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Pros: Thorough UI, Descriptive lights, Great guest mode, Simple to use smartphone app, easy password recovery, etc.
Cons: May be Iffy when connected with (a) certain cable modem(s).
Other Thoughts: So, my router works fine. I have no major complaints except for the fact that if power goes out for some time and my UPS dies (and so the router goes out), when it comes back up it doesn't connect my internet properly.
Keep in mind, this only happens with my Comcast provided Arris TM822 Cable + Phone Modem. It connects quickly and easily with my Motorola Cable Modem. So, -1 star for not being universally cable modem friendly. I have to jump through a few hoops to get it working again with the net by taking the Arris' battery out so it can fully power cycle and then power cycling the router. No bueno. Still, there's really rarely ever a case where this has happened and I can only count on 1 hand the number of times (i'm also sure it's less than 5).
I've had the router for a while and it's been the longest lasting router since my WRT54G, which is sad. Every other router I've owned (Cisco, Rosewill, Microsoft) has died on me within a year. So, there's that.
Will I buy another Netgear? Who knows. With a Lifetime warranty and this one serving me well, the temptation is there. Of course, if I do...I will certainly Evernote or Dropbox my receipt because, no warranty without that according to many an angry user.
Do I recommend it? It depends. Not if you use the TM822 I guess, because then you may dislike me for the recommendation. Any other cable modem and, sure! It's been good to me and it may be good to you too. Of course, by now you're probably looking for AC routers, but just in case - this isn't a terrible router at all.
Pros: Low profile w/ incl. bracket, powerful for it's size
Cons: Fan broke faaaaaast.
Other Thoughts: The card worked well for about 7 months. Just after Windows 8.1 was released I noticed that my HTPC would "black out" - initially I thought this was Windows 8.1 and/or driver issues, but things just didn't point to software problems. A popular app I use called WhoCrashed stopped working with Windows 8.1 so I had to dig into event logs, crash dumps etc. where I found no culprits. First awkward thing was that the HTPC was actually not rebooting, I was the one who had to reboot manually. Second thing was that sometimes the video didn't come up on reboot. Finally, these blanking occurred with or without stress, all it needed was time. WhoCrashed released an update and confirmed what I was thinking, there were no software/driver issues. Anyway, long story short(er), eventually things ended up pointing to hardware; I open up the system to realize the fan is dead, which is something I didn't consider since the card isn't even a year old otherwise the fan would have been the first thing I'd check.
I RMA'd the card with EVGA thinking they would just replace the fan but they sent me another card entirely.
Here's where and why they shine. I purchased the card for a low profile system. When I swapped brackets, I have no clue what I did with the regular one, and either way I thought they were just going to replace the fan. (I guess they found something else wrong?). So I sent them my card with the low profile bracket installed but since they sent a different card, no low profile bracket was included. I accepted this essentially as my fault because they do say to return it without accessories and the low profile bracket is an accessory. I wrote to them asking if they could send a (or my own, improbable but hopefully) low profile bracket to me since I'd have no way to mount the card.
They have! I just got a UPS notification that EVGA has sent me a low profile bracket. So here I am with my story, officially impressed with EVGA customer service. I was planning to sort of write off the brand, like Sapphire after all once bitten, twice shy (every Sapphire card I've owned had it's fan go bad within months) but now I'm a "fan". :)
Thanks EVGA, you're a breath of fresh air.
Pros: Low profile bracket included/Molex to Sata converter included
19 pin + 2 USB External - a rarish combination
REALLY good placement of power connector - another rare aspect
Avg to good speed. No UASP but consistent speeds that are way, way, way better than USB 2.0
Cons: May not be fully PCI-E 1.0 backwards compatible
Doesn't work in the motherboard I bought it for (Intel DG45ID) so I'm pretty bummed.
Other Thoughts: Good card but truly frustrated me for about 3 hrs.
First of all, I have to say thank you to Syba for having the insight to put the power connector on the side of the card where it won't affect SFF cases. You wouldn't believe how many of these manufacturers drop the molex/sata at the side of the card that would be the roof of most HTPC/Desktop cases. In my case I have a Silverstone Milo ML04 case and it can't handle anything at the roof, there's no clearance. It's a real SFF HTPC case. I've sourced less than 5 USB 3 cards that have both the 19/20 pin front USB 3.0 connector as well as the power connector at a place where this case can accommodate the card, so you can imagine my frustration. Now I have to try another brand with a different chipset to see if that will work. Before this card I tried an Anker, but the Anker has the molex on the bad end (which I never realized until after, lol).
My HTPC is composed of repurposed parts, ie: my previous PC. It's an Intel DG45ID Board, Q6600 CPU, 8GB RAM, GT620 Graphics, 750w Modular Power - just to give you an idea. It's running Windows 8.
When I install this card, the Windows 8 boot screen freezes entirely (the little circling dots stop). When I remove the card, all is well again. I tried it in both my PCI-E ports.
I've checked my BIOS and there's nothing in there that would allow any changes to the PCI-E slots.
I've tried to let the OS load and freeze 3 times so Windows 8 would automatically go into repair mode, see if I could go into Safe Mode, which generally fixes Windows 8 driver issues (like switching from ide to ahci, etc). No bueno, locks up at the "preparing to auto repair" screen.
I thought I'd be tricky too, my Windows 8 install is expendable as all my software, drivers, passwords, etc. are saved on other partitions on my drive and 90% of my apps are 8 UI ones so they would be installed with 2 clicks; so I attempted to do a clean install of Windows thinking that maybe, just maybe my installation is just resisting this card somehow.
Luckily, even the Windows 8 loader locks up before I got to wipe my installation. It would have sucked if it locked up after the wipe.
Anyway, suffice it to say, I am at a complete loss as to why this won't work on this board. It works in my main PC fine and it also works on my older XFX board (which also only has PCI-E x1 ports). I've come to the conclusion that it's just one of those cases where either the mobo doesn't like it or it doesn't like the mobo for some reason.
I may try an extra step of installing 7 on a separate drive on the DG45ID board just to see. It really bothers me that it won't work! The good news is that either way, I will be able to use it in my other little machine so I don't have to return it.
I feel a little bit guilty about docking an egg, the thing though is that many will be buying this as an upgrade card to older systems (like the one I'm using) , so -1 for not being able to work, universally.
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