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ASUS VE247H Black 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Large size, 16:9 aspect ratio (1080p). DVI, HDMI connectivity. Zero dead pixels. Integrated speakers do the job. 100mm VESA mount support

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Used this as an upgrade to a small mini-pc mounted on the back of this thing via VESA for use in the kitchen. The integrated speakers are nothing fancy but do the job for my application. I've owned several Asus monitors over several years and have always been happy with their quality and price.

TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent 802.11ac dual band router for a great price 10/16/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network

Pros: The TP-LINK Archer C2 is an excellent, capable, and modern 802.11ac dual band router for a very affordable price. Not only does the Archer C2 give you wireless connectivity in the speedy 5GHz 802.11ac band, but also provides a concurrent 2.4GHz 802.11n band as well. One can choose which band what devices operate in based on bandwidth and/or device capability requirements (i.e. web browsing, email, and low bandwidth tasks in the 2.4GHz band and video streaming, gaming, and high bandwidth task in the 5GHz band). The theoretical total bandwidth available with the Archer C2 is 733 megabits per second (Mbps) - 433Mbps in 5GHz band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. Additionally, the Archer C2 provides backwards comp ability with 802.11a/n devices at 5GHz and 802.11b/g/n devices at 2.4GHz.

The rear of the Archer C2 features five gigabit (1000BASE-T) Ethernet ports (1 WAN and 4 LAN) for speedy wired connections, a WPS/reset button, wireless on/off button, power on/off button, AC adapter connection, single USB 2.0 port, and 2 external RP-SMA antenna connectors. The power on/off switch is a nice feature in case you want to physically power down the Archer C2 without having to pull the power cable. The wireless on/off button is also a nice feature in order to completely disable both wireless radios from the rear of the router without having to log into the firmware interface to power down or pull the power cable. The USB 2.0 port provides the capability to share a thumb drive or hard drive across the network, or to enable a printer or scanner for network use.

Cosmetically the Archer C2 is sleek and attractive with a shiny, texturized black top, removable antennas, and LEDs to indicate power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio use, and connection/activity for each of the 5 gigabit Ethernet ports. The LEDs are a subtle blue color and not overly bright in a dim or dark room.

Security standards used with the Archer C2 are the standard and modern WPA2/WPA2-PSK/WPA/WPA-PSK/WEP encryption. There is also the capability for parental control within the firmware as well as IP and MAC address filtering and binding – nice features for a router at this price. The Archer C2 also supports IPv6 and guest networks.

In my testing and wireless environment in my home I was receiving as to be expected 802.11ac speeds throughout my home and around my property. Link speeds were affected when the signal was traveling through multiple walls and at distances further out on my property - all to be expected. The 802.11g/n speeds in the 2.4GHz band were also as to be expected from the capability of both of these standards. The streaming of HD content was seamless in my environment in the 802.11ac and 802.11n bands. The firmware appears solid and required no unusual tweaking or rebooting of the router in my wireless testing.

Cons: The single USB 2.0 port on the rear of the Archer C2 works perfectly fine in sharing a thumb drive or hard drive across a network, though it will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds - which are quite slow compared to the latest USB 3.0 standard. If one is not particularly concerned with moving large amounts of data to and from a connected storage device this is of no concern, but one would certainly notice the slow speed. For networking a printer or scanner the USB 2.0 port speeds will be trivial and are of no concern. While a USB 3.0 port would have been ideal, the low price point of the Archer C2 with the USB 2.0 connectivity does not warrant the loss of an egg in my reviewing opinion.

Other Thoughts: The value proposition is quite compelling for the user who wants to upgrade their home network to the latest, fastest, wireless standard due to the Archer C2's list of features, reliability, and most importantly low price. The home user will find the 802.11ac capability robust and somewhat future proof while providing backward compatibility with 802.11g/n devices in currently in their network.

It is worth noting, as a disclaimer, that there are reviews out there that mention transfer speeds and/or connectivity without mentioning some basic environmental details in which a router is deployed. The advertised wireless speeds and actual real-world performance will vary in every situation and environment. External controlled and uncontrollable factors such as: wireless interference, home construction, device capabilities, distance, and/or weather and humidity are a named few sources. This affects all wireless devices, not just the Archer C2.

In the box you will find the Archer C2 router, two detachable omnidirectional antennas, power supply, resource/install CD, and a Cat5e Ethernet cable.

TP-LINK did an excellent job with the Archer C2 and one would be hard pressed to find a similarly spec'd 802.11ac dual band router at this price point. Well done TP-LINK!

NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs This is a powerhouse of an 802.11ac/n router! 09/22/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: The Netgear R8000 is one beast of a home router; providing 3 distinct WiFi bands for use on your network - one 2.4GHz 802.11n radio (that's also compatible with 802.11b/g) and two 802.11ac 5GHz radios (also compatible with 802.11a/n). The theoretical network throughput is a total of 3.2 gigabits per seconds (Gbps) - 600 megabits per second (Mbps) on the 802.11n 2.4GHz band, 1300 Mbps on the 1st 802.11ac 5GHz band, and another 1300 Mbps on the 2nd 802.11ac 5GHz band. As with any router actual speeds within a network are dependent on a variety of external factors.

The R8000 features a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running at a speedy 1GHz and 256MB total memory. The firmware powering this beast of a router goes by the sobriquet “Genie” which is a quite robust in options with a user-friendly GUI that both novices and power users will find attractive. Moreover, Netgear appears to be releasing updated firmware builds - based on previous versions release dates - to address consumer issues/bugs, and misc features. This shows a proactive approach to providing the consumer with the best experience and is a job well done by Netgear.

After unboxing and connecting the R8000 to me cable modem and hardwired to my main computer (via one of the four 1000BASE-T LAN ports) the router had identified the necessary network bits and had me online within about 5 minutes. Additionally, the R8000 features a “smart connect” feature within the Genie firmware that automatically places connected devices into different 5GHz 802.11ac channels based on current use and other network assignment. This is in effect a method of load balancing to ensure that the two 802.11ac bands can use their maximum bandwidth per channel.

The R8000 also features a wide array of convenience features commonly found on modern home routers; such as, networking printing, Airprint capability for Apple devices, 2 USB ports (1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0) for connecting USB storage and enabling them as NAS device, DLNA support, and feature to enable incremental backups to USB connected storage devices - just to name a few. There is also support for guest networks and overall security is provided by standard WPA/WPA2-PSK implementation.

Cosmetically the R8000 is an attractive device featuring a nice matte black external finish with 6 antennas that can be “unfolded” from the top of the device and moved into any convenient configuration. This gives the R8000 and interesting appearance that gives credence to the “Nighthawk” portion of its name. The LEDs on top of the R8000 show power, all 3 radio bands, Internet, both USB port use, and LAN port - as well as activity on each. It's a nice feature that the LEDs can be turned off completely or set to not show activity (not blink) if one desires. Overall, I did not find the LEDs to be overly bright or obnoxious though the ability to turn them off is a nice feature.

Cons: The R8000 is one pricey router - one of the most expensive home routers out there as of fall 2014. This is understandable being that there are 3 individual radios under the chassis as well as robust firmware. Moreover, the size of the R8000 is quite large compared to other home routers. At roughly 12 inches by 9 inches the R8000 takes up a bit of desktop real estate, though the option for wall mounting is available. These negatives do not warrant the loss of an egg in my reviewing opinion.

Other Thoughts: If you need a home router with a lot (think 10 or more) 802.11ac devices active on the network simultaneously then the R8000 is a fantastic choice. The two 802.11ac radios do a great job handling a ton of traffic at 802.11ac speeds. The 2.4GHz 802.11n band is also robust to handle your legacy devices. If you do not have a lot of 802.11ac devices on your network then the R8000 would be overkill for the capabilities offered for the price; but this could future-proof your home wireless network to some degree.

Additionally, being that there is considerable buzz on the Internet amongst the open source community one would expect so very powerful aftermarket firmware in the future. Some very interesting ideas have been brainstormed online with the availability of the 3 radios on the R8000. One of the most intriguing, in my opinion, is aftermarket firmware to use a single 5GHz radio and the 2.4GHz radio in a normal routing and access point mode, and use the second 5GHz band as an 802.11ac bridge.

In my testing the range and coverage of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands were comparable to other similar devices and configurations. With all wireless devices and routers the exact speeds, range, and overall coverage will vary greatly based on wireless environment, external devices, building construction, material obstructions, and weather, etc.

Lastly, the Netgear Genie firmware can be controlled via the normal web-interface or via a mobile app available for both Apple and Android devices. In the box you will find the R8000 router, a Cat5e Ethernet cable, a quick install guide, and a power adapter. If you can afford the hefty price the Netgear R8000 is an excellent choice to expand a bandwidth hungry home network. Well done Netgear!


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