Excellent bargain router, but not without it's quirks
Bought this to replace the shockingly poor D-Link DSL-2640R which was unable to maintain a stable connection (i.e. frequent disconnects) and, more annoyingly still, would not reconnect quickly (or at all sometimes) after it had dropped the connection.
The TP-Link by contrast is a marvel, holds the connection well and - should the line have problems - reconnects quickly and without requiring a reboot.
Easy set up with good performance
I am a Comcast performance Internet user. We used to rent a modem from Comcast and use an old linksys 802.11.b wireless router. The Internet speed is extremely slow, both upload and download speed <1M. Sometimes it's even stuck wile the signal strength looks fine. I bought a Motorola cable modem 3.0 and this dlink wireless router. The cable modem arrived earlier than dlink cloud router. I replaced it with the old Comcast cable modem. Our Internet speed improved.
Wireless performance better than many routers
The DIR-605L is a decent performer for wired routing throughput with wireless performance better than many routers costing twice as much. Yet, when stacked up against the features of the equally-priced TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND, it doesn't look as appealing.
For the same money, the TP-LINK has Gigabit Ethernet ports, upgradeable antennas and can share a USB drive via FTP or UPnP, while matching the 605L with WDS support and up/downlink bandwidth-based QoS.
Offers a decent amount of performance on its wireless throughput
D-Link offered their mydlink cloud services last year and it allow users to effortlessly access, share, view and control the mydilink-capable devices on their home network from anywhere, at anytime. The company has also made the products as simple to set up as they are for use. Simply attach them to your network and associate them to a mydlink account; it's that simple.
Easy setup, limited features, constant reboots required
If you want a simple router and are not connecting a network printer or NAS drive, this router will work fine and is simple to use. More advanced users with networked printers and NAS drives, or wanting to control internet access, etc. will find the lack of these options frustrating and should look into a brand name instead.
So Far, Living up to all my expectations
We'll see, right now my expectations are a cheap, few frills N router to upgrade my G router and run without issues for 18 months or more. Three days in and it is meeting all my requirements admirably and deserves 5 stars. I will update if it fails to live up to these expectations.
Decent and fast router, with awkward firmware and setup
The hardware seems competent, and its too soon to know if it lasts or dies and early death. So far so good though. Firmware, which is the part of any electronic device that you use to configure and set up, is fugly, and the restart mania make it all the more frustrating. Once you get past all that, the unit performs nicely. Speed and connections are fast and so far very reliable. Range is solid, especially for such a small physical unit with internal antennas. All in all, a solid 4.
Setup automatically sets admin password and wireless security
There's a lot to like about the Cisco Valet: the easiest setup on the market; an attractive design that doesn't need to be stuffed into a closet to gain spousal approval; guaranteed wireless security as part of the basic setup; built-in, subscription-free parental controls; a guest wireless network; and a cleanly designed package that looks great on retail shelves.
Cicso has crafted a revolutionary router in the $149 Valet Plus. It's a near-perfect consumer router that delivers dependable, fast performance, and a virtually intervention-free setup that erases the dread associated with connecting gear to a home network. Other vendors are sure to follow suit with this type of easy router installation. For now, however, Cisco's ahead of the pack here with a pioneering product that will help non-techies get their networks set up with a minimum of hassle.
Easy setup works pretty well
The Valet doesn't radically reinvent the router to make networking remarkably more accessible, it just makes it easier to stumble through, as long as the demands being made of it are relatively simple, tooâ??making the $150 asking price a bit much, up front. The one feature that may justify the cost, however, is 24/7 phone support. If it's truly decent, the support could save you a night of troubleshooting with your parents.
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