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This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
Pros: The Linksys AC1900 is a fantastic, and fast device bundled with all the latest features one would need. It supports both 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz networks, wireless standards of B, G, N, and AC. It has DLNA and VPN support, beamforming, WPS, both a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port, parental controls, etc. It is also a "Smart" WiFi Router, which allows you to access the router and its settings from anywhere with your smartphone/tablet.
Setting up this router is quick and easy, simply screw on the 3 antennas in the back and connect your modem to the router, followed by plugging the router into an outlet. Next is to configure the routers settings, which was made simple thanks to Linksys's custom web interface, allowing users to rename their network, configured their networks password, setup a admin username/password, guest accounts, etc.
More advanced settings can also be changed, such as setting up VPNs, configuring priority apps/devices with QOS, or managing parental controls which allows configuring devices to only have access to the internet and/or certain websites at various times of the day. There's also the industry default standards of port forwarding, UPnP, Dynamic Routing, etc.
Wireless performance in my experience was top notch. With the router located on our upper floor, I was able to get a consistent and fast connection 3 floor down in our basement. Now while we do have a 2.4/5Ghz wireless AC range extender for the basement, it really wasn't needed. Configuring the range extender to work with the AC1900 did produce a stronger signal, however it didn't really change the performance of the network. This is most likely thanks to Beamforming technology which helps direct signals towards devices better. Running speed test around the house, and sending files back and forth between devices also delivered consistent speeds respectively equal to both my ISP's advertised speeds, and that of Linksys's.
Cons: Either I'm in a really good mood, or I just simply can't come up with any real cons.
Compared to other routers, some may think the AC1900 has more "limited" configuration settings. However I feel Linksys did a good job streamlining the settings, which makes managing the router from a smartphone or tablet that much easier. Having dozens upon dozens of various settings to mess with on a mobile device would be a major headache for even the most advanced tech user.
The MSRP could also be argued it's a bit high, and I agree. However looking around this router is being sold well under the MSRP, which makes this con moot.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic device, and I highly recommend it. But of course shop around and compare this device to others and see what suits your needs best, If found on sale below the MSRP I strongly recommend buying it!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well manufactured compact device with a premium look and feel. There isn't an ounce of doubt that this isn't a cheap device like some others out there on the market. The unit I received has worked instantly out of the box for a week and counting.
Installation is a breeze, most users purchasing a network switch probably know how to install these but if not, simply plug your modem and/or router into the switch. Followed by plugging in your other ethernet friendly devices. TP-Link has also included a utility that'll help users ensure their devices connect to the switch. Overall the entire setup takes a few minutes.
The device itself has 5 energy efficient ports that cables "snap" tightly into place on. The ports themselves come with various energy efficient technologies, from turning off unused ports, to analyzing how long a cable is to deliver just the right amount of power. Indicator lights on the device also inform you if you are connected to a 10/100 Mb network or a 1000 Mb. There's also support for port mirroring, loop prevention, cable diagnostics, QoS, VLAN, etc. The connections I used to review this product on for a week all worked perfectly without any issues.
The device doesn't have padded feet to keep it from sliding around on a surface, but it does come with mounting holes allowing easy installation on a wall, behind a stand/desk, etc. (Mounting screws not included)
Cons: No eggs were removed for these "cons", but they still deserved mentioning.
Like many switches this gets a tad warm when all ports are being used.
No padded feet to keep it from sliding on surfaces.
No screws for easier mounting, if you don't have 2 screws laying around you'll need to go to the store and buy some.
Would prefer to have the power cord plug into the same side as the ethernet switches. While a personal preference, this probably allowed for the more compact design.
1 year warranty is a little disappointing, but seems to be common in this price range.
Other Thoughts: With it being competitively priced with features most buyers are looking for, this should definitely be on your list of considerations for a good network switch!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
Pros: Quick and easy setup without any issues. I plugged the extender into an outlet by the router, hit both WPS buttons on each device, and a minute later both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz modes were setup and operating.
I live in a 3 floor house, with the router being most convenient to be installed upstairs. However with this setup it leads to a subpar signal in the basement, especially when using wireless AC on the 5Ghz bandwidth. After setting up this extender, and plugging it into an outlet down in the basement, the signal went from being bad, to being perfect! No more connection issues, no more slow internet.
The device also has a ethernet port on the bottom, allowing you to plug in any non-wifi enabled devices.
Comes with 2 year warranty, and 24/7 tech support (I didn't need to contact them).
Cons: I honestly didn't find any cons, setup went by without issue, it extended my WiFi signal as advertised and boosted speeds in the area of my house that previously had issues.
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic product! The MSRP is fairly competitive for a Wireless AC extender, but if this can be found on sale, I highly recommend you pick one up!READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Zachary B.
Date Joined: 03/01/05
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