Excerpt: Got the router in order to have wireless connection for my computer and my husband's. Still have trouble if both of us try to use our computers. We love the fact that our IPad and IPhone work off the wireless but that is about as good as it gets. Setting up was very confusing due to the fact that we both have laptops and it shows you how to get wireless set up from a tower. We are using it but I think it could benefit from having better setup available, especially if...
Excerpt: This router was easy to set up. There were several occasions when everything came to a stop on my computer and i had to shut down the computer, shut down this router, and then shut down my cable modem. i had to recycle this router in order for my computer to work again. I thought this router was a true 802.11N wireless router but in the end I was only so so satisfield with the download speeds on my computer using this router. I rarely if never got speeds above...
A good router to have if you know how to tweak it.
15 March 2012
Summary: I bought the WRT160N strictly because of the name and price. Linksys and Cisco have been known forever as the authority for networking, and the price was very reasonable for what you get. All in all, this is a solid performing router, but I only was able to get this to work optimally after putting on a custom firmware. If you don't know what firmware is, this router may not be for you.
Excerpt: It's constant suffering with this thing. I didn't think that a router could be this unreliable. After few weeks of use I decided that DDWRT firmware would help and surprise surprise - V2 does not support it! It looked promising on the paper, but once hooked up – WRT160N showed its real face. Do...
Summary: Well, it solved my problem of losing internet access when the phone rang. I have a 2.4Ghz phone and a 2.4Ghz router (wrt54G)and every time the phone rang my laptop disconnected from the internet.That has been fixed. I see a slight increase in surfing speed.One more thing, and this is important, The M and M's with pretzels are an excellent snack while installing a router.
Pros: Easy to set up, easy to connect to a Hawking repeater, supports connections to every wireless device I tried
Cons: Times out and loses connectivity periodically, and then has to be restarted manually (unplug the power cord, count to 15, plug back in). This is a deep annoyance when I am at the other end of the property.
Pros: Once you get DDWRT on this thing it runs like a champ. Haven't had one issue on it the past few days since I installed it.
Cons: Without DDWRT beware. This thing is a piece. Had constant dropped connections. Even had it reset itself to factory defaults when it shut down on me. Install CD was a total FAIL. Don't even bother with it. Range is a little weak has a hard time getting 40% signal with 1 wall and about 35 feet.
Summary: The first one I bought was a complete wreck. After I completed the installation process, it didn't work. I contacted someone from Linksys Support who just had me update the firmware, which appeared to have fixed the issue. However, as the day progressed, I found that the connection constantly dropped. At first, unplugging it and then plugging it back in would remedy it but after a few times, even that didn't work. The signal would be out for hours at a time.
Summary: It's a fairly good router performance wise (by speed, I mean). It hasn't given me problems with my Windows 7 running through boot camp except one small annoying issue. It seems that this particular router is known for causing issues with web browsing. If I am on the computer long enough, clicking on a website bookmark could automatically redirect me to MySpace.