Summary: The router itself is beautiful looking. The setup is as easy as any other router in the market. The GUI is simple and very easy to conquer. Is it worth $170? NO WAY! The 2.4 GHz connection works great but the reason why I bought this router was for the 5 Ghz capability... That DOESN'T WORK. Sure, you see it but when you try to connect to it, you can't. Don't know why. For The money you can buy 4 regular routers. I feel robbed.
Pros: easy to set up like any other router. Great GUI.
Summary: The wireless went out on my old router, so I purchased this one to replace it. I had the old router setup as a wired bridged router to my main router, something this one does not allow you to do. I decided to swap things around, using this one as my main router, but wasn't able to do that do to the limited number of ports you can forward. It will probably be great for the average user, but it's not so great for a techie.
Summary: I chose this router as a replacement for an older Netgear router that got hit by lightning. I was hoping that the extra price I paid would equate to better performance. It does work well for half our house, about the same as our previous router. It just has a hard time reaching the ends of the house. We still have to use the extender to get good connectivity. We have that problem with every router that we have owned.
Pros: It was easy to install and works great for most of the systems in our home.
Cons: Still need an extender about half way across the house to reach some rooms.