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Worse than ancient WRT54G...
on December 13, 2013
This router is an absolute piece of junk. Because of range issues I am having with my almost 15 years old WRT54G router I decided to update. After some research I thought Edimax would offer good value and ordered one. After receiving the router I set it up and tested. I have to say that setup process was easy. However, immediately after setup (and I turned both my modem and router off after the setup to make sure there wouldn't be some interference from the previous connection), when I connected the network I was able to receive 2/5 bars from my PC which is in the same room as router (I got 4 or 5 bars from the old router). I thought, well, perhaps the range will be better and moved to the living room, tested both Roku device and the laptop. It was slower again. Finally I made a comparison using speedtest service, and as I suspected, when I did concurrent tests Edimax was significantly slower than 15 years old Linksys I have.
Being a determined person, I thought, "well, I ordered this mainly because of the range issue, so perhaps I can use this as a range extender" (it is a 3 in 1 device). I tested my connection speed in the living room before installing Edimax as a range extender there. I was able to get about 3 mbps. I resetted Edimax to factory defaults, reconnected, then setup it as a range extender. Did the speedtest again, and what is the result I get, still about 3 mbps.
My conclusion: avoid this useless piece of junk and keep your old router or if you have to buy a new one spend a little bit more and buy something better.