Reviews Linksys WRT150N-RM Refurb Wireless-N Home Router

Linksys WRT150N-RM Refurb Wireless-N Home Router

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Bought a pair of these to replace a pair of Linksys WRT54GL routers.

First, the downside . . .
I'd give it 5 stars if the antennas were RPTNC like the older WRT54G (through V4) and the WRT54GL WiFi routers. They could be removed and replaced with other antennas. The antennas on these are integral to the case (no connectors), which prevents replacing them easily with higher gain antennas (which I have from the WRT54G/GL routers I had been using). Apparently Linksys has been gradually phasing out antennas with connectors that allows them to be removed and replaced with different antennas . . . and even newer units (like the WRT160N) have internal antennas.

Other than the integral antennas, these are great routers at a great price (it's gone up a tad since I bought mine). Stock menu system is typical Linksys with some added features/options specific to draft-n. Tested them with Linksys firmware and then flashed them with Sveasoft Talisman Basic. Set them up for draft-n, but otherwise configured them for the same Wireless Distributed System (WDS) the pair of WRT54GL had been used for. Synced together immediately and all the client devices connected. I've got the same system that was running at "g" speed with about 25 Mbps end-user data throughput upgraded to "draft-n" at about 75-100 Mbps end-user data throughput (depends on distance of client to closest router) -- all with WPA2-AES security. Quite noticeably faster than the 802.11g system it replaced, and extremely reliable.

Note that actual end-user data throughput is always about half of the "signaling" rate . . . regardless of router or firmware (e.g. 54 Mbps is the maximum signaling rate for 802.11g -- max actual end-user data throughput is about half that).

While I can cite the stability and reliability of the hardware, I won't remark on the stability of the stock Linksys firmware . . . because I didn't use these long enough with Linksys firmware before flashing them with custom firmware.

I will ultimately modify these -- after the warranty runs out -- by removing the integral antennas and replacing them with RPTNC connectors to allow reusing the high-gain antennas I had been using on the routers they replaced.

the Lynksys 150N, like the Dlink DR625, are very reliable N class wireless router products. I own both. The Lynksys is a slightly easier router to setup, but with the install disks, followed strictly, both work well. I have had to call Dlink help to tweak the DR625 to get best results-excellent support. The LInksys 150N, installed at my sons in California, failed in slightly under a year.Linksys support was fabulous, thorough and replaced the entire router without question after a diagnostic (latest revision, reset, re-install). The failure should not be viewed as a negative towards the product.The refurbished router supplied worked out of the box. For both systems it is preferred to use the installation encryption password vs using your own (also usually easy when adding additional computers). it is also recommended that these devises be plugged into a uninteruptable power supply (UPS)to ensure protection from power surges. It is also normal to periodically reboot both the router and modem to re-set the link to the internet. Kids, downloading and gaming can bog you down, so a reboot helps flush the system out. Very good quality, performance and cost. Great value! Also my experience dealing with Amazon is "A1" and a great combination for buying trusted products from a trusted vendor. A true one stop shop!

I bought this to use as a wireless repeater/bridge and network hub. I cannot comment about the stock firmware because I flashed it with DD-WRT, a free firmware replacement, immediately after powering up the unit.

The range of this is better than the wireless-G unit that I was previously using (not a DD-WRT capable device) and the unit is much more stable. The added bandwidth provided by the wireless-N is very noticeable.

In the two months it has been running, I had to forcefully reboot this unit, by unplugging it, three times. Two of them were for changing settings to avoid interference with other wireless devices that popped up in the area. The third reboot was a lack of response from the unit which appears to have been caused by overheating. I have since repositioned it for better ventilation and have had no further problems.

At the refurb price this unit is hard to beat. You don't need to spend big bucks on units with the fancy network settings when you can add those to this one with a simple flash and reset. Add a second flashing if you want to upgrade to the "std" DD-WRT (with even more features) instead of the default "mini" installation.

The only downside to this unit would be the non-removable antennas. These are common to most Linksys devices and most people would not need to replace them.

As most people stated earlier, you should absolutely buy this router and then flash it with DD-WRT firmware. In case you don't know how, then search for it on Google. As most other instructions will tell you, first flash using the mini_generic version of DD-WRT, then (if you want the full version of the firmware) the flash your upgraded router with the std_generic version of it.

I'm able to run my router for months on end without having a single problem. I have a Macbook and it connects to it every time without fuss. My connections are fast and usually are at about 130 Mbps.

Again, this router is amazing (as long as you upgrade the firmware). I'm not sure I would even bother with the default Linksys firmware based on the problems I've read about.

So, if this is at a good price, go ahead and buy it. Once you get it, make sure you either flash the hardware yourself or get one of those nerdy computer-geek kids in your family to do it. Trust me, it's much better!

I already have a Wireless-N router. The reason I bought this one was 2 fold. The price was very reasonable. and it was one of the few N-based routers that could run DD-WRT.

I bought this router and installed DD-WRT to make it a bridge. So now I have this router hooked up to all my consoles in the livingroom (PS3, Xbox360, Tivo, Original Xbox.) and it is acting like a wireless "card" to put it plainly and connecting with the wireless router that provides internet access.

it was a little tricky getting it all set up and running, but I think it was worth it.

For anyone out there who bought this doing the same thing I did (WRT, in Bridge mode.)
If you installed DD-WRT and all your router does is blink all the lights. keep looking for a fix. it's not completely dead. I did the same thing and eventually found a fix that saved it. *phew*.

Linksys WRT150N-RM Refurb Wireless-N Home Router

I wanted to upgrade our older Linksys router to one with 802.11n, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money to do so. This refurbished router fit the bill.

Installation was very easy. I would suggest two things to help your installation be as simple. Record the MAC address of your old router (if you had one) clone that to this router's MAC address and ditch the installation CD and configure the router manually. It is not that difficult.

The router has been running for about a month at this point with no problems. Range for wireless is good. I'd buy this again.

My only gripe is the antennae are not able to be removed as I wanted to replace them with some nicer ones I had.

I switched from straight RDP to VPN for work, and discovered that my Belkin router wouldn't support VPN. I had no idea the quality of the router made so much difference! Everything on our home network, including the wired connections, works much better with this router. It's a terrific product.

It came with an install program with an "install first" warning, like many USB products. It is not necessary, and does not work at all. All it ever gave me was a "not connected to internet" message, whether I was connected with the new router or the old one. So my suggestion is, by the router, configure it yourself, ditch the support disk.

I was looking for a router to replace a thunderstorm-damaged Linksys WRT54G for my parents. I bought a brand new WRT150 early last year for myself and have been very pleased with it, but could no longer find it in any local retail stores. I was a little nervous about buying a refurb, but decided after reading some of the reviews here to give it a try.

Placed the order and got the router in within 2 days (very quick standard shipping!) and took it to my parents and hooked it up for them. This router works as well as my new-store-bought WRT150 router, for less than half the cost. I went ahead and flashed the firmware for the updates since it was a few versions behind, but even before doing that, the router worked fine.

I will say that my parents and my own WRT150N router are set to use Mixed B/G mode, since neither of us own any wireless "N" devices, so I can't speak for the "N" functionality of this router, but the wireless B and G work great. It has the about the same range as the WRT54G router, maybe a tad more.

The only negative about this router (which may not be true for all of these refurb routers) is I noticed some scratches/scuff marks on the front panel of the router. Nothing very serious, but it definately could not pass for a "new" router in appearance. Since it is a refurb for less than half the price that I paid for a new one, it is well worth the few cosmetic scratches. I just wanted a good functional router and that it is.

Router has greatly helped homeschool network which consists of 6 computers. Was using wireless G AP and having trouble. Significant speed increase was noticed in going to wireless N and performance problems have been eliminated.

This refurbished wireless router was easy to set up and works just as good as the brand new item!

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