Good interface, Reliable storage features
The ASUS DSL-N55U is a solid modem-router that offers dual-band Wi-Fi and excellent storage features. It has a well designed interface and it's a swift performer overall. We experienced a few frustrations with the installation of some of its apps, but it worked really well once everything was set up. We really enjoyed using it.
Good performance but short on features
Firstly, it should be said that this is a high end modem router and is designed for use with a dial-up telephone line based adsl internet service and not for use with a cable or external modem.
This router has a modern and up to date appearance, stylish and suitably high tech and will look well on any work desk or even in the living room.
Router in daily use performs very well
The DSL-N55U with a retail price in the range £80 to 90 is not the cheapest ADSL2+ modem/router by a long way, and lacks some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, but does pack a good performance for its price.
The price point means that you really should be sure of wanting to use the media server or the extensive QoS functionality of the router to make it worth buying.
There are just too many negatives to recommend this router, in spite of its aggressive pricing. Unimpressive range, low file sharing throughput, problems with 2.4 GHz 40 MHz mode connections and even its inability to properly communicate its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) status are all reasons to leave it on the shelf.
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.
Great Wireless Access Point
This is my second Buffalo AirStation and I'm very impressed with the price, speed, features and stability of this unit.
Since it comes with DD-WRT already built-in, the access point is very configurable and has many features you can't get with other access points. I used my second AirStation to set up a Bridge that extends my wireless network to other parts of the house and back yard. I could never do that with my old LinkSys routers.
Bi-directional routing throughput
As I've said (and shown) many times before, boosting transmit power alone doesn't provide any significant performance benefit in most cases. To get true range extension, you need to boost both transmit power and receive sensitivity on one end of a wireless connection or transmit power on both router and client.
Have used this router and Cisco's other dual and multi WAN small business routers. I love them. This one is great because it provides Gigabit ports rather than just 100 MB for the LAN ports and the WAN ports. When I have clients that lose money if their Internet connection goes down, I get at least 2 Internet connections and a dual or multi WAN router like this one so that if one Internet connection goes down, they can continue on the other one.
Static and dynamic routing
Cisco has kept all the RV042 v3's features and added the goodness of Gigabit ports. My tests show that the higher bandwidth connectivity provides a significant boost in routing throughput and a smaller goose to IPsec performance. The main negative for the G is the $50 premium (~35%) Cisco wants for the faster ports. Those little Gigabit switch chips sure must be expensive.
TEW-712BR - entry level router, good value for the price
This is an entry level router 150mbps is the max single channel wireless N speed. It is also *very* inexpensive.
The LAN and WAN ports are all just 10/100. This isn't for power users. This is a good upgrade for an older wireless G router when you have modest needs for speed and better range.
The unit I got was tried for just that purpose. It replaced an old linksys 54Mbps Wireless G router to improve range and streaming performance to a smart sharp aquios tv.
The only minor issue I encountered was a somewhat buggy bios when the unit arrived. Using the internal software, the unit happily downloaded and installed its own firmware update from Asus. After that, this unit has been an excellent upgrade to my network. You will notice an improvement over older technology almost immediately. I first noticed this during configuration, and when browsing around the web. Several games and apps that I had issues with hanging or lag disappeared.
Runs for up to 4 hours on a rechargeable Li-ion battery
With a list price of $129.99 and an average online price of $99.99, the SharePort Go is going to appeal to a fairly limited marketÃ¢Â? Â? folks who need a battery-powered portable router that can be run off of a USB port. Although I preferred the feature set, initial setup and form-factor of the DIR-505, it's hard to argue with the superior wireless performance of the DIR-506L.
Simple Setup and Works Fine
I just set up a wireless network for my 74 year old mom. She is not a techie person at all, so I needed simplicity. The On Networks router was inexpensive and worked immediately right out of the box. This was a 2 minute set up at the most. Her new laptop connected wirelessly, I put in the WEP key from the bottom of the router, and her laptop, my iPhone and even her old desktop computer were all humming along.
So far, so good but set-up was problematic
So far, the signal strength is powerful, and we are getting the appropriate download and upload speeds for the internet package that we have. The original setup was a bit of a problem - the customer service even didn't know how to solve the problem and left us to figure it out for ourselves. It was only after calling a third party technical support line that the problem was fixed (as it turned out, easily), but it can be a bit tricky if you have to troubleshoot on your own.
Rather handsome shiny monolithic cylinder
Overall this product definitely ticks a box other routers do not. It is a budget-priced router that provides exceptional control for parents over what their children can and cannot access. For families this would be an excellent option. However, we would recommend checking out the DIR-826L for another £15. This has all the same monitoring features but adds the useful 5GHz band into the mix.
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