What happened to the Network Engineers in the world?
11 September 2014
Summary: I have read all the reviews here. I have also successfully set up numerous types and brands of VPNs where I work as a network engineer. As soon as I saw that my favorite home brand of networking devices came out with wireless g and vpn in one, I had to have it. I have at my house: Windows 2003 Server hard-wired, 2 WinXP Workstations, Playstation 2 with Wireless G Game adaptor (Linksys), and a Sony Clie UX50 w/built in Wireless B.
Summary: I bought this item from Amazon even though the reviews I read were less than stellar. I just assumed most of the problems were user configuration errors. After all.... it is easy to mess up a VPN configuration, especially if you are using Windows IPSEC policies because the UI for setting that up can be a little misleading. However after setting it up in my home lab I discovered that... it just didn't work as a VPN device.
Summary: After numeruos calls to Linksys, the router still will not come up properly in the wireless mode. They are recommending resetting it again, then reinstalling my configuration. I'm still trying to find the time to do this added step. This is the third router of this model that i've tried, all with setup problems in the wireless/security mode.
Summary: I got this product because of VPN feature. Well, that's a myth. Some said it worked for them but not for mose of reviewers here nor for forums out there. QuickVPN needs lots of support. And Linksys needs to replace support people from India. I'm sure it will function just right for wireless router but not for VPN feature. Yes, it works for me as a router ok. But I could've picked up $40 router to do that job. If you are looking for VPN, look some place else.
Summary: The product was easy to set up and was in operation in our small office in under an hour. However, the VPN functionality is unusable. I spent countless hours on the phone with LINKSYS tech support and was never able to set up a user based VPN session either using PPT or the QuickLink software that comes with the router. The buzz on the internet is that a windows machine that has at some point or another run any type of VPN software will never be able to connect.
Summary: This MAY be a good product for the occasional user. However, if your small business depends on this, you are dead. This baby will crash, crash, crash on you...even with the latest firmware. Nice idea to build a wireless router that supports VPN tunnels, but in reality, it just does not work. Look at the other reviews and think. Why does everybody say stay away? There must be something wrong if this many people complain.
Summary: So, I was really against this product. The reviews were terrible for it. But there was a couple of reviews which claimed that the product did ok with the new firmware release. So... my boss was wanted VPN, wireless so he decided to get this router anyway despite the reviews. I was against this. So...I got it, installed it. The vpn server was easy as sin to setup. As long as you have a static ip address, and know a little bit about networking you should be fine.