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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.

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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 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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OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Comes with 3.5" mounting adapter

Acronis software works fairly well if you need to clone a drive (though I don't recommend cloning an OS install from a HDD to an SSD unless you have to... Windows needs to be configured differently to work best on an SSD)

Performance is good - I get close to sustained 400 MB/s sustained reads/writes.

Price is just about right. This is not the fastest SSD on the market and it is priced accordingly.

3 year warranty

Cons: Should come with instructions for how to mount and format the drive. It's really easy to do, but if you buy this drive and aren't very tech savvy, you might have the same response some other reviewers have had below and just say "computer can't recognize the drive, it must be DOA" when you really just had to mount, partition, and format it.

Other Thoughts: Great little SSD. I'd highly recommend this as an OS drive - 240GB is the sweet spot for installing an OS, with room left over for a few programs or games if needed.

You don't need the fastest SSD in the market - in consumer applications, OS installations, and gaming, you would NEVER notice the difference in speed between something like this and a faster top of the line drive.

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