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Cisco Linksys Factory Refurbished M20 Valet Plus Wireless N Router - 802.11b/g/n
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- Cisco Valet Plus M20 802.11n 4-Port Router General Features: Broadband router
- Wireless Access Point Four port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch
- Complies with IEEE 802.11n as well as IEEE 802.11b/g 2.4 GHz operating frequency
- Supports Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), WEP, Wireless MAC Filtering Up to 128-bit encryption
- Supports UPnP
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Experience wireless power, speed and security with this Cisco Valet Plus M20 802.11n Broadband Router. This Cisco Valet Plus M20 is a broadband router with firewall, wireless access point, and four-port Ethernet switch all in one. Use the Valet Plus M20 to share your broadband connection at home with wired and wireless devices. The Valet Plus M20 is compliant with IEEE 802.11n specifications to provide maximum data transfer rates of 300 Mbps while also maintaining backward compatibility with Wireless-b and Wireless-g devices. The Cisco Valet Plus M20-RM features an included Easy USB Setup Key that holds the setup software, making deployment of a wireless network fast and easy with nearly any computer equipped with a USB port. It also supports Wi-Fi protected setup support for addition setup options.In addition, this Cisco Valet Plus M20-RM is designed to help safeguard your wireless communications from hackers and other Internet attacks with its Firewall, WPA2, WEP and Wireless MAC Filtering security features. Order today.
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But since that was not my intent, I downloaded DD-WRT hack onto one of the routers and started to work on creating my bridge. After a couple hours of messing with it, I found that the original software on the unit needs to be replaced on both units in order to make a functioning bridge. I did not imagine that would be the case, but I tried several of the DD-WRT setups and never got the bridge to work until I hacked both routers with DD-WRT. Then it was amazing. Performance of the routers is excellent and with the DD-WRT hack, they were way more versatile.
Performance: If you really want the best performance, with the original software or the DD-WRT, run the router in N only mode (not mixed). Signal and distance seems to be pretty good and the speed is impressive. Running speedtest.net - I had no slow down in ping or transfer speeds below the rate I was getting with my PCs wired directly to my WAN router.
Would I recommend this router without DD-WRT? Yes.
Would I recommend this router with DD-WRT? Heck yes.
Last note: since I mentioned the DD-WRT hack, I should tell you - the hack is very easy to deploy. You simply get the latest version of the hack online, download it to you PC and then run the software update function on the router to install. It will take all of 10 minutes to completely change your router to a 'super-router'. Once the DD-WRT is loaded to the firmware of your router, the setup is a little more technical to setup the router - but you can find step by step guides at [...]
Range is much better than our old regular linksys that we had. I wouldn't say the range is massive, but we do now get a two-bar signal in our back bedroom that the old wireless couldn't reach at all.
The modem handles multiple wireless devices well...we've had XBOX live, Netflix streaming on an iPad, and internet on two computers going all at once with no problems at all with speed or connectivity.
The security seems ok...I don't really have any complaints. But we do live in a rural neighborhood area, and not in a hugely populated city area, if that makes any difference.
One nice feature is that is allows a guest account, so when people come to your house, they can log on to your network, and you give them a guest password instead of your main password. You can limit how much bandwidth guests are allowed to use as well. Neat feature!
Mine was refurbished by Cisco, and for the price, it is awesome!
The "flickering" got worse, to the point where wireless would cut out up to 20 times per hour, at 30 seconds - 2 minutes in length. Nothing made it better. I've now bought a new Medialink router- will probably not be going the refurbished route again (also won't be installing new firmware, just in case I need to return). While the hardline connections are great, not having reliable wireless makes this a piece of basically worthless plastic. Changing from 5 stars to only 2. Highly disappointed.
Easy to install manually- did a hard reset and also reset the modem after everything was plugged in. Had it working on the provided firmware, but decided to install dd-wrt. Has been working just fine, although occasionally the wireless seems to "flicker." That is, it slows down on the comp for 30 seconds or so, randomly, and the wireless LED also flickers. It's not enough to bother me, as we only use the wireless on our computers, and streaming and whatnot is done through the TV, wired (which works great). I haven't really tested speeds yet, but like I said, not much for wireless streaming.
My one complaint/warning- there was NO documentation. It wasn't a big deal since I knew how to do a manual install (at one point, I lost patience; took about 5 mins for the wireless to kick in after install on original firmware), but if I hadn't, it would have been annoying to have to look up the instructions on the computer, while trying to do stuff ON the computer. Make sense? But I guess anyone doing a manual install probably doesn't need instructions anyway, whereas anyone else could use the USB easy setup thingamajig.
This was an upgrade from an old (8+ years) old Linksys router whose wireless capability finally died. Superficially, this one is much prettier and sleek looking.