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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: A good looking simultaneous dual-band router with performance that is on par with the current technology. A good buy for anyone wanting to upgrade their network from the older, slower connections. TP-Link Web interface reamins to be one of the easier ones to understand in my opinion.

Cons: The only negative issues I found with this router is that there is no USB 3.0 and the switch for the wireless is very tiny and if there is a USB device plugged into the port next to the switch it becomes very difficult to work the switch if your hands are as large as mine.

Other Thoughts: As I have noted with other TP-Link products 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. The AC1750 is a black, sleek looking wall mountable unit and will go with any décor, I personally have a preference for black for any of my electronics.

Initial setup through the web browser is quite straight forward, and the web interface is as I have come to know with TP-Link is very detailed and easy to navigate. The menu down the left side of the web page has all the settings listed and when any particular page is open the help topics are also available on the right side of the page, no need to hunt for the help topics in a separate section. Any time you are going to replace your Router / Modem it is worth while to make a note of the old settings, it can save you a call to your ISP or local tech guru if things do not go smoothly.

There are two USB ports that will allow the connection of USB storage devices or Printers. User accounts can be made to utilize the router as a Media / FTP server as well, all you need is to connect a large capacity USB drive to hold the media you want to serve up. It is a feature that will allow access to 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 making large files available to friends / family.

Dual Band (2.4Ghz / 5Ghz) wireless availability and gigabit connections are on par with todays expectations in a router, with enough speed to handle most any home or even small business use. The external removable/replaceable antenna are a must have in my opinion, the ability to upgrade an antenna (or two) is a great option if needed. There is a physical on/off switch for the wireless on the back of this device next to the power pushbutton, if you experience issues with your wireless not showing up be sure this tiny switch did not get inadvertently turned off. Bandwidth Control is available and easy to invoke on both Egress and Ingress.

TP-LINK continues to put forth devices that I continue to find agreeable in price and quality. The brand has commanded a serious look and has the ability to handle your network needs. 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 the AC1750 to any of my clients.

IP & MAC Binding is a nice feature allowing to utilize the DHCP for most connections yet allowing for a way to maintain specific lan addresses for specific MAC addresses. Dynamic DNS and IPv6 support is also available if needed.

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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent Power 02/06/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: Decent size portable power, will fit unobtrusively into a pack or bag with any other electronics.
The USB cable provided is satisfactory in length and can be used for either charging other devices that have micro usb or for charging the unit itself from the computer or an AC/DC USB Charger.

Cons: Not a con per say but I will most likely look for a Right Angle Micro / USB connectors to use with this as it will facilitate placing it into a pack on its side with less stress on the connectors.

Other Thoughts: After giving the device the initial full charge I was able to obtain two full charges from this device for my Visualand PRO10 tablet, and still get a charge on my cell phone. I would say the power is decent enough, but time will tell how many cycles it will hold up to.
As is the case with any rechargable equipment, how you treat it in respect to fully draining the power before recharging does to a great extent dictate the useful number of charging cycles the device can withstand.

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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.

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Date Joined: 03/18/06

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