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This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
Pros: -Ultra Small Size
-Extremely Light (not in a cheap way)
-Close port placement for easier cable management
-Clean & Easy to read web interface
-Straight Forward setup
Absolutely love the size, I always hated how large some modems can be. Also because of the small size the ports are closer together and are on one end so cable management is fantastic. Love the minimalize design aesthetics on this device, so many modems are either glossy or ugly and this thing just doesn't mess around with that. The icons for status are clearly understandable on this model too. The web interface is modern and clean; I found it very easy to read. There is not much you can do on the web interface other than gather info and check the status of a few things but that is on par with other manufacturer's modems in this class. The setup was pretty straight forward, I followed the convenient quick start guide and only ran into a problem during the ISP side of things (see cons).
Cons: -Extremely Bright LEDs
-ISP would not recognize this model modem
-Included cable is not CAT6 (it's CAT5E)
The LEDs are ultra-bright on this thing. It doesn't really bother me since it is in my basement but I could totally see it bothering other people who will have it anywhere else other than a basement. My ISP (cox) did not have this modem listed to choose from during the initial setup (although on their website it lists the CM3008). I had to pick another CM series device (CM100 which is a DOCSIS 2.0 modem) to continue the setup. (Linksys please contact Cox and tell them to get with it!) When the setup completed my internet was very slow so I took the network completely down, I did a power cycle on each network device and rebooted my PC. After that the internet was fast again. I was a little disappointed that in 2016 the manufacturer is not including CAT6 cables with their products. I understand the theoretical speeds and the included CAT5E is enough but it just seems like a huge penny pinch move to me as the consumer.
Other Thoughts: Non of the cons were worth an egg loss.
Overall this unit performs great and is on par with another brand's modem that are rated for the same internet speed rating (100MBPS package up to 343mbps). If you are in the market for a new modem and this fits your internet speed package I would highly consider it because of the price, size, and aesthetics.
My ISP is Cox, I have a 50 MBPS internet package however speed test websites say I actually get 60+ MBPS down.
Pros: -Classic Linksys look/feel.
-High Gain Antennas
-Better Wireless N on 2.4 Ghz Band
-USB 3.0 + eSATA (or USB 2.0)
-Faster Dual Core Processor
This router may not aesthetically appeal to everyone; it sports the old-school Linksys router look/feel.
The WRT1200AC is the next step up from the Linksys EA6350. The biggest differences are the upgraded 1.3 Ghz dual-core processor, High Gain Antenna (for more range and performance), the eSATA port (for faster connections for connected storage devices), and Wireless N400 – versus N300 on the EA6350. However, the biggest deal for those that need it is the open source capability. You can install custom firmware on this router, such as OpenWRT, to get more options and features. (Note: if you do this, Linksys doesn’t offer support).
Dual Band & Coverage:
Having 2 networks being broadcasted (one in 2.4Ghz, Wireless N Speeds and one in 5 Ghz, Wireless AC Speeds) is great because you can put your older slower devices on the 2.4 Ghz band and your new high speed devices on the 5 Ghz band. As mentioned, this router supports N400 on the 2.4 Ghz so it isn’t the best but for the price and the other features it is price appropriate.
The High Gain Antennas on this are great. Easily supports medium – large households with multiple floors.
Cons: -The is device is deep, it’s about 7.75” deep front to back.
-Has a lot of aesthetic personality
I couldn’t find much wrong with this router other than its enormous size and visual personality. If you are buying this router, you probably are not concerned with how it looks but maybe you would be concerned by the footprint. It’s obnoxiously deep. I had issues finding a good shelf to put this on because they were all too shallow to accommodate the router and then wires behind it.
Other Thoughts: If you are stuck in-between the price difference and of this and the EA6350, you should consider the size of the home, your ISP package speed, and need for extra options. If you are not going to use the extra options this router provides and have a medium-small home with a basic internet package, I’d go with the lower model. If you have a larger home with an above average internet package but will still not use the features, I’d look into the higher WRT1900AC model. Get this if you will use the features and have medium-larger house with good-superior internet package.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Sleek Exterior Aesthetics
-USB 3.0 Port for Fast Network Storage
-Great Network Range for Price Tier
-No CD Setup (always a fan of not installing more software)
-Dual Band (2 networks broadcasting simultaneously)
I am testing this at my parent’s house, they have a medium sized home with a respectable 20 mbps from their ISP. For them, this is the right product for their house size and internet package. It also fits their budget, It has been running rock solid since the day I added it to the next work (May 2015).
Super Easy No-CD Setup:
Easy to use, either connect pc to router (also router to modem) with Ethernet or join the default wireless network that pops up to start configuring it. The web browser interface is very attractive and easy to use; items are in very thoughtful categories that are clear. I always and happy when I don't need to add more software to a computer for things that don't need it. Less software means less items starting up with the computer and bogging it down. Linksys was smart to make this optional (there is a CD included incase someone needs it).
Having 2 networks being broadcasted (one in 2.4Ghz, Wireless N Speeds and one in 5 Ghz, Wireless AC Speeds) is great because you can put your older slower devices on the 2.4 Ghz band and your new high speed devices on the 5 Ghz band.
-Only N300 mbps & AC 867 mbps speeds
(Made for medium sized homes and modest speeds)
-One USB 3.0 port
I only mentioned the network coverage and speeds as a con if you don’t fit the demographic this router is target to. At this price point the speed and range are what is to be expected. This is good for medium sized, 2 floor homes, with a modest internet package from your ISP. The same goes for the con on the 1 usb 3.0 port. Chances are, if you need to connect more devices to your router’s usb port, you are going to want the added benefits of the next model up because you will want the faster speeds and move coverage.
Other Thoughts: If you are not very technical (and don't have a large home), and you are looking for a modestly priced router with decent features available.... get this router. It's name brand, easy to use, and you shouldn't be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW