Vizio XWR100 Router - Not quite a hit, but not bad,
This review is from: VIZIO XWR100 Dual-Band HD Wireless Internet Router (Personal Computers)I have several Vizio items in my home, so I thought to give this a try when I wanted to upgrade to 802.11N. I find it very easy to set up with the basics, but not intuitive with regard to the more advanced features. Nonetheless, we had it set up and running in short order. The problem that plagued us was that we could not keep a connection. We tried many creative approaches to the problem. My earlier Motorola worked fine for several years, and was easy to set up. I gave serious thought to buying a different brand; I declined to send it back because of other reports of poor support. But reviews of different brands of routers in this class were all lacklustre. Many, it seems, are having the same problem that we were. Erratic behavior and constant dropping of signals, with no outwardly visible reason.
We hit at last on having a small (3" | 8cm) fan blowing on the router, even though it didn't seem very warm, much less hot. That seems to have done the trick. We have run in our "standard" arrangement for several weeks with no drops and plenty of bandwidth to each device. We have Ooma and a laptop plugged in (Cat 5), 3 laptops running wireless N cards, and 2 iTouches. The iTouches connect @ 2.4 GHz, the rest @ 5 GHz.
I'll contact Vizio with my observations and see what happens, but for now we seem to be running just fine. I gave it 3 stars because a) advanced features are not easy to find (and I use them) and b) the fan, of course.