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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Cheaper severely bottlenecked router is ok & Correct instruction on how to setup USB printer server 05/15/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: Let’s get right down to transfer speeds in the real world: I transfer from Ramdrive to Ramdrive with 9.5GB/sec read and write speeds, over a Cat6 network, with no switches or patch panels, with factory made CAT6 ethernet cables, no internet connected, meaning, I don’t see how you could ever expect faster speeds than these:

WIRED:
One large file = 11.7MB/sec (this is 93 mbits)
Thousands of Medium files = 3.5MB/sec (28 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 1.9 MB/sec (15 mbits)

WIRELESS AC Single point (Connected @ 867 mbits) Same Room. With Comcast’s average internet speeds @ 130mbits increasing over the years, and this router claiming to get to 1200mbits over wifi, I remind people that all things computers and networks are only as fast as the slowest part. So if you have 100mbit ethernet port and 1,200mbit wifi, your max speed is only 100mbit. So guess what the real world Wireless 1200mbit AC speeds were? Yup, 100mbits.

Large single file = 11.4 MB/sec (this is 90mbits)
Medium files = 9.2 MB/sec (73mbits)
Tiny files = 1.13 MB/sec (9 mbits)

Did you see that? The wifi speeds for medium files were 2.6X faster for wifi vs ethernet! That means the chip they used for wifi is a lot more powerful than the one they used for ethernet. Although it’s still certainly bottlenecked by the 100mbit ports they used. A wifi router with gigabit ports should be at about 35/20/2 MB/sec vs 11/2/1 MB/sec.

It’s hard to compare it with other 100mbit routers are they are all pretty much dying off. I would say it’s on par with it’s competitors, little slower in the small files, little faster in the medium and about the same for large files. If you want speed, you’d never get a non-gigabit router so you probably just want something cheap and with a USB port for a printer or a mini USB file server.

I was VERY hopeful when I saw that the menu showed my printer name when I plugged into the USB. TP-Link’s printer USB servers have never worked in the past. Their “lastest” drivers are clunky, buggy and last updated June 2014. The install is atypically very long and don’t be surprised to wait a minute or two before the install wizard responds. HOWEVER, after much much troubleshooting, I have cracked the code with the USB printer! The instructions to install the USB printer on TP-link’s website are incorrect. (Yes, they redirect you to the C7 install from the C50) After many many attempts, these are the correct instructions, every step is required:

Physically install the USB printer in what computer you want to be able to print from via the router later (yes I know this is stupid, just the shared network drivers ***will not work***)
Once installed, you can disconnect it and plug it back in where you want it, (by the router, I assume)
Plug in the USB Printer in the router, power up everything.
Install the “TP-LINK USB Printer Controller Setup.exe” on your computer you just physically installed the printer on.
REBOOT your PC. (Important! you will get a “control center installation is incomplete! Please reinstall again” error if you don’t.)
Run the “USB Printer Controller” app
Click on the Printer under the Archer C50 192.168.x.x
Click Auto-Connect for Printing
Select the printer. Test. All done.

I will email TP-Link and hopefully they will update their instructions.

Otherwise, setup was fine, 192.168.0.1 - admin/admin gets you in and throws you to setting up a new user/pass and through a wizard.

Cons: It’s only 100mbit. Printer server was a hassle. 1,200mbits is impossible due to bottlenecks. That kind of 10X huge discrepancy in marketing annoys me. It’s like saying a car can do 120 when it can only do 11.

Other Thoughts: Well, they’ve updated whatever they had to, to make the USB printers work, and with my guide they will actually now work properly. It’s been 2 years TP-link, it’s time to update those printer drivers. They need it badly. Would I get this? I suppose it is about half the price of a proper gigabit router, but still, spend the extra money to get up to 10X the speed and transfer rates. But if you just need a cheaper USB printer and wifi router, and your internet speeds or network speeds don’t need to be faster than 12MB/sec, this should work just fine.

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ORICO HPC-4A5U 4 Outlet Power Strip with Surge Protector, 5 USB Intelligence Charging Ports (3 x 5V1A,2 x 5V2.4A) - Black
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Pros: I bought this for travel, in hotels rooms it's So much easier than trying to plug in everything all across the room and ruining out of outlets. 1 plug an I can plug in EVERYTHING I own and charge it all up and never forget anything that's hidden behind some bed or chair. The high amp USB ports are great too. I don't have to bring a single USB charger or high amp charger.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Deals come around a lot for this device. camp out and you'll save some $.

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ViewSonic XG2401 23.6”  Black 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync (Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor, 350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1, Built-in Speakers
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4 out of 5 eggs Feature packed 144hz & FreeSync monitor does all that it claims it does and does it very well. 04/20/2016

This review is from: ViewSonic XG2401 23.6” Black 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync (Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor, 350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1, Built-in Speakers

Pros: In short it does everything it claims to, and it does it very well. I am going to assume you have already decided you want a fast (1ms), 144hz & FreeSync monitor, as captain obvious reports, buying a monitor for a feature you can’t use or you’re just going to “try out” does not make sense. But more about that in the “Other” section.

Sharpness: it has about 92 PPI, which is what I like personally. And higher than that I am upscaling everything. Colors are really great, with the refresh so high, it’s almost a kind of hyper realism, like you’re moving your mouse across a photo vs a monitor background.
Two HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort and a USB 3.0 hub are your connectivity. Great if you ever want to easily add some USB headphones and a Webcam.

The monitor easily shifts from landscape to portrait mode, has onboard speakers and the stand which is easily adjustable.

Cons: Price, I’m sure it will settle down, but it seems really high now. Not really a con, but you also have to commit to being an AMD guy for a while if you want to use freesync.

Other Thoughts: Should you buy this monitor? This is a personal question along the same lines as what computer chair/mouse/speakers to buy. “It depends”. DO NOT BUY A MONITOR FOR A FEATURE YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED. You HAVE to do whatever you can possible do to go SEE and/or Freesync in person for the games you play in. You may see this and decide it’s the absolute best thing in the world and you gotta have it. Or you may see it and think it’s kinda nice, and maybe you can tell a little difference but it’s not worth the premium. That’s the real bottom line. For me the answer is no, but you shouldnt’ care what I think. Is 144hz and FreeSync worth the 2-300% premium? You can buy three 23” monitors instead of this one. I personally think that would make a better immersive gaming experience, if you play First Person Shooter games as I do, it’s not worth it for me. But you may easily have different settings and desires than me. (FYI the types of games I play, usually COD series, Crysis, Elite Sniper, Battlefield, etc)

I’d call myself a monitor guy. I can appreciate a monitor with proper colors, brightness and features. I have three Dell 2560X1600 U3014’s so I don’t balk at costly monitors, but if I had about $300, again I’d get three 24” 1080P monitors and game on that.

So if you want 23-24” 144/1ms/Freesync good colors and features, and the price is right, you would not be disappointed with this monitor.

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