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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.
Pros: Extremely small, fits in the palm of your hand.
Cables connect in the back of the unit, some manufacturers have started making switches for home use that cables connect in the front. While this would be fine if those were rack mounted switches or business class, they are not and shouldn't be designed in that matter.
Power plug is angled sideways so it doesnt block other outlets.
When powered on, the device cannot be heard which is to be expected.
Unit stays cool to the touch and barely feels warm after staying on for 24 hours straight.
Very low power consumption, my old switches used almost thirteen times as much electricity as this one does. It also shuts off power on a specific port when it detects there is no cable present or the device is not turned on.
Cons: The switch is too lite, I had to weigh it down with something heavy to prevent the cables from lifting or moving it.
Ethernet cable could have been included in the box, even it was a cheap six foot cable, its still better then no cable.
Only 10/100 Mbps, while this might be fine for regular internet usage since there are few internet providers that even push the 100Mbps boarder except for G Fiber, my internet speed is only 85Mbps. For connecting computers together and FTPing files across the network its very dated compared to 1000Mbps switches.
Activity lights are a little on the bright side, I just got a small piece of dark paper and taped over it.
Other Thoughts: I suggest getting this device only if you just want to connect to the net and split your connection across multiple devices. If you want to move files across the network to different computers then look into a gigabit switch instead or if you have an ISP that is currently providing higher then 100Mbps to your house.
You should use Cat5e cables with this.
Pros: When unboxing this printer, I was surprised to see this printer included a second set of color ink carts and an XL black cart.
Assembly was fairly easy and can be done by one person, only needing to connect about 3 different pieces together. Setup and initialization took about ten to fifteen minutes which mainly consisted of printing a test page and adjusting the heads for optimal printing quality.
The printer features two paper trays, each capable of of holding 250 pages each or 500 pages total. The second tray is optional if you wanted to reduce the height of the unit by about four to five inches. You can put two different kinds of paper into the two trays and switch between them on the fly. The trays come out of the printer for easy loading, and standard paper sizes are already marked so you know where to move the paper size adjusters
The touch screen is very bright and vivid and was easy to use. Responsiveness was high and the menus were well designed and easy to navigate. The touchscreen also rotates out to be able to see it better when looking at it from above, a good touch compared to locked screens of other printers.
The copier is well designed, you can either load a bunch of paper to be copied into the auto feeder in which a sensor will detect it or you can choose to copy the classic way with the scanner bed. It features double sided scanning which has to be done manually and the scanning process was very quiet compared to regular injet all-in-one printers. The scanning process was quick. The scanner bed lid is spring loader when lifted locks into place so you do not have to hold it. Scanning on the printer its self without a computer I was able to go up to 600 dpi using the scanner bed and 300 dpi using the auto load scanner which I could print immediately, send to a computer, or save to a USB drive. Using a computer you can scan up to 1200 dpi.
I hooked the printer up to my network with a wired RJ-45 ethernet cord, it also featured wi-fi support for convenience. I was able to detect the printer with other computers on my network and windows automatically downloaded the drivers and was all set up. My android devices also detected it fine using the PrintHand application.
The fax feature is easy to use and is a very good feature because big box stores charge alot of money to fax even a few pages.An RJ-11 telephone cord was included in the box. I just plugged in a telephone cord and set it to test the fax function and was able to connect and print the test fax page.
The ink carts are very easy to load and are spring loaded compared to other printers. The touchscreen has a shortcut for to check ink levels so you do not have to navigate through menus to check it.
Printing like scanning is very quiet and was fairly quick.
Overall very satisfied with the features and usage.
Cons: The only real big cons for this printer is the size and weight. It takes up alot of desk space even without the second paper loader deck compared to regular home inkjet printers so make sure you have sufficient room before purchase.
The weight is another issue, by its self with the second paper loader the printer weighs about 35 pounds. Fully loaded with 500 sheets (one ream of printer paper) of paper bumps the weight up to around 40 pounds.
Sleep mode for some reason did not seem like it was working to me. I had set it to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity but the screen remains on. It might be just a software related issue a firmware update could solve.
The instruction manual included which was more of a quick start guide was lacking at best being only a few pages long. I was surprised a full size instruction manual was not included with a high end product like this.
A usb cable and ethernet cable could have been included in the box.
Other Thoughts: This printer is probably best geared for home, small to medium sized businesses, for regular home use it you might want to look for something a bit smaller unless you print alot of stuff.
I also investigated a claim by another reviewer that the printer will only scan 300 dpi. Using the built in "Windows Fax and Scan" software I was able to scan 1200 dpi just fine. So it might be a software problem on their end. Using only the printer alone you can go up to 600 dpi for the scanner bed and 300 dpi for the auto feeder.
The printer came with software on a CD but I recommend downloading the latest version on HP's website instead.
As far as ink goes, I recommend remanufactured carts over brand new carts. Three full sets of the remanufactured XL carts (12 carts) costs only $35 verses buying the same number of XL carts brand new original costs over $365. So you can see the real savings here. Remanufactured carts will not mess up your printer heads or printer in any way despite what companies will lead you to believe.