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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Out of the box you get the router, 3 antennas, AC power cord, Ethernet cable, instructions, warranty info and a CD. Color-wise, this thing is great as it matches the rest of my electronics around it (printer, modem, media server computer and external hard drive for media center computer). Setup was very easy and took less than 5 minutes for me. Range is really great as I get the signal outside my apartment in my car. Provides great speeds to stream HD movies and games; I have been watching movies from my Plex Media Server and gaming with World of Warcraft with no issues. The device has 2 USB 2.0 ports on the back to attach a printer to make it wireless or attach an external hard drive for wireless storage. It allows for a guest network for those wishing to provide a separate network to their guests. Testing my internet speed I was getting my full ISP speed pretty much all over my apartment. Having an on/off button on the back is great as I can turn it off without unplugging it when I am away from home so no one can try to access my network. Overall, this is a pretty great router.

Cons: There are a few drawbacks with this router. First, only having USB 2.0 ports on the back instead of USB 3.0 ports is a bit disappointing. The reason being is that if you attach your external hard drive to this router, you will be getting slower read/write speeds with the USB 2.0 ports this device uses rather than with a device that has USB 3.0. Updating the firmware is a bit of a chore. You need to download the firmware from TP-Link’s website save it to your computer and then point to your router and send it the firmware. Now-a-days, routers should automatically be able to download the firmware from the manufacturer’s website at the click of a button. The LED lights on this device are a bit annoying for those who will have this near a sleeping area. The WPS button should be on the front of the device (or on the top) for easier access for users wanting to quickly connect without the key. The AC power adapter is quite bulky and on my power strip takes up at least 2 spaces even though it only requires one (size issue).

Other Thoughts: Overall, I think despite the cons I listed, this is a great router for those looking to get into the AC speeds or wireless access. It is at a great price for under $100 and would be a nice edition to your home network if you can overlook my cons.

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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great Individual/Small Business Router 01/12/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: When I received this, I was very happy to upgrade my old Netgear wireless N 300 router as I wanted to see if using wireless AC was faster. In the box, you get the router, an Ethernet cable, a power adapter, 3 antennas and the instructions/warranty info/resource CD. Setup was very easy and I was online within a couple minutes.
Some of the features:

1. It offers 5 and 2.4 Ghz bands, the 5 Ghz one offering up to 1300Mbps and the 2.4 Ghz one offering up to 600Mbps.
2. The antennas are removable and replaceable if you want a stronger signal from the device later on.
3. Comes with 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port for adding printers and external storage.
4. A physical On and Off Wifi switch which is nice say maybe for an office/business that doesn’t want employees/customers on their Wifi at certain points during the day.
5. A nice simplified Web OS for customizing settings.
6. Beamforming technology which can provide better stability of the signal.
7. And so much more. Please read product description for more of the general uses.

As for my review of this device, once setup, I had full signal on all of my devices in my 900 sq ft apartment and even outside for a couple feet. As far as speed, using the speed tester app and website on my devices, I was getting full internet speed from my cable provider. I have been using it for a couple weeks now and have not noticed any delays or lags in my media content. Setting up a printer on the network was pretty easy with my old USB printer. Testing the storage aspect of connecting an external drive by the USB 3.0 took a little bit (see cons), but reads/write speeds were great.

Cons: There are some minor cons, which all combined made me remove an egg:

1. The router is white and only seems to come in white, so if you have black NAS devices (network attached devices), they will clash a bit.
2. The stand on the device is a little weird. I am afraid if my cat rubs against it, it might collapse and damage the device.
3. As others mentioned, updating the firmware is a chore with this device. Most new routers I have dealt with allow the router to download the firmware directly from the servers and update them. This device requires you to go to TP Link’s website and download it to your local machine and then update it by searching for the firmware on the local machine.
4. I had trouble with certain external storage devices working with the USB ports. Some would recognize and work, others wouldn’t.
5. I wonder why TP link put in the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports instead of just making both USB 3.0? Most devices should be able to use 3.0 with the device allowing backwards compatibility.
6. The supplied power adapter is a bit short…you might want to get an extension cord if you plan on putting this somewhere farther away from a plug.
7. You cannot mount this on a wall.

Other Thoughts: Who is this router for? I think it is for those people with current aging wireless N routers that want to move up to the next level. It is great for individual and business uses. There are some minor flaws that hamper the device, but overall it worked as intended. It has some great features that provide a wonderful experience. For me, this will be my main router going forward (until I receive another one to review).

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Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great performance, a few downsides 12/15/2014

This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0

Pros: I have had this for about a month now and have been testing various scenarios and for the most part this is a great device. Out of the box, you get a nice instruction set, the USB antenna itself and an optional desktop dock for those planning on using it with a desktop that want a better signal by putting the antenna on top of your desktop instead of in the back. I have tried this with both N and AC connection routers and have gotten clear and fast signals from both. The machines I tested this device on was 1 desktop and 3 laptops. On my laptops that just had wireless N capability, I noticed a speed increase over USB 2.0 and a higher increase over the 1 laptop that had USB 3.0. I streamed Hulu episodes and Netflix movies just fine without any lag what-so-ever. I went to Starbucks and tested it on their Wifi and noticed a small increase over what I usually get (considering the amount of people on their network could interfere with this test, it was better than with the built in adapter in my laptop). Overall, with the speedtest.net I was getting close to if not matching what my ISP says I should be getting.

Cons: These are very small cons, but some things to consider when purchasing the device:
1. The optional desktop dock I feel could be a bit longer. If you have a huge case, you might have trouble if you want to position the dock on top of the case.
2. The actual adapter is a bit on the bigger side when it comes to Wifi adapters. Certain USB’s in certain cases/laptops might not be able to fit it without the optional dock.
3. I had a little trouble installing the drivers on one of the laptops that I owned. It took a while but I finally got the bad install removed and just re-did it and it worked. Not sure what happened the first time, but something to look out for.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I would say this is a great adapter for those wishing to add Wifi connectivity to their device or trying to add faster connectivity to their device. It offers great speed connections and never drops the connection like some adapters I have used in the past. It is great for streaming movies or playing online games. With some small cons and a little high on the price, I am giving this a 4 out of 5.

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