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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good signal strength, speed was good with 5 GHz 802.11n clients (don't have any AC clients as of yet). I like the actual power switch

Cons: After using DD-WRT for years the firmware leaves much to be desired. I have an old Linksys WRT320N running DD-WRT that I use as a bridge (client bridge mode) to connect two clients in my bedroom (TiVo and Raspberry Pi). With my previous router (a different Linksys N router, again with DD-WRT) everything worked just fine (albeit slowly). Clients connected through the bridge could talk to clients connected to the router directly. With the Archer C7 clients on the bridge would lose connectivity with other local clients after some period of time, usually less than 2 hours. Note this did not happen immediately. Internet connectivity was unaffected. After pulling my hair out for 5 days I decided to return the Archer C7 and get what I should have bought in the first place: either the Asus RT-AC66 or RT-AC68. You get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Should be fine for most consumer-level installs. Nice design and kudos for skipping the obnoxiously bright blue LEDs like some devices have these days. I don't need my router to double as an annoying blinking nightlight.

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SYBA USB 3.0 2-port PCI-e Controller Card, VLI VL80x Chipset, with On-board 20-pin HeModel SD-PEX20122
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bought some of these at work for use with the SYBA SY-HUB20134. No issues other than having a power cable long enough to reach the back of the case. Backup to a WD Passport drive over USB 3.0 is nice and fast now.

Cons: I imagine some power supplies do not have Molex connectors these days. I would have been nice to have a SATA-style power connector on the board.

Other Thoughts: Because I didn't have a long enough power cable to reach the card on a 1U rack mount workstation and I was only hooking up a powered USB 3.0 hub, I tried it without the power connected. It did not work. Make sure you have all the ancillary cables required. Note the Molex power connector.

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Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Scores a WEI of 7.9 and makes my 4 year old machine speedy again.

Cons: Nothing yet. My last SSD (another brand) died after two months, so we'll see.

Other Thoughts: My last SSD died (I think) from putting the system to sleep. Now I'm paranoid to use sleep mode with this new drive.

The Kingston SSD Toolbox downloadable from their website is a .rar file and I didn't have any rar utilities installed. They say it's an .exe self-contained rar, but it's not. Anyhow the only useful thing is it tells you the firmware installed. I can't seem to locate any firmware on the Kingston website so I have no idea if I have the latest.

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Matthew S.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 03/04/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 07/22/11
  • Last Review: 01/21/14
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