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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.