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DO NOT BUY THIS ROUTER...!!!!
on June 25, 2010
This router is the worst router I have ever owned, and network engineering is what I do for a living. I am here to tell you I would give anything to be able to take this thing back to the store, unfortunately I got it from CompUSA and have had it longer than 30 days. But I decided tonight, after another endless night of frustration to cut my losses and run. I will never own another Linksys router as long as I live. I had a Netgear before this one and the only reason I had to replace it was because my house got hit by lightning and it fried my router and switch.
I work with Cisco Enterprise class equipment all day, everything from the Cisco ASA to the latest Cisco Nexxus switches, so when it came time to pick up something for home, I naturally gravitated towards the familiar Cisco logo; even though I knew this was just a rebranded Linksys I figured Cisco has owned them long enough to improve their quality. So on with the review:
The (very short list) of the good:
1) Attractive case
2) Decent SOHO networking features (on paper at least)
The BAD (where should I begin?)
1) I have a 25Mb/s down / 15 Mb/s Up Verizon FIOS line at home, and anytime WAN network utilization exceeds approximately 1MB/s (8Mb/s) the router crashes. It either completely stops responding or it will reboot
2) For the wireless side of the house its even worse; if total wireless bandwidth exceeds 500KB/s the router locks up to the point that it stops transmitting completely. LAN cabled devices still have connectivity, but not wireless. Sometimes with a long enough wait the wireless will come back, other times I have to unplug the router and plug it back in.
3) Occasionally the wireless problem will also crash the LAN devices, causing the whole router to lock up and reboot or lock up until I remove the power
4) Supposedly this router has RangeBoosting features, however in reality it is installed in the exact same place my other router was sitting yet I get half the range. Less than 10' from my house I am now down to 2 bars, whereas with the NetGear I could easily walk 80' in any direction before observing signal degradation.
5) Even when the router appears to be functioning normally, if you attempt to log into the web interface a lot of times it will say page not found. The only fix is to remove the power from the router and plug it back in.
6) It does not maintain any local logs, if you do not want to set up your computer as an SNMP server then you will have no way to view the logs generated by this router.
7) This router is having this many problems despite the fact that I am ONLY using it as a router. I have a dedicated Gig switch that I am using as my access layer for my network. All this router has to do is process wireless and WAN traffic, no switching necessary. I can only imagine what would happen if I used the integrated switch.
This router was a complete waste of money, and I will have to cut my losses and run. Its really too bad Cisco has obviously made no effort whatsoever to improve their Linksys family. Although I will continue to recommend Cisco's enterprise line of routers, switches, and firewalls; this will be the last Linksys I ever own. Ironically Verizon provided a Westell cable router which I placed upstream of this router and it never has any of these issues, has a much better firewall and administrative console, and far more robust features.