Summary: It ended up not working out for me, but I thought I'd leave as unbiased of a review as I could. Here goes: PROS: 1. It has great UI through the linksys smart wifi thing, so I didn't need to setup the network through the CD. I've always had trouble with the CD setups, and now that I know a decent amount about setting up routers, I opt to skip the CD setup entirely. 2.
Summary: I cannot go into any of the technical details that so many other reviewers have ably done because I am just a standard computer user without any specialized technical background. So, my expectations for this router are based merely on what it claims it can do: increase the speed of my Internet connections. Put simply, it doesn't. My speed is the same with this router as with the router Verizon gave me and that I've been using for 5+ years.
Summary: This router might be good for a novice user, but power users can find better for less money. First, it doesn't support DD-WRT firmware and is only an 802.11n and doesn't support the newer 802.11ac. The software is clunky and minimal integrating this into a network with specialized configurations or many components may be a headache.
Summary: This is just an okay product, nothing special like another reviewer has mentioned. It bogs down our system to the point that the television freezes, the computers just go black, and well, skip the tablets altogether. When it does work, it is nice but again, nothing special nor has it been fast. I have Time Warner Cable as my provider and well, that's just another story too. Could be why this router has so many issues but again, try it for yourself.
Set-up is a pain, but it works fine (requires a computer with an optical drive for set-up)
1 December 2014
Summary: Having recently replaced an old router with a Linksys AC1750, which had a very fast and easy set-up process, i was quite surprised to open the box for this router to discover... a CD. Whereas the other router was basically plug-and-play, with the factory-established SSID and password printed on a nice card that included all five steps required, this one made me run the CD on my desktop (good thing i have a desktop with an optical drive, right?
Summary: While setup was simple, which any router usually is, there were a few complications. Do not purchase this router if you are a novice in setting up a network and will require support from Linksys. The people Linksys employ to provide support are just as knowledgeable as the person calling in, only difference is they have the Linksys forum pulled up searching for answers to questions. The router itself is build nice, but the lack of mounting options was a con.
3/5 for missing a correct power adapter and also for the setup not being as easy as others (took me awhile to find where to ...
Andrew J., Amazon
24 August 2014
Summary: This is the refurbished version of this router. Came with everything I needed (or so I thought) to get up and running. Plugged it in, removed my old router, and TA-D.. err, no power. Tried messing with the plug, different outlet, nothing. So, I had an older Linksys sitting there, figured, what the heck, lets try that power adapter. Used that power adapter and we have power!
Summary: Using this to replace the 3800HGV-B wifi access point. Good: Cheap, does the basics. Decent range. Able to "bandwidth manage" by allowing 3 devices of your choice to have priority, but no more than 3 devices. It's <$40. Bad: If for WHATEVER REASON you need MAC address filtering for your private home network AND a password-protected Guest Account access point for visitors, MAC filtering will apply to the guest account access point as well...
5G coverage is so weak then it is almost useless option. 2
David C, Amazon
13 August 2014
Summary: I got refub version which is just OK. one of major weakness is strength of 5G. 5G coverage is so weak then it is almost useless option. 2.4G wifi strength is also weaker than other major router. Otherwise, it has four port for giga bit physical wire and it is pretty useful. CD set up is somewhat unusual for router and it took long time for initial setup.