I'm in the market for a new Modem/Router. I'd like to get a Linksys by Cisco. we have 3-4 laptops, a NAS and we play online games on the PS3. It doesn't have to be cheap, I'd rather get something that's good quality and be happy with it in the long run. What current model would you recommend?
Answer by Razor512 · Jul 29, 2012 at 07:51 AM
they are not too bad when it comes to a modem/ router combo (at least compared to the crap that the ISP will give you)
but if you need just a router, then you can do a lot better than linksys for the money.
The latest routers from linksys have had poor specs at a high price, especially compared to other brands such as netgear.
(linksys will often give you a slower CPU, less RAM, significantly less flash storage, and a really locked down firmware where it is currently nearly impossible to port a 3rd party firmware over to it (without almost completely rewriting the firmware)
overall, avoid linksys until they improve their routers.
Answer by trueb · Jul 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Well I have not had any experiences with the modem and router combos. I have always rented the modem from the ISP and bought my own router.
With that said Linksys is the only brand I allow in my house and the only brand I recommend for routers. Yes they are more expensive but I feel you are getting a quality product out of it.
I disagree with Razor512. But to address the locked down not being able to rewrite the firmware issue: yes you can still rewrite firmware on some of their models, but not all, this has not changed. and to be honest, why do you need a super fast CPU or more ram for a home router? To me that seems sort of pointless. Perhaps if you have 20 devices hooked up to it then that might be a concern, but at that point you are most likely not buying a consumer grade router.
So you know where I stand, I only support Linksys, call me a fan boy on this matter, that is fine, I do feel they offer a quality product.
On the other hand other companies make great products but as for me, it is only Linksys.
So for a router-modem combo unit made by Linksys I would have to support it.