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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: My wife has a cheap little Acer laptop. The internal wireless card started flaking out in Windows 7 to the point where should could no longer connect to the web. We bought another (cheaper) manufacturer's USB 2.0 wireless adapter, and for whatever reason, it did not play nice with her laptop.

Once again, connections to our wireless network were flaky - she would lose her access to the web frequently. Before giving up and wiping out the PC completely and re-installing Windows 7, I gave the TP-LINK unit a try. Glad I did!

Access to our wireless router is solid, once again. No more signal drops or interference. Speedtest reports near-full saturation both up and down on my Comcast 30mbps/5mbps plan.

Couldn't be happier with this little unit! Installation was very simple with the included driver CD. Highly recommended.

Cons: None.

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent speeds via wireless and LAN. The router is installed in the basement of my two-story 1920s home. The wireless signal to my Windows 7 laptops and Nexus 7 FHD are at full saturation, both upload and download speeds when in the basement and the first floor of the house.

When I take my Nexus up to the top floor, the speeds decrease but are still solid, and fast enough for Netflix HD streaming, email, browsing, etc.

The gigabit LAN ports in the back are an excellent feature, and one that I use frequently to send files back and forth between my Windows 7 x64 workstation, Windows 7 and 8 x64 laptops, and Mac Mini. Speeds are solid at anywhere between 90 MB/sec - 120 MB/sec. Huge HD video files copy from machine to machine very quickly.

Setup was very simple. If you've setup a wireless router before, you'l have no trouble here.

I turned off my cable modem and disconnected my old wireless router. I unboxed the new router, plugged in all of the Ethernet LAN cables in the back, and then powered back up my cable modem. After waiting for all of the activity lights on the modem to turn on, I powered up the wireless router.

The instructions for setting up the router are easy to understand. Simply head over to the router's default static IP, enable wireless security, enter a new SSID and password, and you're good to go!

Cons: No instructions on how to use the three wireless antennas. I just twisted them in and left them fully upright. It would have been nice if TP-LINK at least acknowledged their existence and offered insight into how to aim them, what their effects are, etc.

Other Thoughts: I like the upright design of this unit. It looks sleek, and the activity lights are easy to read on the front.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've only had the board up and running for a week now, but it has been very stable and fast. This board ships with a ton of great features, including SLI (although I only use one GPU), super fast M.2 SSD support, SATA Express 10GBps, and a plethora of video-out options (HDMI, VGA, DVI). I'm also happy that the Z97 chipset will support the upcoming 5th gen Broadwell CPUs from Intel. Future-proofing is always nice.

Motherboard component layout works well for my particular case, and the gold/black design is pretty sleek. Important? Not really, but it looks like a quality, pro board.

Six USB 3.0 ports is much appreciated! I am always running out of USB 3.0 ports on my other PC, and I don't like to have to hook up an external hub to connect all of my devices to the PC.

Also hugely beneficial are the eight SATA III connections for internal hard drives. I usually run between 3-5 internal SATA III drives (sometimes in RAID 0) so it's nice that they will all be able to utilize their full bandwidth.

Most importantly, this motherboard is stable. I do not overclock or tweak my components at all. I need a system that is rock solid for the professional design work I use it for. Down time for maintenance is unacceptable, so I am happy that the board has been running trouble-free since I completed the build. Hopefully it will remain stable for a long time.

Cons: I understand this is a chipset limitation, but it would be nice if the board supported a max of 64GB of system memory, rather than 32GB. This seems like overkill, but I do a lot of 3D animation, rendering, and video editing - so the more RAM, the better.

Other Thoughts: Build components:

Windows 7 x64
Intel i7 4770k
Gskill ripjaws 16GB ddr 1600 (4 modules)
Nvidia GTX 570
Samsung 500 GB SSD primary
Seagate 2TB SATA III data drive
On-board audio

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Display Name: Jeffrey S.

Date Joined: 01/16/05

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  • First Review: 08/11/08
  • Last Review: 12/09/14
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