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Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Best router sold currently 03/10/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Pros: This is one of the nicest if not BEST routers presently being sold and is designed with the most current technologies and finest enablers brought to market. Linksys FYI is a subsidiary of Cisco which is the industry standard when you are in the market for a new or replacement router. Though expensive when compared to all other home routers this Linksys EA9200-4A can be pressed into service in a small to intermediate business environment and will easily accommodate a multitude of users with enough bandwidth and punch through wall partitions without a hiccup. The Linksys EA9200-4A has two (2) USB ports which is rare but more importantly one of the ports is a genuine USB3.0. Who presently has "BUILT-IN USB3.0" ports presently embedded in any of their routers? ...no one!
Physically this is a mongo sized router so placement will take careful thought but with this sheer size you get 3 large protruding external antennas (remaining 3 antennas thank heaven are internal) for a total of six antennas which is why wifi coverage will be a non-issue. I simply have no adverse words to say about this Linksys EA9200-4A and I've had plenty of older variations of their old workhorse WRT54 series Linksys routers passed on to family members. I still have the very first model WRT54 4-port 802.11a router which performs to this day and will NOT die which is a testament to Cisco/Linksys longevity and design.
What makes this router a notch above all others is the fact this Linksys EA9200-4A can passively be monitored with just a quick glance. The Linksys logo flashes when there is any abnormality which you can then follow up by remoting in via the ip address. Each of the four (4) gigabit ports not only has a session light but also a activity light for troubleshooting purposes. Either USB port has a indicator light clearing indicating the port is active. The side of the Linksys EA9200-4A has physical switches switch which allows you to manually shutoff wireless. There is nothing left to want
I've had the opportunity of using this router both at home and business and depending on your environment this router will be overkill especially if you only have a basic DSL or entry level broadband connection. If on the other hand you have a 50Mbs or higher provisioned connection with your broadband provider this Linksys EA9200-4A will pleasantly astound you with the sheer number of simultaneous active clients it can serve (50 max), it's amazing signal range but more importantly the speed of your wireless connections. Just remember the fact if you are provisioned and paying for a 100Mbs connections your wireless speeds will be over 54Mbs which was what I was consistently able to achieve with a 100Mbs internet connection for tests completed.
There was nothing omitted from this router. The ability to have unique password protected networks and parental controls offering you the ability to restrict not only web sites but times of the day access. A built in spe

Cons: This Linksys EA9200-4A is huge in size as mentioned earlier especially with the 3 external antennas protruding out. Location for me was a huge issue. No matter where I placed the Linksys EA9200-4A it was simply unattractive in a home setting but expected if you need unattended reliability. Price of this Linksys EA9200-4A secondly is extremely cost prohibitive however if you need a router which can be pressed into service at both home and business the expense of this router is otherwise negated.
The Linksys ES9200-4A has a permanently mounted stand which is both good and bad. This means the unit must be positioned upright only. Permanent mounting to a wall will not work as the built in stand makes this literally impossible to accomplish. I would have liked having the external power supply built into the router unit as my power strip is already cluttered with all the various power supplies attached giving a messy appearance. No USB3.0 cables are provided so you will have to supply your own. Just be cognizant of the fact a legacy USB cable plugged into the newer USB3 port will NOT give you USB3 speeds but USB2 speeds.

Other Thoughts: Linksys has one of the best support web sites available with a huge fan base. Firmware updates (when needed) is continually updated. Nothing much to be concerned with

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Corsair CH-9000066-NA Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Das or Corsair?..your choice 02/10/2015

This review is from: Corsair CH-9000066-NA Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch

Pros: This is my very first mechanical keyboard having used nothing but the cheapo membrane keyboards for as long as I can remember. Only other decent keyboard was my original IBM keyboard which came bundled with the very first IBM pc. For those who have never ever had a opportunity of typing with a mechanical keyboard do yourself a favor and treat yourself. Not only will you be amazed what a joy a mechanical keyboard brings but it will be easier on your fingers/and wrist. I had a opportunity to test out a few of them at the local pc megastore then armed with Newegg reviews my choice came down to either the Corsair or Das. Went with Corsair purchased on Newegg accessed via ebates dot com along with a cash rebate credit card and saved quite a bit when bundled with Eggsaver shipping (ugh!).
I find this keyboard quite a value but more importantly so much easier to type. Having now migrated off a membrane type keyboard I'm find myself still pounding away however it will take a few days before I can acclimate myself to now type gently. I suspect this keyboard will last for years but just in case it doesn't I can use the credit card company to double the Corsair warranty typically offered from all credit card companies.
I may just upgrade my household to mechanical keyboards seeing how nice and quickly I now type. Stay with Corsair or give Das a try?...decisions, decisions, decisions! Leaning towards Das simply because they are USB3, give educational discounts but most importantly provide you with 3 usb ports versus Corsair's one...slightly more expensive but not by that much...Corsair, are you listening?

Cons: The braided cable is quite stiff making it presently difficult to lay flat on my desk. Shouldn't be a ongoing issue as I will flex it until it lays flat to my liking. The keys are somewhat close to one another which is my biggest concern. I suspect Corsair purposely designed the keyboard this way since it forces the user to type properly leaving both your index fingers at the home position and minimize hand movement. The brightest setting for the backlight is quite bright and not to my liking. There are quite a few reviewers who voiced concerns some of the keys eventually had non functioning lights so I will leave my illumination at the lowest setting just to minimize burnt out led's.
Eggsaver shipping is still terrible but getting better. From order submission to delivery of this keyboard took 4 days which for me was excellent. Prior eggsaver delivery times took over a week even when Newegg had the item in stock across the river at their Secaucus warehouse.
Each key appears to have printed letters or numbers which are not as durable as laser etched keys which Das offers on all their keyboards.

Other Thoughts: If you have a educational email the Das mechanical keyboard appears to be a better deal than Corsair otherwise this K70 is worth the $119

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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is one of few routers which will accept open source Linux based firmware levels which in my opinion should seriously be considered when purchasing a new or replacement open source router. The two providers of such open source firmware files include both OPENWRT and DD-WRT easily found via a Google search. TP-Link once again has a excellent web site which provides you with not only documentation but more importantly firmware updates which you will use depending if you have a desire for some of the more nice to have improvements over and above what factory firmware levels provide. Right "out of the box" this TP-Link TL-WDR4300 was easily set up and if you normally do NOT use wireless connections this router is a joy to use. If, however, you have a need for wireless be prepared for some work especially with unexplainable loss of wireless connections, random disconnects to your tablets, laptops, and your wifi capable smartphone. More on this later....
The TP-Link TL-WDR4300 is built like a tank but be prepared to ponder where to place this router as it is larger than competing routers presently being sold.
This TP-Link TL-WDR4300 router is rock solid with both wired and wireless if you use open source linux firmware. Be prepared for random wireless disconnects and other unplainable glitches if you remain with any of the TP-Link firmware. I found this to be the case for me. FYI, DD-WRT firmware has more features than OPENWRT however DD-WRT is a bit more difficult to flash requiring multiple flashes unlike OPENWRT.

Cons: As alluded to earlier I personally had a lot of grief on the reliability of the wireless portion of this router. This is a non 802.11ac router which probably is why many reviewers have had less than stellar raves regarding this model. Then again, it's a lot cheaper than a entry level 802.11ac device which is why wireless is this router's Achilles' heel. Having flashed to TP-Link's latest firmware level (TL-WDR4300_V1_141113) I was still not a happy wireless user having been spoiled with TP-Link's Archer C7 AC1750 802.11ac entry level router which has never hiccupped or let me down. I spent almost 2 frustrating days and finally got the wireless reliable to my liking and the fix apparently is open source OPENWRT Linux firmware. Alternate choice was DD-WRT but having chosen OPENWRT first I didn't want to push my luck re-flashing..... if it finally works, don't fix what is NOT broken!..which is very sound advice.
This non 802.11ac router is huge in size so you will be moving it around until you find a unobtrusive location. Be forewarned on this one. I suspect this will be TP-Link's last non 802.11ac router which is a good thing. Latest and greatest spec is the 802.11ac standard which is backwards compatible to 802.11n which this TP-Link TL-WDR4300 is capable of . While I have only had this router in my possession for a few days, time will tell if this is a "hero versus zero"...not too re-assuring as it appears the product has been out a bit more than a year and already has 3 firmware upgrades posted on the TP-Link website.
Think twice about purchasing this router especially if you are hesitant about open source firmware. I'm not the "sharpest knife in the drawer" however spending almost two days (on and off) weaning myself off TP-Link firmware just to get this router to my liking is not very productive. My last open source firmware upgrade was on a 10 year old Linksys WRT54 which does bring back memories why I wanted open source firmware....the ability to vary output transmit power at the expense of generated heat!

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if TP-Link had a DSL along with a cable version of this router which would eliminate having two boxes (modem along with router) residing side-by-side eating up precious space at home.

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