Summary: Once it was setup and working it covered my downstairs wonderfully. The instructions are just a little much because it offers so many options. Which is good but I like easy. I am not a technical neophyte as I have been working in the computer field for decades. I just like simple when setting up home equipment. It is way better than my last box - amazing how things stop working when dropped - oops.
Summary: I tried the WPS function between this unit and the NBG4615v2 wireless router. They connected instantly and have been working great for at least a week now.
Pros: Very versatile unit. Can be an AP, Repeater, or Wireless client. Easy to set up with provided instructions. Very good range and sensitivity. Hooks up very well when used with a Zyxel wireless router (I used a NBG4615v2 wireless router with this unit and they work very well together)
Cons: Only 2 LAN ports when used as a wireless client.
Summary: Like others have said, don't buy this unless you are computer savey. It works fine, but setup is a bear. The quick guide is inaccurate, but the user manual on the disc is actually quite good as is the website. You don't have to set your computer to a static ip address. The key for me was to reset my router address to 192.168.1.1 and the network ip addresses (dynamically assigned) to be in the required range of 192.168.1.3 - 192.168. 1.254.
Summary: First off, this item performed well once I figured out how to fit into my application. I use this as a wired point in my wireless environment. What I mean is that I extend the signal from my main access router to my basement and then I have 2 devices plugged into this unit (client mode). One thing that it does not do, and I was surprised, was that when it is in this mode, it no longer transmits a wireless signal.
Summary: My ASUS RT-N66U has much better range giving roughly 20+ feet of maximum wifi strength. However, the maximum speed ASUS gave was approximately 25-30 Mb/s.
Pros: It was easy to set up. I plugged in an Ethernet cable and went on 192.168.1.2 to adjust the settings as an universal repeater and moved it to the location where I wanted it. I eventually decided to change it to an access point by routing a Ethernet cable to the location where I wanted the router.
Cons: As an UR, it was kind of slow, giving 2- 8 Mb/s download speed. As an AP, it was giving speeds of 40 Mb/s (my maximum wire speed is 60 Mb/s). The only con is the range is very short. It gives approximately 10 feet radius of full strength wifi signal.
Pros: I have had two of these working in the universal repeater mode and found they work a whole lot more smoothly at Firmware Version:V1.00(AAEX.3)C0 or later if one comes out after this current one. Setup is much easier now that I am at this version. Set your setup PC to a fixed IP of 192.168.1.3 and you can access the WAP at 192.168.1.2. Use the EaZY123 script up in right hand corner of admin screen to setup values. First fields are for the router information you are con...
Cons: Some have noted conflicts with the 192.168.1,2 IP address for the WAP.
Summary: please consider adding 1000Mb support on the Ethernet ports for uplinks and bridging.
Pros: works, have had zero problems with the device and really no need to push any ROM updates at all. covers a decent range; however, with all the stuff I have in my house and the walls, reach the back rooms get signal drops to half without the use of some fabricated parabolic antennas on the receivers
Cons: even though it supports 300Mbps, all the ports are 100Mbp Ethernet.. so if you plug it into a Gb switch or hub, the max your end points will get is... 100Mb (shared).. so yes, a slight under-sighted approach.
Summary: The system has a default IP address of 192.168.1.2 which is likely to conflict with most home networks. IT it does, you won't be able to connect with anything. Before connecting it to a computer, make sure that your computer's IP has been initially set to 192.168.1.5 or higher. Best bet is to call their customer support 1-800-255-4101 option #5. The support is typically very good. Once you properly set this device up it works great.
Pros: Quality device. Good customer support (once you get there) Powerful wifi
Cons: Tough to initially configure based on poor documentation and default configuration that is likely to conflict with many PC networking cards.
Summary: Sometimes you have to restart it after it loses signal to the main router, but this isn't a big issue. I don't think the problem is with the access point but with the router itself, but not too sure.
Pros: Has all the features a wireless access point needs. Works well, easy to setup and is pretty fast.
Cons: Cannot be fed by Ethernet from router so you will have to connect it wirelessly to your existing network.