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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
Pros: Pretty easy to install, just pop it into an open pci-e 1x slot (or pci-e 8x/16x slot), and start the pc and insert the included driver CD and install the drivers, thats it.
Has a heatsink on it though I am not sure if it needs it because the card and heatsink didnt feel that hot after some stress tests. Better to have it then not for poorer vented cases.
Supports both AC 5ghz and 2.4ghz bands which is very good as long as you have a router that can output those bands which my TP-Link Archer C8 does. I maxed out my connection for wi-fi.
Three antenna's instead of the more standard single antenna for better overall connection quality.
Cons: As someone already pointed out the card seems to be "low profile ready". I removed the bracket and put it into low profile pc to see if it was and it does indeed fit. So why not include the low profile bracket? It does not make sense considering the price this adapter costs. It could have been another selling point for it and increase product compatibility especially with the htpc crowd.
Normally I would advise to just forget about the included drivers on the CD but when I went to download the latest T8E from TP-Link's website there was nothing but pictures in the download section. So you need to the CD, if you lose it you have no way to use the product for the time being.
Other Thoughts: I used an TP-Link Archer C8 router on a 85mbps up and 85mbps down Verizon FiOS connection for testing.
Its a great card but it is on the pricy side, but if you need to have a wireless connection something like this is the way to go if you have a router to keep up with it.
Pros: The initial setup phase was very easy, within a few minutes all the basic stuff was set up and the router was ready to go.
Guest accounts are a great feature to allow users to access your internet but dont want to tell them your main login information. My password is very long and complex so it helps that you don;t have to keep giving it out to everyone.
Physical wireless on and off switch. With other routers you usually have to cycle through settings menu's to switch this feature off.
Has an on/off rocker switch, so in the event that you do need a simple router reset just toggle the switch instead of having to pull the power cord out.
Does not require to reset the router when changes are made in the settings. It only saves about 10-15 seconds but its still a neat feature.
The amount of different settings in the router menu is huge, it can almost rival third party firmware's like DD-WRT in that regard. The router has the same type of options of router that cost more then double.
Has two USB ports, one at USB 2.0 and the other at USB 3.0 for attaching external storage devices to created networked storage drives.
For the size the router is surprisingly light weighing a little less then two pounds.
Dual band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz for optimal connection and speed.
WPS button which is more or less standard on all routers these days.
Cons: Overall router design is a little quirky. It can only stand up vertical and cannot be laid down flat or mounted on a wall. With the three antennas installed the unit is fairly tall, so make sure you have sufficient room to accumulate it before purchase.
The router built in menu and navigation for setting were not that good past initial setup. Someone who has trouble with more complex technology will most likely have alot of trouble trying to change basic settings where as experienced users should not have much trouble with it.
The way USB external storage devices are shared over the network when plugged into this router could have been better. You must type a special address provided by the router every time you want to access the storage device over the network instead of the device just showing up as shared network storage in windows explorer.
Other Thoughts: It says it can detect where you devices are and increase the network strength in that particular direction but I tested it in a few different places and really haven't noticed any difference between it and other routers.
Currently there is no DD-WRT available for this router, only the C7. It should come out soon, the sooner the better to get rid of the bad menu's.
This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Pros: Has three different bands providing Wi-Fi internet to various devices with a theoretical max speed up to 3.2Gbps.
Good quality internal components powering this router including a 1ghz dual-core processor and 256MB ram along with 128GB flash memory for the firmware.
SmartConnect is a good feature to allow the router to choose the best possible band for that specific device.
EZ Mobile Connect is a pretty interesting feature allowing devices to connect with just a QR code and allows guests to connect as well. I did a basic test with the app and it worked good, was able to connect without entering any passwords.
Features one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port allows you to hook up external hard drives and flash drives to the router and turn them into network storage devices. I tested it with a Western Digital MyBook 1TB USB 2.0 hard drive and a Corsair 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive and both worked fairly well transferring over the network, speed transfers fell well into expected ranges for each device.
A button on the back of the router allows you to turn off almost all of the LED's except for power which is good if you have this in a bedroom or living room so it wont be distracting.
The router runs netgear's Genie firmware which is very user friendly, inexperienced users should be able to go through the setup process pretty easily. The firmware does have features that appeal to the power user aswell.
The router can be wall mounted which is always a great option to keep it out of the way since this router is pretty large.
Cons: The unit is very large side compared to other routers, power inverter could have been put inside it considering its size.
Antennas seem very delicate, make sure to put it in a safe place where it wont get bumped into or knocked over.
The router is pretty pricey compared to other similar spec routers.
The router is made of plastic, for the price it would have had a metal casing instead.
8 switch ports could have been included instead of 4 ports and those ports could have had POE support.
Other Thoughts: While the onboard firmware is pretty good, unfortunately there is no DDWRT support, not yet anyway.
This router is recommended for the power user who wants tons of options and has tons of devices connected over wireless, for most regular home users you may want to look at something more lower end to suit your needs rather then spend alot of money on features you do not need and will not use.
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