Pros: Gig ports
Cons: Wireless radios conflicted and kept dropping signals
I have always like the Linksys (Cisco) products. I have an old WRT54G2 and before that the WRT54G routers. They have all served me well. Easy setup, and great reliability. This unit however, did not follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. It did outperform the others with its Gig ports and its throughput, however, when it came to the 2.4 and 5 Gig radios, it fell flat on its face.<br />The User interface is great, easy to use, and includes nice features to help monitor web activity. Parental controls are nice for those who want to help keep the bad stuff out, or just limit internet times. It had other great features too, but ultimately, if you cannot stay connected to it when the router is sitting 3 feet from your laptop, then whats the point of all the bells and whistles?<br />I started with one unit and took it home, configured it and it seemed to be working great. for the first 30 minutes or so at least. Then i started to notice the internet being VERY slow, i started to do a little
investigation, noticed that my packets were getting dropped from my laptop, again only a few feet away, to the router itself. So i pulled out a network cable and plugged in to make some changes to the frequency settings and channels on the radios. No matter what i set it to, the radios would still drop out and lose packets, therefore causing slow or no internet connection. So i thought that maybe it was a bad unit. Backed up my configuration file and took it back and exchanged for another unit.
Got home, set up the replacement unit, uploaded my backed up configuration and again, it was great for about 30 minutes. It then started to do the exact same thing. So, i contacted Linksys, and worked with them for a few hours trying to figure out what was going on. Updated firmware, rolled back to older versions of the firmware and still the issue was there. Ultimately the tech suggested that i take it back and get another unit that was a step up in cost and performance. Didn't feel that spending MORE money would solve this issue. So, I took the unit back. Now, I am back to using my trusty old WRT54G2 and it works like a champ, no drops in packets, keeps my connection without dropping. Now to do some more research on other units.
I know Linksys is better than this, and i expect they will have a better solution in the near future. Still think they have great products, just need to wait for them to update the firmware or work the bugs out of this unit.