This is what made my house into a smart house thanks to the Gigabit LAN! XBMC + Gigabit = WIN!
I've bought 3 of these now. One 2 months ago, 2 more just this week on sale. Being able to flash both Tomato and DD-WRT firmware is a huge plus since I can choose which one I want depending on features. It has a 16MB flash to fit the largest firmwares for both Tomato and DD-WRT, and the cpu is basically as fast as an RT-N66U.
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Pros Lots of features (Dual band, USB, gigabit ports). Able to flash Tomato & DD-WRT.
Cons Cisco default firmware is really bad. 5GHz radio support by Tomato is poor at large transfer rates due to internal USB driver.
Summary I've bought 3 of these now. One 2 months ago, 2 more just this week on sale. Being able to flash both Tomato and DD-WRT firmware is a huge plus since I can choose which one I want depending on features. It has a 16MB flash to fit the largest firmwares for both Tomato and DD-WRT, and the cpu is basically as fast as an RT-N66U.
The wireless range on them are just as good as external antenna due to the built-in amplifiers on both radios. I use 2 of them to extend the range of my wireless coverage using the 5GHz radios as clients and 2.4GHz radios as access points. I use the 3rd as a travel router with openVPN tunneling all traffic to my home's main router (E4200v1). The openVPN traffic is slower but it's the same performance on any non-ARM based router.
Super stable and hasn't required a restart since I've finished installing+configuring them.
Summary I have been using this router for 5 days and have about 7 devices connected. I have not had a single connection dropped. It has a very easy step by step setup for beginners and also has great features for more advanced users. i would definitely recommend this router specially if it is on sale.
Pros -Easy to set up -Good price for a medium-high end router
Summary Bought this router on sale at $67.99, which I think was a very decent price for this type of router. I'm not a sophisticated user, so can't comment much on the technicals of the router. However, the upgrade from a wireless-G router to this router has marked a significant increase in signal strength around the house. It probably won't be phased out for another 4 to 5 years. I'd recommend this router to those who would want a medium-high end router for below 80 dollars (when on sale).
Summary With my old router, streaming shows over wifi was quite laggy, so I bought this one and the lag is gone! No more buffering during the show. Guess the dual band helps. Also, bought this when it was 69.99 so it was a very good deal.
Summary Bought this to replace my E3000. Had a lot of great features and is very easy to manage. The only thing I was worried about is that it seems to run a lot hotter than any other router I owned, but its working fine so far.
Pros Dual band, good range, no interference, gigabit ports, easy configuration
Summary This router is amazing! In a house with a lot of wifi networks it performs just fine and has no interference. The range is pretty good as well, got almost full bars in 3 chambers away separated by walls (not concrete however). I am not streaming videos on wifi, so can't tell you the results there, but otherwise, the speed test of the wifi internet is very similar (of course a little bit lower like 7.7 Mbps vs. 8.2 Mbps for my case) to the wired connection due to the losses. Bought it on special for 70$, I recommend!
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