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This review is from: TRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router with StreamBoost Technology
Pros: Great design (I'm a big fan of the "less is more" thing), gigabit ethernet ports seem to work well, nice and clean interface.
Cons: Wireless did not work at all (see other thoughts), default WiFi password was incorrect, administrative password is complex and requires some thought when typing in.
Other Thoughts: Performance was outstanding, around 950Mbps from PC to PC file transfers and this could handle my max internet speed of 120Mbps. However, when I went to test the wireless- I could never get it to work. The default password did not work, so I went into it through my desktop and the default password was completely different than the set password! Something doesn't sound right here does it? I set the password to something else and it still fails to connect.
Perhaps this could have been a great and lengthy review, but it was stopped short due to the router underperforming. Having a product like this DOA is unacceptable, much less have the WRONG default password for the WiFi.
I understand that some units can be defective and may not represent other functional units, but the presentation was deplorable. It would be one thing if the wireless did not work, but certainly another when the default set password was wrong than what was written on the label and still having it not work. To me trendnet was a decent brand (I own several wireless AC dongles from this manufacturer) but this has me reconsidering this brand for router needs.
This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Pros: Convenient cable modem and wifi router all in one solution, router has a high quality feeling to it, router/modem management menu is very clean and sleek, stellar WiFi performance, very good cable modem performance.
Cons: Because this is a modem/router combo, if your modem is normally in an area that isn't ideal for best wireless coverage you're probably going to need a powerline Ethernet adapter or use a wireless router in bridge mode to extend the network. MAC address on the sticker also doesn't match the one shown on the firmware... but it still works?
Other Thoughts: I've always disliked cable modem/wireless router combos solely for the reason that I had a misconception that they were probably not going to work as well as a separate cable modem and router solution.
Boy was I wrong.
My cable modem is something my family bought in 2006 from our cable company. It's served us well over the years and recently was able to give us all 110Mbps when our service was upgraded. I was content, until I plugged this modem in and started seeing speeds of 140-150Mbps peak at times. I NEVER saw speeds like that on our cable modem.
Not only that, but the wireless works REALLY well. We have a very high end router in our home and I am surprised because I think the wireless performance in this device even surpasses that. Our cable modem is on the 2nd floor and I was very worried about whole house coverage. The 140Mbps I mentioned earlier? I get that in my basement. Of all places, it's able to reach down low and top out at 140.
The user interface is very clean and organized. The colors also match very well, it's definitely not going to be something that's intimidating to users who aren't familiar with computers. There are two tabs: basic and advanced. Want a simple interface? Select basic. Want more control and details? Choose advanced. It's as easy as that!
The other huge plus I like about the wireless is the fact that you can actually force it to allocate 40MHz in the 2.4GHz band, not something many routers can do. Usually they want to be less greedy- you can choose 20MHz or auto select between 20 and 40. Not with this baby- allocate to your heart's content! You can also manually select the channel width for 5GHz- 20, 40, or 80. But because 5GHz is relatively not crowded there's no reason not to set it to 80 and uncork that tap.
Installing the modem was a breeze. My cable company isn't one of the top (i.e. numerous) providers in the US but with a call I was able to get this up and running with no hitches. Although, the MAC address did not match between what the sticker showed and the firmware. It worked anyway which I thought was weird.
Rest assured, this is a VERY solid product and I would not hesitate recommending this to my family or friends who need a good cable modem and router solution for their home. I do not have any reservations and highly recommend this to you.
Pros: Lightweight, full version of Windows 8.1, display is pretty good, bundled keyboard/mouse is VERY convenient, great battery life, very good Windows 8.1/10 performance
Cons: OBE was a little rough around the edges, 2.4GHz WiFi only, going into Google yields a security certificate error
Other Thoughts: This product is a Windows 8.1 tablet that has an Intel Atom CPU running at a base clock of 1.33GHz and a "burst" clock of 1.83GHz. There are some applications that definitely do run slower due to the CPU, but you will not notice anything different at all performing day to day tasks.
The charger outputs at 5V, 2A which I was surprised at. It seems that this tablet at least is very energy efficient.
The initial experience was less than pleasing. OBE had actually not been set up, so I was very surprised that when I got my unit that there was an account set up called "administrator" and I could hardly do anything. Once you log in with administrator, you're still unable to do anything. There is a pop up box that asks if you want to initialize the OBE process, do this and don't ignore it like I did.
I was a little worried that this tablet would have trouble running Windows 10, as it is a resource hog on my desktop machine. However it has no trouble running with 2GB of RAM and on the quad core CPU. Be prepared for a very long installation, I had to leave mine sitting overnight.
That being said, the fact that this is a genuine x86-64 cpu is fantastic. Web streaming seems to actually work pretty well. The mouse and keyboard attachment is very nice to have and I'm actually pleased with the quality of the accessory. It's not wireless which is a huge plus, as you won't need batteries to power the thing.
The device is surprisingly loud and the speakers are clear. The touchscreen is super responsive. WiFi is unfortunately limited to only 2.4GHz. It would have been nice to see 5GHz, especially for more crowded areas where there may be interference going on in the 2.4GHz range.
My only issue with the unit so far is that every time I try and go into Google, it yields a security certificate error. It makes me a little nervous about actually using the device with my personal information. Besides that, this device seems to be pretty solid.
Overall I am very pleased and surprised that the build quality and performance. I did not expect this high level of a product from this manufacturer.
If you were wanting to try out a hybrid tablet with an actual "full blown" x86-64 CPU, I highly recommend you give this a buy. I also recommend that you purchase a 64-128GB microSD card for this machine so you can hold more applications/photos. The Windows 10 upgrade WILL require more disk space, so be prepared to either have a microSD card or an external drive handy.