A multi-functional device
Although physically quite large, approximately 20 x 25cm in depth and width, it is quite slim at around only 4cm at its deepest point and about half of that at the sides. Although labelled as a Cable Router as it does not include any modem components or allow connection via the normal RJ jack, it can be used with cable and fibre optics broadband (such as BT Infiniti) or to provide bridge and router functions to a standard broadband modem.
I took a quick glance at the instructions, opened up the unit, popped in a 3 sim, plugged it into a USB port and it worked. I changed the APN and the default password and then popped in a T-Mobile sim and it continued working without skipping a beat.
Very easy to set up, in fact if you leave the default settings there's no need to alter anything at all.
Best router for home or business very affordable
This router makes a huge difference especially when using VOIP phones. A no brainer. Allows for two separate IP addresses to use the Internet. Perfect for a dental or medical office where internal Internet and waiting room Internet must remain separate.
USB port for 3G/4G failover, Snappy interface
The Cisco RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router offers security-conscious small businesses a VPN server, wired and wireless networking, and firewall in one compact router. It falls short of being a great business-class router because of limited features and incremental improvements.
Ok, now Im even more surprised
Simply stated, this isn't hyperbole. Look at the massive number of positive reviews for Medialink attached to their 150mps model. This is probably the best bang for the buck you're going to find, and Medialink has the best customer service of almost any company I've had the pleasure to communicate with. And it seems the major brands have taken notice of this. If this one is half as good as the last one, I'll be a happy camper.
Easy set-up and excellent configuration options
If you intend to connect to ADSL2+ over a wireless router and are one of the lucky ones that can achieve a speed between 21Mbps and 24Mbps, the Vigor2820n won't be able to deliver the full speed to wireless clients. This isn't a show stopper as a large majority of homes are unlikely to hit this speed or even have the option available, but it's something to keep in mind.
Bundle of features
The Vigor2820n is offering a bumper bundle of features making it highly appealing to small businesses looking for a sophisticated broadband router. General security and wireless features are particularly good and the current deal with the USB wireless N adapter makes this package even better value.
Will add about 300 feet to your wifi signal. Great!
If you are looking to extend your wifi signal about 100-150 feet, then this might help you. You locate this 100-150 feet away. Plug it into any AC outlet, near the area where you are getting a weak signal from your wireless router. It will capture your wifi signal and rebroadcast it, another 100-150 feet, for a total of around 300 ft. Not to bad.
So, if your current wifi signal doesn't reach that far, this will fill the bill.
Intuitive router with a touch-screen interface
Although the Almond lacks features such as gigabit ethernet that are now commonplace, it makes up for this with its accessible interface. We're looking forward to the faster, more advanced model with more ports and more wireless options, but the same simple design, and thankfully this is exactly what Securifi has planned.
Stylish, unqiue design, Both router & wireless bridge
The Securefi Almond deserves great credit for turning our initial suspicions around. What looked like an underspecified router with a gimmick is actually a breakthrough in simple, usable home networking. Its ability to function as both router and wireless extender is also ingenious and gives it a second life since it can be bought as the former then in time become the latter.
Despite this there are undeniably some specification shortcomings.
Performs worse than competing draft 11ac routers on the market
D-Link's DIR-865 L falls short in overall performance compared with other draft 11ac routers on the market. Issues with features that should make the DIR-865 L stand from its competitors such as the SharePort utility and the mydlink cloud service are too problematic to give the DIR-865 L an edge over competitors.
Fastest 802.11ac router
The D-Link DIR-865L is the fastest 802.11ac router that we've tested, at least with the new standard. The performance in combination with 802.11n clients is generally not that impressive. The fact that this router is a speed demon on 802.11ac is great, but not yet very useful in real life. That's because 802.11ac clients don't exist yet, except for bridges from Buffalo and Cisco. Currently, the cloud features have limited value, but that could change a lot in the future.
Easy setup with useful Cloud accessibility
D-Link has a lot to be proud of with the D-Link DIR-865L. 802.11ac and 5GHz 802.11n performance, particularly at range, is outstanding, the setup is simple and the mydlink Cloud platform - while basic - is a nice extra. The asking price is also a new low for 802.11ac routers. Its Achilles heel, however, is performance over 2.4GHz and if you have predominantly older equipment then the D-Link DIR-865L is unlikely to be a worthwhile upgrade.
New AC Standard with Backwards Compatability
Overall I have had no problems with it. Everything connects to the wireless flawlessly. I have seen signal and performance increase over my old router. My laptop was getting about 5-6Mbps downloads on speed tests and now it's getting around 25 which is the same as my desktop plugged in.
It's very fast on the 5GHz band and is comparatively affordable
The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H offers great value by adding support for 802.11ac on top of a high-end N900 router without increasing the price. However, the router doesn't have enough appeal for those who just need simple, low-budget wireless home networking.
Built in PPTP server, NAS feature supports DLNA and Torrent downloads
There is both good and bad news for those itching to run out and buy a draft 11ac router. The good is that, when paired with its WLI-H4-D1300 partner, the WZR-D1800H can produce almost 450 Mbps of aggregate throughput when handling multiple clients. Even better, though, its that the pair can produce around 100 Mbps of usable throughput at my weakest signal test point for a single test client!
Top throughput tested to date
The Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H is the first 802.11ac router to come to market, though it's draft 802.11ac. The device is the fastest router we've tested to date with excellent range. A poorly designed interface and no native IPv6 are the only blemishes on this otherwise killer router.
Offers decent performance
If you don't mind its inability to support USB hard drives formatted in NTFS, Buffalo's WZR-D1800H delivers better value than Belkin's AC 1200 router. Both models carry street prices of around £100, as does Buffalo's AirStation AC1300 wireless bridge. Belkin's 802.11ac bridge hasn't reached the market, yet, and its absence sharply curtails that router's usefulness. Moreover, Belkin's router and bridge support only two spatial streams on each wireless network.
Good little travel router
Overall, it is a very versatile and certainly compact device, and your experience may be very different depending on how you use it. As an access or router, simply to give you a wireless signal for devices without an Ethernet port, it will do everything you expect, except, perhaps a great wireless range, as the antenna is somewhat limited.
Great price, Tiny, Many features
While most of us won't see such drastic cuts in download speeds, it may be worth considering a more robust router for your permanent home connection, especially if you have a very fast broadband connection.
For those on more modest connections, and certainly for those who want to take a router with them as they travel, then the TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is an excellent device.
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