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Big Bang for your Buck 11/25/2013
Price: At the time I purchased this, it was about half the price of competing routers from Asus and Netgear. It does not have several of the advanced networking features of the pricier models but what it does it does well and at a great price.
If all you need is a solid wireless router and don't much care about network storage (etc) then this is probably the device you're looking for.
Speed: Compared to the router I replaced the speed difference is night/day. Wifi transfer speeds are solid and LAN play is nearly lag-less (if that's not a word then it is now) up to 12 clients.
Simplicity: The admin doesn't require any driver setup and is a straight-forward menu. Advanced features are easy to find.
Range: Compared to the router I replaced, I've lost significant signal distance. It's not a huge issue with anything but phone/tablets connected to the Wifi but it is a noticeable enough difference in performance that if you have a large home/office or sturdy, thick walls then you may want to check into a more expensive model of router.
Edimax's customer service was pretty good. I submitted a ticket because I was concerned about the shorter range even with the newest firmware provided on their website. Within 48 hours I got a response with a newer firmware and some general tips for getting more range out of the device. While the new firmware didn't do much for me it was still a mild improvement and the swift reply made me feel like they care about their customers.
I would recommend this for small home, small office or single room LAN parties but like I said above in Cons, for a larger environment or if you know there will be significant signal obstructions you may want to shop for something a little more powerful.
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