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71 of 75 found the following review helpful:
WRT110 is good so far...Aug 13, 2008
By A Conrad
Got the Linksys WRT110 because my Netgear WGR614 has been acting funny (will only connect to one wireless device at a time). I chose to do a manual install/configuration of the WRT110 and skipped the disk install completely. Setup the encryption (not WEP, by the way) and other settings, and I had the wireless router working in 10 minutes (it actually took less, but I was tutoring my 17-year old nephew on how to properly install a wireless router, which was why I skipped the disk install version). Afterwards, I searched the available wireless network, found the router SSID, typed in the password for network security (a definite must-do in San Francisco), and I was wirelessly connected! Still connected after 3 days, too.
I gave it a 5-star rating because it worked for me out of the box and without the disk installer. No glitches, and the device was current with the latest firmware. The router is on the second level, and I have decent signal (24-54 Mbps) in all the rooms on the same floor, and a stronger signal than the previous g-router on the other floors (18-24 Mbps with WRT110, -vs- 0-12 Mbps with WGR614). Internet is not affected, since my DSL is only 6 Mbps, anyway.
I picked the WRT110 over the WRT54G2 to try out the MIMO technology. I will update this review in a few weeks after I've completed my testing. Stay posted.
After configuring it as a stand-alone router, I then put it to the test by adding it to my LAN. I have a special configuration, which is a bit more advanced than those of a typical user. I have a D-Link DIR655 (Gigabit Wireless N router) as my DHCP router and is set as N-only mode. I have the WRT110 as wireless-g device hooked to this router which transmits at g-only.
"Why do I have two routers, when the DIR655 is backward compatible with G as well as N?" one might ask. The reason I have it with this configuration is because I have three wireless-N devices and four wireless-G devices. The G devices drops the DIR655 down to wireless-g whenever they are wirelessly connected to the DIR655. So, I have a wireless-G router hooked to the DIR655, the wireless-G computers are connected to the WRT110 and the N devices are connected to the DIR655, and all the devices are working to my preference.
After having this router for a week, it has stood up to the test and consistenly maintained its connection. My test is basically to bring two laptops (both wireless-G) one floor up and on the other side of the house where the router is located. Both laptops connect fine, and consistently maintain 8-24 Mbps, wheras connection with the old router is still hampered and drops connection every now and then. So either the MIMO function works as noted, or this is just a better router all together. I do not have the WRT54G2 to compare (with and without MIMO), but I'll try to get my hands on those and do a side-by-side comparison.
UPDATE 2 (2009-11-02):
After having this router for over a year, I am still surprisingly very pleased with it. I say "surprisingly" because the reviews for this router on Amazon.com is all over the board. I may have been one of the lucky ones with this router, because 1) I have never lost connection (wired or wireless) with this router, 2) I have never had to restart (in fact, I completely forgot I had this router, since I am running two different wireless routers), and 3) it is small enough to fit on top of a cabinet so that I don't see it. I have three computers (two notebooks, one desktop) connected wirelessly, and two wired PC computers (acting as file servers). It has worked so well for me that I bought one for my father-in-law, and one for my brother. After I set up their WRT110 routers, they have reported NO problems thus far (a year coming up in December). Overall, I am VERY pleased with this router, and fully deserves the initial 5-star rating I gave it.
UPDATE 3 (2010-11-03):
I've had this router for over two years now, and I stand by my initial 5-star review. I have never had to reset/restart this router since my last review a year ago, I've never dropped a connection when connected to this router, I have various things connected wirelessly to this router with no issues (4 desktops, 4 laptops, several iPods, my blackberry and Droid, my HP Ipaq, Iomega ScrenPlay TV Link, and whenever guests come over). I am able to stream video in DVD quality with no stuttering or lag. I do not have an extensive HD video collection, but with the home HD videos, the playback quality depends on the computer I am using, and ranges from perfect to acceptable (which tells me it is a hardware issue related to the computer, and not the wireless router).
I had to post an update because I've been reading some of the recent negative (one-star) reviews, and maybe I got lucky with my unit because it has been as reliable as my D-Link DIR-655 router. One possible explanation is that maybe Cisco-Linksys QC is slipping a bit with the newer products. Another is that the components are different, and not as reliable as the initial batches. Whatever the cause, I know I have been quite happy with this router for over two years.
70 of 76 found the following review helpful:
Sexy but disappointing. Save your receipt.Oct 17, 2008
I've been a long-time fan of Linksys products and have been pleased with their general reliability for years, until I purchased this product. I have maintained networks of hundreds of users, so home networking is almost effortless for me. I set my father's WRT110 up and everything went without a hitch. Total set-up time took only about 5 minutes, including showing him how to administer it himself. He has been up and running for nearly three weeks without a problem. I swore that his connection felt faster than my old WRT54G that I keep at home. Set-up seemed really easy and basically identical to previous Linksys wireless products I have purchased. I liked my father's router so much I figured I would replace my aging WRT54G. I was definitely swayed by the sleek, sexy design, low-profile, and the keen blue lights, but more importantly I actually thought this was a better router.
Quite possibly the worst mistake I've made in a long time. The first WRT110 that I purchased for my own use wouldn't allow me to access the the administration pages. This wasn't a password issue but a full blown, "server does not exist" when attempting to access 192.168.1.1 (the admin web IP address common to all Linksys routers). That's assuming attempting to access 192.168.1.1 didn't lock the computer up to the point where I was force to Force Quit or End Task on the browser. This happened to both my PC and my Mac. It would function as a wired gateway to my cable modem just fine but there was literally no way to configure it to do anything else. I tried resetting it, unplugging it, and I even thought about sacrificing a chicken and doing a little voo-doo dance naked beneath the moon before I figured the cold autumn air wasn't very conductive towards that type of solution. Nothing would allow me to configure that particular router. I even tried the bundled-in software as a last resort and that wouldn't work.
I exchanged the defective unit with another WRT110, convinced I just got a bad unit. I set the replacement one up and Voila! It worked. I can administer it just fine and manage to secure my wireless network the way I like. For some reason this particular unit took about 30 seconds to update settings when my father's only takes about four or five, but I was willing to accept that. I thought I was good to go until four days later, the router starts locking up hard several times per day. No activity at all. Not able to hit 192.168.1.1 and I can't even ping the router. The lights are on and it indicates activity, but it just doesn't respond. The only way to get it to come back to life is to unplug its power supply. After it reboots a few minutes later it will stay up for a few more hours before dying. I have updated to the most recent version of the firmware (from 1.0.0 to 1.0.04) and the issue seems even more frequent after the firmware update, but my perception of that may be clouded by my frustration and general hatred for this spiteful demon of a router.
I'm done with this exercise in frustration and I'm going back to my trusty WRT54G. My father's WRT110 works great for him, and I hope that other people with this model are able to get the same experience, but I will not be recommending this model to anyone. I have never had problems like this with any Linksys product before and I still recommend other Linksys products, just not this particular model. Just save your receipt and the box in case you need to exchange it.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Great ProductApr 24, 2008
I have owned a Linksys B wireless router for over 4 years. I have too many products competing for a wireless signal so I decided to upgrade to the 110. The only issue I had is where I had to call tech support to find out where in the router's menu could I change the output to B/G.
I have the following items connected
I usually have the one laptop and a video game console going at the same time and don't notice any problems. The router is on the second floor and the video games systmes and laptops are on the first floor. I don't have experience with any other companies and I would continue to use Linksys products.
24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Not RecommendedOct 20, 2008
My Previous router was Dlink, which served me for 3+ years without any or the regular router issues.
It just stopped working one day Wifi died in morning and ethernet died by evening.
So went ahead and bought this new wrt110 router.
Setup was easy could connect my laptop in 5-10 mins over wifi.
Speeds was positively impressive than my 3 yr old router. could immediately notice.
Then I bought up other devices ( 2 more laptops + a ps3 + a iPhone). All good.
Impressed so far. , i thought of giving a 5* rating.
Problems started next morning, I work on VPN to connect to office. And have large file transfers every now and then.
It just wont stay connected. Disconnects at least 4-6 times in a day
All my transfers hang. I need to re-enter passwords every now and then
My Skype calls drop.
Tech support could not help much. Linksys forums say that I am not alone.
Buy this IF:
1. You are ok with dropped connections for few mins
2. You have only 1 device that needs to connect to WIFI
else , Shop around as I am doing. Do you have any recommendations?
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
As an ISP and engineer, I can say with authority: Do NOT buy this router. It is fundamentally defective.Jul 12, 2010
By L. B. Glass
I am an Electrical Engineer and operate a small Internet service provider. Before we encountered this model we were a very loyal reseller of Linksys products, but this model made us reconsider.
We bought a case of these routers to sell to customers, and it was a large amount of money wasted. Every single one has been a lemon. Not one customer has been satisfied with their performance. Web page loads are interrupted. Video locks up. The range is terrible (the signal doesn't go half as far as that of one of Linksys' own WRT54G2 routers). And it uses an oddball chipset, made by Ralink; most of Linksys' products use silicon from Broadcom. This means that it's not supported by third party firmware -- such as Tomato Linux, OpenWRT, or DD-WRT -- that might work around the problems. We accepted them all back from our customers, lest they harm our reputation, and took a bath on them financially. They're good as nothing but doorstops.
Our research reveals that Linksys dropped this product unusually quickly after it was introduced, and hasn't bothered to release a firmware upgrade for it since 2009. It's a dog. Don't go near it.
P.S. -- If anyone out there is an attorney and wants to do a class action suit regarding this defective product, I'm in.
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