It’s a pity (and a strategic miscalculation) that Peplink management decided to end the production and deplete the inventory of the previous-gen Surf SOHO.
This situation was exacerbated by the fact that the next-gen Surf SOHO MK3 model has been considerably delayed in its release. First, it was to be released “this Fall” but now it’s slipping into winter, with a December release (at the earliest) looking more likely. I think a November release is *not *going to happen, as Peplink resellers are not even accepting pre-orders yet… and it is already mid-November as I write this.
While I’m looking forward to the new Wireless-AC capabilities of the upcoming MK3 model, the previous Wireless-N model was solid, feature-wise, and no slouch either. It was a great product to buy and recommend to others looking for a very capable router (wireless or not!) – with some enterprise-class features built-in – for a decidedly consumer router price of $179. (Even if Peplink had raised the price of the Surf SOHO to $250 or so, it still would have been a fantastic deal.)
Alas, as it stands, for a few months now, consultants and customers who wanted to buy a bunch of Surf SOHOs have had no other option than to wait it out for an extra 3-4 months (which is *not *good!), go with a competitor’s product, or get a much more expensive Peplink router alternative like the $440 Balance One.
I’m guessing that Peplink has lost a lot of income with these delays. Next time Peplink is preparing to test and release a new model (of any of their product lines), I hope they have the sense to keep plenty of previous-gen models in stock.