Summary: The second design flaw that I found to be beyond all logic and reason is the lack of any LED status lights. It’s basically impossible to diagnose a problem with this router or your connection just by looking at the router.
Pros: Unlike most routers, this one came with software on CD that is actually really helpful to inexperienced users. I found it to be very hand-holdy and guided and quite intelligent. I didn’t see any free trial or borderline malware that it tried to load either. I did find the software to be a bit glitchy though during the setup process.
Cons: The number one problem with this router by far is the lack of gigabit on the wired ports. That is so completely insane, I can’t believe it’s true but it is. So you’re stuck at 100 megabits tops, also known as 12.5 MB/s top file transfer speed. Even large print jobs will take forever at that speed. For people solely using the internet connection and not sending heavy network data, this will be less of an issue.
Summary: I also hate the fact that this has only 10/100 ethernet. Gigabit, in my opinion, should be standard at this point for wired connections regardless of wireless radio. Still, this is easily reminded with a cheap gigabit switch.
Pros: This router is very similar to the E900, although in practice it seemed to perform slower via the wifi radio for some reason. Still, it was stable and although the firmware is somewhat frustrating given that every update basically needs a reboot, once it's setup you don't have to mess with it again.
Cons: I was a little disappointed with the wifi performance. I have three other access points to test against. Linksys EA6700, ASUS RT-AC66R, Xirrus 520 (enterprise class). All of the other access points performed as they should, but the E1200-NP was slower than them all by about 10-15%. Again, not a deal breaker but if you want maximum speeds on 2.4 GHz, there are better options.
Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload
Cons: The E1200-NP had severe problems with distance, when going to the other side of my home both the EA900-NP and EA6700 saw small cuts to their performance. BUT the EA1200-NP went down to speeds of 5Mbps Download and Upload while the other units were still in the 30s and 40s.
Summary: I live in a three-story townhome, and as a word of warning, this device doesn't handle multiple levels well as it was simply underpowered to reach beyond the floor it was located on without significant signal degradation. We're talking about going from 50 Mbps down to 1.5 Mbps after 40 ft and one floor (no other walls).
Pros: If you need a wireless router and you live in a single floor small footprint dwelling (e.g. apartment) and have just a few devices to connect and have a working knowledge of wireless setup, this will serve you just fine.
Cons: With all the caveats noted above, most do not have a working knowledge of wireless configuration to maximize their investment in this router. Further, the "easy" push button configuration works but is no easier than just entering a pre-defined password.