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Pros: It was easy to setup, and had a solid, consistent connection. Range extended further than my house had any use for, but that's certainly not a bad thing. Wireless audio was easy to setup, and is really the key to this item.
Cons: There are less expensive extenders that perform just as well, and also have the Ethernet port. What they don't have is the built-in wireless audio streaming, which is why I'm not deducting an egg.
Instructions could be a bit more detailed, but the existing ones work well enough.
As with most extenders, the wireless overlap can cause issues and/or slowdowns if the router and extender aren't far enough apart.
Other Thoughts: There are really only a couple of situations in which this particular combo of extender/wireless audio. Either you have a very big house where the room you're wanting to extend the wireless to also happens to be a room where you want to stream music.
The other situation (one I think would be more common) would be one where you want to extend your wireless out into your yard and around maybe an outdoor pool/bar area where you may also want to stream music on a semi-regular basis. For this usage, this might be the perfect piece of equipment. Just make sure it's not exposed to water.
Pros: Easy to install, runs rock solid stable, and is lightning fast.
This is a top shelf adapter, there's just no other way to explain it.
Cons: It is admittedly a bit pricey, and despite looking better than most comparables, doesn't have much of a wow factor.
Stock antennas are very good, but not great.
Other Thoughts: This adapter uses the Broadcom BCM4360 chip, which is the same chip used in Asus's equivalent product, the PCE-AC68. It is one of the best (if not THE best) chips available for consumers in the non-enterprise range.
Between this and the Asus equivalent, this is less flashy and has a bit less range(although still very good range) due to antenna designs, and is consequently a bit cheaper. If Asus is aiming at the gaming demographic, TP-Link is going for a more mature, business-oriented demographic.
If the signal range does end up being an issue, TP-Link does offer antenna upgrades. However, if you fear that this will be a problem before you buy it, you're probably better off going with the Asus instead, as the antenna upgrades will make this cost more overall.
Pros: Stylish, affordable, on paper it's everything a home router should be, and everything the average home should need.
If you never use the wireless portion of this wireless router, you'd probably think it's really good.
Cons: Despite appearing to have a solid wireless connection, it can't seem to maintain a stream for any extended period of time. Also appears to drop connections randomly. Even after a driver update, this problem persists.
There doesn't appear to be any settings that would allow me to turn this into a repeater, and there doesn't appear to be an option to load OpenWRT.
Functionally, this amounts to little more than a glorified switch.
Other Thoughts: This is frustrating. I've reviewed multiple wireless TP-Link products and been very happy with all of them, and the router (of all things) ends up being the weak product in the series. It doesn't appear to just be this model, either. Even the C7 seems to suffer from the same issues.
I could be wrong, but I don't believe this is actually a hardware issue. I believe this is a driver issue, and is possibly solvable. Unfortunately, until that happens, I can't recommend this to anyone.
Display Name: Vince C.
Date Joined: 01/11/03
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