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Pros: I had a Linksys wireless-g router for so long with nary a hiccup; but was having some range problems with my iPad2 and wife's laptop. Time for a change. Went to BB expecting to get a range extender and salesman talked me into this wireless-ac unit for awesome range and speed. Price was OK and hoped this would do the trick. Setup was real easy for this pseudo novice and all our devices were quickly connected. So far so good. Speed for g units was good if very close. Same for wireless-n newer laptop.
Cons: The main problem I had was with its range for both g and n. Wife and kids complained about speed (fewer bars and slower). My iPad was markedly slower and only had 1 bar signal strength. Tried lots of things, reading posts, troubleshooting, playing with channels, bandwidth, etc. QoS/prioritization was off. I did get slightly better performance but still weak signal. Wireless-ac must be great, but backward compatibility to g and n are definitely not. Giving up ...
Overall Review: Decided to return this back to BB and exchanged for an ASUS RT-N66R (same thing as N66U). I decided I didn't need wireless-ac and this unit was hailed for its range and performance by CNet. It didn't disappoint. Head and shoulders above the Linksys for range (3 bars vs. 1 bar on my iPad).
Pros: Very easy setup. Speed performance is very good. USB port is great for my backup drive.
Cons: Have not gotten the guest network to work, but haven't spent much time on that.
Overall Review: I did research for different routers. Been a fan of Linksys so I will always lean to them. After bad experience with a Linksys 2000N I wanted to make sure not to have the same issue with this one. I read all the reviews I could and the biggest complaint I saw was that the web interface was very bad, which its not. The reviews also stated do not upgrade the firmware cause might cause the AC speed to drop, to the design speed for this router. Last night I had issues connecting with my iOS devices connecting and poor performance. I decided to upgrade the firmware and so far everything is working great.
Pros: Not applicable
Cons: Where do I start? I bought this router a little over a year ago on a friend's recommendation. I guess Linksys used to make good routers, but not this one. I had to tinker with the settings to get a decent range for the wifi, that was just the beginning. Then it started dropping internet and did not reconnect. I ran through a bunch of data on phones before I realized what was happening. I called Linksys, they tried changing router settings, which did not work. After another phone call, they offered to send me a replacement router. They said if that didn't work, they would give me a refund. The new one seemed to work better, but AFTER the warranty ran out, it started dropping internet connection again. Someone in my house was trying to stream, and even though it said the speed was fine, the stream was choppy and didn't work right. I gave up and replaced the router with a different brand, and magic! Everything works like it's supposed to.
Just don't buy it, it's junk and you will be sorry.
Pros: I bought it on sale. I like the firmware system, that was nice. I like not having to leave my router to check for and upgrade my firmware.
Cons: Forced registration to get it online at all, spams you despite choosing to not be, wireless range is a joke n/g/ac, wouldn't stay working for longer than 15 minutes. Both Wireless and wired would stop working between 5 and 15 minutes after power cycle. Cisco was on the way out and it was clear they stopped giving the slightest hoot about what they were making. Belkin, who I have had hit or miss luck with, cannot do worse.
Overall Review: Cisco, who's reputation was always good, has severely tarnished it with what they did to Linksys. I have had Linksys routers and switches for years and years and years, they degraded quite a bit over the past 5-6 years.
My last router, also a Linksys, was 5-6 years old of daily use with 20-30 devices and ran like a champ. It ran up until lightening hit my house. This one wouldn't even run for a half hour.
Pros: Some what fast. Worked for eleven months without an issue.
Cons: I've had this thing for 11 months no problems at all. Three weeks before the warranty expires and it just died on me. No warning no slowing down and no drop outs. Just died. Dragged out tech support from Linksys. Got that RMA number and ten days later the new one arrives and that could not hold a connection.
Overall Review: Now on number two. No matter what the tech told me to do it would not work. The even switched me to level two tech support and they couldn't get it to work. I finally got them to pay for the return and I sent it in today. Tech told me I have to wait until the third unit. If they can't get that one to work then they will give me an upgrade. To what? The AE 6500 and repeat all the steps for a fourth time. Time for the Ibuprofen. I should have went with a different brand and gotten the extended warranty.
Pros: Dual Band
Cons: At least for mine the 5Ghz Band constantly drops or completely disappears and its only one device on the band, This is not my first router and definitely not the first one I've set up. And forget about talking to Linksys Customer Support for any issues as all you will get is a headache with no actual help. Everything else works to an extent (not the best speeds even with the 2.4 band).
Overall Review: Should have listened and gone with a better brand but I liked my old WRT54GL so I figured a newer router from the same company wouldn't be too bad. It was.
Pros: Sleek. Works as described when working...
Cons: I continually ran into an issue of really slow down load speeds. The router itself has a speed test which would get around 55mbps down. This is what it's suppose to be. But my devices connected to the router (wired and wireless)would only get 2mbps down. I spent 2 hrs with Linksys support and they were unable to solve the problem.
Pros: Fast with AC and N.
Interesting software tools/parental controls
Cons: I am moving from G to N/AC, don't really notice a range improvement yet.