Summary: First time buying a refurbished product. I have been using the router for a day and I found no problems till now. The appearance of the router is scary tho. Totally scratched and the original label was taken off. The power supply is a Samsung power cord probably taken from another product. Installation Cd is a copy. I will be back in a bit to give my experience on using the router.
Summary: Excellent speeds when you are close to it. Drops drastically when you step away from it. You can't remove guest wireless when configured through cisco connect software. You cannot make the guest wireless enabled through manual configuration.
Summary: Nice, low-profile unit, easy to hook up, but even with help from our ISP I couldn't get Internet and Netflix service at the same time. Re-installed my old Linksys router. Sent the E3000 back to the vendor, who was very good about the return.
Everything worked great - up until the 90 day warranty expired!
18 September 2011
Summary: The good: - Fast - Great wireless range, even stuffed in my basement The bad: - It is just plain stupid you have to use the "Easy Setup" disc to create a guest account - Linksys support is not good (tried using it for the next issue). The UGLY: - A few days after the warranty expired, Ethernet ports 2 and 3 died, yet 1 and 4 work perfectly. I updated the firmeware, hard reset the router - they are dead. What sucks is I use all 4 ports.
Summary: I found the speed outstanding the short time it worked. Having located this at a smaller place than my last Linksys, I can't comment on the range increase it had over the old 2.4G models. The Cisco Connect basically doesn't work, so either be prepared to accept its simple minded approach (which includes an unsecured guest acct and a security system with a password that is complicated enough that it requires writing down, which of course negates completely its value as a...
Summary: The overall wireless performance is very good. Firewall features are Ok but lacking services like VPN. MAC based DHCP reservations are now included, which is great. I have tried the integrated NAS with an 8GB SanDisc USB thumb drive. It works but don't expect screaming performance. Theere are QoS settings supporting Rhapsody, iTunes, Skype and the major messenger services. Also includes an integrated FTP server which I have yet to mess with.
Summary: I can't say much more than has already been said, except to relay my personal experience. The hardware in this router seems 100% to me. I accidentally left it sitting on the carpeting for a day, and it sure did get HOT on the bottom. But it runs nice and cool if there's lots of space underneath for good airflow. Cisco's firmware is another story. I wasn't willing to believe they'd actually write and ship buggy software, but guess what? They did.
Summary: I had the old wireless g technology and it was open to all to jump on. So they slowed down my system substantially. The only benefit I see to this is the guest user capability and the security. No additional speed. But it may be that I am using both computers wired and wireless are about 6-10 years old buying new ones soon that may increase the speed.
Summary: I have tried a few routers in my life and found the firmware for Linksys to be easiest for customization. But when they redesigned it for Wireless N and Gigabit transfers, the quality fell like cement blocks on your feet. I had the WRT610N and that lasted about 1.5yrs then there were issues; the wireless would start dropping. I just recently purchased the E3000 and it started showing lag in speed in about 80 days.
Summary: First thing I did was install the lates firmware on 1/11/11. The router works good, but I expected better quality control from Cisco/Linksys. The FTP server option is great, but if you plan to use it daily, then plan to reboot the router daily. It freezs up and there is not much you can do till you get home and power cycle the router. Also, you can either use Cisco Connect or the Web interface to configure the device, but not both.