Pros: EXTREME CUSTOMIZATION!! I have configured certain protocols or websites to route through one WAN connection or the other, block XBOX Live or Playstation Network during specific times, etc. etc. etc. If you have a need for protocol or IP routing requirements this is the device to have. For the price, the features cannot be beaten. Logging and capture features are epic, I've identified bots hitting my networks every 2-3 hours along with malicious attacks with ease. I've...
Cons: Learning curve to set up, it's definitely not your average Netgear or Linksys box. My advice, set up all your IP addresses, services, and groups under "Objects" before you even go into setting up NAT/Firewall or policy routing. Once you configure all the "Objects" you need setting up new rules, policies, etc. is very easy and straight forward.
Pros: amazing little product packed with features that can support a small biz in an enterprise way. dual wans, IPSec, SSL, object based configuration, easy setup and actually decent documentation! Just one heck of a beefy little router for the price. Oh and did I mention the very friendly and knowledgeable FREE tech support I got from ZyXEL when I was troubleshooting some of my hosted PBX issues? They were right on with their analysis and instructions -- took me 5 min to s...
Cons: not a con of the router but the IPSec software that is sold by ZyXel to accompany this product needs help, lots of help.
Pros: Excellent load balancing router and customizable firewall. As others have said, tech support is top notch and great to work with. It also has many subscriptions that you can purchase and add to increase protection offered by the firewall.
Cons: Also as mentioned, documentation is terrible and setup can be very tricky. Read in the manual that you cannot disconnect power before shutting down the switch via the maintenance tab in the software or you risk corrupting the firmware. Really!!! Can that be right? For some reason you have a power failure and BAM, you have a paper weight. Please ZyXel, clarify this for me!
Summary: * The beautiful UI is also somewhat heavyweight—it takes a while for all those browser objects to load. If you're remotely administering over minimal bandwidth it's going to require some patience. Over a wired gigabit connection or cable broadband it's no problem.
Pros: Based on the three USG 50's and one USG 20W that I installed over the last two months, I've found that they are:
Cons: * While setting up a basic home network (1 WAN, 1 LAN, VPN passthru, DHCP) is pretty easy, using the remaining 90% of the features requires some networking expertise.