116 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
As Vizio products had the reputation for being the 'WalMart' of electronics, I was skeptical to try this router. I did some homework and found that others who had tried it were Very satisfied with it's performance. What better endorsement than that of a fellow user? So, since the price was Half that of the Cisco comparable - why not give it a shot. I had been using a Netgear wireless G and was having no problems. When I added a Sony HD TV and BluRay player, set up for wireless -- I began to have some stalls and 'waiting to catch up' times - especially on Netflix HD feeds. This Vizio dedicated the to 5.4 band Just for the HD video feed and has performed better than I Ever hoped.
Set-up was Out of the Box to Working in less than 10 mins. The interface is Easy to use. All my devices (3 PCs - 2 iTouch - and a Sony Dock - in addition to the TV) recognized and accepted the device immediately.
I would buy one again, and definitly recommend this to anyone wanting to watch HD streaming TV.
64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I purchased this Vizio router to replace a trusty old Linksys WRT54G that I've been using for almost 8 years. While the G router had been great and reliable, I was starting to get serious bandwidth issues when trying to perform multiple high-bandwidth activites at once in the house (wife streaming Netflix to Blu-ray player upstairs, kids gaming online downstairs, me hosting LiveMeeting conference through VPN, etc). Only a few of my components even support N, but the ones that do typically need the highest bandwidth. In my network we have connected: 4 pc's, macbook, xbox 360, wii, playstation3, ipad touch, TiVo, blu-ray player, A/V receiver, 3 smart phones (Android and iPhone), and 2 printers.
I had been waiting for the right dual-band router to come along, and this Vizio router finally fit the bill of price, features, and convenience. Set-up was very easy and straightforward, and within 30 minutes I had both my G(2.4ghz) and N(5ghz) networks up and most components connected to it. Now I can stream movies and play games on the N network, while all our pc's, phones, printers, and other devices are on the G network.
One other great feature that I discovered is that media sharing crosses over between both networks, so you can share media between devices running either N or G! I have my new desktop/media-server connected to the N(5ghz) network, yet my network-enabled A/V receiver (connected via wi-fi adapter to the G network) can still recognize the computer and stream music from it.
So far the router has upheld great speeds and great range throughout the entire house. I have not had any issues with signal dropping or losing connections. Highly recommended!
The router worked great for about 3 weeks, then suddenly I started having significant range and connection problems for any of my networked components more than a few feet away from the router. I noticed this was particularly bad in the evenings when I would see many other neighboring wireless networks popping up in the scan for local networks. After first fearing that I too may have gotten a defective unit, I did a little research online and realized that changing a few default settings related to channels may help. I first went in an changed the network settings from mixed to N-only (5ghz) and G-only (2.4ghz) since I really didn't have any B or A wireless devices to suppport. Secondly, and most importantly, I went in and changed the default channel settings for both networks. Originally I had both channels set to 'auto', but I changed the channel width on them both to be 20mhz, and then I made sure to select different standard channels for each. Voila - great range and connection speeds were restored! The router has been working great for the past week since I changed these settings with no further issues.
59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2011
I have installed quite a few wireless routers in my day, but never one that was up and running so quickly. I think from the time I plugged it in, to the time it was connected to the internet was about 90 seconds and all without a glitch. Here are a couple of other neat things I've noticed.
1. The router is dual band, which means as long as you purchase equipment that is able to function at 5 Ghz (Blu Ray wiFi)you can operate your computer on the lower band and your video streaming on the upper band. All video streaming is also prioritized.
2. There is a connection speed test that is integrated into the router. This is great if you have a non-mainstream internet provider like me and they claim to be providing a certain speed and aren't. It gives you something to beat them over the head with in getting what you were promised.
3. Includes parental controls. Don't want kids on the internet at midnight from their smartphone or computer? Just set it up.
4. So far the wireless signal has been great. The Netgear router I upgraded from had some issues with that.
5.The routers menu scheme is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
So far I am very happy with this router and would recommend it highly, especially to non techie types. I think my next purchase will be the Vizio WiFi blu-ray to see if I can eliminate some of that Direct TV bill.
Hope this helped.
Well the routers wireless function crapped out and I had to replace it with a Belkin.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
This was the easiest router I've ever set up. The directions are simple to follow. The entire directions are step by step in big letters and have good digrams/pictures to help you along and its only two laminated cards 5x10 inches. It seems that Vizo made it for the common guy with not alot of computer knowlege. I was up and running in about ten minutes (install, laptop, 2 PS3's and Itouch). Not a computer geek, but it broadcast in 802.11 a/h, 802.11g/n and 802.11b. My laptop, itouch and PS3 immediatley reconized the 802.11g/n and took the security key (WPA) that was given with the setup paperwork and is operating at 2.4HGz. There's three security keys given with the directions, so if your device reconizes the router, you can just input a key until the right one is input. I belive that the 802.11a/h (WPA2 security key) would only work for new faster devices. Again, this was easy to set up and is faster than my old router. I could only imagine how fast it is if I had a device that worked on the 802.11a/h signal (5GHz). I would definatley buy this product again. I test ran an HD movie using Netflix on my PS3 via the wirless connection and it downloaded the movie very nicely. My old router was basically usless for Netflix via a wireless connection becasue of it slow speed. Vizo hit it out of the park with this one and its well under one hundred dollars. I will definatley get one and install it at my girlfreinds house.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
This router replaced D-Link DIR-655 and right away I stopped loosing connection once every 20 min or so. Set up was a breeze. Also coverage is greater since my Samsung led tv has no problem connect to it and stay connected .
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
This might be a great product, I wouldn't know. I ordered this the beginning of January and it arrived DOA. I contacted Vizio and they said they would replace the router. But they wouldn't send me a replacement without my first returning it to their contractor who actually builds/imports these for Vizio. Stupid me, I sent this off on January 15 and now, five weeks later I still have not received a replacement. When I called Vizio I was told that they do not have any warehouse inventory and don't know when they will be getting more. And, oh yeah, we won't issue you a refund for this because, well, we don't have to. I pointed out that this wasn't very good customer service and was told, in essence, too bad. When I asked why they hadn't contacted me to tell me of the delay, I told that that was the responsibility of the warehouse, not customer service. I've had a lot of bad experiences with customer service, who hasn't, but this takes bad service to a whole new level. I will never buy another Vizio product again and will say as many negative things about Vizio customer service as possible. I can only hope that whatever business I cost them will be worth the awful experience of this fiasco.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2011
Purchased this router in Dec 2010. Has latest firmware update. Worked well for about a week, and then I realized that it was dropping off and required a power off reset about once per day. Tried all of the reset schemes that tech support suggested, with no luck. THEN....read a conversation at the bottom of the product page about someone else having the same issues. A gentleman named Tony offered some suggestions, which I tried, and they worked great!! Router has not dropped in 5 days, and going strong....Very easy to make the changes, and I would highly recommend. See below:
After first fearing that I too may have gotten a defective unit, I did a little research online and realized that changing a few default settings related to channels may help. I first went in an changed the network settings from mixed to N-only (5ghz) and G-only (2.4ghz) since I really didn't have any B or A wireless devices to suppport. Secondly, and most importantly, I went in and changed the default channel settings for both networks. Originally I had both channels set to 'auto', but I changed the channel width on them both to be 20mhz, and then I made sure to select different standard channels for each. Voila - great range and connection speeds were restored!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
I don't see much difference between G and N, but maybe that is my computer's fault. In any event, this is super easy to set up. The range is great. The only problem is that it resets itself 3 or more times a week. I try to avoid this by resetting it myself most mornings, but that should not be the case.
I will not purchase another Vizio brand based on the reset issue.
Update 03/29 -- I had to change my ratings to a 1 star. I had to reset it twice yesterday. My wife has said to me at least 10 times "we never had these problems until you purchased this stupid router"
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2010
This router was a pure joy to install. I simply unhooked my modem and old router, then connected this router. When my laptop found the wireless router I used the supplied key to connect the two. Then under the routers IP address I simply changed the WAP password and made some personal changes. PS3 and 360 (both wired) worked with no changes in settings, which was great not to have to reconfigure them both. The speed and distance in which the wireless signal travels are PHENOMENAL with this router. This is my first amazon review, but i felt i owed it to vizio for the great piece of equipment. The usb port on back of the router is the most simplest i've ever used. Just plug in a flash or portable hard drive then access, remove, or play the files from any computer on your network simply by going to your routers ip address and clicking USB network media. That simple. If your on the fence about a new router, look no further, You have found one of the best routers to date.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
Pros.: 1) Black 2) Quiet
1) Weak Wifi Range. Can't go through 1 door.
2) Constantly drops connections, yes, the ethernet AND wifi both drop often.
3) Reboots if you're using VPN on shutdown of your computer. (Level 3 Vizio support was stumped on this).
4) Vizio Tech support (I recreated this issue with their Level 3), never followed up with me further.