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Pros: On the surface, this product appears to be fairly well engineered. I have installed some custom (air) CPU coolers that have been very difficult to understand with little metal pieces everywhere and this installation wasn’t like that.
Yes, the directions are small non-descriptive pictographs, but I was able to work my way through them and all in all every step of the installation made sense. I am a pretty seasoned computer builder, and I was able to install this in about 40 minutes from start to finish, not bad.
Once the cooler was installed on the processor, I felt very confident that it was going to do a great job. I mounted the exhaust fan on the back of the case, all the tubing securely inside my case, everything seemed to be going very well.
I powered on my computer and booted into Windows, took a look at my CPU tuning software from my motherboard, and I noticed a huge drop in CPU temps from what I saw on my stock cooler, I think 5-6*C lower temperatures and I had used pretty cheap thermal paste.
I was very excited by this drop in temperature I witnessed, and I was ready to do some overclocking. I have the i7 4k after all, so with the right cooling I should be able to crank that processor way above 4GHz.
Cons: That’s where everything went wrong. I rebooted my computer, had to sit and wait for Windows Updates to install for 5-10 minutes.
Then my computer power cycled, and I heard this pop noise. I thought it was strange, maybe the pump makes some kind of popping noise when it’s power cycled? Hmm, interesting.
So I boot into the BIOS, go into the PC Health tab, and I just about had a heart attack when I saw my processor temp: 92*C.
I have never pulled the power cable so fast. I was traumatized that I may have done some permanent damage to my very new godly i7 processor…
What in the world could have happened?
So I opened up the case to see what happened, and everything appeared to be in its place, but wait, one side of the CPU cooler wasn’t attached anymore. How could that be? Everything was snug when I put the case back together.
That’s when I saw that a whole plastic bracket built in to the CPU cooler had completely snapped at both screw holes. Apparently I had tightened the screws too much? I know tight fitting is important in CPU cooling, and I didn’t think I had overdone it, but the plastic just snapped right off.
Now the CPU cooler is completely useless, broken, and not repairable.
Other Thoughts: I went into this open minded and was very excited even though I’ve always been skeptical of water cooling. After having this experience I think I will steer clear of Deepcool in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The setup is very standard for a wireless router and should be easy for most people to understand.
The firmware has a lot of options which you just don’t find with some other routers. The best example of such a feature is the Guest Network, which allows you to create a separate WiFi SSID for your guests to use, using different security keys than your primary network (or no security keys if you choose).
The firmware is simple and not flashy, but is easy to use and very responsive.
LAN ports are full 1Gbps, not 10/100 like a lot of cheaper routers.
The dual band WiFi allows you to set separate SSID’s for your 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, or set them to the same SSID. This is a nice degree of flexibility, and what you will want to do depends on your specific setup and needs.
Cons: The coverage on 5GHz is always tricky with any router, don’t expect the 5GHz to have extremely strong signal throughout your house (but this goes for any router). Wish the firmware had the ability to customize the transmit power like some of my other routers I’ve used in the past have had.
Other Thoughts: Unfortunately my ISP doesn’t offer IPv6 yet, so I was not able to test this functionality in my environment.
All in all this is a pretty average router at a pretty average price. Time will tell how long it will last, but I haven’t had any longevity issues with TP-Link in the past.
This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Pros: Setup was very easy following the guide which came with the router. In a few minutes I was up and running with a DHCP configuration for Internet, which is the most commonly used method of connecting to a residential ISP.
The wireless setup features your typical options, you can set up a different SSID and security key\security options for your SSID's. As a tri-band router, you can configure 3 separate networks - a 2.4GHz network and two 5GHz networks.
Additionally, you can configure 3 separate guest networks with either no security or different security keys. This is ideal for people visiting your house, if you want to give them a temporary password for the wireless which you will change later, and then you don't have to change the WPA key on all of your personal devices as a result of their visit. The guest networks also provide a checkbox for client isolation, to prevent the guest from accessing other resources on your network. This is ideal for untrusted guest computers who you just want to provide Internet access. All in all this router has the most comprehensive Guest Network settings I've seen in any default router firmware.
The "Attached Devices" page is a nice touch, instead of a typical router page showing all the DHCP leases, this shows you the IP, MAC, Hostname, and SSID if the computer is connected wirelessly. This is a great place to see all of your network users regardless of if they are connected wired or wirelessly.
The router supports Netgear's ReadySHARE, and with the back USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, you can connect hard drives and printers for use by machines on your network. This is a great solution for someone who doesn't have a home server dedicated to these tasks.
Tucked away on the Advanced tab is a feature called Traffic Meter. This feature allows you to set a monthly bandwidth limit in Megabytes, send you a notification when the usage reaches a certain threshold, and even disconnect the Internet connection when the usage limit is reached. While I personally abhor the idea of Internet usage limits, this feature is nice for anyone who is having to live under the tyrrany of a usage cap from their greedy ISP.
By far my favorite feature is the "VPN Service" tab hidden away under the Advanced tab. This router actually supports OpenVPN! I have never seen a router firmware other than custom firmware like DD-WRT which had this functionality. Props to Netgear for joining the post-Snowden encryption era and making it easy for anyone to run a secure VPN to access their home network from afar!
Cons: With the antenna array deployed, the router either looks really cool or really dorky. That depends on what came into your mind when I used the words “antenna array deployed”.
The router is much bulkier than I expected. It is at least twice the size of what I would consider normal for a wireless router. While it will sit comfortably on top of a normal ATX mid tower computer, it will hang off both sides…
The firmware is about what you’d expect on a Netgear router. With all the work they did on the exterior of this router, I would have expected a little more work put into the software.
Other Thoughts: Yes, this is a very nice router, but it would have to come down to a lower price point in order for me to be able to recommend it to anyone. I feel like for this price you could build a MiniITX computer and run your own router OS. This is the type of solution I have been doing at home for years, and it has worked very reliably for me in my very high traffic network.
That said, this router is the closest I’ve ever seen a consumer grade router come to my home network setup for overall performance and reliability.