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ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great new features w/ Firmware v. 03/22/2015

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Great new security and management features including AiProtection module from Trend-Micro and adaptive QoS in the firmware release. Seriously cool -- Thanks ASUS & Trend Micro! Current firmware upgrades were an important reason I chose this product and ASUS has not let me down.

I had a chance to use the dual WAN fail-over and fail-back feature with a tethered Android smart phone on USB 2.0. The whole house LAN was running smoothly at 4G LTE WAN speeds. Very nice.

Cons: Firmware upgrades often require manual checks & uploads from the PC -- the automated upgrade feature rarely works (it says "current firmware is the latest version", even when you know it's not true). Sometimes major changes even require a reset to factory default conditions -- followed by manually re-entering parameters. Make sure you have all the parameters, SSID, wireless key, etc., that you'll need before you upgrade. It's all kind'a old school, so NBD if you've been at this a while.

Devices accessing the Guest Networks don't display their signal statistics properly in the router GUI. You can see which ones are online, though.

Other Thoughts: See my first review 4/16/2014 -- still valid & not repeated here.

I have not had the problems with 2.4 GHz band that others have complained about. Yes, I had to change some parameters, narrow the bandwidth, and survey the area several times as the extreme range adapters were having trouble with neighboring signals stepping on them. It all took time, but this is a VERY congested condo building with more AP's than I can count. I'm very pleased with this router.

In a country setting, with no competition whatsoever, the usable range among a cluster of buildings is amazing. It just works.

ASUS just released a new model RT-AC55U Newegg no. N82E16833320225 that looks like a re-engineered AC1200 Router. No news yet, but it does have external 2 x 2 antennae....

Acer Laptop TravelMate TMB113-M-6634 Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Exactly as expected. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit is pre-installed. This laptop is quick and responsive. The display is small, but very nice and clear. The keyboard is very useful. Good 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It's nearly silent in normal operation, and the battery lasts several hours. This is a very useful travel sized laptop.

Cons: The space bar is under-sensitive -- touch typist's will have to get used to mashing it harder.

No recovery media is provided. There's absolutely no documentation supporting Windows 7 or the downgrade from Windows 8. What little documentation there is only talks about Windows 8.1. These issues almost lost it an egg!

All 4 GB of RAM is on a single SO-DIMM in slot two, with slot one empty.

Other Thoughts: The low power Intel Core i3 3217U with HD Graphics 4000 really performs nicely in this little machine.

Win 7 Experience Index scores: CPU 6.2, RAM 5.9, Graphics 4.9 & 4.9, HDD 5.9.

If you can get past the poor documentation, and lack of Windows 8 media -- or any recovery media for that matter, this is a wonderful little laptop. You'll be very happy with it.

ex ovo omnia

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse H3S-00003 Black Tilt Wheel Bluetooth Wireless BlueTrack Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse Bluetooth 08/13/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse H3S-00003 Black Tilt Wheel Bluetooth Wireless BlueTrack Mouse

Pros: The Sculpt Comfort Mouse worked beautifully with a new Windows 8.1 laptop. Bluetooth paired it just once and never needed to again -- even after turning it off or replacing the batteries, it remains well paired. No dropouts even after extended idle periods. After extended sleep time, just slide it around to wake it up.

It's kind of a gimmick, but the mouse has a small vibrating buzzer as a feedback when using the thumb vertical slider.

It takes two standard AA batteries. Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries make the whole very light weight. Rechargeable metal-hydride AA batteries made it feel heavier, but still nicely balanced.

I know it's saying a lot, but it operates as well as a wired gaming mouse. I'm comparing it to my USB wired Razer Lachesis, and the Scuplt Comfort Mouse is still impresive!

Cons: A little less wonderful setting it up with a Windows 7 laptop. I had to go into the bluetooth adapter in Device Manager and prevent Windows 7 from saving energy by powering it down. Until then, the mouse continually dropped connections. This was never a problem with the Windows 8.1 machine. Once it was properly operational, everything was pretty good with Windows 7, too.

Microsoft missed a golden opportunity here. The software application supporting the mouse is office centric, and frankly lame. A "gaming" center of dpi options, reassigning the blue slider, some control of the tactile buzzer and such, would make this an instant cult favorite. Strange for a software company (cough), I mean a "technical company with strength in software" to miss this.

Other Thoughts: Thank you previous reviewers, you were very helpful!

Occasionally Microsoft hardware hits one "out of the park". This is an example.

The Lenovo Z50-75 with AMD A10-7300 APU and Windows 8.1 was made for this mouse, and the mouse for the laptop. It's hard to tell how much value the bluetooth 4.0 adapter in the laptop adds to the operational experience of the mouse. But, my nephew the student will love them together!

Laptop: N82E16834317602

ex ovo omnia


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Display Name: William F.

Date Joined: 04/05/05


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