7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Works OK, but has some flaws, 23 April 2005
I found it really easy to set up the basics - plugged it in, followed the configuration instructions and was connected within 10 minutes (literally) of opening the box. However, although linksys tell you what you need to know to get started, they don't tell you everything. I think they could do more to tell the uninitiated home user what else they need to do to protect their network: e.g. change the network name, gateway username and password as a minimum. Fortunately I knew this or at least worked it out for myself. Basically a bit more of a user guide wouldn't go amiss. I also had a few other problems though.
Firstly, an electical thunder storm seemed to knock out the ASDL modem so that I could no longer connect to the internet - so I'm now on my second unit (great returns service - thank you Amazon).
Secondly, it took me ages to work out how to change the default IP address for the gateway without losing access to the admin console. Most people won't need to do this, but I had to so that I could avoid a problem when VPNing into my work network (nothing to do with the gateway). The answer is to reboot your PC after you change the IP address.
Thirdly, setting WEP encryption (I recommend this if you want to stop your neighbours accessing your network) caused me to virtually tear my hair out. Each time I set it, my PC and laptop could not acquire an IP address, so I had to reset the gateway. After about 10 attempts and comparing the configuration with a colleague who has the same model I solved it by turning off the gateway's firewall (fine if your PC/laptop has its own). Something as basic as this shouldn't have been an issue or should have been clearly documented.
Finally, I've noticed that it does seem to drop the wireless connection very occassionally. Fortunatately, I've now got it up and running how I want and the range is fine. However, after some angst and nearly sending it back twice, I can't wholeheartedly recommend this unit. Having said that, I doubt that many of the competing products our there are completely 100% perfect either so I'll stick with it.