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Linksys EA6400 Smart Wi-Fi Router - Dual Band AC 1600 Video Enthusiast IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works fine for 90% of the people who buy this. Didn't notice any speed issues.

Cons: It's not DD-WRT compatible, nor is it ever likely to be. Why is this an issue for me? I have 2 FTP servers that I like to access over the internet. No matter what I did, the firmware would not allow more than one FTP server to be accessible. I tried using different port forwarded ports, different IPs, and I even changed my NASs from a static IP outside of the DHCP pool to being inside the DHCP pool with a DHCP reservation. I simply could not access both FTP servers. Yes, I swapped their settings as well and I was able to access the other, so it's not a NAS issue. As I was able to do this quite painlessly on my old Netgear WNDR3700 with DD-WRT (which a storm killed), I suspected that it wasn't the hardware, but the firmware.

But with *VERY FEW* firmware updates available from Linksys (probably due to them being bought by Belkin from Cisco and they're favoring their own builds), while making the issue known to tech support with no answers to date, and their website forums being stumpped, I then made a similar mistake on purpose and bought an EA6500.

Why? Well, I knew there was definite DD-WRT builds for that one, but I wanted my question answered as to whether it was a firmware limitation or not. I set the EA6500 up the SAME WAY.... and got the same problem. After flashing it with a good DD-WRT firmware, I set it up similarly to my WNDR3700 and.... it worked! Both of my NASs are now available via FTP again.

Other Thoughts: I am keeping my EA6400 though as I believe I can still use it as a decent wireless bridge. Eventually I'll have time to set that up.

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NETGEAR R6300 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Pretty good with a little help 05/06/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R6300 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n

Pros: The stock firmware isn't bad, but can be upgraded to either the lastest stock firmware or to DD-WRT (google it). DD-WRT gives you numerous extra features over stock; most important to many here is it will give you the ability to pump a higher transmit power, which will improve the range of the router.

Cons: This is a refurbished router. The three we have purchased didn't look quite new, but all three are performing like champions.

Other Thoughts: From what I've read, if you intend to use these as a wireless bridge, DD-WRT might not be the way to go as it limits the ethernet connections to 100mbps instead of gigabit. With that in mind, it's still plenty of bandwidth to have more than one 1080p streams running at the same time over the ac side of things.

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Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad. Workable. 12/05/2013

This review is from: Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera

Pros: I got this on sale here at NewEgg. (I'd advise waiting for another sale.) IR works great.

Cons: Support in my WebcamXP wasn't exactly out of the box, but it ran fine on a Foscam camera setting until I got everything updated. Much like my Foscams, it has color issues which may put off some, but it doesn't keep you from seeing what's going on. It's a little tricky finding drivers/support on the Zmodo website.

Other Thoughts: These kinds of IP/IR cameras are best used for recording indoors. I do have two similar models recording out a window, but you have to disable their IR to be able to see anything at night because the IR will bounce back off the window and blind the camera.

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Date Joined: 04/01/01

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  • Last Review: 07/17/14
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