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TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Easiest setup and strongest signal I've ever seen!! 08/04/2016

This review is from: TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: The setup was INCREDIBLY easy. following the Quick Installation Guide, I was up and running in about 5 minutes - start to finish. It was the easiest wireless router I've ever installed and configured. I now have a strong signal throughout my house, where before I use to have deadspots with a different wireless AC router.

Cons: Expensive.

Other Thoughts: By following the Quick Installation Guide I was up and running in under 5 minutes. The router was INCREDIBLY easy to setup and configure using it's web based interface.

What came in the box:
TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Quick Installation Guide
Power Cable
Ethernet Cable
Technical Support pamphlet
GNU General Public License Notice

I replaced my existing wireless AC router by following the Quick Installation Guide. Six simple steps replaced my old router, and then it was on to the web based interface to configure the router. The web based interface was very easy to use and navigate. Once logged in to the router, the software did most of the configuration. I updated the SSIDs and passwords for all three bands, and it was ready to go! Very very simple, anyone's grandmother could do it if they can follow instructions.

Previously, I had a few deadspots in my house that didn't get very strong 5Ghz or 2.4 Ghz signal. This router solved those problems!!! The signal strength on each band was much stronger and operated very well in each deadspot I USE to have. I tested the router bandwidth speed in three primary locations that I'd use the router. I ran the test three times and averaged the results.

Master Bedroom
2.4Ghz - Ping 23ms / Download 45.77Mbps / Upload 6.43Mbps
5Ghz SSID 1 - Ping 21ms / Download 50.66Mbps / Upload 6.82Mbps
5Ghz SSID 2 - Ping 21ms / Download 56.84Mbps / Upload 6.48Mbps

Outside Deck
2.4Ghz - Ping 21ms / Download 48.98Mbps / Upload 6.78Mbps
5Ghz SSID 1 - Ping 22ms / Download 56.88Mbps / Upload 6.54Mbps
5Ghz SSID 2 - Ping 22ms / Download 56.84Mbps / Upload 6.81Mbps

Basement
2.4Ghz - Ping 21ms / Download 20.71Mbps / Upload 6.43Mbps
5Ghz SSID 1 - Ping 21ms / Download 57.01Mbps / Upload 6.31Mbps
5Ghz SSID 2 - Ping 22ms / Download 57.11Mbps / Upload 6.82Mbps

Zero Distance to Router
2.4Ghz - Ping 21ms / Download 56.70Mbps / Upload 7.13Mbps
5Ghz SSID 1 - Ping 21ms / Download 56.89Mbps / Upload 6.81Mbps
5Ghz SSID 2 - Ping 22ms / Download 57.57Mbps / Upload 6.71Mbps

As you can see, the deviation from the locations is very small, except for the 2.4Ghz band, which varied the most by location (performing the worst in the basement under the router through a floor).

Overall, this router is excellent. The best I've seen, but you will pay for the performance! This router is much more expensive than the average AC wireless router - but in this case you certainly get what you pay for!! If you're looking for an exceptional router regardless of price, look no further.

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Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
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Pros: Router is very easy to setup. The Linksys smart wifi is very intuitive to navigate and enable features, make changes to customize your router and any necessary changes you would like. Setup took a total of 5 minutes once I was able to log into the router.

I also notice an increase in coverage for both the bands of wifi. In my 3600sq ft house there are considerably less dead zones.

Cons: I noticed very quickly that the router got very warm. It was set on a hard flat surface with no obstructions to any of the ventilation. The router was still very warm to the touch after only a few minutes of use.

Other Thoughts: This router has an app that you can manage the settings with. It's very easy to use, just like on a pc. The app might be missing just one or two features (the speedtest feature is the first thing that comes to mind).

Using the A/B/G/N band wifi I was able to achieve the following speeds:
Download: 15.79Mbps
Upload: 2.60Mbps
Ping: 24ms

Using the AC band wifi I was able to achieve the following test results:
Download:30.43Mbps
Upload:3.07Mbps
Ping:25ms

Overall a nice strong router that will fill a moderate to large size house with a strong dual band signal. The user interface is very easy to navigate and customize to your own tastes.

I would recommend this router to anyone looking to buy an easy to use and setup wireless AC home network.

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TP-LINK TL-PB10400: 10400 mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger / Power Bank, 2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iPhone, iPad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
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Pros: The TP-Link TL-PB10400 is a small compact power bank with a large capacity. The TL-PB10400 is about the size of a Air Wick "WallFlower" you might use to freshener the air in your home. So the size in unobtrusive, can fit in the pocket of a pair of jeans, kahkis or a small purse without being too bulky. The TL-PB10400 has two USB ports for charging devices a 1amp and a 2amp. Obviously using the 2amp USB port decreases charge times drastically.

Cons: Because of the TL-PB10400's large capacity, it takes a while to charge from zero to full in order to use.

Other Thoughts: This is the second power bank I've reviewed, and the third that I own. The TL-PB10400 is the best device for portable charging I own.

The TL-PB10400 ships with the following:
1) TL-PB10400 10400mAh Power Bank
2) Micro USB Cable
3) Small travel pouch
4) User guide
*Notice this device does not come with a wall mount USB charger*

I tested the TL-PB10400 with the following devices that I own:
1) Samsung Galaxy S3
2) Nook HD

It took approximately 12 hours to charge the TL-PB10400 to full capacity after I received it. Subsequent charges took about the same amount of time.

Charging the Samsung Galaxy S3 (using a standard 3.8 V Li-ion battery) took on average 2 hours and 20 minutes using the 2amp USB port. I was able to charge my Galaxy S3 three times to full (from 0% to 100%) and a partial (from 0% to 35%) before needing to recharge the TL-PB10400.

I was able to charge my Nook HD twice (from 0% to 100%) before needing to recharge the TL-PB10400. It took on average 3 hours to charge my Nook HD to 100%.

I also charged both my devices at the same time using the TL-PB10400. I was able to recharge both devices (from 0% to 100%) with the Nook HD using the 2amp USB port and the Galaxy S3 using the 1amp USB port. The Nook HD completed its charge in 3 hours 12 minutes (very little difference from being charged solo) and the Galaxy S3 took 5 hours and 10 minutes. After both devices were fully charge the TL-PB10400 did have a small charge left, enough for approximately a half charge on the Galaxy S3.

The light does work on the TL-PB10400. For such a small bulb in the power bank, it gives a surprising amount of light. Although I think this is more of a gimmick, if I needed light I'd using my Galaxy S3 in flashlight mode.

Overall this is an EXCELLENT Power Bank. It has a VERY large capacity, is small compact and unobtrusive and can recharge multiple devices at the same time. I would recommend the TL-PB10400 to anyone looking to buy a power bank.

**Please note, while this reviewer did receive a complementary TP-LINK TL-PB10400 Power Bank to review, no other considerations/allowances were made or given in relation to this review.**

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