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Pros: --Excellent UI: I am network professional. Over the years I have used products from Netgear, TP-Link, Linksys., Trendnet, and Cisco. I also installed and played with DD-WRT, Tomato, and Open-WRT on three different routers. By far, Asus' UI is the best.
--Features: this router not only has excellent and pleasant UI, it also implemented abundant features. For example, its traffic meters are very intuitive and pleasant to view. As part of firewall, it provides keyword based, URL based, and service based filters. The first two are implemented in both DD-WRT and Tomato as well. But Tomato's implementation is buggy. Its logging is detailed and useful. Simply put, this router has every feature that I want.
Cons: --I downloaded Asus router app and installed on my Android phone. The app gets into the router when I am at home. It's confusing as it doesn't ask for log in permission. But the app cannot access the router when I am away from home. So the app as I am using is not useful. I have used apps from both Linksys and Netgear and both cases I could access my home router from anywhere over Internet.
Other Thoughts: --Longevity: I only have this router for a week. It's working pleasantly. I have heard of praises of Asus routers' UI and now I have my first Asus router and it's really impressive. But I am still concerned about its longevity. I have heard of stories of degrading performance of various models of Asus routers. I hope that the router will last a while because it's a flagship model and expensive. I don't want to spend $400 every year.
--Update, 02/11/2016: it turns out that Asus Router App relies on DDNS. As my new router AC5300 is being placed within the home LAN (the home gateway router is running DD-WRT in a closet. Placing AC5300 in the closet would severely hinder WiFi signals). So DDNS is not working for it. Currently I uses port forwarding as a temporary solution. Everything works beautifully. The WiFi signals are strong throughout the house. I like the ability to disable/enable Internet access of individual devices using the App.
This review is from: Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
Pros: Cheaper than most other AC3200 routers; App is reasonably usable.
Cons: The performance is mediocre. Dropping connections from time to time. The worst part? It's not maintained by the manufacturer any more -- the last firmware update was December 2014. That's ridiculous. In today's age, not updating firmware for a new product for 13 months? Is Linksys serious?
Other Thoughts: I initially rated it 4 eggs. I bought it at a relatively low price and thought that I got a bargain for a AC3200 tri-band router. But after several month of usage, my kids started to complain the instability of WIFI. I then went to search for firmware update. To my surprise, the last firmware is still there dated December 2014. I was then forced to shelve it and bring out my backup Netgear router. I have never seen a manufacturer like Linksys who doesn't care its own product to such a degree. It's shelved there until if someday a new firmware could be possibly available.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's not high priced.
Cons: I took the chance knowing some of the negative comments.
The main problem is that the device would go into sleep after idling a while. Then I had to unplug the power of Ethernet cable to wake it up. That rendered it not very useful.
Other Thoughts: I returned it after trying to see if I could correct the idling/sleeping problem.READ FULL REVIEW