Summary: Had the CIsco RV042g which had very quirky issues; the worst of which was a need to be rebooted every hour or so, or it would loose the WAN priority. Very Strange... Plus the throughput was lower; but not discovered until we installed the TPLINK. We have this paired with the TP-LINK TL-SG1024DE 24-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch SMOKEN.....HOT BOX Haven't used the VPN yet but security seems quite good as it supports various security measures including MAC addressing.
Summary: Fairly nice interface, and definitely speedy. Don't like setting IP ranges using subnet masks - "192.168.1.1/24" instead of "192.168.1.0 to 192.168.1.255". But with Google's help I could work with that, 90% sure I was setting the IP ranges correctly. But what I can't work with is the poor quality. After just a couple of months of very light use, the router no longer works correctly and the Sys light flashes regularly on the front.
Summary: This router was purchased to replace other routers that couldn't keep up with the bandwidth requirements for my home network. This router offers excellent performance for a very good price. I was skeptical at first for the price but the router performs well. The main area it excels is with WAN throughput, which is what I need the most. I have a >100mbps home connection and most routers just weren't up to the task.
Summary: I purchased this router locally, not on Amazon. Still, I want to share my experience with it here so people don't think this is some high-end security thing for an IT Pro. On the contrary, it is a good piece of hardware, burdened by poorly thought out configuration and outright buggy sofrware. Lets start with good things -- Gigabit ports, decent NAT and VPN throughput. Yes, that is where the list of good things end.
Summary: I purchased this router from Amazon for a specific purpose. I needed a router with a separate port for the DMZ function. The idea is to have the LAN be firewalled from a public WiFi connected to the DMZ port. I have internet service that only provides a single dynamic IP and I wanted to use this box to provide two separate NAT and DHCP networks from that one IP. This box cannot do it.
Summary: The safe-stream line of TP- link routers we have installed have very good WAN throughput. Speed is the main reason we selected this router to replace routers that where unable to meet the customers ISP bandwidth. They are affordable, fairly simple to set up and have a good feature set. Be sure to upgrade the firmware! Documentation and support could be better.
Summary: I do not do many reviews, but felt compelled to warn any prospective purchasers. I am a tech coordinator at a medium sized school and while not a network expert I am far from a novice. I purchased two of these devices with the hope of combining our internet service. Both worked for a short time, but with a few days I had problems with the router either not distributing DHCP addresses or DHCP failing completely.
Summary: I think this would be a real nice unit for an IT pro... Because of the lack of setup wizards, it has taken me WEEKS to figure it out. I finally have it working but still not sure of many of the settings. Documentation could use some good examples instead of just restating the obvious (unclear obvious)... All they do is repeat what the UI says and not much help.