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Linksys BEFSR81
5.9 out of 10

Linksys BEFSR81

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Reviews and Problems with Linksys BEFSR81

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Overall 2
2.0

Avoid this router; it crashes when accessing Amazon

Druidjr, Amazon
30 August 2010
  • Summary: Am posting this review so others will know to look elsewhere until Linksys changes firmware so router will not crash when devices on its network go to Amazon. This is a known issue that took me a week to figure out. Would completely lose my LAN and have to power re-cycle.
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Overall 4
4.0

This Used to be a Good Router

Brad West, Amazon
6 January 2008
  • Summary: I purchased an earlier version of this router (it is currently v. 3.1) and had many years of perfectly reliable good use, until a lightning strike blew out several ports. I ordered another one, confident it was a good product. Big mistake.
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Overall 10
10

A very good choice!

Mauricio Hunt Rosales "mhr", Amazon
20 September 2005
  • Summary: I got this router to share my cable modem with PCs and a PS2, set up was quick and easy and had no trouble with the router at all.
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Overall 10
10

Linksys EtherFast BEFSR81 Broadband Router

Miguel863, PriceGrabber
7 January 2005
  • Summary: I did have a little trouble in the bigging stealthing it on the internet, but update firmware, play with settings and your good to go!
  • Pros: My network is fast and reliable. It tranmits between PCs great!
  • Cons: Just need to update the firm ware and play around with the settings. Read instructions carefully to get the full benefit.
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Overall 4
4.0

Linksys EtherFast BEFSR81 Broadband Router

ewinemiller, PriceGrabber
21 March 2004
  • Summary: It took me months to find the downside of this product, but once it was discovered it was a killer. After having lots of problem with internet games, I narrowed down the problem to having this as a router. If I connect directly to the cable modem, no problems.
  • Pros: Easy set up
  • Cons: No IP by Mac address, not good for internet games
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Overall 2
2.0

Throughput problems

George Wu "codejanitor", Amazon
26 February 2004
  • Summary: I bought this router so my wife could share our cable connection. She works from home, and often participates in online "webinars" with a live audio conference feed. The throughput was terrible, with audio dropouts rendering the presentation unintelligible.
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Overall 10
10

Switch to the Best!

Jim Smith, Amazon
8 June 2003
  • Summary: Been using Linksys routers for several years. I am network engineer, and while these are by no means Cisco routers, they are very affordable and perfrom great for home or small business networks. **Be careful of the new security/filtering feature for AOL.
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Overall 10
10

Good for off campus college savings

Amazon
25 May 2002
  • Summary: I hooked the router and it works great. Saves me and my 4 housemates 40 dollars a month on internet bills and shows little sign of drag from the use of 5 computers on one Roadrunner web connection.
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Overall 4
4.0

Doesn't last very long.

Magnate, Amazon
25 May 2002
  • Summary: I've owned a couple of these and for some reason they just stop working after a few years. Nothing you can do to fix it except replace it. It works fine while it lasts, though (for 2 - 3 years or so).
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Overall 10
10

Good, But...

Edmund Singleton, Amazon
25 May 2002
  • Summary: This my second one, the first one worked fine for a while. Have noticed that Linksys displays this router on their wab site but will not ship it. This kind of router is a dying breed, if you need one, want one, buy it fast they may not be available for too long. Am buying another one as a back-up...
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