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Pros: For me I just had to go to activate.comcast.net/Activate/comFlow to swap out and test this modem. It’s certainly simple to test this modem. It’s DOCSIS 3, meaning it’s the latest and greatest standard (today, ask me again tomorrow) which enables you a total of 608 Mbits/s my plan maxes out @ 125 down, so I was all good there.
So many cheap companies still put a 100mbit port on a device like this, I am so happy they put a gigabit port as it’s truly needed. I plugged it into my high end Linksys gigabit router and I enjoyed the same speeds as my Motorola. I couldn’t tell any difference whatsoever. But what makes a real network device is forget-ability. I should NEVER ever have to reboot this device. I’ve left it running a whole month, which is the limit of how long I can review a product before it’s due, and sure enough, I never had to touch it once.
Cons: None really. I can’t comment on longer term reliability though. I have it located in my server room so I don’t care about the lights, they seem pretty subtle and dim. I don’t think if it’s in your bedroom that you’d going to need a strip of electrical tape to cover it up. It does get quite warm though.
Other Thoughts: While it does get warm but as long as it’s rock solid reliable, I don’t care. People hot != computer hot, I’m sure they designed it to be rock solid in all environments. I hope... While I have 125mbits internet, I appreciate that comcast bumps my speed up every few years or so for free, so I think this modem would last me a long long time, technically speaking.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: It’s pretty. These are the speeds with real world data:
I transfer from Ramdrive to Ramdrive with 9.5GB/sec read and write speeds, over a Cat6 network, with 1 switches and 1 patch panels, with factory made CAT6 ethernet cables with a flagship Linksys gigabit router, which is get very near gigabit speeds all day, no internet connected, meaning, I don’t see how you could ever expect faster speeds than these: (for my house)
One large file = 11.8MB/sec (this is 94.4 mbits)
Thousands of Medium files = 8.97MB/sec (71.76 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 0.25 MB/sec (2 mbits)
WIRELESS N: (Connected @ 144 mbits) Same Room. With Comcast’s average internet speeds @ 130mbits increasing over the years, and this router claiming capped at 100mbits wifi, I remind people that all things computers and networks are only as fast as the slowest part.
Large single file = 11.7 MB/sec (this is 93.6 mbits)
Medium files = 9.58 MB/sec (76.6mbits)
Tiny files = 0.56 MB/sec (4.48 mbits)
It’s faster wireless small files than wired which is weird -eh?
Cons: I am a linksys fan. There is a linksys at the center of my house’s CAT6 network. It’s a champ, zero problems ever. Anyways, adding a router to your existing network is EASY = 192.168.1.1 admin/admin > change to 192.168.1.2 and disable DHCP and you’re ready to rock and roll. This should take about 1 minute. Total. With this router... not so. It would just soft-brick the router. Router is not accessible at default IP or the new IP I assigned. Computer defaults assigns itself a weird IP. Nothing can be done but reset the router and try again. I tried several times all the with same results. So first things first, let’s see if there is new firmware. The firmware page tells me to go to home.cisco.com . . which doesn’t exist. LOL. How embarrassing Cisco! So, while I’m @ Cisco.com I might as well search for the router while I’m @ Cisco, right? None found. LOL! Seriously? It’s getting funny. No worries, I’ll go to Linksys and sure enough I find it there. For hardware version 2.0 (they have a v2.2, but the router I got was 2.0) and I updated it to Ver. 2.0.07 (build 5). That went fine enough time to change the IP address and disable DHCP.... FAILED again. But it’s new fail this time. After I hit save it kicks be right back out to the login screen with “Session failure - Please Login again” message. LOL. Nothing will let me change the IP/DHCP. So this is getting very embarrassing Cisco/Linksys and the frustration is mounting. I knew the CD wouldn’t work, but I even tried it, AND I also tried downloading the software off the internet. What’s funny is, even when I’m using the internet, through the router, the E1200 doesn’t even detect the internet, so setup won’t go forward. The install also wanted me to turn on wifi on my laptop... and won’t let me continue until I turn on the wifi. Fine. Then it couldn’t find it’s own wifi network. I even “helped” it and manually connect to the router via wifi, so it’s doubly connected now, wifi and ethernet. And.... “We couldn’t find your router” No kidding?!?!? Could it be because it has the same IP address of the primary router? Oh it wants me to go to linksyssmartwifi.com okay, I do and sign in, guess what? It goes to my main router! No kidding. Well to make the longer shorter, I spend hours doing various 30-30-30 hard resets, reboots, power cycles, trying everything I can think of again and again, until one of them, that I know I tired at least a dozen times before, works, and I can change the IP and test the router.
After contacting support, guess what? They didn’t know how to fix it. But I found a workaround and I will explain here. So Linksys, listen up this is how you can workaround this common problem: When you change the DHCP/IP and press "save settings", yes it will redirect to the login page with a ERROR message stating that the "session failed" etc. the trick is press "back" button on your browser (Chrome for me) and press "save settings" once more. That’s it!
Other Thoughts: I can’t recommend this router. Setup was the most buggy I have ever seen. I spent hours troubleshooting and rebooting and power cycling and more hard rebooting and factory resetting before what I’ve done dozens of times when it finally decided to started working and I could then test this proper. I would be terrified if I ever had to change the IP address of the router again. Another few hours of headaches? No thank you. The software is ridiculously poor, it couldn’t detect that it was connected to it via weird or wirelessly when it was 100% sure connected to the right SSID and password time after time after time. I wanted to murder this router several times. Dear Linksys, the 1 minute traditional setup, that requires no software and no registering for accounts is not difficult nor hard for end users. Why make it more complicated, more cumbersome, more time consuming and less effective? Anyways, again I can’t recommend this router. I can’t comment on reliability, but it should be easy to setup and 100mbit just isn’t going to cut it there either.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I’ve tested many many power line adapters. Never gotten faster then 60mbits. Of course this varies so much more based on how clean/dirty your house’s/neighborhood’s power is. 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 1 switches and 1 patch panels, with factory made CAT6 ethernet cables with a flagship Linksys gigabit router, which is get very near gigabit speeds all day, no internet connected, meaning, I don’t see how you could ever expect faster speeds than these: (for my house)
One large file = 22 MB/sec (this is 176 mbits)
Hundreds of Medium files = 10 MB/sec (80 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 0.40 MB/sec (3.2 mbits)
I tried it in various outlets around the house and did get speeds from 22 to 8MB/sec, and distance didn’t seem to be the factor because I went out to the edge of the property a shed with in an outlet in it and that was the fastest speeds I got. When right above the router I got 8MB/sec, so distance isn’t the factor in speed, probably the cleanliness and how uncluttered and unused the lines are really determine speed.
While, for large files, this is the fastest powerline adapter I have ever tested (by 125% faster) BUT for small files, it was the slowest I have ever tested. When transferring the tens of thousands of tiny files I was @ about 0.4MB/sec. I usually don’t care about this, but I wondered if it was so slow for small files, since when browsing is nothing but tiny files, I wondered if this was going to be a bottleneck. To test this theory, I did a fresh reboot and did a Speedtest test over ethernet and opened 17 tabs for blogs, then another fresh reboot and with the powerline adapter and opened the same 17 tabs (remember, my Chrome cache is on a ramdrive, it wipes when rebooted). Over ethernet the tabs all finished opening in ~18 seconds, with the Powerline adapter they opened in ~22 seconds, I don’t think this was an appreciable difference. I browsed for a few hours and could not tell any difference for anything vs true gigabit ethernet ecosystem. Also the Speedtest results were identical (130 mbits down) therefore my theory that this would be a terrible power line adapter for internet use is false. It’ll work just fine.
The claims that it’s “Plug and play, no configuration required” is 100% accurate. I did absolutely nothing but plug one end into my router and the other end into various outlets. I tried It took about 30 seconds to get an IP address for my laptop each time, which is 100% standard for all network things, and I could go from there. There are 3 helpful LED’s on it that can help you troubleshoot I suppose, but I never had a single problems so I didn’t ever need to use those. The LED’s are tiny and won’t blind you or light up your bedroom if you sleep with it.
Cons: No where near gigabit speeds, but there are so many other factors, maybe a new empty house with nothing plugged in and an OCD electrician installed everything with high end outlets maybe you may get faster speeds.
Other Thoughts: I proclaim this the new King of Powerline adapters, for speed. Dual ports are awesome as well. Price is right. I’d imagine this would be perfect to throw on your home theater area, plug into your receiver and bluray player or TV or something. I recommend this on all counts. The price isn’t much more and you get twice the speed with twice the connectivity, zero setup. True Plug and play. Get it.READ FULL REVIEW