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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).

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 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.

WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: What you get in the box is the small portable drive in and of itself, a USB 3.0 connector (that is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 incase you do not have any USB 3.0 ports), a technical support and warranty guide as well as a little color pamphlet about how to connect the drive to the computer and where to get further information online about the drive. The drive is very small and sleek and nice looking. It can fit inside almost any pocket or purse with ease. When you first plug it in it will install the driver for you so you do not have to. You get 931GB of useable space with it (the other space is for the driver as well as some pre-included apps you can install). Running CrystalDiskMark, the sequence read and write speeds were almost identical getting to around 120 MB/s each (this test was using a USB 3.0 port on my desktop, see Overall section for system info). Transferring one of my 1.5GB movies from my computer to the drive took only about 12 seconds, which I must admit is impressive. You get some bloatware with it, but most of it is useful. First you have the WD SmartWare, which helps you easily backup your data from your computer with a quick overview and selection process of which way you want your files backed up. It also allows you to connect to your dropbox account for easy access to backup what you have in the cloud as well. Then you have WD Security to help protect your new drive just incase anyone steals it and wants to hack into provides you with an option of setting a password to access the drive. To help keep itself up and running there is also the WD Utilities application to run diagnostics, completely delete everything off of the drive, and register the device. Granted, you don’t need any of these applications to just use the device as it is, but they are “neat” add-ons to have offered.

Cons: verall, no major cons with this device. Just some suggestions for WD in the future. The first suggestion I would have is to have an option to bundle all of the software together (you currently have it separated into multiple applications, it would be nice to have an option for one application to run it all). The second piece of advice I could offer is to give the exact link to the user’s manual online (in the pamphlet you get it has a link that takes you to reading documents for all of their devices, not just this one and it becomes a pain to search for the device there). Also, I would include a bit of a longer USB cable as this one is a bit short in if you have to connect it to the back of your computer and the table you want to place it on is a bit farther away. Other than those, I have no issue with how this device functions.

Other Thoughts: I would say this is a great device to get for storing you mass amounts of multimedia or wanting a drive as a backup for your computer. The read/write speeds on this device over USB 3.0 are pretty amazing (see speed test in pros), making data transfer easy and quick between your computer and the drive. I’ll be using this device as both a backup and a storage drive for now. This is a great buy for those running out of space on their computer or want a secure way to store their files as well (using the password and file encryption).

Hardware specs of the computer I tested on:
Intel core i7 4770K Haswell
Asus Maximus VI Impact Motherboard
16 GB of RAM DDR3
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 (EVGA) Graphics card
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1TB Main System Drive
Windows 8.1


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