One look at the first screen is all it took for me to know that the USR chose the same path as SMC, Asante, GVC, and 3Com and chose AMIT as the OEM of their Broadband Router.
The hardware design is essentially the same as the OLD SMC Barricade and Asante FriendlyNET, so if you need the details on what the 8000 can do, check out the Asante and old Barricade reviews. The 8000's exact feature set is a little different due to its use of an older firmware revision (more on that below).
Of course, given that I've awarded the SMC and Asante routers Practically Recommended status, I think USR made a good choice of vendor. But I'm not giving the USR8000 a Practically Recommended for the following reasons:
Poor documentation - The printed Installation Guide doesn't even include the password you'll need to log into the router admin pages, and doesn't cover setup details that @Home users will need. Folks whose BSP's use MAC address authentication won't find any help either. The User Manual included on the CD is in HTML format, so it's not easily printable. But there's not a lot of helpful info in the manual, and the info that's there is incomplete and confusing.
Old firmware - The 1.0 firmware that came on the router is fairly old and looks to be equivalent to SMC version 1.88 or 1.89. It looks like it has the bug where it keeps trying to reconnect, regardless of the state of the "Renew IP Forever" (auto-reconnect) setting. If you're brave and want to try loading SMC or AMIT firmware, be warned that the USR Web site doesn't have a copy of the 1.0 firmware available for download and it's also not included on the CD. All that being said, the features of the V1.0 firmware that came loaded on the 8000 should be ok for many users.
Support - Phone support is available only 11 hours a day Mon-Fri and the call is on your dime. You have to fill out a web form for email support (which I dislike because I never know if I'll get a copy of what I send) and no response time expectation is given.
Track Record - Although the U.S. Robotics name is well respected and has been around for almost 30 years, the present company is still getting established. It was spun out of 3Com in Sept 2000, and the division that sources the 8000 was formed in March of this year. So although they're working hard to establish a name in Broadband networking, they've got a way to go.
Given these support related weaknesses, you may find this page helpful.