Just a quick question - I bought a new router last month (Linksys EA6500) and it's turned out to be the biggest pile of crap I've ever used. The UI is crap, has misleading options, and doesn't support basic features. 5 of the biggest things that makes this unusable for me:
- It doesn't support NAT redirection. Except it does in the UI. The option is there, it just doesn't work. It hasn't worked for about 6 months.
- It doesn't honour static DNS servers. To get around the first point, I have an internal DNS server setup, which resolves internal DNS entries to where they need to go. All good. Except the router will randomly prioritise its OWN internal DNS server above the statically configured ones.
- Continuing from that - there is no way to remove the router's internal DNS server from the list of servers given to DHCP clients. No matter how many static DNS servers I define, it always tacks its own IP address onto the list. Sometimes to the top of the list, sometimes to the bottom.
- Want to enable QOS (or "Media Prioritisation") - expect to lose about half of all available bandwidth via HTTP.
- The software. You have Cisco's cloud connect/smart wifi thing which means I can access the router admin page from everywhere. Great! Unless Cisco's servers are down - which happens VERY often. When that goes down, not only can you not log into the cloud app - due to the way in which it goes down (responds but doesn't send any content in the response) - the routers own built in admin panel will not load. So when Cisco's servers are down, you can't even to go the routers own built in admin panel.
The reason I picked the EA6500 was because of the wifi signal. This thing can easily push my 120Mbit internet connection via Wireless N, and it's AC for future-proofing, however I can't life with how appalling the routing capabilities are, and how annoying the software is.
Now, onto the overall question - does anybody have any recommendations for a router that not only has good WiFi strength - but is actually configurable when it comes to the routing side of it? Budget wise - not really fussed - I'd rather pay more for something decent.