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TP-LINK TL-ANT2408CL 2.4GHz 8dBi Indoor Omni-directional Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Helps the 2.4 GHz, does not support 5 GHz 04/20/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-ANT2408CL 2.4GHz 8dBi Indoor Omni-directional Antenna

Pros: It does improve the range over stock antennas on the 2.4 GHz band. Not a lot, but noticeable.

Cons: The antennas clearly say they are for 2.4 GHz and they really are. If you use 5 GHz, look somewhere else. Strangely, these antennas work better for devices above it. I get a better signal upstairs 50 feet away than downstairs where the router is 50 feet away even though the signal has to go through more walls upstairs.

Other Thoughts: These are more suited for WiFi adapters on your computer and not for routers and access points.

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ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This router does indeed have excellent range. After download the Merlin firmware build and increasing the wireless power, you can easily get whole house coverage, provided the router is centrally located. It is easy to set up and the web interface is easy to navigate. This router can also be an access point or a bridge with the built in firmware.

Cons: Changes to any setting are slow. It takes about 1 minutes for each individual change to take place and during that time your WiFi and maybe internet will go out. Although it is easy to set up the router, it will take a long time to get the settings the way you want.

Other Thoughts: The Merlin firmware is a modified version of the original firmware.

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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent performance. But you already knew that.

Cons: This isn't regarding the CPU performance, but the stupidity of Intel. Whoever thought the current CPU cooler designs were a good idea needs to spend 1 day adding and removing a stock CPU cooler. AMD's CPU brackets are a sensible design and, best of all, standard across generations of CPU's. Not so with Intel. I wanted to transfer a Zalman CPU cooler with brackets for all of the last generation of Intel CPU's but oh no, the size is slightly different. How hard is it to make a standard bracket that doesn't require pushing down so hard 4 times that you worry your screwdriver might slip and damage the motherboard? Make a standardized design stupids!

Other Thoughts: I love the performance of the CPU, but the CPU coolers for Intel have been stupid for a long time. You think with all that money they can talk to someone who actually has to put these things on.

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