Summary: I purchased this unit and a Motorolla SB6141 to replace my Comcast all-in-one Router/Modem combo. Haven't had any connection issues so far, I use it primarily to connect my smart TV to my Plex server. Streaming HD (1080p average bitrate of 3-5 MB/s) content from my computer while downloading at the same time this unit has been able to keep up, no dropped connections so far. Setup was pretty straight forward.
Summary: This router gets the job done for cheap, if that's what you need then it's perfect. If you want more features or faster speeds you'll need to spend a bit more on a different router to get them.
Pros: Works as advertised, a solid choice for an entry level router. If you just want to connect a few devices and don't care about a bunch of extra features this will work just fine. Simple design, easy to set up and use. Good price.
Cons: The Web UI is a bit clunky and seems to be geared towards beginners... Not dual band, but you'd need to spend a bit more to get out of entry level to get a dual band router.
Summary: This is the second of 3 routers that I have purchased, and still the one I use. It is okay, but tends to lock-up the internet signal, making it annoying to have to keep going up to the 'signal icon' on my computer to check connection. The main problem, I have learned, is that when the neighbors switch on their routers, the computer reads those 'alternate' signals, locking the signal from this unit.
Summary: I first used the higher-end ESR1200 for a few months, which costs more and supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. Then I was asked to test this entry-level ESR300 model. Overall, for a fraction of the cost, the ESR300 is your basic introductory Wi-Fi router. Since it is limited to the 2.4GHz band, I was only able to get max speeds around 30Mbps with my Comcast service, while the ESR1200 on 5GHz would get the full speed of my Comcast internet at 55Mbps.
Pros: Works good with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi devices without drop-outs. Price is reasonable.
Summary: I've been using this router in a cascade with my main (and much more expensive) router. It has worked flawlessy, but recently my main router took a dive, and the Engenius ESR300 took it's place during the RMA process. All I can say is WOW. I've been through dozens of routers, but the throughput, and stability of this little router are AWESOME.
Pros: - Very stable both wired and wireless - MUCH better than it's price suggests - A plethora of features you just don't find at this price
Summary: When I saw the devise in person I will say it does resemble a smoke detector as others have mentioned. I like that a number of manufactures have turned to simple packaging, just nice box on the outside and recycled material in the inside. The look will be a hit or miss, if you are more into business style then of course this would not appeal as much. But esthetics aside I let the performance and features speak louder.
Pros: Guest network, this is a nice feature especially considering this entry level device Good 2.4Ghz speeds Wirelessly connect and configure devise
Cons: Possibly might have been better to switch the USB feature for gigabit LAN or 5Ghz N? If keeping USB port, I would expect USB 3.0 would be in order Shape and color will not appeal to the enthusiast. No client or client bridge mode ( I know im dreaming, most routers do not have it, but DD-WRT firmware will bring it) No third party or open source firmware support (any router in this price range with this support would be the next WRT54G) Web Interface could use more tips...
Summary: I really like the look of this, as I said earlier it easily can be mistaken for a smoke detector, which I like. And while it feels cheap, the interface and features of this router are top-notch, and I found the range to be fine for my needs. The price is really great for what you get, and I have no problems recommending this to my less tech-savvy friends and family.
Pros: First thing I noticed when I unpacked the router from the box was how cute it was. It doesn't have an aggressive or business style look, but a cute and happy little work horse. It doesn't look out of place when I had it on the ceiling, it looks like a slightly over-sized smoke detector, which could be good if you need WiFi in a big open area. You can have it in the ceiling at the center of the house and most people wouldn't even think of it. It's also really light whi...
Cons: My biggest gripe is that the feet don't sit well when on a table or shelf. I moved this little guy around a bit and while the included wall mounts are useful, when I decided to have it sit on a shelf it slides around. I found some rubber feet that I put on it from an old router, but I wish Engenius put some little rubber feet on this. This is also a very light router. I've handled some pretty highend Netgears and low End Rosewill routers and I found this one feels lig...