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Pros: I bought this hard drive because it was the largest of the budget hard drives. When I purchased it, speed was a secondary concern. Storage was my primary concern.
When I pulled the old hard drive out of my laptop I discovered that it was also a Western Digital Blue hard drive from the Scropio line. Pretty much the exact same thing, just smaller in capacity and quite a few years older.
At that point I thought, well, this new one isn't going to speed up my system at all. Fortunately I was mistaken. The increase in speed wasn't great, but I get on average about 10-15 MB/sec sustained transfer speeds.
The Black, Red and Purple drives are all faster, but you can't beat the capacity this drive offers for the price.
This drive is quiet. I haven't noticed any noise from it at all.
It seems to run cool.
I've had it running for days on end with no issues. It wasn't sitting idle the entire time. I was using my laptop as a server to host data. The upload speeds weren't much, only maybe 5 MB/sec peak. But it was sustained for several days and I had no trouble.
I'm using this drive on SATA 3 Gb/sec, but it does support SATA 6 Gb/sec.
Plug and play, I didn't have any issues with detection or OS installation.
Cons: Not the fastest hard drive available in its price range.
8 MB, very low cache for a hard drive.
Only 5400 RPM.
Other Thoughts: I benchmarked this drive, using Crystal Disc Mark, at 88 MB/sec Sequential Read speed and 90 MB/sec Sequential Write speed with up to 4 GB file size in the mid sector of the drive. Very respectable speed for a budget drive.
This is a great drive if you're just looking to increase your storage or to replace a bad drive on a budget. If speed is your primary concern then you should probably get the Black series or an SSD. As long as cost and capacity isn't an issue.
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
Pros: The Trendnet AC750 travel router is a nifty little router. It has an impressive number of advanced features and settings as well as a very reasonable range for a budget router.
This is the first Trendnet product I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. I am happy to say that they are clearly a brand that represents value and quality. This router came well packaged. It seems very sturdy, like it can take being dropped without breaking. It's certainly small enough that taking it with you on the road won't be a problem. It's small enough to fit in most purses or even in your pocket if you wish.
As a travel router, it comes with interchangeable power prongs that are standard for US, Europe and the UK. In fact, I was impressed with the quality of these detachable prongs from Europe. It makes me wonder why we're still using the type we have here in the US.
This device has two primary functions. It can function as an ordinary router or a range extender. As a router it functions just like any other router. In fact, with the ease at which this router can be configured, it's small size and decent range, I believe it's a great choice as a router for someone who needs a basic router for their small home or apartment. As it will also double as a range extender and a travel router.
Trendnet calls the range extender function WISP or Wireless Internet Service Provider. With the intention that as a travel router you would be able to connect to a hotel rooms wi-fi and allow you to connect multiple devices to that single connection via this device. Which would be a useful feature if you can only access a single connection, however, in my experience wi-fi typically doesn't work that way. Ordinarily the number of connections in a situation like that isn't limited to a single connection. But, if that same hotel only offered a single Ethernet connection, that is where this router would really be useful. Allowing you, your family, friends or guests all access to wi-fi.
This router features dual band connectivity with up to 300 Mb/sec on the 2.4 GHz band and 433 MB/sec on the 5 GHz. More than enough bandwidth for any internet connection, even across multiple devices. This router also features a guest network. The guest network is disabled by default, but it's easy to enable. Trendnet very thoughtfully put a sticker on top of this router with all the info you'll need on it. Including user names, passwords and how to access the advanced setup.
This routers range is pretty decent. I was able to get a decent signal about 100 feet away from the access point. Any further away than that and it dropped off almost completely. Which is pretty good for a router without any external antennas. Especially for what it costs and all the additional features you have access to.
Cons: The range could be better.
When I saw the VPN passthrough feature, not knowing anything about it, I thought that the router itself would act as the VPN passthrough. But it turns out that you need to have a device on your network to act as a VPN server for all your other devices. Meaning that device would have to be left on all the time, or at least when you want access to VPN service. Which pretty much defeats the purpose for me. Setting it up isn't easy either and there are no instructions on the Trendnet website, that I could find. For the average user, setting up VPN passthrough will mean contacting Trendnet support and having them walk you through it.
Other Thoughts: You can use this device as a router straight out of the box without any configuration on your part. Although, if you do take a look at the advanced setup page you'll probably be surprised, as I was, at the incredible number of advanced features that this tiny budget router offers. The majority of which I never play with. One interesting feature was a DMZ or De-Militarized Zone, that allows you to separate your internal network and internet. There's a Gaming section that allows you easily open specific ports, reducing interference with your online games connectivity. There is a scheduler that will allow you to determine when to allow access to your network at specific times and days. There are also options for parental control, various security and firewall settings, virtual server, bandwidth control and VPN Passthrough. When I saw VPN passthrough I thought that would be a feature I'd definitely be interested in. As I use a VPN service on my PCs. To configure it you need to have a computer running all the time to act as a VPN server for the rest of your network. Which would allow you to passthrough your VPN with all your devices, but for me, the only devices I really care to use a VPN with are already configured.
This router has WPS button, making connecting new devices easier, especially if you can't remember the password. The Trendnet AC750 Travel Router is compatible with the IPv6 standard and offers a 3 year limited warranty.
Overall the Trendnet AC750 travel router is a very versatile device. Useful for many situations. It's not ideal as a standard router for some people, but there are many who would be able to use this as their primary router and also take it on the road with them as well. Making it a great value.
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: The first thing that struck me about this router was how nice it looked. The pictures online really don't do it justice. The way it's designed, it's meant to stand up. Opposed to lying flat like most routers do. Even though it stands up, it sits securely in that position. The standing position also makes it easier to ascertain the status of your network at a glance.
For what I would consider to be mid range price, this router offers high end performance on the wireless network. The range is remarkable. Rivaling the range of even the most high end routers. I was very impressed with this routers range. But what was even more impressive was that it was able to maintain a strong signal even on the edges of this routers wireless range.
I think that is attributable to this routers beam forming capability. Beam forming is a feature I have become very fond of. Although, I have found that even though many routers offer beam forming, they don't implement it well. In this case, TP Link has implemented it correctly.
The TP Link Archer C9 AC1900 is a dual band router. With up to 600 Mb/sec on the 2.4 GHz band and 1300 Mb/sec on the 5 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz wireless band on this router is outstanding. It supports double the overall bandwidth that most routers do for 2.4 GHz and the range is excellent.
This router has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 USB ports. One USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. File sharing with this router was really easy. There was no need to tell it what you wanted to share. All I had to do was hook up the external drive to one of the USB ports and it automatically made the entire drive available to share without having to go into the routers advanced setup and configure it manually. Just plug it in and map your drive. Go to the Start Menu, right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive. Then in the Folder text box insert the routers IP. Type: \\192.168.0.1\ ,make sure you insert the slashes. Then click on Browse, track down what it is you want to share and click OK. Nice and easy.
This router comes equipped with 3 dual band antennas. I've found that routers that utilize dual band antennas tend to have superior range than routers that have only single band antennas. This router also features a 1 GHz dual core CPU. You might be wondering, as I was when I first saw a router that was equipped with a CPU, what difference is it that a CPU makes on a router? Well, a faster CPU for your router means that it will respond to any task significantly faster. It's really hard to explain this aspect. But when working with a high end router that utilizes a much faster CPU you'll notice that it's much snappier than your average router. It will boot up faster, things load quicker, devices will connect faster, pretty much every aspect of the routers function gets a speed boost.
Cons: This router tends to get very warm, even with typical operation. Some equipment is built to tolerate heat, so it might not be an issue. But I was surprised at the amount of heat this router generates.
The antennas are difficult to screw into place. There is this ornate looking grey bracket that outlines this router. Although it looks very nice, it gets in the way of being able to fully screw in this routers external antennas.
USB performance is poor. The USB 3.0 port doesn't perform at USB 3.0 speeds. With the drives I tested, all of which were USB 3.0, I saw roughly 1/3 the speed I would normally see with those drives with sustained transfers. On a quality USB 3.0 port I would normally see my external hard drives sustain 60 MB/sec reads and writes. But using the USB 3.0 port on this router I was consistently seeing around 20 MB/sec. A definite improvement from some of the older TP Link routers I've owned, but far from what I would like it to be.
The USB 2.0 port performs the same, in terms of bandwidth, as the USB 3.0 port.
I updated the firmware to the latest version. With the factory firmware USB performance was even worse than the results I listed above.
USB performance has been an issue on several of the TP Link routers I've owned. I think the USB 3.0 port on this router is more an attempt to ensure compatibility than high performance.
To be honest I rarely use most of this routers features. I am in a unique situation where I have no wireless signals in range of my home, no cellular either. So there is virtually zero interference with my Wi-Fi. I live in the middle of nowhere so I have no need to take any extraordinary steps to protect my network. Anyone who is going to be using my Wi-Fi is a trusted friend or family member who I would willingly give full and unrestricted access. I just wish the USB ports performed a little better. Having to wait for large file transfers at 20 MB/sec if extremely tedious.
Other Thoughts: Even though USB performance isn't ideal, it's still high enough to stream most things, including HD videos and it's plenty enough to run a network printer.
This router is IPv6 compatible. Which is the next step for IP address assignment. IPv4 is still the standard, but with its limited number of potential maximum IP addresses, at some point there won't be any more available IP addresses using that system. Which is where IPv6 comes in. It will allow for a lot more, virtually an endless supply of potential IP addresses. All it does is basically allow it to use more digits. So when that eventually takes effect you can rest easy knowing this router won't have any trouble with it.
There is an app that you can use to access some of this routers features, see who is connected to your network at any given time and block unwanted connections. The TP Link Tether app for iOS and Android. Most of the functions are pretty basic, but it can definitely be useful for a lot of people.
The Archer C9 also has a guest network feature. Which would be nice for allowing someone temporary and restricted access to your network. You can have your guest network active all the time. The router issues you a password, that can be changed at any time, for your guest network that you'll have to issue to your friends, family or customers depending on how you use it. You can also leave it open and unprotected if you want.
This router features WPS or Wireless Protected Setup. It's pretty much just a button you can press when connecting new devices to give that device immediate access without entering a password. Or if your device also features WPS, you can press it for both the device and the router and they'll connect without having to find your wireless network and enter a password. Yeah, it's a nice feature that can potentially save you some time but I rarely use it.
In my opinion this router is well worth it. I have only seen one router that had superior range and performance on the wireless network and it costs $100 more than this one. In fact, the wireless range and signal strength was so good that it extended further than my previous router and range extender. I measured the distance to where I was able to maintain a strong signal to 220 feet from the router. That was through a path with plenty of obstruction, the distance was even greater from the side of my house with the big window. Completely negating the need to use a range extender. Very impressive. The only flaw I take issue with is the USB speeds, aside from that, this router is really solid. The range and signal strength are excellent. Aside from Cross Band, this router has all the features of even the most high end routers.
TP Link is a brand that has a lot to offer at a really good price point, this router is no exception.
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