pretty easy.
Cons: Questionable Firmware based on other reviews, Not so fast reboots
Other Thoughts: I've owned this router for about 3 weeks now, and have yet to have any real problems. My main reason for purchasing was to get something a little more beefy compared to my older 150 N router. I have 4 pcs, ipad2, Wireless TV, DVD and Directtv hooked up to it now and don't have lagging problems. I got the latest firmware after it wasn't available for a while, but seems to be working fine.
One suggestion to anyone who owns it is to reboot the router AFTER you are done setting it up completely. For whatever reason this makes the speed consistently better. My two cons are livable "features" since I have no stability issues so far. I have read a couple of reviews about some features not working but have not had any problems myself.
***Update To Review 1/4/2012***
After a couple more months the router is working well and I would buy it again if I had it all over to do again. More devices connected (3DS and wii) and it never slows down or lags. As I'm writing this I have 2 netflix sessions going and my wife is surfing on her ipad. I have 3 separate SSIDs going and no problems there either. I would recommend the router to anyone who needs a router primarily for wireless and doesn't need gigabit lan. The only times I have rebooted the router is to change settings, it has been very stable so far.
***Update To Review 4/20/2012***
Router is still running flawlessly. I wanted to update because there is a new firmware available and I have installed it. Everything still works well. I would still buy this router if I had to do it again.
I have a little different setup now, I created a ssid that is broadcast and completely open. I have it set to internet access only which I verified works by testing with my laptop. I was able to see my desktop while I was connected to the "internet only" connection, but could not open anything. When I switched to a "LAN enabled" connection I was able to read/update public folders on my desktop.
***Update To Review 6/3/2012***
There are a couple of new firmware versions available now. The interface looks nicer, not that the older one was bad, and most functions seemed to work that I tried. However, for some reason I could not get wireless clients to get speeds of anything over 1Mbps. Not sure if it was due to some setting I had or a particular device that was connected to the router, but I had the problem on multiple devices. By the way I followed the firmware update instructions and reset the router prior to updating. I tried messing with the new Qos settings, which are kind of flaky UI wise, but was not able to figure it out. Finally, I changed back to the previous firmware (....52), and the WAN port wasn't detecting the connected cable. I did another hard reset and all was well. I have tested from various wireless devices and all are getting much better speeds (19-20Mps WAN). Slightly frustrating, but glad I was able to resolve it...warning to others who upgrade to the new firmware.
***Update To Review 10/3/2012***
Almost a year and would buy this router again. Super stable for me, the only time it restarts is when the power goes out. I listen to Pandora all over the house on my galaxy player and don't have issues. Can mow the lawn and it rarely loses connection. I am still using the 18.104.22.168.1.1.52 firmware which just works so I am not going to mess with it. If you are using the newest firmware and are getting consistently good bandwidth I would like to hear about it. Currently there are 4 wireless and 2 wired devices connected to it. We sometimes have more wireless connected, and use pandora and netflix a lot without problems
;-) ;-) ;-) UPDATE 12/17/2012 ;-) ;-) ;-)
A new firmware is available now. I have it installed and so far its had no issues with bandwidth or stability. Hoping this one sticks.
*** UPDATE 12/22/2012 ***
Latest firmware has passed my seal of approval. Have not rebooted since setting up after firmware upgrade. All devices connected to it (Wired and Wireless) are getting as good of network speeds as I ever have. The Netflix on my Vizio TV is probably the worst implementation of Netflix I have encountered and it started loading movies in an acceptable timeframe. Very pleased with the latest firmware so far.
*** UPDATE 5/10/2013 ***
Still love this router, pulled this from the log...
Uptime 27 days 9 hours 16 minutes 56 seconds
*** UPDATE 8/10/2013 ***
Have seen reviews where people say they have problems, I don't have them. My router has been up since the last time I lost power at my house.
System Log - General Log
This page shows the detailed system's activities.
Uptime 27 days 4 hours 13 minutes 39 seconds
We stream a lot of movies...:)
Last 30 Days (2013-08-10 ~ 2013-07-12)
Reception 127.57 GB
Transmission 3.90 GB
Total 131.48 GB
I think you would be in the thousands of dollars using a wireless data plan.