Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Easy installation, great cooling solution, good build quality, the pump is pretty quiet.
Cons: Included fans are noisy.
Other Thoughts: I started looking heavily into overclocking recently. My old i5 2500 could overclock decently with the stock air cooler, but my i5 4670k was burning up at 75-80C core temps! And it could barely go past 4.4GHz. After a friend of mine told me the wonders of liquid cooling, I decided to get this kit.
Installation is a breeze and works well with the Rosewill Thor V2 case. The included fans are noisy though- they're 4 PIN fans and I think I may lower the fan speed to quiet them down.
My core temps idle at 30C and at load 45-50C which is significantly better than 75C! With the stock fan it was idling at 44C. I highly recommend this to anyone on the fence about liquid cooling.
This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Simple set up, small footprint, ethernet port is a nice touch, extender menu is pretty simplified.I did not have to jump through hoops to get both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands working.
Cons: Honestly I can't think of any. The only complaint I have is with network extenders in general, in which case if your router still emits a strong signal your devices may connect to that instead of the range extender.
Other Thoughts: This little device is a range extender, meant to be set in an area where you get medium signal strength to get to those hard to reach areas.
My home internet runs at 120Mbps, which I am able to get the full 120 on 5GHz and 90 on 2.4GHz. I was expecting to get half this speed on the range extender but I was pleased with the performance. On 5GHz I was able to get 65Mbps down and 10Mbps up. On 2.4GHz I was able to get 48Mbps down and 10Mbps up.
I tested the speeds with my phone which is pretty portable but unfortunately it does not give me the negotiated link speed between the extender and the device. I got a 2nd device out but it did not seem to want to connect to the router, so I am unable to give link speeds.
My wireless router shows that this extender is connected through the 5GHz band, without a simultaneous 2.4 and 5Ghz connection. Not that this is a bad thing, It would probably be best to prevent multiple devices from connecting to the extender as it may quickly saturate the connection.
From my testing this seems to be a pretty excellent range extender. I have no hesitations or reservations on recommending it for your needs.
Pros: Lightweight, simple to set up, gigabit ethernet ports (some routers don't even have this), clean UI
Cons: 5GHz band acted weird (see below), range is about average for this price range, less than stellar throughput, not recommended if your internet speeds are above 50Mbps.
Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 is more of a budget oriented router, carrying a wireless chip that supports 2x2:2 MIMO on the 2.4GHz band and 1x1:1 "MIMO" on the 5GHz band. It supports up to 433Mbps on 5GHz and 300Mbps on 2.4GHz.
With the ethernet cable directly plugged in, I was able to achieve my ISP's maximum stated speed of 120Mbps. Wireless performance however, was disappointing. Being 4-5ft away from the router, I was only able to achieve 80Mbps on the 5GHz band and 70 on the 2.4G band. The furthest point away from the router, which is about 100ft, the router was able to achieve 67Mbps in the 5G band and 14Mbps on the 2.4G band.
The results are a little disappointing, given that the max speeds are well above my ISP's stated speeds. While the routers aren't expected to top out at the rated speeds, the fact that I received speeds under my maximum internet speeds was disappointing. The range is quite average for a router in this price point.
I also had a slight problem with this router, for awhile I absolutely could not connect to the 5GHz band. It would connect, and proceed to disconnect me. When I looked at available SSIDs the 5GHz was simply not there. It wasn't until I renamed it that it showed up again and I was able to connect to it. I am not sure if a defective device is to blame for the subpar speeds or the weird 5GHz issue.
My regular router's price point is well above this router and comparing the two is unfair. However, I will list those speeds because it may form a bias against this router. I am able to easily hit over 100Mbps even at the furthest point away from the router on the 5Ghz band and 80Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. I will admit, it is such a wide performance discrepancy that may add to my disappointment.
For all intents and purposes, this seems like a fine router for light home use. If your internet speeds are higher than 50Mbps or you have multiple users in your household, I suggest you look for a different router.
Some manufacturers place restrictions on how details of their products may be communicated.