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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected. Update: all network drives bricked, May 29, 2011
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This review is from: Linksys E3200 High-Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (Personal Computers)
(Updated December 2011)

After having a Cisco-Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router for years with rock-solid performance I expected similar performance from this model.

Connectivity, however, is mediocre. The router drops the (AT&T (Ameritech/SBC) DSL) Internet signal at random intervals and takes quite a while to reestablish communication (10-15 minutes). As you can imagine, this is very frustrating if you are working on a deadline. More significantly is the inability of this router to maintain connections with network attached storage units, including drives directly attached to the router via the USB port. Units will initially connect only to be dropped at seemingly random intervals. Reestablishing connections is a tedious, time-consuming process and as it requires power cycling to the drives is no doubt reducing the lifetime of those units.

Hopefully a firmware update will fix those issues. (The last update, in September, did not.)

Over time the speed of all devices using this router have dropped significantly. I am now averaging only 75MB/sec on my N devices at 10-20 on G devices. This is about half the speed I was getting from the unit when it was new.

Range is very good, especially without an external antenna. I get a strong signal in all areas of the house. There has been no drop-off in performance in this area.

Security is easy to enable and set up on each computer. You can configure one device and then save an executable to run on all your other devices (including Macs).

Since I expect a router to last at least five years I would recommend checking out a more reliable unit even if you have to pay a bit more for it. I'm really disappointed in Cisco for releasing such a dog of a unit after producing such a gem with the WRT45G.

Update December 2011: Either the router itself bricked all the network drives in my LAN or allowed a virus to do so. (The odds that ALL of them failed simultaneously is near zero.) Every drive I had directly attached to the network or to the router are dead, as in bad boot-block dead. I can't even reformat them. This includes a WD 1.5 TB network drive, an IOMEGA 2TB drive (both directly connected to the LAN) and a WD 300GB hard drive connected to the router via USB.

I switched to a $20 dLink router which is running just as smoothly as my old WRT54G router did, though not as quickly as the E3200 did when first installed. I really can't recommend the E3200 at any price, for any user.
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Initial post: May 31, 2011 9:08:25 AM PDT
Hi There,

We posted your issue on our forum site. http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/E3200-drops-the-AT-amp-T-Ameritech-SBC-DSL-Internet-signal/td-p/400553

If this doesn't help, let us know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 6:22:52 PM PST
Calvin says:
I appreciate the follow up but the page is no longer there.
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