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Pros: I've had a very good experience with the WRT1900AC overall. I love how it reminds me of the classic WRT54G, but it's like the WRT54G on steroids. The packaging was flawless and the unit itself is very heavy and feels like quality. I've found that the reason it's so heavy are the large heat sinks that are used to cool the ultra fast SoC this thing sports inside.
Make no mistake, Linksys didn't skimp on hardware here. The high price tag is warranted. The WRT1900AC is powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core Marvel Armada SoC, 128MB of flash memory, and 256MB of DDR3 RAM. It's also the first router I've ever tested with a cooling fan. It only seems to run when needed, but it's a testament to how much power is under the hood here (in addition to the massive heat sinks I talked about earlier).
Let's talk about speeds... This is hands down the fastest router I've ever tested. It easily bested the Archer C8 AC1750 router I had been using up til now. Using a USB 3.0 802.11AC adapter, I was able to achieve slightly over 350 Mb/s transfer rates over my LAN. That's literally insane. Of course, that's at closer ranges, but the speeds at longer ranges are still faster than the competition I've compared it against.
This router also features the fastest hard drive access I've ever witnessed. I connected a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive to it and was achieving almost 100 MB/s transfer rates, which totally decimates the Archer C7/C8, as well as Netgear's R6200 (all recent routers I've tested).
eSATA support is a nice touch. I didn't have any Esata drives around to test with this router, but my past experience with eSATA has been very good. My guess is that any hard drive attached via eSATA will match or maybe even outperform a USB hard drive. Most routers don't support eSATA anymore so I was happy to see this option.
Setup is simple. A CD is provided but not required. It's just provided in case the end-user needs to view the manual before getting online. Linksys encourages you to go online and use it's smart Wi-Fi webpage to configure the router, but us power users can easily do it the old fashioned way.
As far as security goes, the WRT1900AC supports all the latest security standards, including WPA 2 Enterprise with a RADIUS server.
Overall, the performance of this router is simply phenomenal. Over the last year, companies like ASUS have released some models that will outperform this model, but they are gonna run you around $100 more at the least.
Cons: Default FW is limited feature wise. This has always been one of Linksys's drawbacks. They just don't offer all the advanced features you should have when shelling out $250 for a router. you can get by with what they offer for the most part, but power users will crave more functionality. Thankfully, OpenWRT is fully supported out of the box.
2.4Ghz performance is strangely disappointing. It's acceptable, but it noticeably slower than other newer routers I've tested. If you have a lot of older Wi-Fi devices on your network, you may want to make a note of this.
Some people may find that the aesthetics (a throwback to the old 2002 days) a little ugly compared to the current crop of routers. Personally, I think it looks like a beast!
Other Thoughts: The disappointing 2.4Ghz performance and the limited feature set of the default FW kept me from giving this a five egg rating. Other than that, this is an absolutely phenomenal router. The performance is blistering. I'd recommend installing OpenWRT if you're a power user. The price could be a bit lower, but honestly the hardware itself is worth it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Excellent build quality, which Corsair is well-known for with all their products. I knew I was in for a treat when I opened up the UPS box and saw just how big and heavy this sucker was. It was very well packaged and even featured a sample of both textured surfaces on the front, so you could test them out with your finger before even opening it up. Nice touch Corsair...
After removing the MM600 from it's packaging I was even more impressed with what I saw. Solid aircraft grade aluminum with four rubber feet. It just feels like quality in my hands... Features a heavy-textured side for precise tracking and a smooth-textured side for fast paced gaming. I absolutely love the smooth side myself and I think most people will, but it's nice to have the option of switching it up if the situation calls for it.
I tested this pad with a Corsair M90 mouse which features an Avago ADNS-9500 laser sensor. I find that the tracking is 100% accurate even at the highest DPI setting. My mouse literally feels like it's hovering over the pad when I move it as there is virtually no resistance at all. Overall, this is just a sick mouse pad and it definitely improves my gaming experience.
The heavy-textured side feels very rough to the touch, but in use my mouse actually glided over it smoother than I thought it would. I could see how it would help if I was sniping in an FPS game, or playing any game that required slow, accurate mouse movements. It virtually eliminates those unwanted jerky moves we all hate so much.
This pad is big, but not abnormally large to a point that makes it impractical for most desks. I actually have a small desk and was able to fit it on by just repositioning my 24 inch monitor slightly.
Cons: I'm really reaching here to find anything bad to say about this pad. The heavy-textured side feels so rough to the touch that it makes me wonder how well it would hold up. Of course, I cannot comment on that as I have only been using it for a short time, but I wouldn't be surprised if the texture wore smooth after a while.
It's a little pricey for a mouse pad, at least to the average Joe. That said, it's worth the cost considering the quality.
Other Thoughts: I have nothing more to say other than go buy this puppy right now if you're in the market for a new pad. You won't be let down, I promise you that! Good job Corsair!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link SharePort Go Mobile Companion Rechargeable Battery (DIR-506L)
Pros: It's very compact. The unit can actually fit in most pockets. It's pretty amazing when you consider this device is a fully functional router in such a small package.
Has multiple features, some of which are useful in theory.
Web based configuration isn't quite up to the standard of most modern routers, but it's fairly robust considering the scope of this device. Of course the simplified mobile apps help to make configuring this router much easier, which is a plus for the less tech savvy folks.
Battery life isn't too bad considering the size of the battery that's included. It's also removable so you can replace it in the future if needs be.
Cons: Sadly I don't have that many good things to say about this device. I've had nothing but trouble with it since I started testing it a week ago.
I never could get it set-up the way I wanted it. First I tried using the web based configuration utility, which can be accessed by connecting to the device from any web browser. Every time I reached the point where I was ready to save my settings, the browser would hang after I clicked "save settings" or "connect". I thought perhaps it was the browser I was using, so I tried Chrome and Dolphin on my smartphone, but the issues remained.
I then decided to use the QRS mobile app that D-Link created to configure this device. I found it to be severely lacking. First of all, it only lets you choose one mode of operation (DHCP router). I couldn't find a way to configure the device as a Wi-Fi hotspot using the QRS app, which is what I wanted all along. To make things worse, the QRS app behaved exactly as the web based utility did for me, which means the settings wouldn't stick in the end because the app just hangs at the last step. VERY frustrating to say the least.
I couldn't even get this device to operate in Wi-Fi hotspot mode. I did manage to get it to function as a DHCP router, however I could no longer configure it once I did (couldn't connect via the web based utility, nor the QRS app). In the end I had to reset the unit so I could configure it again.
I was able to get some settings to stick, but I could not change the default operating mode at all, because it would hang every time. Perhaps I could have found a way to get it to work if I would have continued messing with it, but after a couple hours I became highly frustrated and decided to just give up. Mind you, I'm the type of person that loves to tinker with hardware and advanced settings, but in this case I had enough. I did check the FW version, but it already had the latest update installed...
I also question the practicality of this device. One of the features is that it can charge your smartphone, however the battery is far too small to be useful (1700 mAh). My Galaxy Note 3 sports a 3200 mAh battery for crying out loud.
Secondly, I don't see much use for a portable router in general, unless you travel a lot and happen to stay at hotels that charge for wi-fi. In that case you can use it to create your own network to share the internet connection.
Furthermore, the most useful feature in my opinion is the ability to stream media to multiple devices via the DLNA capabilities. But the 506L doesn't have any built in storage, so you are required to use USB flash drives to share media. This is inconvenient. I would have liked to have seen at least 32GB of onboard memory. The USB port used for sharing media doesn't support USB 3.0 either...
Other Thoughts: I can't recommend the 506L considering all the issues I had with it. Even if it did function as advertised, it still isn't very practical considering that it's lacking the hardware needed to really take advantage of the features (e.g. onboard memory). On paper it looks really neat, but in reality it falls flat. Perhaps the next gen model will get everything right.READ FULL REVIEW
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