Summary: This was my first dual-band. This router stopped working recently. I had dd-wrt on it for the last 2 months or so. It seemed nice. I've already noticed a weird disconnect on the replacement for this one... I actually wouldn't mind buying this again.
Pros: This router was great for me. It was my internet that sucked. It held wifi connections for a long time. It covered the whole house well. Even to the master bedroom going through two walls. This router really came in handy. My internet used to come from a 2.4ghz radio. I eventually turned off the ...
Cons: I remember how upset I was about this router. 30 days after I bought it; I got an email advertising the router for 20 bucks less. ARG. I never had a chance to see gigabit speeds either. It went down before it's time was up!
Summary: there were some issues installing because the old network information was confusing the installation software, but after i removed the old info by doing a reset, i was able to set up my own settings.
Pros: Decent throughput and ping times, better than my old router actually. Doesn't overheat like my old router did (so far anyway). I like the overall design. Was able to use with a Gigabit switch connected to one of the ports like I wanted and they play well together.
Cons: Does occasionally drop connections, but it's very rare. Usually only happens now and then when I'm doing online gaming (with QoS enabled). That might be due to my ISP though.
Summary: Networking is not my strong suit, but I was able to get TomatoUSB firmware on here and get my home network set up just by the try-try-again and if in doubt, reboot method. It took a couple days to get everything right, but since then it's been rock solid for about a month.
Pros: Easy to flash open-source firmware. USB slot. Noticeably faster wireless downloads within home network. Handles multiple devices well.
Summary: I picked this up because it was a good deal and I needed to replace a d-link router that was starting to give me problems. When it was set up, I used the cisco set up software instead of following my gut and do it over the browser. The "guest" network was broadcasting it's SSID and unprotected.
Pros: Easy to install, easy to operate, dual band service. Has a 2nd WiFi "guest "network capability.
Cons: Set up can be tricky depending on how you do it.
Summary: I didn't try this router with the stock firmware, I immediately flashed DD-WRT then Tomato. It's only been running for an hour, but it's very fast. I'm getting transfer speeds around 17MB/s (vs. ~11MB/s with a Belkin N600 that was connected at 300Mbps).