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Linksys BEFSX41
5.8 out of 10

Linksys BEFSX41

The Linksys Instant Broadband™ EtherFast® Cable/DSL Firewall Rou Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Linksys BEFSX41

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Overall 2
2.0

Horrible

Leo, Amazon
31 July 2008
  • Summary: I got this router when out company switched to VPN for remote desktop connections to increase security. This is one of the worst routers I have ever used, and I returned it to Amazon after about a week. The longest uptime I have ever seen was about 12 hours.
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Overall 6
6.0

Horrible customer/tech support!

BonJo, Amazon
28 June 2008
  • Summary: 2 1/2 months into using our new Linksys BEFSX41 router I went to connect to the Internet and the router was dead (this was last night...I'm using an 8 year old HP Gateway Router right now).
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 2
2.0
Performance 2
2.0
Installation 8
8.0

Not compatible with AIM

Overstock
7 June 2008
  • Summary: This router has a well-documented problem regarding disconnects from AIM. It randomly disconnects and reconnects the AIM session which is very annoying. Otherwise, it appears to be a standard Linksys router with VPN capabilities.
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Overall 2
2.0

Avoid this one...

Conrad B. Senior, Amazon
27 March 2008
  • Summary: . My cable modem supports speeds of up to 15Mbps--typically about 12Mbps download, and up to 2Mbps upload--typically 1.8Mbps. I have a Gigabit switch on the other side for my home LAN. I picked one of these up because of the Linksys warranty.
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Overall 4
4.0

Problematic and restrictive.

Michael Glenn, Amazon
29 January 2007
  • Summary: I've found the BEFSX41 (v2.0) to be very problematic. With firmware version 1.50.18, some distributed network software such as bittorrent will cause the router to reboot itself every 5 minutes, bringing down the entire net.
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Overall 2
2.0

The product is only as good as the firmware ...

S. Cheng, Amazon
26 April 2006
  • Summary: ... and unfortunately the firmware sucks! Google "BEFSX41 firmware upgrade problems" and see what you get. I had mine running a stable (but vulnerable) firmware and decided to download the latest firmware from Linksys' site to close the security hole.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent router if you know how to operate it

d_l, Amazon
18 April 2006
  • Summary: I've used two SX41s for over three years on DSL and they are rock solid providing that I don't violate the cardinal rules of operation. The VPN tunnels are easy to set up if you follow the guidelines. First of all you must use a stable firmware. 1.45.7 is the most stable.
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Overall 10
10

Linksys Befsx41

Consumer Democracy
30 March 2006
  • Summary: This was an easy to setup product and it is doing what it is supposed to do. Two things that are hard to come by in computer accessories. This was also a very economical way to add firewall services, a full featured switch and router to a home network.
  • Pros: none so far
  • Cons: none so far
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Overall 6
6.0

Flawed but useful

Amazon Customer, Amazon
21 March 2006
  • Summary: A hardware firewall is very useful when you have an always-on internet connection because a blocks many categories of incoming attacks from even seeing your computer. I had the BEFSX41 for several years and it worked great, so when I needed one for a new network connection, I ordered the newer...
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Overall 6
6.0

firewall has some holes

mungo "mungo_sd", Amazon
13 January 2006
  • Summary: I bought this in July 2003 just for the firewall capability. The install wizard wouldn't run properly on my machine (WIN ME), so I just followed the setup directions. They are very simple. I left my Mcafee Firewall Plus software running.
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