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Could have been good
on May 23, 2012
Got this router in a few hours ago, initially it seemed to be working fine, when I connected it and setup wireless encryption speeds were holding steady at the expected 58mbps on my network side.
I then connected 3 computers, each with a wireless N router, the first problem I noticed with the router was a signal that was far weaker than I expected, a wi-fi analyzer showed the signal strength to be at 75dbm at less than 30 feet away, after watching it for a while I noticed that the signal strength was fluctuating erratically (to my knowledge there weren't any other nearby wireless devices that could have been causing interference).
I then connected a desktop and tried some online games through the wireless (wireless isn't ideal for gaming, but with a steady connection it is usually sufficient) I noticed that I seemed to be getting an unusual amount of latency, after checking with a few people to confirm that the problem was on my end I started checking pinging the router to monitor communication times between it and my computer, mostly it maintained a good low ping of just a few ms, but a fairly significant number were extremely high, between 1000, and 1200 ms, this happened on multiple network cards while I was pinging the router, I also tried pinging, and running tracert on a few sites I had confirmed were online and would allow pinging (google) the only pings that were dropped, dropped at the router.
Generally I don't have a problem with buying refurbished computer equipment, because it has usually been repaired to like-new specs and can save you a few bucks, this time it doesn't seem to have worked out too well.
If you're willing to take a bet on the router not working to save a few dollars I'd say go for it, otherwise spend a few bucks extra and get a new one or something of a bit better quality.