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Pros: I installed the software from the included CD. The install software downloads a new version via the internet, so requires agreeing to the license agreement twice. There is a visual and text description of how to physically connect the cable(s). There are 4 Ethernet ports and a USB port. The new wireless network was automatically found and an option given to select the name, password, and admin password. A strong admin password is given by default, which is a good security precaution. Next, the router was updated by downloading and installing the update. A reminder is given to avoid unplugging the power cord or resetting the router. This process took a few minutes. It then checked for a firmware update, followed by an optional Linksys Wi-Fi account. This is noted to allow access the home network anytime anywhere, access new apps, use intelligent media prioritization, and control kids content when away from home. I already had an account and associated it with this router.
The guest Wi-Fi is available, which although shows as unsecured, requires a password (a unique password is given). The 2.4 and 5 GHz networks share a common wireless network name by default, but may be changed. The Smart Wi-FI page contains a variety of simple to understand information. Settings are accessible from the left menu or the boxes on the right. There is a device list, guest access settings including maximum number of guests, parental controls, media prioritization, speed test, and access to external storage via USB. The various router settings are easily found and adjusted. Some of the settings may also be adjusted via the Android app Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.
The performance was decent and consistent. Through multiple walls on the opposite size of the house, download speeds were 5.7 MB/s (46 Mbps) , whereas being in the same room resulted in transfer speeds near 11.9 MB/s (95 Mbps). Upload speeds and writing to a USB 2.0 drive were between 3-4 MB/s. No issues streaming HD media or downloads, even without QoS and prioritization.
It is an overall a dependable router with mid-range features suitable for most simple home usage for which it is intended.
Cons: The Linksys Smart WiFi web page had issues one night while I was testing and posted a note it was going down for maintenance. No USB printer sharing. Connecting to the USB sometimes did not work at all, and if it worked it functioned well for streaming and uploads of large files, however copying large files (>100 MB) often failed from a USB drive.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The TP-LINK Archer T1U was simple to setup. Plug into a USB port, install most recent software downloaded from TP-LINK’s website, then connect to the wireless network. The box also comes with a small CD, but my preference is to directly download from the webpage in case there is any newer software. The physical location for this was on the opposite side of my house, meaning about three walls between the router and this wireless adapter. For these reasons, I did not expect anywhere near the full 433 Mbps, but my results are more typical for an end user.
The main use for this adapter was in a home theater PC running 64 bit Windows 10. I watched hours of HD video streaming over a period of several week, including several times of about 3 or 4 hours continuous streaming of OTA recordings in HD. There were no hesitations or interruptions when watching the steams. It was as good a user experience as when the wired connection was in place, which I removed for testing. On transferring files from a server, I typically observed about 10.5 MB/s (84 Mbps) when transferring large files. This is more than acceptable for the non-ideal location, and clearly other users have observed much higher transfer rates when placed in more ideal location.
The adapter had no issues on reconnecting to the wireless network after waking the computer from sleep. I found it to be highly reliable during use for a week or so that I’ve used it, so no issues with heat or anything like that.
The Archer T1U also has soft AP mode and can be used as a Wi-FI hotspot to connect other mobile devices, if a wired connection is available.
Cons: 5 GHz has limitations, particularly when there is lots of solid matter between the source and router and adapter.
Other Thoughts: The signal strength is higher than I observe for a laptop PC on 5 GHz near the same location.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good sound reproduction and sufficient bass. A single cord minimizes hassle, and the cord length is long enough. I have used the headphones since 2013 and it still works well.
Cons: The microphone does not pick up sound very well unless held close. Too stiff and a bit heavy, becomes kind of uncomfortable if used for long periods of time.READ FULL REVIEW