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TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Not Amazing, Not Terrible. 06/25/2016

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router

Pros: - The hardware is exactly identical to other Netgear/Asus/Linksys AC3200 offerings, which are all based on Broadcom chips, same RAM and FLASH size, 2 USB ports. I quickly installed it, set up the router, and it was running within 5 min.
- Make sure to update the firmware (1.0.4.0)
- 5ghz Channel works splendidly. 2.4ghz is mediocre.
- Able to setup multiple SSID's & unique security for each one is a really nice feature.
- You can stream movies from a NAS (if you have one that is) and the speed is actually quite great.

Cons: - Price tag is very off putting to the average user.
- The LED's are very bright.
- It can run hot, make sure its in a place that gets plenty of airflow.
- It's approximately the size of a dvd player.
- Streamboost sucks.
- Parental controls don't work (firmware is bugged it seems :/ )
- Wifi Range is kinda hit and miss depending on the material(s) of the building you are in. I tested it at a friends house, my house and at work. It was inconsistent, I know that's the nature of wireless but I've had better results with different routers honestly.

Other Thoughts: In terms of 'bang for your buck' I would say that there are better choices out there that will give the average end user what they are looking for (performance, working features, decent wireless range, etc.)

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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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5 out of 5 eggs Thoroughly impressed. 05/09/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: - Setting up the drive is very simple. When you first plug in the device you will find that there are 3 security files, one each for Windows, Mac or Android, so you can password protect the information that you intend to store. This is another bonus if you are planning on traveling with this drive.
- It can be password protected, with AES 256-bit protection advertised.
- No Power Cord Needed
- Just as fast as a Samsung 850 EVO internal drive (that's what's inside so that's not a surprise)
- Dropped it from about 6 feet or so about a dozen times and noticed no impact to performance at all
- NAND flash memory = bueno

Cons: - 3 Year warranty seems to be short for a storage device at this price range.

Other Thoughts: - First of all, the disk activity LED is about useless. It's on the same end of the drive as the connection port and that end of the drive will not normally be facing the user. And even if that end is facing you, the LED is so dim that is difficult to see, especially in bright light.
- The drive is very thin and very slippery. It could use a couple of bands of nonskid to help it stay in place better.
- Finally, I would've liked some sort of carrying pouch for it, as it is a portable drive.
- If you want to achieve best performance with USB-C cable, make sure you have a USB-C cable support at least 5Gb/s transfer speed. And some cable like Apple's USB-C, Google's USB-C, Anker USB-C they only support 480Mb/s which is USB 2.0 standard for data transfer.

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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Not too shabby :) 05/09/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: -Pretty easy setup honestly
- Long range, worked in a place that was about 1600 sq. ft with no noticeable problems
- Having an on/off button is a nice touch.
- 3 external antennas
- 4gb wired ports
- 2 usb ports for back-up and file sharing
- guest network
- TP-LINK Tether app (Apple & Android)
- Dual bands (2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz)
- Looks pretty slick

Cons: - It's a Broadcom-based V2.0, so there probably won't be OpenWRT support for a long long long time, if ever.
- There are only two external antennas (whereas V1.2 has three)
- The external antennas are quite loose, so they have a tendency to fall aside. (kinda bugs me...)
- The unit is very flat and wide so if you are a stickler for space with your networking gear you might have to move some stuff around...

Other Thoughts: - The lack of dropping connections is legit
- I wish the antenna's didn't 'flop' the way they kinda do
- Price point feels a little bit high for my taste, but its worked well thus far

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Display Name: Craig B.

Date Joined: 11/03/09

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  • First Review: 03/02/10
  • Last Review: 06/25/16
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