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. Their support was horrible, and told me that they would not support the product at all if I upgraded the firmware from their website.
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). I have included what lead to my reason why I only give the router 3 stars to save others from wasting their time with product support.
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. I bought it for my office and would return it if I wasn't too far out on my purchase date.
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. I never got to use that warranty because my first one failed within two weeks of heavy use, and the second one (a replacement) began to fail in a week.
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. With the newer firmware version 1.52.10 it fixes this problem, but within a day starts to block or deny connections to our web server (passthru tcp port 80), making the router totally unusable.
Summary: I'd agree with others that the router offers fast setup, etc - but this is not exactly unique among SOHO routers these days. My problems are with stability. On a regular basis the router loses it's programming. Web interface to the router becomes garbled and it appears that the machine is scrambling its memory (IP addresses in date fields, etc). Within a few minutes - it's out for the count.
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. Unfortunately it wasn't until numerous problems began (router reboots, disconnects, no internet connection) that I checked for firmware issues and found problems via Google.
Summary: I bought this router/switch based on PC Magazine's editor's choice rating in the Nov. 19, 2002 issue. Wanted to move my Linksys "network-in-a-box" home network (3 computers, 2 print servers) to high-speed cable, but wanted the extra security provided by the firewall in this router. First, I upgraded to cable access on one of my computers by disconnecting it from the old network and connecting it to the new cable modem.
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. A software fire wall costs $24.95+ every year to maintain it, a switch alone can cost almost as much and so can a router. This is a great value product!
Summary: So far so good after over a week. The BEFSX41 practically installed itself. Just plugged it in between my computer and the cable modem, and it went to work. Using the "start here dummy" method, I tried to use the setup program on the included CD. Eventually, the process balked and gave me an alert box that said it couldn't configure my system, call the support hotline. I unplugged everything, pressed the reset button on the router, and tried it again. Same result.