Originally posted by audiopollution
Considering it only provides a claimed 20% increased performance when operation with B/G networks, I don't see the point in purchasing a router that:
a) has been released pre-ratification of the 'N' standard for wireless,
b) has no guarantee of being upgradable to the 'N' standard,
c) requires a pre-N wireless network card to gain the advantages of the MIMO tech, and
d) will not increase the range of your built-in wireless card as that is a function of the network card and not the router.
I have been keeping an eye out on this thread in hopes of discovering a new device, or tech, just around the corner that might be considered the clear best..
When I went to purchase my first wireless router, I was hoping to buy the best one out there, though I didn't know much about the tech, or all it's uses. I was told that Belkin's Pre N router was the best, and have since purchased 4, and am very happy with them. As someone else pointed out, a lot of the impressive info on the box is only relevant when using the Pre N card with it, but I can tell you it is noticeably better then the few LinkSys, and Apple WiFi routers I've used (...even w/o the Pre N card).
The last one I picked up was selling for $99.99 at CompUSA. BTW, they have a lifetime warranty, if that's an issue to anyone.