Feature-rich. Low cost. Excellent addition for cert study.
23 April 2013
Summary: This is an excellent router, especially for those who are doing some cert study. Place this on the edge of your network as an Internet gateway and carve out a couple subnets for production and lab use. Speedtests show the router makes full use of the broadband connection, however, turning on the firewall features slows you down a bit. Just ordered a $7 stick of memory for it - should kick up the speeds back up a bit.
Summary: I bought this router to upgrade my home network to the wired & wireless as well as for practice in configuring Cisco products . Good a bargain for a professional. Recommended for advanced users.
Summary: Perfect router for labs. I use it like home/lab router with VPN connection to ISP provider. 871 has 4 switch ports, so you can configure VLANs./VTP My model without wireless module, I use Linksys like Access Point. Good performance, silent and very stable work.
Summary: Do you know what Cisco IOS is? If not, just stop considering this right now. This isn't for you. If you're working on a CCNA/CCNP cert, this thing is a great (albeit expensive) way to force you to learn your way around IOS, since there is nothing that will force you to configure your network properly faster than your own home.