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It works, but it needs _very_ careful set-up in my experience. Failed after 2yrs.
on 13 April 2011
Given the generous amount of antennae within the e4200, I bought this expecting a significant improvement in 5.0GHz network coverage around my home and in my garden, compared to my Apple Airport Extreme (also a simultaneous dual-band router).
After experimenting a lot with physical location, orientation, network settings and so on, it seems to offer no/little improvement (have checked this with three different computers in several different locations). Its settings are more flexible than the Airport Extreme, which is nice, but in the real world this does not offer much (if anything).
Also, to confirm what one review (elsewhere) has said (but which others have stated incorrectly), it is not readily wall-mountable, though with a spot of velcro I have managed this. Yes, the e4200 is actually light enough to stay up and in position with velcro on the ceiling! Not what Linksys intended, I am sure, but is nonetheless an advantage over the heavier Apple Airport Extreme.
Therefore, my conclusion is that this is a perfectly good simultaneous dual-band router for someone looking for their first such device, though there are cheaper models in the Linksys range that accomplish the same thing.
For those already using a simultaneous dual-band router, it offers no/little noticeable improvement....not to me, anyway. My advice: save your money.
** UPDATE on APRIL 16th 2011 ** After a considerable amount of further experimentation with orientation, location and height above the ground (more than is sensible or practical for most people), I am now achieving what could be termed 'maximum performance'. My connection is about 30% faster than the Airport Extreme allowed. Have increased my rating by a star. My advice now: yes it is a very fast router but I suspect that most people will not see the benefit from it. It does reward the user with state-of-the-art performance if they're prepared to put a lot of time into experimenting with physical set-up.
** UPDATE on July 25th 2013 ** After getting intermittent hangs and freezes, the unit has completely died. Tried resetting it and reloading my settings. Worked once but even resetting now makes no difference. Not good enough. Back to Apple Airport Extreme for me. Am fed up of failing routers.