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Pros: Detachable gain 5ghz antennas
Useful on/off buttons
Cons: No beamforming adjustments may affect range for fringe devices.
Early AC chipset that performs great, but is aged. 2nd gen chipsets readily outperform and outfeature. 3rd gen is also now becoming available.
Other Thoughts: Supremely disappointed with the coverage in my home. Perhaps it's just not the right solution. My previous ASUS RT-AC56R @ $50 outperforms this with range, but not with bandwidth. The ASUS had options for implicit and explicit beamforming. Implicit is the AC standard while explicit allows all devices. That could be what's required in my situation.
What's required in yours is up to experimentation. Since there are no options even with DD-WRT installed I assume that it either since it's an early chipset that it doesn't support it or it's hardware doesn't allow adjustment. Regardless, that ASUS router also outfeatures this.
It's still a fine router otherwise, but not worth the price I paid.
Pros: At $20, it's the cheapest AC router supporting 1.2Gbps & DD-WRT v3 with beamforming. However, smallnetbuilder review shows about 134mpbs downlink over 5ghz.
Cons: 2.4 Ghz signal is worse than my 2005 G router. Two issues, tiny internal antenna optimized for 5Ghz and no amplifier. Both antennas are shared for 2.4 and 5. Luckily it's internal antenna's wiring is a plug. Once you have it open also put real thermal paste on the heatsink for the CPU. Drops the temps from 90C to 85C... run it horizontal and half exposed and it drops to 77C. Still hot, but FAR better. Changing to external antenna helped a little with 2.4 link speed, but signal quality did improve.
Other Thoughts: With a cheap enough price it's useful as a lesson router for DD-WRT. v3 development for it is alive and well so you'll be getting continuous updates. Latest beta build is 7/2015.
For the average user, get the majority your PCs/tablets @ at 5ghz, leave your other lower speed devices (printer, etc) at 2.4 and it'll be a fine upgrade if you only had 2.4 prior.
Pros: - Tiny, solid enclosure
- quiet and fast 32MB cache
- Samsung SATA 9mm drive inside
- 2 year warranty
Cons: - no longer USM (SATA/USB removal-able adapter)
Other Thoughts: Big fan of Seagate since they are the last manufacturer who still makes portable external drives that are still standard SATA drives. Their previous drives were USM, but obviously that had to go to make it this tiny. There is barely enough space for shielding then the case itself.
Take it apart by carefully pulling off the metal lid. Lid is stuck on by tape and small notches. Inside is a Samsung ST2000LM003. Performance via SATA:
4k: .63/1.8MB read/write
4k (32 queue): 1.4/2.0MB read/write
4k reads increased with queue depth so NCQ works. I would buy one more next time it's on sale. Keep up to great work Seagate, but do bring back USM.