Summary: HD Media Networks are becoming all of the rage now. However, they can consume a lot of bandwidth and without the right equipment in place you are setting up a pretty poor network. Truth be told, there are very few routers available on the market that are truly suitable for a media network. The NBG5715 Dual-Band Wireless N900 Media Router is one of them which claims that it can deliver the goods, but does it live up to its promise? Let’s take a look.
Full of features, but limitations in IPSec (and some general flakiness)
Terrance Ingoldsby, Amazon
20 December 2013
Summary: I was attracted to the NBG5715 by its full range of features - dual band Wi-Fi plus an advertised 5 tunnel IPSec capability. Unfortunately, I discovered that you cannot set up multiple tunnels to the same IPSec access point (i.e., you cannot do multiple Phase II negotiations against a single Phase I connection). This is a major limitation.
Summary: I bought this because i loved my Zyxel 550 so much!!! This thing is an overpriced paperweight. The main problem is the range on this router which might cover one floor of your home at best. My main floor is about 1000 sq. ft. On a good day, I get 3-4 bars of coverage on the main floor and maybe 1-2 bars on the the second. It takes an eternity for wireless devices to connect and there are routine conflicts with wired devices.
Summary: I bought this router off of DailySteals for about half the price it normally retails for and it's been rock solid for me after some major initial issues were resolved. (more on that later) Even at its regular pricing you are getting some pretty serious hardware compared to the competition (look up full specs on WikiDevi) and the router offers good performance and features.
Range no better, conflicts with Motorola SB6141 modem, config UI slow & buggy
27 June 2013
Summary: User interface is often slow to load and goes back to login page for no reason. Arrangement of menus is not intuitive. Diagram on teh "Easy Mode" page that shows connected devices is useless, as it's innaccurate. Mine claims there's no modem connected, no internet connection even though there is. Conflicted with Motorola SB6141 modem at home (would not pull an IP from the modem). So, I installed it at my businesses instead.
Summary: I had bought a ZyXEL Wireless N NBG5715 router to replace an older Linksys WR160N router that was not fast enough to support video presentations and sometimes (rarely) needed resetting. For almost 2 years, I operated the ZyXEL with limited problems (some annoying, but none to stop me using it). About 2 to 3 weeks ago, my Internet started operating very slowly using the ZyXEL.
Summary: had to have a lot of customer support to set it up. do not yet have the external hard drives set up on the zyxel but that is because I have not taken the time to do it . I will have to call customer support and take the time on the phone to go thru the process.