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ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fairly fast router, wired. Wireless is a different story... A bunch of useless junk you'd think you'd use but once you read up on requirements and try to make use of those features you find out it's not worth it.

Cons: Where do I start? This router is a piece of doodoo. I've gone through 3 of them already. First one decided to go to the blink of death after a firmware update to fix instability issues (firmware doesn't fix it by the way, the second 2 routers have the same issues). Second one refused to turn on anymore. And third one is as bad as a blue linksys router, the w54g, remember that? Constant restarts to be able to connect clients?

Dealing with ASUS customer service is probably the most time consuming and emotionally stressful thing to do, next to a divorce. Not kidding at all. It's like they specifically picked the most idiotic human beings to help you out. You'll get all kinds of answers and things about RMA and not to mention that you wait 4-5 days for a reply to an email. A freaking email. Anyways, moving on.

The router's wireless capability is awesome, but spotty at best. My MacBook Pro with N wireless capability is pulling 10mb/s for a 3gb file transferred to and from a wired desktop with a gigabit NIC and SSD. When I wire the laptop, supporting gigabit as well, I get around 85 MB/s - great for a gigabit connection.

I have to reset this router almost every day because devices "freeze" up while accessing the internet. My Apple TV stops broadcasting airplay services on the network while connected to the 5GHz side, and regains it when connected to the 2.4GHz, without a router reboot. iPhones randomly start resolving domain names such as youtube.com or google.com. I have a bunch of wireless printers connected at 150Mb/s (n-capable), and those guys are SO FREAKING SLOW when printing anything, I gave up and connected them via USB, using a usb hub. Printers used to be decent (not as fast as usb, but marginally slower) on a d-link I had before, n capable as well.

Tried countless firmware versions, even tried the Merlin builds, and a dd-wrt build. Same issues exhibited.

I'm sick of dealing with ASUS for RMAs, so I'm giving up on that route. Plus, waiting for a reply from them and an RMA approval for a week and a half, then another 2 months for them to send a replacement is really not what I call quality customer service. These guys need to stop selling to the public.

All those cloud features require an ASUS account, and so on. The VPN access is awesome, when it works. And that's for about 3-4 hours after a reboot. Then you have to reboot again for the router to respond to login requests from clients. Connecting a USB HDD to it works too, but the transfer speed is under 10mb/s, real speed. Not exactly useful for anything other than a download dump, or music storage for devices around the house.

Other Thoughts: I strongly suggest looking at another manufacturer, unless you can get this router for dirt cheap, like $30, so you don't face-palm yourself when you have to deal with ASUS.

This router seems to be great for wired connections, so if you don't care much about the wireless stuff, you're golden. Just remember that you may need a lot of reboots, as sometimes it doesn't release IPs (DHCP issues with official firmware) - look into DD-WRT, as Merlin is just a slightly modified version of the official firmware, and still exhibits that bug.

Good luck!

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3-Ft USB Data Sync Cable For Apple Mobile Devices (6-Pack)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Why so cheap? Because it's junk 05/09/2013

This review is from: 3-Ft USB Data Sync Cable For Apple Mobile Devices (6-Pack)

Pros: It's a white 30-pin cable.

Cons: The cable jacket needs to be superglued to the connector, otherwise you'll have bare wires. The connector's metal tabs that are supposed to "click" when fully plugged in are not working properly, and it requires quite a bit of force to disengage it. The connectors have an odd shape causing them to be slanted when fully plugged in. You have to fiddle it for a bit to get the contacts made, and you can't move your plug or phone around while plugged in, otherwise the charging gets interrupted.

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PNY Polaroid 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model P-SDH32U1-30-GEPOL
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good size for the money, solid build

Cons: Manufacturing defect cuts I/O and makes it appear damaged to certain camcorders. D5100 from Nikon and 5D Mark II from Canon intermittently display "card damaged". I tried 2 of these, as I had thought I got a lemon the first time around.

Other Thoughts: Even though your camcorder says card is damaged, after you remove and re-insert it several times it will start reading it again, and your pictures are safe. When you connect this to a macbook pro it will read it fine every time. Can't vouch for any other card reader you may have.

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Alin Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Alin Z.

Date Joined: 03/27/07

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  • First Review: 09/05/08
  • Last Review: 11/28/13
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