Linksys E2500 (N600) Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
This router replaced my old G+ MIMO router from Linksys. The old one was just having issues freezing up and had to be re-booted at least once a week. I bought this one on recommendation from a friend, and so far, it has met my every expectation... save one... RANGE!
The router out of the box is easy to set up, and activating/deactivating the 5GHz channel is as easy as adding or removing a check-mark. I left the 5GHz channel running so I could get the benefits at close range, but very few of my devices support 5GHz, so I may change that channel back to 2.5GHz and be done with it. The good news is that all my laptops, etc. have excellent data speeds now, even at 2.5GHz!
My biggest complaint thus-far is range. My old G+ was in the same location, but I could get good signal nearly anywhere on my property (even the gazebo ~100' away from the house). Not so much with this router... I'm struggling to get a signal in my driveway which is one wall and 60-ft from the router, and get NOTHING at the gazebo. Even signal in the farthest bedroom is spotty (40' and two walls). I've called Linksys about it and they suggested moving the router to a different location, first of all, that is not easily possible, and secondly, the old one worked GREAT in that location... I'll try moving it at a later date, but if it does not make it better, I'll have to ask for a warranty replacement, as I feel something is wrong with this unit. I'll update this review afterwards.
After speaking with Cisco support via phone and chat several times, regarding channel settings, etc., I've played with settings until I've found a channel combination that seems to work much better for my home. I've disabled the 5GHz (switched it to 2.4GHz), running dual-band 2.4Ghz, and also re-enabled the 5Ghz band in my quest for better range. I've continued to tweak channels and found two channel combinations that seem to provide better range for my wireless devices. If you have range issues with this router, switch the channel selection from "Auto", and give each channel and frequency a test to see what works best for your home/business. It will take a little effort, but if "Auto" is not working for you, this is the best option for finding the best range and speed (reduction of interference).
I still like the router, and Cisco/Linksys customer support has been great to work with, but honestly, out of the box, I expected better function and range... and right now, I'm still not getting the range I received from my old WRT110 G+ router. Yes, the router is a good router (no crashes, lockups, bottlenecks, etc.), speed is better than my old router (wired or wireless), but range is still not in my "happy-zone". Raised review to 4-stars from three, because of customer support help, and the fact that it does work!