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TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great travel router 08/19/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: Took it on vacation with me a week ago to test it as a "travel" router and it worked flawlessly. Had no issues using it with networks where I was staying, and it worked perfectly as both an AP and repeater.

It's cheap

Can share both wired and wifi connections

Easy to set up and configure even for use with a VPN

Cons: Only thing I found myself thinking about this was "I wish it were able to perform this well but be even smaller". It's a little bulky as a travel adapter. No big deal though - the performance is a lot better than some smaller adapters I've used in the past.

Other Thoughts: If you want a little router for the go, this is easy to recommend! Inexpensive, works well, and no meaningful downsides!

NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Cheap but good 07/09/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas

Pros: Easy to setup
Very cheap
Has very reliable signal at close and medium ranges (I have pretty good signal with this router anywhere on the same floor of the house and above/below it on the second floor and basement).

Did I mention it's cheap?

Cons: Limited to 2.4 GHz band. Not a big deal given the price, but the 2.4 GHz band can have a lot more interference on it from other devices compared to 5 GHz and it feels notably dated to me to use a 2.4 GHz only router.

As you'd expect from a router in this price range, it does not have great signal strength at large distances (more distant rooms of my second floor and basement)

Other Thoughts: I've got a two story three bedroom house - nothing too fancy - and this router does an OK job serving wifi to everything in the house. If you need wifi and need it on the cheap, this router is easy to recommend. However, if you need 5 GHz support, longer range, or are just looking to upgrade your wifi quality from what you get from your ISP's modem/router, you will want something more expensive than this.

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 week to 1 month

Pros: Great signal strength, great transfer speeds (20 MB/s = ~160 Mbps wireless transfers on my home network), no problems with drivers or installation.

Not much else to say, really... it's fast, reliable, not too expensive, and not too complicated.

Cons: You need a good wireless AC router to be able to take advantage of the speeds.

Takes up a PCI-e slot in your PC, which may be bad for some builds (e.g. you cannot use both this and a dedicated graphics card for an ITX build since you only get one PCI-e slot)

Other Thoughts: Great little adapter. Performs a little better than the USB wireless AC adapters I've got, so I give this an easy recommendation if you want something a little more reliable and have the PCI-e slot to spare!


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Date Joined: 06/07/05


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