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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 Full On Contender With The Big Dogs 01/04/2015

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

Pros: Packaging is strong enough you shouldn't have to worry about shipping damage, and is not overkill for the size of the router.

A very nice looking device, not something you feel you have to hide away in a closet somewhere. Although this model is white and silver in color and will go with any décor, I personally have a preference for black for any of my electronics.

The “Basic” home screen offers a Network Map which is a useful page and will allow you to see connected devices, wireless passwords, printers and USB devices that are connected, and the status of the internet connection.

The side bar menu makes navigating through the router very easy, in both the Basic tab and the Advanced. Any section of settings that you need to access and change warns you of possible additional settings that you may need to change as well in red text, most pertaining to the NAT Boost function.

The parental control section gives you complete control over any activity on the LAN and lets you assign a specific address of parental computer, any setting changes must be made from that PC, so lock-down is even more controllable, the usual Mac and IP filters can be applied.

There are two USB ports that will allow the connection of USB storage devices via network neighborhood and FTP. A USB Printer can also be accessed through the router but at the current time it is a Windows only feature. Access these devices across you LAN or even remotely from the internet if you so desire, setting up a login and strong password would be a necessity for remote access if you choose the later, but could prove very useful in sending large files to friends / family.

Signal strength and range is good, even on the 2.4Ghz side it is stronger than the old Li***ys router I am currently using. They are both in my shop which is an out building, so the signal has to go through two exterior walls plus the one interior wall that are between them and my PC. I also applaud the fact that the antennae can be removed and replaced with larger ones or ones that you can place remotely. I always recommend external and replaceable antennae.

TP-LINK Tether app for android is a handy feature.

Cons: A USB Printer can also be accessed through the router but at the current time it is a "Windows only feature". There is only one position you can set it up in, the stand should be removable so you can fasten this to the wall, or cofigurable so you can stand it in a different position.

Other Thoughts: TP-LINK has never been a brand that I have considered much in the past, the design and features incorporated into this router are easy to understand, navigate, and well conceived. It is worth a serious look and I will certainly put this router through more strenuous tests as time allows. So far I am pleased with what I see and taking into consideration the quality of other TP-LINK items I have reviewed in the past I would have no issues with recommending this to any of my clients.

Aside from the fact that the printer sharing is tied to proprietary systems (and there is really no need of it), this router seems to perform very well in features, ease of use, and wireless range. Routers in general should have no preference as to what OS is connecting to them in regards to the services they can offer, the fact that Windows is the only OS supported by the Printer share feature is enough to deduct one egg from an otherwise 100% score in my opinion.

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

4 out of 5 eggs Netgear USB3.0 Wireless adapter 11/29/2014

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

Pros: Speed increase over a USB2.0 device is noticeable but not by leaps and bounds, range is the greatest asset with this adapter. The portable USB dock allows placement away from the PC or other possible interfering electronics. Netgear Genie makes setup a snap.

Cons: very little Linux support, I would not recommend this adapter for those that run Linux systems.

Other Thoughts: Speed increase over a USB2.0 device is noticeable but not by leaps and bounds, range is the greatest asset with this adapter. Please keep in mind that the speed you see over the wlan will be faster, but in many cases the actual connection to the internet is really the actual limiting factor for any devices connected to it.

This adapter is very easy to set up on Windows and Mac with the included directions and media. Netgear's Genie is a very easy to use interface and through its many incarnations I have used, continues to be very simple and useful.

The support for Windows and Mac is certainly not lacking, however, it falls extremely short in the Linux community and unfortunately this seems to be a running trend with Netgear wireless adapters. This adapter can be made to function on Linux (at least on Ubuntu 14.04) but it does take a good knowledge of the terminal, kernel, and it's modules to get it set up and functioning. There is no simple .deb or .rpm package to download and install to get this device working easily. It took me nearly 2 hours to get the system set up correctly to be able to use this device, I am not certain that the difference in speed with this device is really worth the aggravation, there are other adapters out there that are literally plug-and-paly with the Linux systems.

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

Pros: Very slim and attractive case. Data transfer rates seem to be on mark with what you should expect from USB3.0. Windows and Mac support.

Cons: Proprietary software that gobbles up a portion of the space available. Formatted to NTFS so may not be plug & play with all systems. I personally rate this at 4 eggs rather than 5 because of its proprietary nature, it is not truely plug & play.
As stated by another reviewer, the pricing seems a bit out of whack if for only $20 or $30 more you can get the larger capacity model.

Other Thoughts: The case is very nice and being made of aluminum I would suspect it would help keep the drive running at a cooler temperature better than a plastic case would, although during all my torture the drive temps never showed any signs for concern.

Although I dislike having to install proprietary software on my PC, the WD Smartware is a very easy to understand software and installed and even updated to the current version without a hitch on my Windows 7 Ultimate box, alas as is usually the case there is no direct Linux support. The ability to include your dropbox account is a nice touch although there are other services out there that offer much better plans (10 to 20GB) for free as well. Hardware encryption could be a plus to some, especially if you are the type that drag this thing around with you wherever you go. For the normal Joe that leaves it sitting at home as a Backup destination leaves little use for it IMO.
The Pro software provides licensing for three computers once you register the product on the WD website.

Not exactly sure of why one would want (or is that need) to back up the files on the cloud? If the cloud servers mess things up you still have the files on your computer, if your computer messes up you still have the files in the cloud, and/or on your other devices that are synced with it. ???

I was able to transfer a 1.1GB file to the device in just over 30 seconds. Transferring files from a second USB3.0 device saw rates of 70 to 72 MB/s for a sustained period of time and the drives never seemed to get any warmer than about 105DegF

On a side note for those that use and maintain OpenSource computers, this drive does work equally well on Linux systems especially once you ditch all the proprietary software from its internals, which will also see the recovery of disk space so you actually get 1.0 TB (1,000,170,586,112 bytes).

Overall I am quite happy with the performance aspect of the drive, and would recommend it to those looking for a simple option for backing up their PC that runs Mac or Windows. I would equally recommend it to those running Linux as long as they want to deal with a total delete and reformat of the drive prior to use.


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