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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Overall Astounding Router! 04/03/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Rock solid stability and throughput. Fast and responsive interface. Average pricing for this range. This replaced an ASUS RT-AC87 that was terribly unstable due to firmware issues; nothing of the sort with the TP-LINK. Connectivity and speed tests on Microsoft Surface Pro 3, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and Intel Ac-7260 are consistent and approach the limits of each clients' capability. Clash of Clans on iOS is rock solid; no more constant delays. AirPlay over wireless multicasting if smooth with zero issues. As primarily a centralized whole-home wireless access point, it is fantastic.

Cons: All of my cons on this unit are relatively minor:

No access point or media bridge modes. I was able to turn this into an access point by basically disabling SPI firewall and DHCP server. Would be nice to have this as an option.

Somewhat basic interface, lacking of more advanced features like integrated security, VPN, etc.

Stand-up only design; would have preferred option of stacking.

Infrequent firmware updates; maybe a good thing, if there aren't many issues to fix. However, as the current flagship dual band AC product, would hope that the firmware is actively being refined and added to.

Other Thoughts: If used as predominantly a wireless access point and router, this unit is fantastic. If more advanced routing, firewall, media server, VPN features, etc. are needed, this may be a bit limiting. I use a commercial SonicWall as my main router, so this suits my needs perfectly.

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ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Physical specifications are top of the line: AC2400 dual band, 4x4 MIMO, ASUS AiCloud, AiProtect and support for open source WRT is impressive. Receives top benchmarks and highest recommendations from most reputable technical review sites. However, what good is a wireless router/AP that is 10% faster than all of the rest in a lab, when the wireless barely functions in a real world setting?

Cons: To start, I have been a die-hard ASUS fan for more than 15 years. This is probably my 5th ASUS router, and I have purchased dozens of motherboards, video cards, and various ASUS components over the years. This extremely expensive home wireless router was therefore a massive disappointment.

The wireless functions are intermittent at best. My network is based on a centralized SonicWall NSA firewall, with the ASUS serving wireless for an 1800 sqft home, with multiple iPhones, iPads, Microsoft Surface, Dell Laptop with Intel AC-7260, Samsung smart TV, Nest Thermostat, Philips Hue, three desktops and a range of other multimedia and phone devices.

In short, both wireless bands are unstable and constantly lose connection. Access Pont mode is so buggy that I had to revert to Router mode with SPI and DHCP disabled, which was slightly better. Constant need to turn off and on iOS wireless devices to reconnect. I have tried over the last 4 months all 7 ASUS released firmware versions, as well as all released Merlin firmware, with no luck. I've tried only 2.4GHz, only 5 GHz, every combination of fixed/auto channel and fixed/auto bandwidth. I spent weeks trying professional settings, researching and changing various options each day to test performance, with no luck at all

The firmware in this router is the root cause, and I would not recommend that anyone spend the money and another year to wait to see if ASUS can get it right.

Other Thoughts: I have 20+ years in professional corporate IT technology and have worked with high-end Cisco, Sonicwall and other brand network devices; if I could not make this router stable, then it's just not possible at this point.

In the end, I gave up and went with a TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900, which has been a fantastic experience; I forgot what stability was until turning that router on. All wireless and wired devices are now rock-solid, with incredible throughput at the limits of the client hardware's capabilities. Interestingly enough, a week after I purchased the TP-LINK, ASUS released firmware version 4950, with a workaround for the iPhone6 stability issues. That's great, but a "workaround" for one device leaves no confidence that it will fix the physical port disconnects, and all of the issues with my other non-iPhone6 devices.

As expensive as the ASUS router is, I wish a refund at this point was possible.

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Thermalright TRUE Black 120Rev.C CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Beautiful picture, great price; refurbish disappointment 12/01/2012

This review is from: Thermalright TRUE Black 120Rev.C CPU Cooler

Pros: Beautiful Sony picture, great technology. 1080p, sound is surprisingly good, USB support, firmware upgradeable; all in all a really pretty picture. No dead pixels, fairly consistent black. Only notice slight lightening at corners.

Cons: Gloss frame is an absolute dust and lint magnet; I've never seen anything like it.

Limited inputs, but that's to be expected for a mid level panel.

Refurbished was a disappointment: the back came scratched up in four places, the stand was missing rubber feet, and the double box that it came in was seriously not enough protection; it was so beat up and lightweight that I was surprised the tv worked.

Other Thoughts: While the refurb price was great, will probably go new in the future when it comes to tv's.

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Jason V.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason V.

Date Joined: 01/26/02

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 06/20/06
  • Last Review: 12/01/12
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