I bought the N900 Central router last night and it took less than 12 minutes (while inhaling a 6 inch Blimpie sandwich) to configure and connect my MBA to the 5Ghz band but then it all went down hill from there.
Let me back track… I decided to use my Windows Vista Home edition SP2 to run the Router setup and install the software (I know… stop laughing). The setup went well with the only changes that I made during the setup was to the SSID info and password. As mentioned the MBA connected without issue. I then went to into my bedroom (<35 feet away from the router) logged into Netflix.com and started streaming a movie (Thor). I left the MBA in the room and went back to router. I chose to update the firmware and that went well. Now here is where the problem started. I was prompted to install software I chose not to install the Print component because I did not want to connect the printer the router, yet. At the same time I started changing certain settings on my router from the Admin web UI, such as not broadcasting the SSID, turning On MAC filtering, and for the 5Ghz band I turned off WPA/WPA2 mixed security. I clicked Save. The Router started reconfiguing but then I could not connect to the router again from Firefox. I could not ping the router either.
I restarted Vista and loading took longer than usual (it took an extra 5 minutes for the processes to load) and I still could not connect to the router. I unplugged the router, restarted Vista (still very slow to load) plugged the router and still no connection. I then decided to reset the router and run the setup again. That worked!
I suspect the Vista slowness is the result of the WD suite of software that I installed and the failure to connect to the Router was because of the three changes that I made all at the same time, which should not have behaved that way.
Back in the BR I continued my testing by streaming the movie, Transformer, Dark of the Moon on my MBA and within 5 minutes I noticed a spinning wheel pausing the movie. I think it was buffering or something interrupted the video stream. I noticed the spinning wheel behavior two more times during the movie. I may go back my D-Link router (2Ghz) tonight or tomorrow and test the video streaming with the same movie.
Things were soo slow on my Vista machine I decided to do something I have not done in more than two years, I issued a System Restore from before the WD software installation. The result was stil the same very slow. Much slower prior to the WD router introduction.
I still have tol connect my Apple iPad, iPhone 4S, Apple TV, HP printer, and Android phone to the router.
I’ll keep posting my N900 Central router experience.