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3.0 out of 5 stars The "shut up and leave me alone" router for network engineers., May 16, 2012
This review is from: Linksys N600+ Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit Ports, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere (EA2700) (Personal Computers)
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For years, I've been "the computer guy" who family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers seem to seek out when it's router buying time.

And for years, I've said the same thing: "Linksys WRT54G. It costs a bit more, but it's worth it." It's just been one of those things you can't go wrong with. But now that 802.11g isn't enough, and people are looking for GigE and more, it's time for a new go-to.

I want to say it's the EA2700, because it's stupid-easy to set up if you use the disc. You almost have to actively do something wrong to not have a working router after using the disc. I think that's a big pro, myself.

Unfortunately, that's really the only thing about this router that's worth commanding a premium for.

At this price range, it's ridiculous that there isn't at least one USB port for sharing a printer and / or external drive. Decent routers that cost half as much money offer this functionality. Linksys has chosen form over function with their new routers, and inexplicably put the WDS button on the back, next to the power cable, instead of anywhere on the blank plastic front. If you're looking to make some routers "for dummies", that button should be front and center.

Performance? It's okay. Using a 2008 MacBook Pro and 2012 Lenovo Thinkpad W520 with a Centrino Ultimate/6300 card, wireless range wasn't appreciably better than an older Buffalo router I had lying around, and provided substantially less coverage than my Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Simultaneous Dual-Band) (MC340LL/A).

The Cisco app for iOS was nothing more than a front end to the web interface, and unless you're turning your guest network on and off on-the-fly, or have a desperate need to know who is on your router from your iPad or iPhone instead of a computer, it's just about useless.

Now, if this was going for about $75, I'd think it was an okay value. Nothing mind-blowing, but a solid router with a very, very simple interface. At nearly $100, it's just overpriced for what you get. If you have even the slightest bit of experience with home networking, you'd be much better served with the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router WNDR3700, ASUS (RT-N16) Wireless-N 300 Maximum Performance single band Gaming Router: Fast Gigabit Ethernet, support USB-Hard Drive and Printer and Open source DDWRT, or Buffalo Technology AirStation High Power N300 Gigabit Wireless Router & AP WZR-HP-G300NHv2 (Black)
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2013 10:32:50 PM PDT
Julie Mary says:
Hi. In your opinion, is there a recent Linksys router that equals Linksys WRT54G?
Or better yet, what's the best router out there these days? Home use. Thanks!
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