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This review is from: Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
Pros: Plenty of radios
Somewhat future proof
Attractive Sleek Design
Great loooong power cord. Longest I have seen
Good phone support
Cons: Lousy and Horrid Documentation
Absence of configuration options
Sets up with both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands named the same
Poor range on all three radios
USB 2. Seriously, Why even bother? Put two USB 3
Other Thoughts: I had problems with Linksys AC3200 from the get go. I always follow the set up directions exactly for routers because I don't want problems caused by me. Setup of the AC3200 was no different. I did as described in the quick setup guide. The first problem I had was terribly slow internet connectivity on all computers connected via ethernet. Seriously, it was almost as bad as dial-up. I took the router down put the old router back up and experienced great connectivity. It is the router...Right? After a few days and when I had time to troubleshoot I hooked the Linksys AC3200 back up and ethernet connectivity was OK. Why ? I have no idea.
This is a top of the line and as of today a $260 router. For that price I want configuration options and they are few. Linksys
targets this router for people that want lots of wireless power and don't want to diddle with the router or the software so I can see why their are very few config options BUT why not include "Advanced Mode"
For the life of me I could not get my wireless desktop to connect on the 5 GHz band. I online chatted with support.
They told me I had to name my 5GHz network something other then the default if I didn't only the 2.4ghz network will be seen.
I asked where is that info in the documentation? No reply to that question. We continued on and later I asked again.. Where is this info in the support docs?
Finally I did nothing but ask the question where is this info in the docs? Then I got this reply "I apologize if these information are not on the documentation for the router."
And it wasn't. Sad.
In Pros I wrote that tech support was good. And it is they solved my problem. I used the anectode to illustrate the terrible docs.
In a nutshell for a router at this price that touts itself as an easy-to-use, plug and play solution it comes up waaaaayyyyyy short. Wireless signal strength to all my devices was less then
the router I use that cost 1/3 the price. After a week of use I started having ethernet slowdown issues again...P U
I can't recommend EA 9200 based on my experiences
Included software worked like a charm
Cons: At the price.... some extras....screws?
Other Thoughts: Dropped this into a Celeron G1820 Processor system on a budget ECS mATX board with a SATA II HD. What did take about a minute to boot now hits the desktop ready for action in about 15 seconds. Win 7 action score for the drive is 7.9. I used the included cloning software to clone the old 250 GB HD to the 850 and it took less then 10 minutes and gave me no problemsREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI H81M-E34 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Good Price
MSI makes good stuff (usually)
PCB does not seem flimsy at all
Four pin fan header
Two onboard USB 2 connectors for front panel USB <--BIG
One usable PCI-E slots after double size video card installed
Plenty of USB 3.0 ports
Spiffy UEFI BIOS that is easy enough to navigate
MSI has very extensive forums that provides good support but the mods can get bugged easy when you point out they are wrong.
SO FAR...No problemo with the USB 3.0 hearders
Cons: Only four SATA ports, only two 6Gb/s
The board needs a PCI slot
One PCI-E slot covered when using double sized vidcard
Goofy placement of system panel header. They are usually in the lower right. On this board they are located lower central. Makes a minor difference.
From the manual:
"Plug all the wires from the computer case into the M-Connector
and then plug the M-Connector into the motherboard."
NO M-connector in my box :-(
Small pamphlet size manual
I would prefer that fan speed in BIOS have slow, normal and high
rather then a graph with sliders. I can't turn my fans down as low as I would like..used inline resistors.
Other Thoughts: I like the board and though I listed cons I knew most of that listed before purchase.
I did not want to spend more then I did on a m-ATX
board that will be used with a Celeron G1840 (good CPU BTW)
as a secondary system that I use to test hardware and software.
The build was easy enough and would have been easier if I had not spent 20 minutes trying to hook the system panel headers to the wrong header. It is times like this that I kick myself cause I know so much and don't need to look at the manual properly.
HA HA on me.
Of course it ain't ALL my fault. The picture in the manual does NOT match whats on the board. I am pretty sure that the connectors I was attempting to attach the system pins to is a serial port header...problem is there is no picture of it in the manual.
I like the extra small size of this m-ATX board. I have it mounted in a Mid-Tower ATX case. There is plenty of room to work.
There is an extensive forum sponsored by MSI...just don't point out the moderators shortcomings...you know how THEY are.
I can think of no reason you should not purchase this board as long as it has all the hook ups you need and you don't mind the manual being wrong.
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