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Pros: Easiest setup I have come across with a router to date. It was simple enough so that essentially anyone could do it. When I ran into an issue with my cable modem not liking the new MAC address the setup told me in very simplistic terms exactly how to reset it.
Once setup, the user interface on the router is one of the most user friendly that I have come across. There are advanced options laid out simply and what you need to know is front and center.
The list of features is staggering. It would be pointless to list them all and waste your time. I will go through the ones that I found most useful.
The signal strength is the best by far that I have had in a router. The house that it is set up in, the router is in the far corner of the basement due to wiring. It is the only one I have used where I still can get usable signal on my phone when I start out in the car in the driveway on the opposite side of the house outside.
Wireless speeds are incredible. I was able to get intranet speeds that were impressive. They were almost approaching gigabit lan speeds. I think that my limiting factor was the wireless card that I was using on the test computer.
The main features that I played around with was network priority and the external storage. The network priority (media prioritization) was simple enough to setup and when using the full outside connection on one computer further down the list starting netflix on a top of list computer it allowed that computer to steal bandwidth.
The external storage part was simple enough and was essentially plug and play. It showed up as a network device and you instantly had access to it.
Cons: The only possible cons I could come up with is size and the wall wart plug. It would be nice if they had a power cable that was normal size with an in line power brick so it would only take up one outlet space on a power strip.
Other Thoughts: I have reviewed multiple routers from varying price ranges and this is by far the best one. There is no real question in how well it works. It's easy to setup and easy to configure to your personal needs. It's very full of features to suit every different level of functionality and the wireless signal strength is unparalleled. I strongly recommend this router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: The setup was fairly straightforward. I actually think that windows made it more complicated when trying to be helpful (big surprise there).
When I first went to set it up windows refused to let me do anything other than enter a pin that did not exist. I have no display for the router I'm using and there was no pin in the paperwork or on the physical router.
I had do disconnect from the network 3 times to get windows to just let me connect without the pin to set up the range extender.
I went to the website to do the setup and it was a breeze. Took me all of 3 minutes.
When it was working it worked great. The problem being that it would fairly frequently drop. Even though the wireless network it was connecting to would be well into the green.
Cons: So the cons were somewhat outlined above but I'll go more into detail down here.
I had one computer connected via the gigabit port on the bottom. It worked great but that really highlighted the internet disconnects. It would be working great then I'd get like 2ish minutes of no ability to browse the internet and then it would come back.
That is the main reason for the 3 rating.
It also gets really hot. Not sure if that contributes to the network not really working well but it might.
Other Thoughts: If it was stable this would be a great range extender but the instability is really annoying and I can't consciously recommend it with that problem apparent.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch
Pros: One of the bigger pros of this switch is that it has a built in power brick. So that when you go to look for a plug to plug it into there is not a giant wall wart size needed on the power strip or outlet. Why more don't do this is beyond me.
Another interesting feature is that it has two usb power outlets. It was particularly handy for me because i used them to power my phones wireless charging pad and my tablet dock. While it would be nice if they were two amp usb plugs it is a nice feature that I would like to see more of.
As far as the switch functions goes it works great. There is no difference between being plugged into the router and the switch performance wise.
There are also loads of features for the switch. One of the nicer ones is the QoS settings that you can use in the online interface.
Another good feature is the click mounting system. It makes putting the switch out of site and mounting it exponentially easier.
Cons: The requirement to install 3rd party apps to get the online interface to work. They required you to install PopCap and Adobe Air to use the online interface to manage the QoS and other smart features.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic switch for the features that it provides. I would like to have seen 2 amp usb plugs and no additional software needed to manage the switch via web interface. Those two things do not really take away from the switch enough for me to rate it down. It is a great switch and should be seen as one. I would recommend it to someone looking for a switch with these specific features.READ FULL REVIEW