This is definitely a reasonable deal, but anyone considering purchasing should be aware that while the max transmission rate of the wireless is 300Mb the max transmission rate of a single hardwired connection into the router is 100Mb.
I was considering this to be used as a wireless bridge to my HTPC but then I realized the ports were 100Mb. I need to have 1000Mb communication between two devices in the HTPC closet so I need to look for a router that has Gigabit ports.
That's the right page to setup the bridge if you have DDWRT. However I'm not seeing anywhere that this router supports DDWRT. I did see that someone else said it supports Tomato, I'm still looking into that.
I once bought a refurbished linksys router. I think it was the 610N. Anyways, it sucked, and finally replaced it with a Netgear, and the speed difference was at least triple. Needless to say I won't be purchasing any refurbished router of any brand ever again. Just my experience...
I actually spent a lot of money at one time upgrading my wireless to 802.11N, because everyone said it would be faster and I would get better range. I did not get any better range, and for internet speeds, even after I got the Netgear, I don't get any speed difference between that and 802.11G using speedtest.net. I can usually get it into the red (fast zone) using speedtest, I average over 20 mbs, either with g or n. The few times I copied files from one computer to another wasn't worth the money I spent on the upgrade.
For one of my WDLive + boxes, I plug it into a used Lynksys G router I picked up for $5 at the goodwill, they have tons of them. I threw DD-WRT on it and use it as an external wireless entertainment bridge. It gets every bit of speed any of my 802.11n adapters get, as tested with speedtest.net.
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If it's free, take it and worry about hidden costs later
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