Summary: I wanted to expand my network at home (Wireless and Wired), therefore Zyxel NBG-318S sounded very good and even better at $35.00 per unit here in Amazon. I bought 3 units. Setup is easy and functionality is not bad, on the other hand the 3 units stop working in less than a year. Reliability is an issue. Go with Linksys, I will stick with them (I had 6 routers at home, 3 Linksys and 3 Zyxel. Linksys are still on forever).
Summary: Granted this is a VERY late review of this powerline router, but I thought it might help at least a few ppl who bought these previously. I bought five (5) of the first version (I know they eventually released a second hardware update) back in June 2009, and the first three (3) failed on the homeplug connection after just two (2) weeks!
Summary: So I had been using 3, PLA401s for over a year now without incident. Recently I decided that in one of the rooms I had a PLA, I needed Wi-Fi to support a Wii and a couple of ipad minis. So despite the mixed reviews here I bought one based on my experience with the other devices. Well I guess disregarding the reviews was a bad idea. The powerline module of the router has died and if you try to use the scan feature it reboots the router.
Summary: UPDATE 1/2011 Both replacement units have failed in their HomePlugAV modules, so I have no HomePlug connectivity. In fact, scanning for Homeplug devices from the managment UI causes both units to crash. Downgrade to one star. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE 7/2010 My 2nd unit has failed as well; it began spontaneously rebooting and wouldn't stay working for more than a few minutes at a time.
Works as advertised and solid service--will stick with XyXEL going forward
27 November 2008
Summary: I purchased this router to replace a XyXEL X-550 (which I had great luck with) because I wanted to be able to use OnDemand via DirecTV (which requires/recommends a HomePlug setup). Whenever I buy technical products these days, I factor where the company's customer service is based into my decisionmaking process. XyXEL seems to be the only router company remaining whose technical support is both free and based in the U.S.
Summary: Bought this item on Amazon, along with a couple of homeplug receivers, since I needed to get internet from the source in my basement office, up to the second floor of our house, and the standard wireless range wasnt strong enough. At first, after a few hiccups trying to set it up, I was able to get it to work great! It did exactly what it said it would do.
Features for price, a great value. Some gotchas (e.g. heat, setup) ... but still 5 stars
M. K. Mcgregor, Amazon
27 November 2008
Summary: These units provide great flexibility; 4 port switch (3 LAN and one WAN, or 4 LAN depending on the mode of the unit), 200Mbps HomeLan (electrical wiring), and finally wireless G (yes, I would prefer N, but for less than $30?) Units function well, but do require some knowledge of configuration since they do so much.
Summary: I bought 3 of these routers. One is serving as my "main" router, the other two are configured as access points (mucho thanks to the reviewer above who mentioned this in his review - I never would have known I could do this otherwise). I am (or was) a complete networking novice, so configuration was a bit difficult (although if I had known what I was doing I could have done everything in under an hour).
Summary: I bought two of these and have been running them for the last month. They have performed flawlessly during that time. I replaced a single 802.11g wireless router with the two of these because I couldn't get whole house (3 floors) wireless coverage with just the one router. Now I get excellent coverage throughout the whole house.
Updated 10/09 --First Rate Phone Support-- Here's the Skinny on Router and Westell 6100 Modem/Router
27 November 2008
Summary: After searching all over the internet and nearly snatching myself bald, I called support. First the support person was great. Good phone voice, patient and knowledgeable. Definitely not working from a script. My main problem was the fact that the IP of both the ZyXEL and the Westell 6100 were the same. He had me disconnect the Westell then bring up the ZyXEL configuration page and change the third number from 1 to 10.