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EnGenius ENS202EXT N300 High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor Access Point
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The interface is easy to use, but took a little getting used to the fact that some settings didn't get applied until you went to the save/apply page and committed the changes there.

Has a bunch of features.

It can act as a standard access point. It can act as a wireless to Ethernet bridge. It can act as a router.

Signal range in open air is amazing. I had one set up at my house and another down at my barn that I converted to a guest house about 300 yards away. The one at the house is acting as an access point, while the one at the barn is acting as a wireless to Ethernet bridge. The barn is wired, and uses the wireless signal to connect back to the house and out to the internet. This setup works great, but oddly the wireless signal from the house can't be picked up inside the barn at all. Even in the shed only about 50 yards from the house the wireless signal is very weak. It seems the signal put out by this access point doesn't like going through walls.

Being able to adjust the broadcast power was nice, even if the options were a little limited. Most access points don't give the option, the power it is set at from the factor is the power you are stuck with.

It includes all the mounting hardware you need. It has screws and anchors for wall mounting, as well as a handy stick on template for where to drill the holes. It also has zip ties for pole mounting.

The antennas are nice and rigid, they feel very strong. I've had other outdoor access points that felt like a strong breeze would take off the antennas.

Cons: Ok, I'm going to say I took 3 eggs off right away because of the proprietary PoE injector. At first I thought they just included the PoE injector in case someone needs to use it. However, after reading the documentation it became clear that you HAVE to use the PoE injector they provide, because they are using some kind of proprietary PoE. PoE is already a standard, and it works perfectly fine with outdoor equipment. There is absolutely no reason to use something proprietary. I was hoping to use this with my 8-Port PoE switch like all my other access points, but it clearly says not to use this access point with standard PoE equipment. The manual claims you can damage the access point if you do this! How stupid!

Plus, using injectors is fine if you have one or two access points, but what if you have more than that? My network closet would look like a tangled mess with all the wall warts and injectors required to wire up 4 of these.

Also, I took another egg off for not including an Ethernet cable in the box. If you are going to force me to use two network cables when only one should be needed, you better include at least one in the box.

Other Thoughts: Overall this access point has potential, but the proprietary PoE just kills it. There is no excuse for requiring proprietary equipment when there is already an industry standard in place.

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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
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easily installs in open PCI-E x1 slot. Almost every modern computer has one of these slots available on the motherboard. It also works in an x4, x8, or x16 slot if you don't have an x1 slot on your motherboard.


This adapter worked way better, and provided way better connection speeds than any USB adapter I've used. I'm sure this is due to the higher power delivered to the card through PCI-E as well as the external antennas.

User replaceable antennas are very nice. I popped on 3 high gain antennas and the signal was excellent.

The throughput was the best I've ever experienced though wireless. Almost as good as a gigabit wired connection. For everything except file transfers I couldn't tell the difference with this card over a wired gigabit connection. File transfers were a little bit slow, topping out at about 90MB/s compared to about 120MB/s over gigabit, but still that is every respectable for wireless.

The card looks really nice. The black PCB and black heatsink really fit in with modern custom computers. Nothing annoys me more than building a nice computer with a window, with mostly black components and either red or blue accent coloring, only to have the whole thing thrown off by a green or brown wireless card. I've even resorted to painting wireless cards in the past because they were so ugly and didn't fit in with the rest of the computer. It is really nice to see an all black card that fits in with pretty much any computer build. Black goes with everything!

Cons: There were really only minor cons, nothing to really even take an egg away for.

My only real gripe with this card is the tiny antennas it comes with. Being in the back of a computer, I would have actually preferred antennas on wires, like what comes with most motherboards with build in wireless. So that the antenna can be positioned away from the back of the case a little bit. Otherwise, having the antennas at the back of the case can actually cause the metal case to block a good bit of the signal.

Other Thoughts: I threw the driver CD out right away and downloaded the latest driver from TP-Link's website. I had no problem getting this card up and running in both Windows 7 and 8.1.

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router is great for anyone looking to upgrade to Wireless AC on a budget. It performs very well, easily outperforming my ASUS RT-N66U Wireless N router.

The two USB ports are nice to see. I used one share a printer and the other port connected to a hub to share a pair of USB hard drives. Everything works perfectly.

Setup was straight forward and easy. Once logged into the web GUI setting up the router was just as easy as any other router I've used. The layout might have been a little easier to navigate but all the important settings were there.

It is nice to see detachable antennas, but it was disappointing to learn they were the 5.0GHz antennas and the 2.4GHz were internal.

It was nice to see a wifi on/off switch, but I can't really think of a time I'd use it. Though I know there are some people that are really paranoid and don't actually want wifi and like a hardware switch to turn it off.

Cons: Combining the reset/wps button was kind of odd to me. They should be kept separate. Because they are combined you have to go through a rather odd process to reset the router if you have to do that.

Also, I prefer the WPS button to be placed on the front of the router. I don't like it in the back because it can often be hard to reach. In my case, where my router is placed on the shelf, pulling the router out to hit the button is almost impossible with all the cables connected. When I first got the router and was connecting all my wireless devices I accidentally reached on the wrong side of the router and hit the power button. I eventually just started entering my WPA keys instead of using the WPS button.

All the LEDs are really bright, brighter than other routers I've used. If this was in my bedroom I don't think I could sleep.

The glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet! I like glossy finishes, and I've seen some that don't take fingerprints, but this one definitely does.

Other Thoughts: For the price this router can't really be beat. This is probably the best AC router you can get for the price. I'd expect to pay over $100 for a router of this caliber, but this router comes in at a fair bit less than $100. Functionally this router is awesome, it just has some minor design issues.

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