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Pros: - Low power consumption
- Clean user interface
- Streaming free on big screen
Cons: - Same Wi-fi issue as others have discussed. Seems to be a problem with not supporting 40 MHz wide band for 802.11N. But that means that all the devices on the network runs on 20 MHZ rather than 40 MHZ
- No dual band wireless N support
- Reboots and locks up during streaming
- No local content streaming without additional support
- Same free content can be streamed online from PCs or IOS devices
- Long boot up time; no easy way to reboot
- No information or control over quality of video during streaming
Other Thoughts: My first Roku, probably will be my last due to experience. For the cable cutters out there, you will either need to subscribe to paid services like NetFlix in order to make the most out of your Roku. The instability turned me away.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Priced reasonably, Gig-E for all ports, dual bands, on-off wireless switch, runs very cool, guest network, third party firmware supported, decent wireless performance with third party firmware (more on that)
Cons: Mediocre factory firmware, very bright and useless LEDs, unattractive black case, weak or short 2.4 Ghz performance with factory firmwares (Sep 2013 version), factory firmware upgrade wipes all settings without warning.
Other Thoughts: I work in the IT industry, but I am cheap so I don't always have the latest or best toys around. My Linksys E3000 finally died after 2 years of service. I had DD-wrt firmware on the E3000 and was happy with its performance. But it ran hot and heat probably contributed to its demise.
I researched many wireless routers before deciding on this router (I had a spare wireless G router in the meantime). I decided based on reviews on multiple sites. AC routers are still a little expensive, and I don't have any devices to take advantage of AC yet. So this router is a good fit without breaking the bank. It has everything I wanted, Gig-E ports, 5 Ghz band, support for third party firmware.
I waited 4 months of owning the router before writing this review because I didn't want to jump to conclusions too quickly.
Out of the box, I threw away the setup CD like I do with most of routers. Go straight to the web interface to setup. The web interface was clean, and very easy to navigate. I setup my home Wi-fi network immediately. Everything worked, speed test was decent and inline with what I got from the E3000.
So I decided to go to the manufacturer's website to see if there is a firmware upgrade. So there was a firmware upgrade which added the guest network feature. Good surprise. I upgraded the firmware immediately. Bad surprise, it wiped all the configs I've setup and defaulted back to factory setting. I believe that's a huge oversight but it didn't take me that long to set everything back up.
Two months went by and overall, I'd been satisfied with the router on factory firmware. I didn't feel a need to use third party firmware when I knew I could always do that if I wanted to. I even setup static DHCP reservation so I can control QoS and port forwarding a little easier. With over 10 wireless and 4 wired devices, the router is fairly busy, but it kept with with everything I threw at it. And as other reviewers have mentioned, this router runs cool and has very bright LEDs, they are all true. I knew the LEDs were an issue before buying. it is something that can be easily fixed with tape. I just put a small notebook in front of it. I never got around to write a review.
Almost 4 months into owning the router, I started noticing that while I got good performance on 2.4 Ghz up close, speed dropped dramatically when I was further away. Upgrading to the Sep 2013 factory firmware didn't help (latest at the time this review is written). Worst of all, when I stream movices on my iPhone 4S, it was buffering every 1-2 minutes. I searched the web and couldn't find an answer. One weekend, I finally decided to upgrade to third party firmware. I chose DD-WRT because of my familiarity with it. While I didn't notice any differences with the 5 GHZ performance, I noticed that I was getting a little stronger signal out of the 2.5 Ghz band. Most importantly, shows on my mobile devices no longer buffers most of the time. With DD-WRT, I give this router 4 solid eg