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No initial criticisms... but I was wrong, it's hideously unreliable
on 28 January 2011
I bought this as a bit of a punt since I know nothing of the brand, but standalone 802.11n APs seem to be a dying breed unless you like spending great wodges of cash on a professional grade model.
Unlike the previous two reviewers, mine did come with a UK plug - although an adapter is peanuts if you get one with a European plug.
Pros: it seems to work well as a replacement for my previous (failed) Edimax unit. Easy to set up, stronger signal than either Edimax or Netgear units. Power over Ethernet injector, which is a real plus if you're going to locate this in an attic or similar. Multiple SSID and VLAN support.
Cons: none, really. Setup was easy, with the only fly in the ointment being the need to set a static IP address on your configuration PC because the on-board DHCP server is disabled in the AP.
I probably had it up and running within 10 minutes of taking it out of the box. I only had to look at the manual to find out its IP address.
Okay, after 18+ months, I've been moved to update this review. It's an appallingly unreliable bit of kit, sadly, and I've never been able to find out why. It's not throughput related, since it will die by simply having a couple of mobile 'phones poll email and Facebook through it, yet survive an 8Gb copy. It will sometimes run for a month - and yet I've had to reboot it seven times today (including while posting this...), and that's after several times yesterday.
If you search on the internet at reviews like this, you'll see a very polarised world: some folks love it (like many here), some have the same stability issues as the one-star reviews here. You find folks pleading for aftermarket firmware like DD-WRT (OpenWRT is only recently supported, but it *is* now supported). You find debates about turning features like QSS off to improve stability.
Truly a device to avoid in my experience, unless you want a cheap device to hack around with. The basic Atheros hardware is sound, so I can only blame the software - yet, all this noise, and not a single firmware update since February of this year for a device that's still offered for sale... not exactly stellar manufacturer support.