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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs BEAMFORMING IS A GO. Wifi is much faster than linksys for smaller files. 07/23/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: The name of this game is beamforming. Beamforming directionally focuses the signal towards your device(s) rather than blanket broadcast signal. There isn’t an option to turn it off in the settings, so I will have to compare it so Linksys’s AC2400 router with Beamforming and compare. This is $50 less at the time of this writing.

Styling is probably polarizing. If your router is visible, this sure would look better than a WRT54G. It looks like an Apple fanboy designed it. the router has has plenty of connectivity if you need USB ports for printing or storage. But anyways, on with the speed tests: I did this same test multiple times at different times of the day. I started to test it between two high end Windows 7 x64 computers, not connected to the internet, transferring between two RAMdrives that can read and write over 6.4GB/sec. One though the router and one through a Linksys USB6300 courtesy of Linksys in a USB 3.0 port for wifi. For wired, I used high quality 6' factory made Cat 6 (not Cat5/e) cables, and gigabit ports on the computer, latest drivers. No data was sent through any keystones, patch panels, or other house wiring was used. (thus I can assure you there is minimal bottleneck in system). AKA ***This is as fast as it gets.*** Here are the test speeds I got for in the same room best possible speeds you can expect:

WIRED:
One large file = 117MB/sec (this is 940 mbits)
Thousand Medium files = 49 MB/sec (391 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 3.54 MB/sec (28 mbits)

WIRELESS AC Single point (“Connected” @ 867 mbits) Same Room.

Large single file = 35.5 MB/sec (this is 284mbits)
Medium files = 23.3 MB/sec (186mbits)
Tiny files = 2.72 MB/sec (22 mbits)

First of all, wired speeds are highly comparable to Linksys save for medium sized files over ethernet are much slower than the competition (Linksys.) I’d say 30-37% slower. Weird.
For wireless speeds are the same for larger files, about 28% slower for medium files however 88% faster for small files. This is significant as internet and gaming is chock full of tiny files and this TP-Link simply smokes the Linksys’s Beamforming router. They simply must have focused this router on internet/gaming, and it shows. So for large files, it’s on par with Linksys, medium sized files, mp3s, jpgs, it’s slower than Linksys, but for smaller files over wifi it really REALLY shines. Close to 90% Faster than linksys? Unbelievable. I had to do that test several different ways to confirm.

Classic 192.168.0.1 admin/admin and you’re in.

Cons: The marketing still bothers me, you will reach 900, 1,300 or 1,900mbits unless you bridge two identical routers, and then you might get 500mbits. With an PCI-e/USB3.0 wireless AC adapter, I still have not gotten faster than wireless N speeds (300mbits) even though I am connected at 5ghz @ 879mbits in the same room. Marketing...
The stand is not removable nor adjustable, if you have your router mounted on a pegboard, this router is not for you.

Other Thoughts: If you want a top end router, with beamforming, and you internet or game a lot over wifi, and you like the styling, I’d snag this without hesitation. Super fast wifi transfer speeds for tiny files, Wow. And cheaper than the slower linksys? Easy choice. Router have gotten more and more expensive, but more feature packed. And this one is on the cheaper side. I can’t not give this five stars. The only thing is slightly slower medium file transfer rate, but it makes up for it in WIFI tiny file transfer rates and then some. Which is what more people use wifi for now-a-days.

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Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs The only wifi extender (today) with BEAMFORMING! It works! 07/19/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: TL:DR: It works well, easy setup. Yes the price seems a little higher than other wifi extenders, even higher than Linksys’s normal premium. If you are wondering why it’s because of one word: Beamforming. Beamforming is a technology that detects where your wifi devices is and directionally points more signal strength towards you and your device. This you get better and stronger signal than without beamforming. In testing if beamforming works with another linksys product, I went to the edge of signal without @ 1mbit and with Beamforming on, I went to 5mbits. With no signal off, I went to 2mbits with Beamforming ON. So beamforming is indeed not a gimmick and does work to increase speed ***when you have weak signal***. I did not realize any speed difference when the signal was strong. So if you have another wifi extender that you get weak signal from, or are always on the line between signal and not, this IS the wifi extender for you, and the price premium is worth it. And this does indeed work: Without the device I went far enough away until I was getting transfer speeds of 5mbits. I plugged in the device and went all the way up to 55mbits. So you will get a proper wifi extender and beamforming. Otherwise, It is easy to setup, and the Spot Finder Technology is cool. It just is a bar graph that shows you the signal strength based on it’s home base. What I LOVE is it replicates the SSID of your primary router, then you don’t have a “Lnksys_Extended” or something else you need to sign into. Just slick, easy, seemless and works. If I never have to google or open a manual, it’s deemed easy to setup. I also like the ethernet port so it just doesn’t amplify and relay wifi signals. So many devices like home theater receivers, blurays or TV’s just have an ethernet port on them now-a-days. It’s also nice that it won’t take up another power plug. And yes it has an audiojack if you need to relay audio signal to something that doesn’t have wifi or ethernet.

Cons: I always have the standard whining caveat about marketing. No you will not get 1,200, 867mbits or 300 mbits on AC wireless

Other Thoughts: It is more expensive than other wifi extenders, but it has everything that others have and much more: beamforming, power plug pass through, spotfinder, adjustable antennas, wireless AC, dual band, SSID mimmicking, ethernet port, and a mini stereo audio jack.

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LG Minbeam PF1500 1920 x 1080 FHD 1400 Lumens, Smart TV, Bluetooth-capable, HDMI / MHL / RJ45 (Networkable), Home Theater LED Projector
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Hands down best bang for buck, best projector under $3500 on the market - today. 06/01/2015

This review is from: LG Minbeam PF1500 1920 x 1080 FHD 1400 Lumens, Smart TV, Bluetooth-capable, HDMI / MHL / RJ45 (Networkable), Home Theater LED Projector

Pros: I admit I am skeptical walking into this review, be that it’s so small, and has so many “features” it almost seems like a joke. Can good things come in small form factors? Can you legitimately use this as a moderate/budget home theater projector? I also pretend to know my displays. I have three flagship Dell 30”, and this is my 4th projector but FIRST LED projector. The captain obvious advantage being expensive bulbs don’t out or have images burned into them, they are quieter and brighter, in theory or at least on paper. So to cut to the chase, I set it up in a basement (control all lighting) home theater with a real screen (not just a wall, etc) and did A:B comparison with other projectors. And I’ll just say, it’s outstanding. True there was a tossup sometimes of which was better. Other projectors has better specific colors, or brightness, or better blacks, sometimes, but then when you play around in the settings you can make them very comparable. I don’t doubt that once you go through a real calibration session, it will have fantastic bright colors and very dark blacks. It’s an amazing projector. There wasn’t anything that stood out as a glaring fault or an obvious win for the LG MiniBeam, visual wise so that means you get to choose on price and features. With no bulb to replace (30,000 hours - 8 hours a day that’s 10 years life - in theory) the LG MiniBeam wins there. With the small size, the LG MiniBeam wins there, think of how much easier this would be to mount, it’s so light and small. With all the countless connectivity features LG MiniBeam wins there over ALL the competition as well. Nothing else yet on the market can compete with this, today. Tomorrow may be different, but I don’t hesitate to recommend to snag this for your home theater, or business projector, or whatever you want. Other pros: It also has a tripod mount, so you can throw this in any camera tripod with ease. That actually came in pretty handy when doing A:B comparisons. I’m sure you could mount this on any ceiling with just sheetrock anchors, rather than finding studs. I wouldn’t, but one could with no worries. That’s a huge plus.

Cons: It’s on the quieter side of the projectors, a loud projector is awful, and with this one, few would complain. It does have a slight higher pitched fan whine than like the super quite Epson 8350 but highly comparable in sound levels. It was NOT able to play all the video files via USB that I threw at it, (I tried a wide variety of audio and video codecs) but it could play most of them. It’s possible with firmware upgrades, they will be able to play in the future. Con...con... what else? I can’t think of a thing. Maybe it doesn’t look at impressive as other projectors three times the size? that’s dumb. I have nothing. I guess it’s not 3D, which I think is a gimmick as it’s never caught on in the last 50 years and won’t until the active/passive glasses are gone. But that’s me.

Other Thoughts: I admit was VERY skeptical about something so small being good enough for a home theater projector. Image quality was my #1 concern as I don’t care about the bells and whistles as it’s just going to get an HDMI connection from my computer/receiver which plays everything perfectly anyways. The connectivity is awesome, just for the wow factor be that anyone with a smart phone (sorry apple, maybe next, or next next one can) is going to be able to connect up to the projector and show you their pictures or videos or what not. It’s just that easy, all you need is this projector, a wall, and power and just about any source possible, it’ll work. Throw a slim USB on there with a hundred movies/shows on it and you can take it anywhere and enjoy them. DLNA, WiDi, bluetooth, USB, ethernet (which opens up the internet of all possibilities, Netflix, Picasa, google maps, internet browser, HDMI, Antenna (has build in tuner) and I’m sure I’m missing the other half of bells and whistles. I rarely give five star review, but even at $2000, this would still get five stars. You would have to spend a lot a lot a lot more money to get something that you can easily tell is better. And it still wouldn’t have the size, connectivity or longevity.

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