Pros: Great Range. Gigabit speed. Apps are a nice touch. Nice set of features.
Cons: I had an Xbox wired into this router and experienced a great amount of lag and dropped connections when playing any title on Xbox Live. Network tests within the Xbox system setup would sometimes report NAT errors, and other times not. Sometimes it would take over a minute just to log in to Xbox Live. I tried all of the proper settings for UPnP, then port triggering, then port forwarding. Each of these attempts failed to resolve the problem.
Summary: Decided to replace my very dependable, very old but never failed, Linksys WRT54GS with newer n technology. Mistake. Running three HP PC's, wired NAS, HP wireless printer, Droid phone, HP tablet, and ethernet connections to A-V receiver and TV. The new Linksys will inexplicably kick a computer off line, requiring re-boot of computer; tablet connectivity became a nightmare; if turn wireless printer off, have to go through re-boot to get Wi-fi connection; signal strength no...
Summary: I purchased this router as a replacement for an AIrport Extreme for 3 reasons: - Needed QOS capabilities -> these work as advertised - no issues here - Wanted parental controls -> these are practically useless - more details below - Expected good wifi capabilities -> these were weak - more details below Weak Wifi: The wifi connectivity, signal strength, speed, etc. - was much weaker than the Airport Extreme.
Summary: I bought this router to replace my Linksys WRT160n in an attempt to get more range/coverage in my house. Unfortunately the router would not connect on the 2.4GHz band to my A/V equipment (3 Sony BD players which connect easily to the WRT160n). I gave each band a different SSID and I could see both on the spectrum. The 5GHz band would connect to the 3 BD players but with far less signal strength as the 5.0 frequencies do not reach as far as the 2.4.
Summary: Converted to this unit from a Linksys E3000 but am in the process of switching back and returning the EA4500. After mirroring the wireless settings on the new router with the old router, all of my surveillance cameras will no longer connect via wireless. I am very surprised by this situation and can not explain what's going on. I wasted 1/2 a day going through repeated camera reset/setups, with no positive results. Might be something real simple, but I can't find it.
Summary: I purchased this router on the weekend to replace a dLink. At first this seemed like an ideal device. Everything worked and connected. I didn't like the SmartWiFi thinking it is a little silly for my taste but that aside the biggest issue is the lack of support for multiple xBox consoles. You can not connect to xBox Live effectively using this router when using multiple consoles.