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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T4UH AC1200 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
Pros: This adapter will work under Windows 10, however TP-Link hasn't supplied the driver for it. You will need to load it yourself. This needs the Realtek RTL8821AU wireless USB LAN driver. There is one in Windows 10 if you want to find it and load it. You can also go to the Realtek website and get the driver or online at driverscape. Once you get it running it works very well in AC mode.
Cons: It is shameful that TP-Link has not updated their drivers to include the one that works with Windows 10 since so many folks are upgrading to the new free operating system, and will continue to.
Other Thoughts: Difficult to understand why they don't mention the brand chipset they use and that even though they are lax in updating their software support, you can obtain the driver yourself and install it. Not everyone is able to do that, and this is why they should have supplied an installation script with the correct driver(s) for whatever version of Windows you had so this adapter would appeal to a broader audience.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR R6400-100NAS AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: Just got this, but wanted to say that I am impressed with it so far. It took a couple of on/off cycles with the modem and router to get them to sync up, but once they did everything was so easy to set up as their interface is quite user friendly.
It checked and then asked if I wanted to download the latest firmware and also the Genie app and ReadShare app and everything downloaded and updated without a hitch. I changed the SSID and passwords on both frequencies to match my previous router and checked and adjusted a few other settings and saved it. It could have been even more simple if I had wanted to accept their predefined SSID's and passwords for both bands. This is definitely aimed at making it very easy for folks with a wide range of technical abilities
The Genie app makes it easy to get up and running and is well suited for most folks except perhaps someone who wants to have the ability to modify every possible setting which is fine as this router is aimed at the home user looking for very good performance teamed with ease of use, and NetGear has achieved that with the R6400.
This appears to be very well made and signal strength is very high even in the second floor bedroom on both bands. Haven't taken a walk outside with the laptop to see how far outside it extends yet.
A powerful wireless AC router with an number of contemporary features helps to make this a winner.
Cons: None so far as it is still new, but seems very stable.
Other Thoughts: I was a bit wary of buying from NetGear as I did not have a good experience with them in the past. Everything so far indicates that this is a well made and executed device.
The router runs warm, but not hot like many others which is a real plus. I don't want to risk anything so I have it now on an old USB laptop cooler and now you can hardly feel any heat coming from it, but I think it could have run fine without this as it was only warm without the cooler.
I know I am taking some risk given my past experience with NetGear, but the initial impression is that they got it right with this model. There are a number of positive reviews on other sites, however I don't put much credence in most of them as many of them are from folks who received their devices through the Friends and Family program.
The router is a bit large at 7.5 x 7.75 x 2.5 inches and wedge shaped and lies horizontally, but I have the space so that isn't a problem. In one respect that size allows for some extra space inside to help with air circulation rather than cramming everything into a case barely large enough.
I also have an Arris SB6183 16 channel cable modem and together with this router I am getting 60 - 62mbps on a hard wired PC and 60+ (5GHz) on a PC upstairs using and older 450/450 adapter card. My service is only 50/10 so the bonding of channels has allowed for me to get a little extra than I am paying for. Previously the best I could get whether hard wired or wireless was about 18 - 21mbps. Nice boost, but then the components weren't free either.
Unless something unforeseen should happen, it looks like NetGear has hit a home run with this router.
This review is from: ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor
Pros: This is a great cable modem with the ability to bond multiple channel to enable full utilization of the Docsis 3.0 specification to maximize throughput. The Arris/Motorola lineup of modems is the de facto standard and are compatible with most all cable vendor's equipment. This costs more than a 4 or 8 channel model, but the difference is that you will get the full speed you are paying for and for the time being it is "future proof" though that is a moving target with a fairly short interval before newer technology surpasses it.
Cons: None, wish it cost less but it is a high demand item so they don't need to lower the price now.
Other Thoughts: Works very well with my Cox cable service and all I had to do was register the device with Cox and they provisioned it and it was up and running without needing anything else.
As with most modems it does run on the warm but not quite hot side which is always a bit troublesome from a longevity standpoint so I hooked up a very small USB fan off my PC and it is enough to keep it nice and cool to the touch. Wonder why they didn't build it with a small laptop fan to help with circulation.
Buy this with confidence that it will work correctly as the cable company sells this same model as their recommended high end modem for their fastest service plans.