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This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
Pros: The interface continued to be refined which is pleasing. It’s easy to get this up and running with little configuration for most users. The Network map is pretty nice showing how each device is connected. LAN, 5GHz, or 2.4 GHz. It features simple guest access that like your internal WiFi can be configured for both 2.4 and 5 GHz letting you specify how many total guest connections you want to allow 5-50.
It has a feature to allow you to turn off Activity Lights. I enjoy this given I have it set in a room that at night the lights glowing could be annoying. You can turn them on should you wish to use them for troubleshooting with the click of a button.
DHCP Reservation has always been extremely simple with Linksys Systems and is just as simple in this model. I use this on my various systems so I don’t have to use a static IP in case I bring them elsewhere but to ensure they retain the same IP each time they return home.
I loaded up all 5 LAN ports and pushed traffic through. It seems the CPU can handle the transfer of all 5 LAN at 1Gbps which is nice as there are models that can’t push it.
I setup the VLAN, it allows for 2 additional VLAN, and was surprised how well it worked. It’ll let me keep my IP Cameras off my main routing network. Simple to turn on and off. Which really is how their whole interface is now. Simple and quick.
It allows DDNS. I setup my DnsDNS account which took about 5 minutes to register and pull through verifying it as functional.
A big selling point here is the additional external antenna.
My range given a few tweaks in the arrangement is higher than almost any router I’ve used. Using WiFi Analyzer I’m continually able to pull –45dBm to -35dBm at a range of more than 30 ft. away from the router itself. I also am in a high capacity condo with cement walls which makes 5 Ghz and powerful antenna a necessity. I can finally keep a constant steady 5Ghz stream going around the house.
Cons: Sometimes the antenna have trouble staying up on their own. I had tightened them over many times to no avail.
Linksys still refuses to add a PPTP sever to their routers. It’s available on a variety of other even lower end models and given the cost of this device a high end user has a good chance of wanting this. PPTP pass-through means I have to continue to host an OpenVPN or PPTP server elsewhere to connect on my LAN meaning more configuration.
Other Thoughts: Parental controls will let you block all access or specific sites from a device. It does work for some things but there are various sites I was able to still route through to given a bit of effort. I feel like you’d still be playing cat and mouse with end users a lot of the time.
I’ve kept this router running without a single reboot in 2 weeks. This isn’t a super long term test but no power cycles in that time works well for me.
This review is from: Rosewill SP-5330 - 2.1-Channel Subwoofer Speaker System for PCs - 25W RMS
Pros: I ordered these for my office and I am astounded at how they sound given the price. I expected to have little bass and tinny sounding treble but had no speakers so it would have served my need. It instead has somewhat full sounding bass and decent mid range.
Cons: The cables are short. I would have liked a lot more flexibility given I have to get the 2 desk speakers down into the sub. The cables are also a little cheap. I had a set that quickly snapped off into the speaker causing complete failure.
All controls are on the sub. Given most people including myself will put that on the floor you have to set your settings and then use other means to control it easily. It'd have been nice to have a separate control feed up or at least put some knobs on one of the two speakers to control.
Other Thoughts: The look of them is rather simple and plain. Not really a bad or good thing as they don't draw attention to themselves.
It works and it hasn't stopped working so as for that and given the stellar price for a set of 2.1 speakers I would get these again. In fact I have a set of Logitech speakers at home that are 2.1 and sound actually sound as good as these. The Logitech do have easier volume control and ability to jack headphones as passthrough but they also cost more and frankly I don't think they sound as nice again given the price range.
Pros: I installed this drive as a primary drive with Windows 8.1 in my desktop build. It worked as expected on install. It was surprising to have what felt like high end build quality for the casing around the drive. Generally the SSDs I’ve worked with are a flimsy plastic. This came with a metal plate and screws to make it easy for install.
I loaded up a few tests with Crystaldiskmark to give a rundown on speed and this drive was performing an average of 5MB/s faster than the Samsung EVO 840 that I’ve been using on writes. My reads were about 10MB/s slower however. These are almost negligible numbers but depending on what you intend to do they could be valuable.
It was about 30MB/s faster than a Crucial M4 SSD in reads and 25MB/s faster in writes. The Crucial is an older model drive however and this would come as expected to me.
I did some butterfly and straight through tests on HD Tune which performed admirably. Given it’s an SSD and most tests here are designed for spinning disk.
I installed various software and games keeping the drive near 80% capacity while testing which had no downsides to the performance.
Cons: I haven’t found a flaw for a desktop use in this drive after a month of use.
Other Thoughts: As a note I’ve had other drives fail in the past that are SSDs. Almost all failures happened within the first week of use after loading a great amount of data and using it. This drive not failing gives it promise that it should stand the test of SSD time.
Capacity wise if you’re a gamer you can likely fill a 240GB drive quickly and higher capacity may be of value. As for this drive it appears to be rock solid. The speed is on par with expectations and hopefully with more review sample size seeing a failure rate being low would make this an easy purchase.
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