Summary: As a home user, after upgrading my broadband to 6.0mb/s from Comcast, both my netgear and linksys routers were overwhelmed and couldn't cope up with all the activities for the 5 computers, Xbox360 and Slingbox in the house. After researching all the business class routers, including Netgear, Linksys, Sonicwall and others. Finally, I've decided that Cisco is the best product that would solve my problem.
Summary: I am a software engineer who sometimes thinks he's a network engineer too. I run one commercial and one private system from home, with DNS, web, and e-mail service for each, and have a commercial broadband connection through Verizon Online DSL with 5 static IP addresses. After spending days reading specs and reviews of various pro-consumer routers, SOHO routers, and enterprise routers, and after having experienced downright horrible router software and performance from...
Summary: My old Linksys router broke after 5 yrs of use and I had a hard time finding a good replacement unit that works w/ my wireless router acting as AP. I went with this entry level Cisco because I figured Cisco would give a good warranty and product. Well, it has 1 year warranty so don't expect the 3+ yrs warranty coverage (ie some D-link / Netgear routers still have that kind of warranty). It comes with a CD with the graphics interface software to configure the router.
Summary: I'm using this router for my home lab and it is great. Has a pretty recent IOS and SDM. It's great because I can use it as my home router when I am done studying. Highly recommended for anyone studying for CCNA or just wants to use it in a small home network.
Summary: Details: Cisco IOS Software, C850 Software (C850-ADVSECURITYK9-M), Version 12.4(11)T2, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc4) Morpheus uptime is 2 days, 11 hours, 55 minutes System returned to ROM by reload System restarted at 00:52:04 UTC Wed Jan 19 2011 System image file is "flash:c850-advsecurityk9-mz.124-11.T2.bin" Cisco 851 (MPC8272) processor (revision 0x200) with 59392K/6144K bytes of memory.
Summary: This router was recommended to me for studying for the CCENT/CCNA. It runs the Cisco IOS 12.4, you can use the SDM to configure it, it has a four port switch built in, and you can use it as your home wireless router. The one I bought from bombaysystems works perfectly. I was able to pick up an antenna (with a RP-TNC to RP-SMA adapter) for under $15 and built a case with .0625" acrylic.
Summary: This is a very good Router though its configuration via Cisco SDM is complicated at least for me. Maybe it's because I'm used to CLI. The Switch function that it has is a plus. I love it...plain and simple. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.