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Mediocre Performance, Worrying Security - From a Network Engineer
on 17 August 2017
As a network engineer working in a datacentre, I'm exposed to a lot of high level, enterprise grade, nicely designed and extremely functional pieces of equipment. This, sadly, is not one of those pieces of equipment. I avoided the likes of TP-Link and opted for a more established name, Linksys. Granted Linksys consumer equipment is all rebranded Belkin now, but still, reputable.
- The power lead is incredibly short
- The webGUI interface is honestly shocking. I'm not sure how this made it to general release
- It reboots on EVERY config save, and you cant config more than one part at a time, so to actually config it with a static IP, in another subnet of my home network, and config the new WiFi SSID, and secure it etc etc. It rebooted a total of around 13 times.... Just to config it.
- You cant set a username... It's blank, and always will be, you can only change the password to the blank username login
- **IMPORTANT** When you enable the WiFi part of the AP, it enables it, connected to your network, with ZERO encryption, an open wireless network, connected to your current existing secure network. What on earth? Who designed this? Only after you've done that (and rebooted again I might add), can you then go and add an encryption method onto it. So thers 2-4mintues there where there is an open SSID broadcasting connected to your home network.
- **IMPORTANT** When examined with a WiFi Analayzer after being fully setup and running, the Linksys AP is clearly noted as an open WEP SSID. Granted, at this point I had it meshed with my existing SSID, so functioning as just 1. So this could be a bug. But still, be cautious, my analayzer 100% thinks that the Linksys AP has an unencrypted WEP endpoint on it. I spoke to Linksys Tech Support, they were unhelpful and not very knowledgable, they simply asked if my phone had connected via WPA2, it had, but to a meshed WiFi network. They refused to comment on the Linksys broadcasting a WEP endpoint. They blamed it on my WiFi Analyzer. I'm not convinced. Luckily for me, I run MAC filtering on the network security device that all of this leads back to. Nothing touches the NAS or any other high vlaue network client that isn't on my MAC whitelist.
- It's small
- It's quite neat looking
- It does actually work quite well as an AP once its config'd and setup
Would i recommend it to others?
Would I buy another one for myself to use in another place?
No to be honest, I wouldnt.
Is it worth the money?
No. I think I would have got the same or better user experience froma £16 TP-Link AP... This was £42
Is Linksys support any good?