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Decent, in the right environment 04/10/2014
This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
I was actually surprised at how easy installation was using the supplied CD. Typically router installation CDs are clunky and not very intuitive. The instructions were well written and I don't see the average user having much trouble at all installing this device. I think it took me longer to unbox the router than it did to get it up and running.
It has a very small footprint and is very suited for someone without a lot of desk space. It shares its form factor with the rest of the Linksys E-Series devices and features internal antenna, which are both a pro and a con. Internal antenna make the device look sleeker, but don't offer the range of an external antenna.
The device features Parental Controls and allows for website blocking, up to a maximum of 8 URLs. I would have preferred the ability to block via key word, but this device is URL based only. You can also block specific devices at certain times of the day. The Parental Controls are one thing about the Linksys devices that have stood out recently. I feel they are doing a very good job compared to other vendors.
The router supports all the normal features such as port forwarding, port triggering, guest wifi and VPN passthrough. I really liked their support of Dynamic DNS.
The range is pretty bad and the speed at any appreciable distance seems to drop off exponentially. If you have a larger house or multiple floors, I would keep looking. As soon as I stepped outside, my device could no longer locate the network. My house is brick and I was probably only about 30' from the router. Going upstairs isn't too bad, but my little TrendNet blows this out of the water for around the same price point.
Not a bad router depending on your situation. If you have a larger house or need some range, keep shopping. However if you only have a few devices and live in a small apartment, this might be the perfect router for you.
Installation was an absolute breeze, so if you aren't very technically inclined, this is a great choice. I can't imagine it being any easier.
All in all, it's not a bad device.
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