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Great product, solid speed, some minor issuesPosted
Before my review of the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 router, I want to disclose that I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. I have now used the Linksys router for a month, and on the whole I am pretty pleased with the performance of the router. There are some minor issues that I mention below, but overall it is a substantial speed boost over my prior router, and I can recommend this router to friends and family. Hopefully my review adds some value for your buying decision, but to help you know where I am coming from, I should explain that I have tested more than 2 dozen routers in the last 5 years, and this router sits in the top 3. For reference, this router replaced my Asus RT-N566U, which when I first purchased was in the same price bracket as this Linksys is today (Jan 2016). I was pleased with the packaging when it arrived. I like that the end caps of the box it clearly listed the features and functions, unlike some other brands that had tiny 6-point font outlining the features. I also like that the package showed a photograph of the the ports, with them labeled. One thing I wish the Linksys had was a matrix comparing the different router models available and their core features and functions to simplify a buying decision, but not a big deal. Inside the packaging was form fitting, and more aesthetically pleasing than other router packaging I have seen (which are normally a single, form fitted/shape fitted cardboard mold). The contents included: • the router itself, wrapped in a soft foam envelope • 4 individually wrapped antennae • a documentation CD • a single sheet instruction quick start guide • a power cable • an Ethernet cable that was no more than 3 feet I would have liked to get a longer Ethernet cable with the router, which is my only complaint. I like the fact that both the router and the quick start guide had a default wireless network SSID and password sticker that were unique, which I have not seen on other brands. Hardware: The router itself is solid and a good footprint size. It has holes on the back so you can mount it on the wall, and when setting up the router you install the antennas by screwing them on. I had a little trouble getting them tightened the way they needed to be and then positioned. Invariably I would tighten them on, then try to position them, which would cause them to come loose. I found the best way to attach them was to position them how I wanted, then hold them with one hand positioned and tighten with the other hand. The nice part about having them attachable is the fact that I could stick on different antenna if I ever want to upgrade. The ports and switches included are: • USB 3.0 • eSATA/USB 2.0 • 4 gigabit Ethernet ports • 1 internet port • a wifi on/off button • a wifi protected setup button • reset button • power input • power rocker switch Software Features The router software can be accessed by the linksyssmartwifi.com URL or by the standard 192.168.1.1 address. Once logged in, it has a dashboard for the core feature functions that can be modified (think widgits). There are a couple that are not removable, including a box for advertising for Linksys smart wifi router apps, which I am not a big fan of since it feels like advertising. Here are a couple highlights I want to mention, both good and bad. The network map function of the router I wasn’t a fan of because it was difficult to identify which devices were which. I would have preferred a list option, but since I don’t use it much, it wasn’t a big deal. Once a device is identified on the map however, I can name it whatever I want which is nice for those unknown devices sitting out there. Guest access is another feature that was on by default, and I quickly shut off. Some individuals may want it on, but I would prefer the default to be off. It normally sets up the SSID with a –guest amendment to your private SSID. The built in speed test gave inconsistent results for me compared to running a test from a browser, which I never really determined the root cause of. It’s not a major feature to me, so no big deal. External storage – I can say this feature I like. I plugged in a USB 8 GB drive right away, and have been using it at lighting speeds ever since. I was able to map it with Samba as a drive, and now a month into it, the connection has been great. It’s easy to access with just the \\192.168.1.1 address, and has other features like FTP and DLNA servers, which has been nice. One feature that is kind of buried down in the Connectivity area is the ability to turn the activity lights on and off. This was one of my annoyances with my old router is that they were bright in a bedroom at night, so it’s nice to be able to turn them off. Another feature kind of buried down in was DDNS options that I was actually unhappy about. In my old router I was able to set it up so that I could use OpenDNS to filter content on my network, and my router would feed by dynamic IP any time it would change to OpenDNS via dnsomatic.com, but LinkSys only supports NO-IP.com and DYNDNS.org, so I have had to revert back to a PC based update client, which is fine, but an annoyance. Firmware updates are a little weird. The update option is under connectivity, but the option to restore previous firmware is under troubleshooting/diagnostics. I would have expected them to be together. One feature that I am still not sure I like is the ability to automatically update firmware. In concept that is great, but in practice I wish I could specify a date/time that those automatic updates would be applied. As it is, it’s not clear when the update will happen, and whether I lose connectivity when they do. In addition to the standard URL, Linksys, unlike other brands, has a few handy iOS and Android apps to update your router. They can be accessed externally from your network, if configured on your router that way, so you can reset the router when your wife calls you on a business trip to tell you Netflix stopped working. :) No worries, I love her! The app does not have all the features of the web UI, but it has enough to be functional when away. The downside about the app is that it’s the only thing that works on my Android tablet to change the router settings when on my home network. In other words, if I try to change the router through the IP while on the LAN, I get an error from my tablet that the browser is not supported. For me, that’s annoying when I need to do a reset or something from downstairs. When it comes to performance, the Linksys made major improvements in the throughput for my home network where my old Asus did not shine. Those dark wifi spots where the Asus didn’t reach are now getting nearly all network connection bars, and I can now surf from my basement, which is great! There is a downside, however, and that is stability. In the last month running the router, I have had 4 instances of it loosing connection and stability, which required me to reboot it. In those instances, if I leave it, it appears to eventually recover itself, but it takes a number of minutes to self-recover. As a result of my impatience, I normally just pull up the app and choose reboot. I know this is an annoyance, but, every router I have ever owned has this problem occasionally, even my old Asus. In conclusion, the Linksys is a nice upgrade for speed alone, but has a few nagging issues, including some software quirks, a missing feature or two, and the occasional loss of connection. Those issues aside, our network connectivity in the house has never been better! Given my experience, I would rate this router as a 4 of 5 stars.
I would recommend this to a friend
Stable, Great Performance router!Posted
A little background, I had d-link, Netgear, apple, all were good except for Netgear had to reboot weekly to monthly, then RT-AC66R - this was a good Asus router, I had the RT-AC68R - this was good at 2.4GHz but 5GHz sucked in range so 5GHz usability was useless and it had awful USB support (problems). Now the Asus RT-AC87R (I am going to reference it as 87r), where to begin…. I thought this would be my router for years (boy was I wrong)… The 5GHz covered all my house inside, BUT, areas where I put my phone, (to do wifi to hardwired device remote control) just gave me constant problems, some days after a new firmware it seemed to work (sometimes) and I thought finally, then some day or days later BAM not working in those areas again. (Now before you think or say something, all I did was change to the Linksys router, NOTHING ELSE, more on that below). The best I ever achieved from the 87r was about maybe a month with a firmware, before something went wrong, lag, wifi drops, etc.. I totally gave up on USB drives connected through it, now I have a NAS (Best purchase I have made in years) Onto my new Linksys, in my case, this is my first Linksys router I have ever owned. First what I read on it…. - I read the web GUI was slow by some, I find it supper fast, I have no idea why others complain about it at all. - Wifi range, well the Linksys is the same as the 87R with 2.4 GHz range (outstanding), and noticeably better than the 87r on the 5GHz band. - I read of a few having some kind of power down after 6 hours or so, I have never seen this at all (the latest firmware update address this anyway for the ones with tis issue). Now my findings Good -Absolutely no dead wifi spots with the Linksys, super fast connection from my wifi app to wired lan control device. I can't find any WiFi deed spots in my house with this Linksys router on 5 GHz or 2.4GHz. (As I have had with the 87r, especially with my remote app) - I have an app on my phone that connects to a hardwired device, on the 87r this was so bad and useless that the original (old) app no longer functioned and I had to buy a different app to get it to work, I no longer have my phone wifi to hardwired device control problems at all, both apps work great on the Linksys EA8500 and I checked for the latest update on the first app that went wonky on the 87r and it was not updated for 30+ days. - I no longer have any lag (tho dd-wrt firmware on the 87r removed it usually all the time, but it come back after days on the 87r). My online gaming with Asus routers on Monday night’s were all horrible, so bad that I usually shut down my PS4. Now with the EA8500 my lag is very minimal. - Setup was simple, but I did do some reading into this before hand, so I knew what to tweak to get great performance out of the Linksys. - I did have a HP wifi printer problem, FIXED I had to reset my network settings in my HP printer (nothing with the router at all). - My download speeds since I installed the EA8500 are my best ever. Any router before (including the rt-ac87r) I got a max of 30-32 down, now with the Linksys I always see 34-35. -I have adjusted some things in the settings and unlike the 87r, no firmware degradation at all...... Meaning every time I rebooted (I owned 2 87r’s, first one died due to overheating) the 87r would perform worse and worse (more problems, etc..)after every reboot, no matter what firmware I used, until I flushed the ac87r and started from scratch again, it happened with both 87r’s, I have complained about this from time to time with Asus and they did not care. Nothing at all like this on the Linksys, the Linksys just works like it should and rebooting does nothing bad at all to it. - NO WiFi drops with the Linksys on either band, the Linksys just works and works perfectly. - Web page refreshes on wifi devices are the same as my Asus 87r (when it was working good) - I use and love the way QOS is used on the linksys (I hated the Asus way, tried it, never worked for me and turned it off). I see no speed degrade with QOS on, my ps4 also has very little lag, that's my priority in the QOS for me, so QOS in this router works. - Linksys support is very great and responsive (from the printer issue I had, they gave me things to try on my Printer problem that turned out to be resettings network settings on the printer). - DHCP reservation is super easy on the Linksys, you click on “Network Map” and all of your connected devices are showing, just click a device and add DHCP reservation, it’s that easy. Linksys and I also recommends you do this, as some devices get confused (on any router) Bad (if you call it bad) - The IOS app to configure the router does not work with IOS 9 beta yet, expected as it is a beta IOS, it does work from my android note 10.1 version 1 perfectly. (I use the web GUI anyway, but I don't have to go into that often at all due to the Linksys just working). - I have no idea what my wifi connections are at ( meaning 100, 300, 400, or 800), Asus and dd-wrt gave me this info, nowhere found on the Linksys. (This would be my only wish, but not needed) - I don’t have lights up front and I like that, I do have a Linksys light on top that is steady when connected to my ISP and flashing when not, I do like this. - I do not like the fact I only get 90 days telephone support, but with quick e-mail and forum support, it’s not needed. - Pricy but performance and stability is worth the price (I paid more for my Asus rt-ac87r a year before and that was nothing but problems and stuff not working the entire year, yah it has more bells and whistles but at slower speeds and very unstable hardware and firmware) Summery I don't have absolutely nothing bad to say or found about this router, I keep looking for something, not performing properly, but everything I do with the Linksys = it just works perfectly, to date. If you are looking for tons of things to tweak, bloatware (I call it, you may not), love to reboot and have unstable hardware = look elsewhere, BUT if you are looking for a router with all the features needed and for a router that is stable as a rock = Look no further this EA8500 is the one! So far I love this Linksys Router If this stays like this, I have the best router made to date! This is how a router should work, perfectly. NOT half baked!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Overpriced and Reboots at RandomPosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. Now you might think after disclosing that I was sent the router to test and review that I would mention all the pluses and gloss over the blemishes. But I don’t work that way and when it was sent to me it was only for an honest review nothing more. The router is very large to start with so make sure you look at the dimensions about 9x13 inches, there are 4 large antennas that provide really great range and signal strength, I have a large house and was able to get a really strong signal on 2.4 GHz and even on 5GHz AC which if you don’t know 5GHz is fast but does not do walls as well as 2.4GHz. The Large Antennas tended to fall over if I tried to angle them as it seems the pivots are made more for a smaller antenna than these monsters. On the back of the router you will find the standard all GB ports 4 out and one to connect to your modem, there are also buttons to turn off the Wi-Fi and to do a warm boot of the router reset power and a USB 3.0 port that I used for my Seagate 5GB hard drive and I had no issues and the speed was very good. There is also a USB 2.0/ESata port to round out the back. The front unfortunately has nothing zip nada no lights at all, no lights showing you are connected to your modem, that the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands are in use nothing. There is a white light on the top that stays on if the unit is connected and flashes if not connected. Speaking of not connected the major issue I had with the router and a firmware update did not fix it is that it would reboot at random. Along with the random reboots my phone would not always reconnect now I never had an issue when I came home having it connect to the network but when it rebooted it didn’t all the time, this caused me to burn thru more than 1 GB on my data plan one night watching Netflix when I did not realize my Wi-Fi had dropped. After that I would turn on mobile data when home to avoid the issue since I hit 90% of my plan halfway into the month. The firewall and logs are pretty much useless and puzzling, the firewall logs only shows outgoing traffic not incoming which is more useful, there is also no timestamp on the logs so if you are trying to figure out an issue it is much more difficult to do without times. The logs also clear on reboot so a random reboot and you have lost everything. Here is the link to the logs/firewall from Linksys http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=143693. Also the uptime and other interesting information can be found by going here on your network 192.168.1.1/sysinfo.cgi change 192.168.1.1 for whatever the address is for your router. The router does all the stuff you would expect higher end router to do port forwarding and a DMZ for gaming. It also includes the ability to do QOS (Quality of Service) to give priority to certain devices so you can make sure you can watch Netflix and your son will have less bandwidth for YouTube Videos. Or you can make sure your video games won’t pause while your wife is watching reruns on Netflix pick any scenario. The only problem I had with 18 devices was that I never had an issue with bandwidth one of the pluses of the Router. The other issue I had was that the Router has a map page that is not a map but a circle of systems with the router in the middle I have a 2nd router hard wired to the Linksys and it did not see that some devices were connected thru that. The Map also was not able to identify most of my devices even though my basic phone app saw all of them with no issues, My Nest Devices, Ooma Telo, Dish receivers, Android phone. The map also does not resize so my 18 devices took up 2 pages with 4 devices on a second page that was not obvious was there, The Network Map did identify all the IPs and MAC addresses if you went to the page to lock down MAC addresses you had to enter them manually even though on another page they were all connected. The Guest network works like no guest network I have seen before on a home router it creates a web page that requires a logon but the connection is not secure, this puts your guests in an unsecure network as well as making it difficult to put your smart devices on your guest network so that you can keep them separate in case of security issues since the guest network does not have access to your own network. To sum it up the router has great range and speed but reboots at random and is lacking in many areas that a premium priced router should have.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Great router for larger houses or congested areasPosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. I had been considering a new router but I was unsure whether our issue was router related or actually due to our ISP. My previous router was small and discreet, but constantly seemed to be dropping the connection. It was a very expensive router when I purchased it and was a little over a year old so I was hesitant on whether I wanted to replace it when I was not sure if the actual internet connection was the issue or if it was the router itself. When this Linksys arrived, I was surprised by its size and the size of the antennas. The one I had previously was a little larger than a can of soda and had no directional antennas. This Linksys definitely means business. My family joked that it looked like something from the future or outerspace. It is much larger than what we had previously set up, so for the space we had it in, it is not as discreet nor does it fit nearly as well. But given the performance that is ok with me. I am considering shifting its location but it requires a decent amount of work so for now it sits awkwardly in a small space looking too big. First let me explain that the previous router had worked well in our old house for its layout (which was a very open floor plan and only 1400 square feet). When we moved to our new house we began to experience constant lag, drops, disconnects, etc. The router/modem combo that we had to rent from the ISP until ours arrived didn’t even cover half of the house. The house we live in now is 2000 square feet and has a lot more walls and closets and the layout causes a lot of issues with the Wi-Fi. My previous router could barely project Wi-Fi into the garage and forget getting Wi-Fi in the backyard. My daughter and son were lucky to get one bar showing available in their room. My children both reported that every ten minutes or so they would drop connection and have to walk around or move themselves some to get the connection to reestablish. Often they would have to leave and walk to the top of the stairs to reestablish connection and then return to their rooms. So my first test of this router was the distance and signal strength. I had attempted to do a speed test in my daughter’s room once on the old router and the connection would not even stay connected long enough for me to get a speed test. After installing the new router every spot in the house has full bars showing available. I was definitely surprised by this discovery so I started walking down the street. I discovered that I get full bars in my car in the driveway (previously not possible) and I can actually stay connected to my Wi-Fi all of the way down the street to the corner which is 5 houses away and on the other side of the street I can stay connected when walking to my mailbox which is around the corner and down 4 houses. I found this to be remarkable!! Also if we discover any issues anywhere in the house I can point the antenna in that general direction and it helps to fix the lag. My next major issue with my last router was that my connection was constantly dropping. And I mean constantly. We live in a very congested neighborhood full of stucco houses and concrete fence walls with a large number of people all using routers so of course there will be some issues. Our current ISP is one of our only choices unless we opt for satellite so almost everyone is on the same network. With our previous router I would lose connection to my streaming stick in my bedroom (which is about 15 feet away from the router but has many walls and a closet between them) on a regular basis. To the point that often I would load the show and get to watch one minute and it would reload again. On weekends this was so constant that I would eventually give up and find something else to do. We do not have cable so this was a HUGE complaint for me. Of course my husband never experienced it nearly as bad as I did as he was on the Xbox with a fairly clear shot from the router. The new router does occasionally lose the connection during peak times, from my understanding it is due to the constant fight for channels in a congested area and because my neighbors have auto channel set when their router switches channels it can cause hang ups on my end. I have attempted tweaking the channels but because we are so close to all of our neighbors and a local high school, we can expect to lose connection some times. I used to experience this dozens of times per hour on weekends and since installing and optimizing this router I find it happens once or twice a day at most and usually only 2-3 days a week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday being the heavy usage days in our neighborhood when everyone is home and using their internet). That is a mass improvement. I also want to mention the speed improvement. When I first received the router I did a speed test with the old one and a speed test with the new one. We pay for 50Mbps service but were told we live in a 100Mbps area so we should be able to get faster speeds. Our service is hit or miss out here, largely because we do have so many people connected to the same service. On the day of arrival I tested with the old router and my results were 38 Mbps down and 4.85 Mbps up. When I installed and set up the new router using the exact same test and server a few minutes later I got 61.27 Mbps and 6.26 Mbps. Out of curiousity I actually wanted to put the router to the super test. I had my husband play something on xbox live, my son watched a video on youtube, I streamed a movie to my iPad and a tv show to my streaming stick while my daughter played league of legends. My two devices both had a clear picture, my husband reported no issues, my son said his video played rather well but my daughter experienced lag on her game. She is the furthest from the router in the house and has the most obstacles between her and the router and she said while it was laggy, it still worked. We attempted this on a weekend during the peak times and my husband reported some lag and my second video received some minor decrease in quality. With the previous setup something like that would have caused connectivity issues to at least one of us if not more. Installation of this router is a breeze. I had my router up and running in a very short time. I think it was about 10-15 minutes, but unfortunately I forgot to time it. The Linksys app is very user friendly and simple. I am used to doing a lot of advanced settings and digging through trying to find what I am looking for or needing. The Linksys app is so simple that I keep feeling like I missed something. This is not a bad thing, it just takes some getting used to when you have had to use a much more complicated interface. I felt like the device list is a nice touch where you can edit the image for what is connected to represent what the device is more accurately. This isn’t necessary but I enjoy the ability to see a visual representation of my devices vs a black and white text list of mac addresses and IP addresses. You can use the app to log in to your router and check when you are away from home and set parental controls if necessary. You can see what is connected to the Wi-Fi at a glance. I feel like the app is very user friendly and well designed. You can set up media prioritization which I really like. You can do it by device, by apps or programs, or by games. So in the future I might be letting my daughter try and play League of Legends with prioritization for that game turned on and see how the rest of us fare, but I just recently discovered this as an option. I have not tested this out much yet but I look forward to giving it some testing. My only two major complaints with this router are as follows: My first big complaint is that the positional antennas keep falling. I adjust them and think I have them set properly and leave the room and come back and they have fallen and are lying flat. I keep trying to tighten the screws but I keep having them fall. This is not a huge deal for us overall, but it can be annoying and it does sometimes affect performance. My cat seems to enjoy rubbing on them and pushing them over and they are definitely not cat proof. But sometimes they just fall on their own as I have witnessed when sitting nearby. I feel as though this is a losing battle. My second big complaint is that the Wii U and the router do not like each other. Not at all. It keeps disconnecting and telling me it cannot connect. I had to go in and change the mixed band to b/g only and it connected but now it keeps disconnecting. They do not play well together. Unfortunately Nintendo is one of my son’s favorite devices and they do not allow an Ethernet cable to be connected to it. I find this more of a flaw on Nintendo’s part, but if you are looking to connect any Nintendo device please do not expect this router to play well. It works flawlessly with the Xbox one and our Ps3 however. We tested it across android, apple os, and many other devices in between and the only issue we saw was with Nintendo. This is extremely frustrating for my son. It seems to happen most often at night and is intermittent. Last night they were unable to connect and today it is working fine again. A good example of the large number of users in our area, when I attempt to fix his connection I show 19 available b/g band connections nearby. Overall I am extremely happy with this router and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. If anyone has a larger house or lives in a very congested neighborhood they should really consider this router. We are surrounded by concrete and stucco houses and walls and fences and despite that, this router delivers.
I would recommend this to a friend
Fast router, tons of features and competitivePosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. Don't worry though, below are my honest impressions AND a comparison with an equally high-end TP-Link that I already owned. First off, the device is nicely packaged and takes just a couple minutes to screw on the beefy antennae, connect it up and get up and running - I would say 10-15min tops. It's a little bit bigger than many of the high end routers out there but it isn't the largest AND being a bit bigger has some benefits including better cooling. I've also used a very comparable TP-Link Archer C3200 that ran significantly hotter and boasted a very similar feature set and speed. The router is very nice looking with low-key lighting to tell you it's on and connected without blinding you or blinking like mad which is great at night or if it is somewhere visible. Range is also excellent as I was able to get outside and a few hundred feet away and still pick up on the network in my next door neighbor's house. No problem covering every inch of our house and yard. There are a ton of other features in this thing that I can't cover here because there are just too many - USB 3.0 attached, network storage (it works like it should), parental controls, guest networks, etc. So yeah, read the features in the product description and I would be shocked if this was missing something that a home user would need. All in all, this is a great router that has won a place in my home as the hub of our extensive internet usage - lots of streaming, MMO gaming on wifi!, more than 15 connected devices at a time. But let's get down to it - this thing is fast and can easily push out your maximum speed to any wifi device you own. For instance, I saw complete saturation of my Comcast 50mb/s line while downloading a Steam game to a wifi connected pc, 3 rooms away (7.2MB/sec). One reason I think the speeds can be THAT good is the QoS features which don't lie when they say they are prioritizing speed for the devices you specify. I was even able to do all the things I normally do while big downloads like the game I mentioned like surf the web, watch YouTube, connect to smart home appliances via my smartphone at great speeds. That seems to be thanks to the MU-MIMO feature but I'm not certain. In any case, the QoS settings are very powerful and really help to ensure that the devices with the highest bandwidth consumption are never held back. The included app for your phone is a nice touch as well. It's very handy for checking in on your network (what devices are connected, speed, etc) without having to log into the complete dashboard via a browser. I've used router companion apps from competitive products like the TP-Link mentioned above and they are no where near as polished as the app included by Linksys. The TP-Link C3200 is a great comparison for this router as they are similarly priced and similarly equipped. Long story short: The Linksys is a big bigger in overall size, has bigger, heartier antennae, has better QoS performance, and I think it's actually faster despite the quoted speeds. The TP-Link had some interesting features where it would intelligently choose the right band for the right device but I think connection was always a little flaky when I had this setting on. And on the topic of speeds - the quoted speeds are a little unrealistic because A) almost no one is setup to use BOTH 2.4 and 5 GHz connections simultaneously which is how these things are normally advertised, and B) even if you had gigabit internet, you wouldn't saturate this device. To sum up - this is a top tier router for home users. It's fast, has lots of features, and good range.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Range, Fast Speeds, But...Posted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program I love trying out new technology, and I was excited to try out swap my Netgear N300 for this AC2600, which promised a wider range and faster speeds. The packaging itself was somewhat intimidating, but the nerd in me figured, larger the box (device) the more I get out of it... Even if I was a customer unaware of the product I was shopping for, the packaging itself felt inviting and assuring that this router was a capable device. The device itself was twice the size of the existing router, and the four antenna made it feel like I was assembling a drone... I still reminded myself that the end result would be fully worth the extra space this device was about to take. The power supply is pretty big, and was not suitable for my power strip... I did find it fits well with a two port wall socket though... Switching to this router was extremely easy... The manufacturer has provided a simple document which offers all that you need to plug in your device and get started... The router UI can be accessed from any web browser once you have it up and running. The manufacturer also provides an app to manage your router, or test the speed of your internet connection. The speed of data transfer, and the range of the device is pretty amazing compared to what I had... Streaming video from my PC to my tablets and smart TV work extremely well... I am also able to reach certain areas of my home which previously struggled to keep a signal... now for the BUT... Despite being the best router I have used to date, it also had issues I have not faced with any of my previous devices... 1) Connection Drops - This seems to occur more regularly with this unit... Its not consistent, but I have noticed that I randomly loose my connection... While I could blame it on various factors, like time of day and number of users, its not something I faced regularly on my older device. 2) Issues with Android smartphone - One of the devices in my home simply refused to connect to the regular Wi-Fi. This Android smartphone does not support the 5GHz signal, and refused to connect to the regular WiFi connection with the network password... The only way I could get this device to connect was by enabling the guest network... Now I could have blamed this on the smartphone, but given that it has no issues connecting on my old router, or onto other networks, I will say this is something that should be addressed... 3) Media Priority - This feature is meant to enhance media playback on select devices, and is a feature I have never been able to enjoy even on previous devices. The AC2600 was no different, as I still found speeds had reduced after enabling it... Since the router works fine without enabling it, I would leave that setting disabled as it is In Conclusion, the AC2600 has been good to me, Its a powerful router that for the most part enhanced my experience... Fortunately the smartphone which I had issues connecting to Wi-Fi is not fully dependent on the WiFi connection... Other devices like PCs, Tablets and SmartTVs around the house work seamlessly with this device (with the random kinks now and then). That being said, I would still like to see the manufacturer get rid of the few bugs, and I would be able to better appreciate this device
I would recommend this to a friend
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Super Fast Router That Is Easy To UsePosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program, nonetheless my review and opinions are not affected by the program and I am providing my honest opinions. The Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 is a great router for most users. The Linksys AC2600 is small sized with 4 removable and adjustable antennas. I really enjoy the antennas can be moved around and can be removed. The router has one LED in the front of the router that is solid white when everything is good or blinking when there is something wrong. This LED makes it easy to diagnosis if something wrong is going on when the router. I do wish it had a few more LEDs in the front for more quick diagnosis for when things go wrong (but this is mostly a personal preference for me). The router has a USB3.0 port and eSata/USB port on the back which is a bit unique. Installing the router was as simple as plug and play. Once we had our modem connected and our Ethernet cables for our switches, everything quickly was setup via the routers webpage. The interface is very easy to use and quite simple for most users. Furthermore, the router has a feature that it will also automatically update firmware which is wonderful for more novice users, allowing the router to keep everything well protected. We know that most people do not check firmware on their routers so this can really improve wireless security and general home network security. One of the issues I had with the device is that I thought I did not have access to enough settings to change as an advanced user. For example, by default the router comes with the Guest WiFi enabled. This Guest WiFi uses an unsecure network but then loads a web portal for the guest to login. I personally prefer a method where my Guest WiFi is protected with WPA2 versus a web portal, however there is no option to change it from an unsecure network. For hardcore users, some of these settings not being available can be a negative. The Linksys is an AC2600 router which is great. It has wonderful speeds on both the 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz bands of the router. The thing that really differentiates the Linksys from other routers on the market is that it can do MU-MIMO, which allows for better speeds on the network and being able to hold more devices on the network. In other words, some other routers will broadcast 2- 5GHz signals; whereas the Linksys will only broadcast 1 5 GHz signal but performs as well due to the MU-MIMO. The router performed well with various video streaming services. I had no problems streaming on Netflix, HBOGo, and Amazon Instant Video. I also had no issues streaming live TV via HDHomerun either using the WiFi to my Nexus Player. I had no issues connecting my USB drives to router. The Linksys performed well with various drives of mine. I was able to stream various video files from my USB hard drive just fine. Everything loaded quickly and effectively. Overall I recommend the Linksys EA8500. Being that it is MU-MIMO the router is future proof and likely to improve with time. It has great WiFi coverage and speeds throughout our entire home. Due to not having more advance features, I am knocking 1 start from the router, otherwise I would have no reservations about it.
I would recommend this to a friend
good but unstablePosted
Disclaimer--I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. First impression-- The router was well packed in a box which had all the features of the product clearly highlighted. Main features mentioned included MU-MIMO technology, Gigabit ports, USB 3.0 and ESATA ports and AC2600 speeds. Design-The router itself is asthetically pleasing, has nice design,small footprint and size ( neatgear R8500 is huge like a VCR). It can easily be mounted on a wall. The built quality is great and antenna look nice. Normally I like to hide my routers but would not mind displaying this one. Temprature and power draw-- Router stayed cool to touch after consistent heavy use for a week and power usage was decent compared to my older router. Setup-- was a breeze. It could be also because of my experience with a lot of other routers I have owned in the past. It took me less than 10 minutes to configure all my devices. Quick start guide was concise and to the point and is very helpful if you have not configured routers before. The web interface can be accessed with 192.168.1.1 and is easy to configure. Router did not ship with latest firmware and I had to upgrade it manually. It was simple and is needed with all routers I have purchased over the years irrespective of the manufacturers. Features-- Speed and bandwidth of AC2600 which this router boast of is plenty even for heavy users like me. Was able to wirelessly stream 4K movies with ease. MU-MIMO-- Is a feature meant for the future. This router can help you claim that you have future proof technology but it has no use today as no client is able to make use of this feature ( except for an acer laptop). May be useful once MU-MIMO adapters are released. USB 3.0 and ESATA-- the external hard drives provided flawless performance when connected to either of these ports. Range - was as good as the asus and netgear routers with similar great signal strength. Connectivity -- is where this router FAILED gloriously. I experienced a lot of wifi dropouts and had to reboot router multiple times. It became even worse after a firmware update received during the period I was testing this router. In the present state I find this router almost unusable and went back to my previous router after getting yelled at by my wife and kids. Port aggregation-- is not implemented. If you do not have a home server than you should not be concerned about it anyway. Web interface and app-- are very nice, user friendly and best I have used across any brand to date. In summary, It is a great piece of hardware with a lot of potential which has been released with an unstable firmware. I would not recommend it today because it fails to provide a reliable and consistent connection ( Main function of a router). However a future firmware upgrade can very easily make it a great router.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great features but falls a bit shortPosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. I've always liked Belkin and Linksys products, and there is a lot I like about this router. But I reluctantly gave this three stars because I experienced connection problems that were frustrating. (More detail below). It's a very good product in most other aspects so I hope that the problems will be worked out in future firmware upgrades. . PROS: It only took me a few minutes to set up. Upload speeds were higher than my previous router (by almost 10%). These speeds were stable while connected (see notes about disconnects below). I like the interfaces, both the web and the Android app. I didn't think that I would ever use the remote access feature, but one day I was away from home and a family member was having trouble connecting. I was able to log in and fix it. I'm a fan of that feature now. The visual network map feature is very nice. Some of the devices aren't displayed with the names that they broadcast to other devices, but I can still figure out which they are. The map also shows which band the device is connected to. I was previously using a higher end router (in about this same price range) and this AC2600 had slightly better range. I wasn't able to get a good signal with my previous router when I was outdoors and downstairs. But I got a decent signal with the AC2600. LOVE the USB features. I'm not the biggest fan of internet cloud services, and they're sometimes not fast enough. So now I have my own "cloud" that I can access and control easily, without having to pay extra for enough storage space. I had no trouble with a broad range of USB devices from older USB 1.2 through 3.0. I used thumb drives, card readers, and external drives. A big plus. I like that there is functionality to add apps to the mobile UI. There's not much available right now, and some of the apps will probably cost extra. But it's an interesting approach. I like the parental controls, though I don't use them at this time. CONS: At least 2 or 3 times a day one or more of my devices would lose the connection and rebooting the router was the only fix. Sometimes this happened when another device accessed the internet, but often the device that lost the connection was the only one being used. When a device was out of range or asleep, it wouldn't reconnect to the AC2600. Sometimes it would simply stay offline, but other times a device would reconnect to a different local wifi network, even when the AC2600 was set as the priority network (my Mac laptop and desktop). When the DID reconnect to the router, they'd often reconnect to the 2.4Ghz band instead of the 5Ghz (which was set as priority). The most frequent problem was with my phone. When I'd return home after being away, it would either reconnect to the 2.4Ghz band, or simply remain connected to the data network. Fortunately I have a widget on the home screen which displays the name of the network, or I'd have ended up paying for data overages. Most of the time, this problem was with devices that were typically connected to the 5Ghz band. Devices seemed to be more easily reconnected to the 2.4Ghz band. On the other hand, it was hard to keep some devices from connecting to this router even when I didn't want them to! My home theater system is connected to a separate network than this router. I connected it to the AC2600 once, but then went back to the other network. But when I turn on the AC2600, it grabs the home theater system away from the other network! I'm not too impressed with the Media Prioritization feature. When I attempted to use this, the speed of each device decreased, sometimes dramatically. The prioritization seems to divide available bandwidth among devices that are entered, so even if only one of those devices is accessing the internet, it can only use that portion of bandwidth. That doesn't really seem much like "prioritizing" to me. For instance, I typically get almost 180Mbps downloads with my laptop. When I added that laptop as 1st priority, along with a couple of other devices, the best download speed I could get was about 43Mbps, even if no other devices were using bandwidth. That's still suitable for most uses, but for those who don't have fast internet speeds, the difference could be major. So I don't feel that this router lives up to its claims of handling multiple streaming devices. I have not yet been able to rectify the dropouts and speed issues. I generally have 10 or 11 devices connected to the router (though seldom have all of them using bandwidth at the same time) and would have expected the AC2600 to be able to handle this. There is no VPN client or server capability with this router. I don't use that right now, but may be wanting to soon. There are VPN passthrough options though, and I suspect that with just a little research, I'll be able to do what I want easily enough. There is not security with the Guest Network. Guests log in through a captive portal, but their information isn't really protected. Minor issue: I'd prefer a plug instead of an adapter that takes up too much room on my power strip. CONCLUSIONS: It's a little unclear what market segment this router is intended for. The price range is such that I'd expect some higher end professional features that are missing. Some features such as the Guest Network, seem to be tailored to businesses that want to offer guest internet with a captive portal. But it seems to be focused on home users who have several family members and/or devices streaming content. The disconnect issues mean that it fails to deliver in that area, though as I mentioned, I'm hopeful that will be ironed out with firmware upgrades. I feel like this will be a very good router if updates can fix the issues, . As it is right now, it falls short. I'm not suggesting that anyone avoid buying this router, but to do the research. The software and firmware versions at the time of this review are: Software: 1.01.1ed9873 / 220.127.116.11693 EA8500 Firmware version: 18.104.22.168978
I would recommend this to a friend
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Great router with superb speed and rangePosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. However, the fact that I received the router at no cost does not impact my review of it in any way. Let me start by saying the router is much larger than the Buffalo N router it replaced. It also has an additional set of two antennas giving it a total of four. This was double what my previous router had and gave me hope that the coverage would be better. After opening the box, attaching the antenna, and opening up the quick start guide I began to setup the router. I used my laptop for the install and configuration but my understanding is that you can also use an iPhone or Android phone. The setup was very simple; I plugged the router in and connected using the information supplied in the guide. I then followed the step by step and went through all the basic configurations for the router. I changed the SSID and the password and then proceeded to setup the available guest network. Once the basic settings were configured I decided to try out some advanced features. Since this router has a built in USB connection, I decided to try connecting an old Seagate USB drive I had laying around. I knew there were some movies, photos, and general backed up data. I connected the drive and then logged into the configuration utility via http://linksyssmartwifi.com The utility makes everything point and click and even allows you to remotely configure the settings (if the option is on). After logging in I clicked on the “External Storage” section and turned on the sharing settings. It was very easy and took less than 2 minutes to set everything up. I fired up my Xbox One and went to the media player. I was excited to see that all my photos and videos were readily available for streaming to the device. I’ve watched several HD 1080p movies stored on the router connected drive and not once did I experience any lag, stuttering, or any issues at all. I decided to do some speed testing from various wireless devices ranging from a laptop to a tablet. I started at the far end of my home where I had at least ten walls between the router and the wireless device used for testing. I fired up a speedtest app on my Galaxy Tab 2 and away she went. Performance was identical to the speeds I received standing next to the router. I was maxing out my ISP connection and experienced very little latency (18ms). I then proceeded to run the same tests from my basement, my second floor, and from my detached garage. The only one that experienced any loss of speed was the test in the garage. Now keep in mind that its about 100 feet away from the router and through several walls, insulation, and vinyl siding. Even with all those obstacles the connection was still very useable. I did experience one issue while using this router with my Xbox One. I spent a Saturday afternoon playing some Call of Duty and then decided to watch a movie via the USB drive connected to the router. I went to the media player on the Xbox and no drive showed up. I knew I was connected to the router because I had just played a multiplayer game with no issues. I booted up my laptop and logged into the configuration utility for the router. I then checked the drive to make sure it was connected and functioning as it was supposed to. Everything checked out as it should, so I checked to see if I could access the drive via the laptop. I had no issues at all using the drive and streaming media to the laptop. At this point I decided to reboot the modem to see if that did anything, which it did not. I then rebooted the router and viola, the issue was resolved. I should mention that I noticed the IP and Gateway information on the Xbox was different then what the router was using. This was the case even though I had it set to auto detect the network information. After rebooting the router, the network information was back to being correct. This issue has happened twice since I setup and began using the router and both times was resolved simply by rebooting the router. The issue is a bit annoying but it doesn’t occur often enough to make me want to return the router. Also the fact that the performance is so much better than my old router makes the issue with the Xbox One; one which I can live with. I’m sure future firmware upgrades will resolve the issue permanently. In closing, I can say that I would gladly recommend this router to friends and family that are looking for increased speed and range over their older routers. The ease of setup makes this ideal for even the most novice of users. You won’t regret your purchase!
I would recommend this to a friend
Great router/brand with mid-level featuresPosted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program. The Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi router is a good device with great speeds/coverage. For the majority of home-users, it may be a slight overkill due to the power/features, but it will work well in any situation. With that being said, the advanced users may be disappointed in the lack of features/settings within the user-interface/mobile application, which are both designed to be more user friendly and less like ddwrt or ASUSWRT. Despite having a few kinks/bugs that needs fixed (web account password) and a little struggle to compete with other routers in the same price range, setting up the device was simple and the device performed very well. Below is a more in depth view of the router. While unboxing, the device seemed to be slightly larger with a bigger power block on the end, even though this seems to be the going trend lately with the higher-end routers. The construction was made from a strong/durable plastic, while maintaining the quality feeling that you would expect from a Linksys router. The outer shell seemed to be well ventilated and contained several useful ports. In addition to this, I also like the orientation of the router antennas – two with the sides facing left/right and two facing front/back. I like this orientation since it seems like it would be able to connect to more devices/signals, despite the location. Most of my other devices all face the same direction or have a slight rotation to them, which doesn’t seem to be quite as effective when transmitting/receiving signals. This router chose a minimalist approach with the amount of lights or indicators on the front of the device, which tends to be aesthetically pleasing. One issue with this though is that the light in the front is only displayed when the device has a connection to the internet, in which it flickers when booting or the connection has been dropped. In addition to this, the only other light are the typical lights in the rear showing activity for each ethernet port, which can be turned off within the firmware. The initial setup was easy, which is the case for most modern routers. Linksys provided great documentation for the device and the initial setup was short/easy to follow. However, don’t expect to use a mobile device to setup the router. Despite what the setup process told me during installation, I was unable to setup the router through the android mobile application or through a web-browser on the mobile device. This capability would have made installation way easier to do. Once everything was up and running, I noticed that the majority of my devices ended up on the 2.4 ghz band, which is pretty normal. Despite having a few intermittent issues with connectivity in the beginning, this seemed to have corrected itself with a firmware update. The 5 ghz seems to be a little more reliable and just works better overall. This router had great coverage/signal, in which I was able to access the internet throughout my entire two-story house, with the device in the basement. My biggest gripe with the web UI was signing up for the remote access account online. The webpage required an insecure password - only letters and numbers. In this day in age, you need the ability to add characters/spaces for security purposes. Once this is fixed, I will feel better about the account process and my router being secure again. Beyond this, the main screen offers some helpful views on the health of the network and whether main features are enabled or not. Although limited, it is nice to quickly glance at the status of the router or the settings you have enabled. Settings have been divided into two main sections, where the top section is basically the same settings that can be found in the mobile application and the bottom section adds more advanced settings. Again, there are a handful of settings that are not configurable (such as: VPN, transmission power, different modes, etc), but this can always be fixed through a firmware update. As for the android application, it is very user friendly and offers access to plenty of important features...but beyond these simple features, the app still falls short (some issues are shared between both UIs). It is hard to add a device if not initially seen, can’t configure the guest network to be secure, can’t connect to second subnet or bridged client, 5ghz network map fails to display all devices, seems to be laggy, no VPN access, etc. In conclusion, this router does a great job supporting all of my devices (30 devices attached) and providing the best speed it can without buffering/lag. This is a powerful router and as mentioned before, this is very user friendly and easy to use. My only drawbacks at this time can easily be fixed – the remote access password and the lack of more advanced features. I will honestly say though the best part about going with Linksys is the customer service - top notch. I was complaining to Time Warner Cable via Twitter and after mentioned the device name, LinksysCares messaged me within minutes offering me their help to fix the internet issue. Great brand and company.
I would recommend this to a friend
Router for the future with frustrating firmwarePosted
Disclaimer: I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program I really want to talk about this router in glowing terms. But unfortunately all I can say that today it's a good but not great router. In the future that may change with features like MU-MIMO being implemented on devices outside the router, but ultimately what's holding back this router is the firmware from Linksys. Pros: *Good USB transfer speeds (both USB2 and USB3) *Good transfer speeds *Good Range on both bands *Stable connections without slowdown even with a lot of devices *Easy to tell if EA8500 was connected to internet at a glance at the front of the router *Fast Wired Transers *Individual transfer lights on back, by ethernet connectors *Setup is fairly easy in directly connected environments that don't require the router to login to the ISP Cons: *Admin Logs contain almost no useful troubleshooting information *It really doesn't like *not* having an internet connection *Setup Didn't detect Centurylink PPPoE connection (or the lack of connection) *PPPoE connection issues with CenturyLink once configured *No wireless security on guest connections *Oversimplified firmware limited configuration options *Linksys Smart Wifi can get confusing and become a security hole *You have to work to actually locally connect to the admin panel The EA8500's above average wireless coverage has been more than enough to blanket my 2500sqft, 2 story home with great coverage in both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. The USB ports (1 USB3, 1 USB2/eSATA) have provided adequate transfer speeds. The EA8500 has been able to keep my measly 5Mb upstream DSL connection saturated at all times. It's even been able to keep all my home devices (10-15 devices, spread on both bands) simultaneously connected to the fullest ability of my upstream internet connection and my in-home servers with no appreciable loss of speed. In other words, it's been absolutely adequate for today's home use. I doubt anyone buying this router will go home disappointed. But I think that's true for many other routers ~$100. This router's MSRP is on the high end and doesn't bring much extra to the casual home user or the home telecommuter *today*. I really wan One of the reasons to buy this router is its marquee feature—MU-MIMO. But there aren't many devices (I don't have any as of Jan 2016) that can take advantage of this feature today. Hopefully the next generation of devices will fully implement the MU-MIMO standard. I'm really looking forward to the improvement in speed that will allow multiple devices to simultaneously utilize the 802.11AC spectrum. A couple of things that needs to of note: There is no option to enable security (WEP/WPA/WPA2) on the guest networks. The guest networks (enabled by default) do have a captive portal page with a login before allowing internet access, but anyone using the guest network will need a VPN of some sort if they don't want to broadcast all their information for everyone to see. By default the "Linksys Smart Wifi" is enabled. As far as I can tell this mainly allows you to configure your router from anywhere on the internet. Once your router is associated with your Linksys Smart Wifi account you can access your router with your Linksys Smart Wifi username and password or your router password. Be sure to give your router a good, if inconvenient password! Personal Stories/Experiences I ran into a few gotchas in my time with the EA8500, the biggest of which only applies to a small percentage of the population: customers of DSL and other ISP's that still use PPPoE instead of a direct ethernet connection. (If you have Cable or Fiber based internet, this isn't applicable) I have CenturyLink DSL in my home (much to my own chagrin) and the Linksys/Belkin firmware just didn't recognize the PPPoE connection at all. (My DSL modem was in bridging mode) The EA8500 fully completed its setup routine and never complained a single time—even though the router itself never successfully connected to my ISP or the general internet. I was able to finish setup manually with no issues, but the setup wizard took 30 minutes of my life and would have left less technically inclined users in the dark. And once I had the EA8500 fully setup and logging into PPPoE, I mysteriously started getting disconnects from my ISP a few times an hour. I'm not completely sure if it was a PPPoE or a DSL disconnect because the EA8500 logging has been completely lobotomized down to a connection log. Very little information that's useful for troubleshooting remains in its logs; I wasn't able to find anything about the PPPoE negotiation or status at all. I'm not completely sure if my PPPoE problems were due to a compatibility issue with my ISP (CenturyLink) or with the router itself. YMMV. (I would love to hear comments from anyone with similar experiences and if anyone found a real technical log). Once I reset & reconfigured my modem and just let the EA8500 into a double NAT mode, it worked fine and all my PPPoE connection issues disappeared. One downside to the double NAT connection is that some devices may have issues connecting through both NATs.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4/5 Stars - With the right firmware, FANTASTIC!!Posted
I received this product for free as part of Belkin's Friends + Family Program I've been quite happy with this router, and it has rock-solid performance, as long as you have the right firmware installed. You might see some reviews talking about this router dropping etc, but read on below and you'll see that you just need the right firmware on-board and then you'll love it! Coverage: 5/5 - This router has great WiFi coverage which has significantly improved my SSIDs strengths in my 2 story home. With the external antenna array, and those being moveable, I no longer have any dead/low signal spots in my home. Prior to this router I had another dual-band router installed, and while it did a decent job, I did have weak/dead spots, but these have been eliminated. My home is 2 stories, and is just over 3,000 sq ft. Great! Speed: 5/5 - I have noticed a significant improvement, especially when it comes to short download requests such as site loads, song buffers, etc. I also have much better reliability throughout my house in regards to streaming media. My family uses a lot of media streaming for everything from Netflix/Plex to school videos etc, and since having this router installed, an running the right firmware, I don't recall any buffering interruptions occurring. Fantastic! Connectivity: 4/5 - Here is the main "issue" with this router, but read on and you'll see it's not the router itself, but the need for a better firmware testing process. Here is my experience in firmware issues with this router.... Out of the box, the router was staying connected great, but my family and I were able to notice lag when trying to load up various websites from phones etc. Typically it was not a huge thing, but if each time you're loading a site, you get a delay of 3-5 seconds or so, you'd feel like maybe you lost connection. But then it did load and was very fast. My initial thought was buggy firmware, so, figuring the latest firmware would resolve this, I upgraded to the latest. Within the first hour we already were experiencing several drops, either in internet connectivity or sometimes the WiFi itself would drop out. I did plenty of troubleshooting to make sure it was not some config or a piece of hardware on my network, but when I turned to the forums, I was able to see similar experiences out there. So I decided to download the previous revision (still newer than my out-of-the-box version). Unfortunately, you can't just get a direct download from the site to get older revisions. But there is a way! In order to get previous version's download, you can copy/paste the URL for the current download, and tweak it to the revision number of the previous version (previous revision numbers can be found in the latest release notes). I however was unable to install that version directly - perhaps it does not allow a 'downgrade' in that manner? So here's what I did: I used the 'rollback' feature found in the Troubleshooting area of the routers management UI (why it's not right next to the firmware update area, I'm not sure). Then once that rollback was complete, I then installed the penultimate version that I downloaded. The router has been solid as a rock ever since. So - there's my overview. Fantastic router, poor firmware testing prior to release. That is the main reason I dropped a star from my rating. I would be happy to revisit this review in the future, and if Linksys perhaps puts together a better testing process (maybe an opt-in set of beta testers prior to public release?), and if future firmware starts being more reliable, I'd be happy to update and add that final star! NOTE: I would recommend turning the automatic firmware updating feature OFF by default, and then when you feel like checking