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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
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Pros: Throughputs:
LAN: 960 Mbps (120 MBps)
5 GHz - 80 MHz band: 525 Mbps (65 MBps)
5 GHz - 40 MHz band: 350 Mbps (43 MBps)
5 GHz - 20 MHz band: 140 Mbps (17 MBps)
2.4 GHz - 40 MHz band: 200 Mbps (25 MBps)
2.4 GHz - 20 MHz band: 125 Mbps (15 MBps)

Compared to other AC routers I've tested I consider these numbers extremely solid and somewhat impressive.

2.4 GHz usable range was typical at about 90 feet. 5 Ghz usable range was at about 50-80 feet - depending on obstacles, which is actually pretty great for an AC router. This was one of the few AC routers that could handle my home with reasonable expectations. It went through the second floor above it and basement below it and ranges of about 55 feet. Overall, given the limitations of the 5GHz band I was rather impressed with this router's range and ability.
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USB 3.0, eSATA/USB 2.0 ports are very welcome additions and handled storage media and printers/scanners with ease. External HDDs even properly spun down after inactivity, something that is rare when hooked up to routers.

USB 3.0 write speeds:

5 GHz - 80 MHz band: 90 MBps
5 GHz - 40 MHz band: 45 MBps
5 GHz - 20 MHz band: 25 MBps
2.4 GHz - 40 MHz band: 30 MBps
2.4 GHz - 20 MHz band: 15 MBps

Customer service was above par on time for responses and quality for responses. I've been through the dredges when testing customer service and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality provided by Linksys, especially given past problems with them. YMMV.

Cons: A bit bulky but it's a necessary evil for proper antenna setups and ranges.

No front LED lights, personally given where I place my router, I actually like this but I can certainly see it being a con for others.

User interface is classic Linksys which can be a bit tiresome in practicality and usability terms by today's standards.

Other Thoughts: This is basically among the first AC routers that I would recommend for most common consumer situations. Stable ranges are now in reach and proper utilization of the AC spec are finally coming to light. I've also never had to reset this router yet or come across any problems that weren't user error.

While there are better options out there right now for AC routers, they also cost more when sales aren't taken into account.

As long as you properly configure this router and you don't place the router in a horrible place for AC wireless, this router is a very solid performer and highly recommended.

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TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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Pros: + WAN/LAN Throughput averaged: 825 Mbps

+ 2.4 GHz Throughput averaged: 132 - 197 Mbps

+ 5 GHz Throughput averaged: 220 Mbps - 615 Mbps (Range/interference affects the AC band greatly, naturally)

+ 15 - 20 feet was the optimal range for the AC band on this router but it can still provide reliable results up to about 32 feet.

+ MU-MIMO definitely helps stabilize and improve speeds and distances; you won't get miracles but it does remove some headache after the setup. I think it's more of a band-aid than solution to the problems the AC band and intensive wireless multimedia routing has. Still, this router performs well with MU-MIMO if you have the setup for it.

+ Very user friendly for a near power-user router.

+ TP-Link's customer service continues to impress me and they're very fast, thorough and helpful in their responses.

Cons: - Lack of proper, intelligent, bandwidth control. This router uses a pre-established database that leaves much to be desired. There's also a lack of bandwidth monitoring which is unfortunate these days. There's really no reason for either of these omissions.

- Lacks VPN server and no UPnP / DLNA media server support. Which guts a lot of the sharing capabilities for some devices.

- Critically lacking HTTPS management.

-TP-link's firmware support is very safe minded, not ambitious or quick to come out. They seem to patch critical problems relatively fast but they don't seem keen on adding features and tweaks very often if at all for most of their products.

- TP-Link Tether, their management program for Android/iOS, leaves a fair bit to be desired and doesn't offer any media capabilities that other companies offer with their management software. It gets the job done but it doesn't necessarily make your life easier or make you want to use the app unless you absolutely have to. But compared to other companies, this app is pretty bottom of the barrel, only better to not having an app at all.

- Middling USB 3.0 stability and read/write speeds at 72/37 MBps. I had a few random issues with power management that seems to do more with the type of external hard drive I'd attach than the router itself, but at the same rate these drives performed on other routers a bit better. Printer support is easy and good, though.

Other Thoughts: 4x4 and MU-MIMO require 2 routers to use properly. So it can be a pretty substantial investment for hardware that is still changing on a monthly basis. I wouldn't get this router for those purposes, or any router, unless you really needed it NOW. But, if you need or want these features now, this router performs admirably and is rather user friendly.

As long as you don't want or need HTTPS management, Port-based access control, VPN server, DLnA/UPnP media server support, this router is one of the best ones in its class.

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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT5000100 (Black)
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Pros: + High Capacity

+ One of Seagate's better enclosures since it lays flat, doesn't stand up, has elevated base and holes on the bottom and side of the enclosure. It doesn't make a huge difference in heat dissipation but it does run 1-3 degrees cooler than their other enclosures.

Cons: - Wonky transfer speeds regardless of the type of files/load. The only consistent thing about this drive is how inconsistently it performs. It can't even benchmark consistently within reason.

- High Failure Rates. Mine died just sitting on a huge desk that doesn't move or endure any shocks. The drive never moved once installed and still killed itself within 2 months.

- Substandard RMA service now. TERRIBLE! Warranty replacement for RMA products. Why should I get a recertified drive when I bought a NEW drive that's less than 2 months old? Why should I get a replacement drive that could potentially only have a 90 day warranty if you're at the end of your original warranty? Does Seagate not trust their recertification program or their products in general? Seems not.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake, ever since drives went beyond 2 TBs in size the quality across ALL manufactures has tanked and I imagine it has to do with the technical limitations of the medium right now so there's so much less room for error.

So I think NOW more than ever, it's important to have a company that stands behind their products and warranty and unfortunately, Seagate doesn't. Western Digital isn't any better since they have virtually the exact same policies; so it's a sad reality you have to deal with if buying a high capacity HDD these days.

I won't say avoid Seagate or WD if you need a high capacity drive, just get it at the absolute cheapest you can because no matter what you pay, Seagate and WD will treat you like a second rate, bottom of the barrel customer should their product fail. So you might as well pay the appropriate price for such service and backing of product.

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