04-20-2012 03:58 AM
Pros: Other than USB, not much. Didn't get to use Gigabit, so can't say about it.
Cons: Unreliable, reboots multiple times whenever it wants.
Other Thoughts: In my house, everything runs of IP i.e. internet. Phones, microcell, computers etc. And all traffic goes thru it. I have FIOS. But this thing just crashes and reboots whenever it wants. And that means every communication device stops working until the router comes back. 30 days passed and can't return it.
04-20-2012 04:02 PM
There might be some settings required in the router so that it gets the proper solution. If you are facing the concern of getting lag, dropped connections then you should keep few things you should keep in mind with regards to N routers:
1) For the best possible speeds, you need to be using WPA2-AES as your security mode. Any other security mode will see your speed/range capped.
2) Ensure that your router is running the latest firmware from homesupport.cisco.com. The new firmware includes performance enhancements and fixes. The router will get stabilize connection and will not face the concern of getting reboot.
3) The router by default uses a channel setting of auto, which means that it would keep switching channels depending on the interference. I’d recommend you set it to a fixed channel. Usually, 1, 3, 6 and 9 give you the best performance depending on your environment of course. I’d suggest you try different channels, observing each for a while, to see which gives you the best performance. You can follow the link here on how to change channels.
4) You should also make sure you upgrade the drivers for the WLAN /LAN card on your laptop and desktop computers.
Second, for best results, wireless-N routers should be paired with wireless-N adapters in the same way that wireless-G routers should be paired with wireless-G adapters.