Great Range, Stability, and Phone Quality
by Eric on 7/19/2006
I've had this router for about 10 months now. I've not had problems with it. I run four computers and one PDA off this device in a brick house, and the range is good. I run 64bit WEP encryption in B+G mode. Always get 48 or 54 Mbps connection strength when connecting with G devices.
I subscribe to Vonage, and it really IS everything I could have hoped for. Vonage quality is great, as are the prices. I use it mostly for my dedicated fax line. Voice calls are great though. It works very nicely with the Caller ID built into my fax machine.
My complaints with this device are minor, but since I am a geek, I feel the need to share. First of all, even when properly configured for port forwarding, this device chokes on more than about 60 BitTorrent connections (combination of peers and seeds). It will run overnight, but in the morning, it needs to be rebooted. In the meantime, the internet runs slow. To be expected, I guess. It does have the ability to prioritize or de-prioritize a range of ports though, which helps.
My next qualm is that, unlike Netgear routers, you are unable to assign (lock) an IP address to a specific MAC address. This means that I must re-configure port forwarding if my IP address changes, such as after I bring my laptop back from the office's network. Not a big deal, but annoying still.
Other than that, this is a great router. The firmware is updated very regularly, and the router serves its purpose well.
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Not bad - does the job - could be better
by Barry on 8/17/2006
The Vonage portion of the router works fine – as long as you’re not trying to use it behind a Windows 2000 server using an older version of ISA (firewall) software. I spent hours trying to get it to work that way and was never successful. I read a lot of articles saying it’ll work with ISA as long as you’re using version 2003 or newer. Anyway, I had to put this router in front of my server and do a lot of port forwarding to my server. Another down-side I discovered is as far as I can tell, you cannot create any IP address reservations in the router – so you have to fix your devices’ IP addresses (outside the DHCP range) if you have any type of port forwarding going on rather than using DHCP with reservations. Because of the lack of IP reservations, I attempted to use my server as the DHCP server and make this router do DHCP relay – but that didn’t work for the wireless devices – oh well. Speaking of the wireless portion of this route, it seems to “hang” once in while – everything else will be working, but for some reason, once in a while, the wireless communications will just stop working and I have to “reboot” the router. Also note: the Vonage portion of the router is locked by a password that only Vonage knows – so if you have any thoughts of tweaking or playing around with your VoIP settings through the router, forget it. Overall, it works ok given the price (which is free with the rebate) but compared to my Windows server with ISA, I’m not impressed. There’s very little firewall control, no access scheduling (for example on my ISA server Internet access for my kids’ PC’s is turned off at 10pm), no IP reservations (which I mentioned already), etc. Having said all that – if all you want is a simple router that does everything including VoIP (such as Vonage), than this is perfect because it’s a simple router.
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