Summary: Although the router was very easy to set up. The signal was a bit weaker than my previous wrt54gs. So now I have 2 routers with not so strong distance coverage.Relying on the first thing that I was attracted to on the selling points was extended distance coverage. However I was most disappointed after I replaced the older router and to discover that the signal was in fact WEAKER.
Summary: Definitely get the firmware update. I could not connect to my chromecast before I did, and it does run smoother and faster. It might have slowed down my freeze/crash problem, but didnt fix it.
Pros: I mainly wrote this review to let people know to get the firmware update. Works good until it crashes.
Cons: After about 6 months, the unit requires daily or every other day resets, if your a heavy traffic user. I would not recommend this unit to friends. There are better alternatives.
Great little router, throw it out if it ever goes bad
m m., Newegg
13 February 2013
Summary: This little router looks nice and performs well. Good luck RMAing any Cisco router if one goes bad. I had two of these and one went bad and after two hours on the phone I still have no working RMA information. I think I'm going to throw it out and start looking for another reputable manufacturer (Buffalo, Asus?). That said it's been the first one in a decade to go bad, that's why they must make them so well?
Pros: Good signal, looks nice
Cons: Had one go bad and Cisco's RMA process is broken!
Your Typical Mediocre Router (with a huge firmware glitch)
Harsh Texture, Amazon
8 July 2012
Summary: I don't understand why its so hard to find a decent router. I stayed with the Linksys/Cisco product family for years since my companies all used Cisco VPNs and in the recent past not all routers were compatible. I got a good nine months of activity out of the e1500 before the inevitable started: every four weeks the router would die. Troubleshooting these issues is a major pain.
Summary: I guess you do get what you pay for. It's a shame it cost me half of what I paid for it to send it back.
Pros: The interface is easy to use just like all Linksys products I've ever owned.
Cons: This refurb's WAN port was DoA; so I could not use it with my cable modem. I understand that NewEgg's policy is "we're not the manufacturer so you have to pay to send it back", but It's also not my fault the product was defective either. The warranty company's policy is exactly the same; so either way I have to pay to get a defective product replaced.
I can access WIFI but not my roommate... anyway, it's inexpensive
14 April 2012
Summary: everything is fine except the WIFI... it's weird that my laptop can access the WIFI but my roommate's laptop cannot... but he can access WIFI in other places so that's not his machine's problem... maybe the setting problem... then i contact the technical support through online chat... and the lady patiently tried to help me to solve the problem.. but no luck... after nearly 30 mins... it's still not working... anyway, he bought a cable... and now going online using it..
Summary: I bought this router to use as a secondary router off of my FiOS modem/router. Mainly I wanted this for the 802.11n for additional intranet speeds and to set up a guest zone to easily allow guests internet access without having to "hack" my own network security. Well, I could never get the "guest zone" to work. This is probably my fault because of how I am trying to use this router, but never the less, it didn't work for me.
Summary: I replaced an older Linksys router with this model and as far as your basic setup-and-go router, this one is pretty good. Installation was painless with the CD, however I don't like that you really MUST use the CD to set it up. Apparently, if you make too many changes to the router via the webpage, it breaks your ability to use the CD with it again. I'm not a fan of installing software I'll never use, and that is one star off for this router right there.