Joined on 07/13/08
Overall Good AP
Pros: This access point has good range, and overall solid connectivity. It includes some security features which I enjoy, such as hard coding the MAC address of the default gateway to help prevent arp poisoning (for the default gateway IP) on the AP. It also allows for remote log collection (sending a copy of the AP's logs to another server for long term storage/easier sorting and searching). SSH connectivity (which disables Telnet by default if this is enabled) is a nice plus, with a fairly robust command line interface. It accepts short commands, such as typing in 'reb' instead of 'reboot' to do a soft reboot of the AP.
Cons: Have had two incidents so far where my laptop would associate correctly with the AP, and my DHCP server would show that it handed an address to the laptop but the laptop would not apply the address to the wireless interface for some reason. I would need the issue to happen again and perform some more digging to decide what is at fault here, but I didn't have this issue with my old AP. Does not offer the 5GHz frequency, but it specified that in its description/details so I was aware of this limitation when purchasing it. I have yet to see any wirelessly connected device hit above 130 Mbps (specs say AP can provide up to 300 Mbps), even when the device is a foot away with clear line of sight between the AP and my wireless device. This wireless device has it 270-300 Mbps with other AP's, so I know it is capable of doing so. File transfers average about 3 MB/s (max I've seen is 4 MB/s with this AP), which is okay, but I've had AP's where I'm connected with 270-300 Mbps hit about 7-10 MB/s transfer speeds. This has caused issues for me when trying to stream large movies over the wifi network (1.5GB or larger movie size). When using SSH, it says to type 'help' to get a list of commands. If you do so, the entire command list is displayed to the screen immediately, which means I can only see up to a certain amount of commands as the rest are removed from the display buffer of my PuTTY window.
Overall Review: For those reviewers who say the device returns back to default configurations after a power loss, they did not properly save their configurations. There are two steps to have your configuration changes saved permanently - 1) (after making your changes), click Save at the bottom of the page. 2) Click "Configuration" at the top of the page, then click "Save and Activate". The reason for the two step process is to allow you to make a lot of configuration changes before having them all applied to the AP (applying the changes usually means having the AP reboot itself). I was able to make all of the configuration changes I wanted, then have them all applied to the device at the same time, only requiring me to reboot the AP once. This was awesome! There was no having to wait for the AP to reboot itself over and over again as I made my changes. If you are trying to extend the reach of your wireless network, and just need reliable wifi access then this AP will work great for you, and add some more advanced features to boot. I would not suggest it if you need higher wireless connection speeds and plan on doing large file transfers or large video streaming.
Pros: Popped it in, starting running...The heatsink it comes with isn't too chabby, I'm using a Thermaltake MaxOrb on mine, and even after playing fear 2, and COD5 on high settings for hours it still hasn't touched 90 degrees F yet (point is, it doesn't run hot). Easy to overclock, got it up to 3.7GHz and still didn't reach 90 degrees F. If you got an AMD board, you gotta get this.
Overall Review: Like others have said, make sure to check that your mother board is compatible with it, I updated my BIOS to newest version, otherwise it would not have worked.