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Actually, it turns out out that this is utter rubbish. Sorry.
on 7 August 2014
I started out feeling surprised that so many features were available in such a cheap router. Over time, though, I started to notice the problems.
Large file transfers over WiFi are slow. Very slow. Like 3 MBps slow between a wired and a wireless device. If you're not technically minded, that's very, very, very slow.
Then came the broadband problems.
Let me prefix this with the note that I live in the armpit of nowhere and our broadband download speed is estimated to be "up to" 2 Mbps, with the wind in the right direction, by BT.
With this device as acting as our ADSL modem -- in bridge mode with WiFi turned off (Ie. it's not doing anything other than providing an ADLS connection) our max download speed is 1.2 Mbps.
One. Point. Two.
At this speed, YouTube doesn't work.
Replacing this device with a ancient modem provided for free by an old ISP, gets us over 3Mbps download -- over double the speed -- using the exact same bridge mode configuration and using the exact same wires and physical set up.
Over. Double. The speed.
It's taken a long time to recognize that this unit is crap at handling busy WiFi networking and crap at handling ADSL. But since these are two key features of the unit, I'd say that it is utter rubbish and I regret ever buying it.
In fact, I've only turned it on again today because my ISP insists on testing each piece of my home network before they will admit that there's a fault at their end.
In summation; looks fancy, but utter crap.