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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.
Pros: This cooler was highly effective for me. I have a Core2Quad Q9550 which I wanted to cool down. I did not come from a stock cooler, I came from a decent aftermarket cooler, but after an overclock on the processor to 3.00GHz, the processor would regularly reach 70C and that was the point where I had the thermal alarm set to.
After installing this CPU cooler, I am not bumping up against 70C anymore under high load, and I am considering overclocking further!
The fans move a lot of air as expected, and they are also very quiet. This is one of the major benefits you get when you go to a larger fan.
I do not have a transparent side panel on my computer, so the blue LEDs just lead to a glow coming out of the various air vents on the computer. If you had a transparent side panel, as a lot of people’s gaming machines do, this might look really cool in there.
Cons: The major con of this cooler is the enormous size. Definitely do pay attention to the dimensions, there are plenty of computers I have worked inside before where I know there is absolutely no way that this CPU cooler would fit.
This CPU cooler is only for you if you have a nice big tower with a lot of open space. Please do pay attention to the dimensions before you order.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very impressed with this cooler and I would consider buying it for future builds. But, I would definitely make sure that my motherboard layout and case layout would not interfere with having this huge bulky cooler installed. Installing it in my existing machine was a shot in the dark, and I definitely feel that I was lucky that it fit. It was really close to not fitting because the fan built in to my side panel almost touched the CPU cooler.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP
Pros: I used this wireless radio in bridge mode to connect two wireless networks together and create a single network. It made significantly better use of the signal than any other wireless bridge solution I have ever employed. The connection through the bridge was orders of magnitude faster, lower latency, and more reliable than any other bridge I’ve ever used on this link. The link suffers from a lot of interference, and the bridge did a great job filtering that out and functioning perfectly.
Cons: After 2 months of use (indoors, I might add), this outdoor wireless radio failed. One day, I noticed that the bridge link was down, and I took a look at the equipment. I found that the radio was turning on and off, and the unit was emitting very bad sounding electrical noises. The unit was also uncomfortably hot.
I immediately unplugged the radio, and it is no longer of use to me as it is now failed. I can’t get it to stay on for more than a few minutes before it freaks out and overheats and starts shutting off again.
Other Thoughts: I was ready to go out and buy many more of these, but now I will steer clear of them because I no longer trust that they are built to last.READ FULL REVIEW