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This review is from: Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner
Pros: • The scanner has a small footprint, measures 12.5” by 7” sitting on your desk, about 10 inches high, much smaller than I expected.
• Vibrant 7" 1280x800 pixels with IPS wide view multi-touch color screen, it allows for touch scrolling as well, very impressed, wish my all in one printer/scanner/fax had such a nice interface
• No need to connect to a computer to transfer scanned files, completely standalone
• The built-in software is quite comprehensive, there are settings for sound, display, security and a whole bunch of other features
• Connect scanner either by Wi-Fi or Ethernet to your home or business network. Connecting to my home Wi-Fi network took me seconds, connection was stable and had now issues for my wireless computers to see the scanner after I installed the client on the PC.
• Full QWERTY on screen keyboard
• Documents can be transferred to the user via USB, PC connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet network, mobile device over WiFi, email…need to have an email server set up, FTP and cloud, so many ways to get your scans across from the scanner
• The on board software have some PDF tools that you can use to combine and split PDF’s and TIFF files
• It has some cool features such as watermark, blank page removal, punch hole removal and blank page split, this can be found under scan settings
Cons: • Although the foldout “Quick Guide” comes in 13 languages the guide is very basic and poorly written, does not cover any of the setup and users instructions you would expect. The guide only tells you connect via Ethernet, does not mention connection via Wi-Fi at all
• CD Rom comes with no drivers, only has NewSoft PageMagaer and Abbyy FineReader. The drivers are available on their website, why not include it in the CD?
• Accessing higher DPI settings, above 400 DPI, you need to go into Advanced settings, makes no sense, why not include those option on the main menu under Quality. The same goes for Format and Color Mode as well, the main menu gives you two options, again you need to go to advance to access more options
• The scanner is not cheap, maybe for a small business but for home office it is much more expensive that all in one scanner/printer/color combo units on the shelves today
Other Thoughts: Even with the lack of a detailed setup/installation guide, setting up the plustek eScan A150 was a breeze, very straight forward, connect the power cord and in a few seconds you will see the nice IPS touch screen display. The on screen menus are all very laid out, intuitive and easy to navigate. Connecting to the WiFi to my home network took only seconds so no issue there.
Calibration was done without an issue, it took the first time unlike what another reviewer mentioned, I must say I nearly threw away the piece of calibration paper as it is not mentioned in the Guide at all
In order to send a scan to a PC over network you need to first download and install Plustek eScan client from the Plustek website, after you scan a document it will then give the option to send the document to USB, PC etc, if you choose PC it will then give you the option to choose the PC, the client name will come up on the screen, you can then send the document to that…simple as that. The scanner is not super-fast, especially at higher DPI, at 600 DPI in color it took a good few minutes to scan 10 pages, so don’t expect the scan speed to match that of a B&W laser printer, go make some coffee or drink a beer.
All in all a very nice scanner for either home office or small business
Pros: -Incredible range and consistent speeds on both 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz bands. Up to 28 dBm transmit power on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios. I get the same speeds but better range compared to my Linksys AC3200 router. This makes my expensive router somewhat redundant as the Comcast modem is a modem/router combo, if I disable the wirless on the Comcast box I have all I need.
-Wall or ceiling mounted, basically the same installation as a ceiling mounted smoke detector. It blends in and is unobtrusive,
-Fast roaming and band steering features, both sounds great, difficult to test though but an advantage nonetheless .
-Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port 802.3at (PoE), so you can power the device via powered Ethernet, you need a PoE adapter though which is not provided.
Cons: -Setup guide that is supplied in the box is extremely poor, basically only tells you how to get access to the UI via device IP address.
-Device IP address is the same as most routers out there so off the bat there is an IP conflict if you connect it without assigning a different static IP address
-Device user interface (UI) full of features but unless you know what to do exactly you are lost. No setup wizard or guide to get you to connect to the internet.
-Power cable on the short side, about 5 ft, so you will need to mount it close to an outlet unless you use PoE.
-Ethernet cable even shorter, less than two feet so makes it hard to use a desktop to configure it at first
The user’s manual, not supplied on a disk, you have to go to their website to download it, only defines each setting, again no installation guide whatsoever.
The lack of a proper setup guide either in writing or within the software is a major oversight and will result in many potential customers returning this device, unless you experienced with setting up access points you will be lost.
All in all I’m only knocking off Newegg one star for the reasons stated above, the performance of this device is incredible in both range and speeds.
Other Thoughts: As an introduction I would like to let the reader know what they are getting into when they buy this product. First of all this is an access point, not a range extender. Also it is definitely not plug and play or easy to set up like most routers, wireless bridges or range extenders. You will need to hard wire an Ethernet CAT5e cable to this device from your router for it to work, so if you plan to mount it away from your router be prepared to drill holes and route cables to make it operational.
The box contains the device which has the shape size of an average smoke detector, a 5 ft power cable and 20 inch CAT5e cheap Ethernet cable. It also comes with a folded “Quick Installation Guide” , the guide is extremely lacking in substance and provide very little guidance. It tells you how to connect the device via CAT5 to a laptop or desktop, change your laptops IP address to the device’s IP address and access the Engenius user interface (UI, that is it, and that is far from the end my friends.
It took me a couple of hours late at night to figure out the rest and get it to work properly, so I will spare readers the frustration and tell you exactly how to set up this device and get it to transmit on both radios across your house.
In order to get your AP (access point) to connect successfully to the router and access the internet you need to change the AP IP address. The AP default IP address is 192.168.1.1 which is not a good choice as most routers have the same default IP address.
Once you have logged into the router for the 1st time via laptop or desktop you need to choose an IP address, in the range from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.150 in my case.
Connect the AP to the laptop via Ethernet cable and power it up by connecting the power cord to a nearby outlet, now follow the instructions given in the guide to access the AP’s UI.
Go to the “Basic” menu tab under network on the left of the window, change the radio from DCHP to Static, then enter your chosen IP address for your AP ie 192.168.1.###, the subnet mask needs to be 255.255.255.0. Then very importantly under Gateway enter your router’s IP address, will probably be 192.168.1.1.
Go to the wireless tab on the left and scroll down to where you see EnGenius289EEE_1-2.4GHz, click the enable and then edit, once in edit mode you can change the 2.4Ghz password and security mode and encryption level. No need to change anything else, scroll down and click save. Repeat the same for the 5Ghz radio. You can also set up two guest networks. Once down scroll down and click save again. You can also change the radio’s SSID if you don’t like the EnGenius289 naming convention.
NOW VERY IMPORTANT :
Step 4 :
Look to the top and right of the window where it says “Changes: #”, that is how many changes you have made in the various menus, click on that and click apply at the bottom, unless you do that your changes will not take effect and you will have to start over again
This review is from: ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band AC3200 Wireless Gigabit Router
Both have web based interfaces that will allow you to configure your device, set security protocols and monitor traffic and connected devices. That said the Asus GUI is way more advanced in look feel and functionality, reminds me of the Asus motherboard UEFI graphical user interface (GUI), this is where Asus knocks the ball out of the park. It is so much easier navigating using the Asus interface, well laid out and the overall interface experience is much better than any other router manufacturer including Netgear, D-Link and Linksys.
The Asus router also has an Intelligent Tri-Band Smart Connect automatically selects the fastest band for all devices individually, based on demands and capabilities, however this is where I think Asus needs some work and hopefully with future optimization and updates it will address the stability and inconsistent connection I experienced using the function
Cons: Signal strength and stability:
Both routers have very strong and consistent speeds using Ethernet connection. The big difference is in Wi-Fi connection, this is where the Asus device fails behind, in fact it fails to deliver compared to the Netgear. The Asus, using the Smart Connect combine all three Wi-Fi network bands into one, the device supposedly then decides what frequency works best with your laptop, iPad, cell phone or streaming devices. The reach and consistency of speeds when connected to the Netgear is far more superior. The Asus tends to not only give you inconsistent speeds further away from the router but it frequently disconnects and reconnects, I suspect it is as a result of immature AI built into the Smart Connect function as the device switches from 5Ghz to 2.4 Ghz, as most knows 2.4Ghz give you less bandwidth but better range whereas the 5 Ghz gives you superior bandwidth but shorter range, that is why streaming is better over 5Ghz band. Unfortunately for Asus this is a deal breaker as there is nothing that annoys my wife (and I) more is a poor connection and worse frequent disconnecting when streaming Pandora or movies over Roku.
In summary sadly the Asus failed at the most important test which is signal stability, frequent disconnects cannot be tolerated nor should it be expected from a $300 high end router. It reminds me a high end graphics card with an immature bios, it does not sit well with the tech geeks.
Other Thoughts: I have to start by saying that I absolutely love Asus motherboards and graphics cars, that goes for almost all of their products. their design and build quality is top class and is top three among manufacturers in my book.
For this review I also bought the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000) to compare design, features, software, connection speeds, signal strength and overall signal stability. This is the results of my comparison:
Design (shape and form) :
Both the Netgear and Asus are placed flat on the table have a fairly large footprint compared to previous dual band routers. Both have six external antennas that can be folded. The Asus antennas screw in and tend to unscrew itself as you move the direction of the antenna. The Netgear antennas are fixed and fold neatly flat on top of the router. Both are pitch black all; around, would have liked to see some color on them to be honest. Both routers have dual core processors that allows multitasking. Both have a row of white LEDS that light up to indicate power on, Ethernet ports connected, internet access etc. Both are wall mountable which is a plus if you want to save desktop space. The Netgear however shows the text under each LED upside down if you wanted to mount it. On the Netgear the description under each LED is written ie Internet, Power etc whereas in the case of the Asus it has an icon which is very small and hard to make out which is which. On the front of the Asus left are two buttons, one to disable the LED light if it bothers you at night, it is not as bright as the Netgear I have to say, Asus also has a Wi-Fi on/off button, on the right front the Asus has the USB port. The Netgear’s LED on of switch sits at the back together with the USB port. The WPS and Wi-Fi on/off on the Netgear sits on top of the router. The WPS button sits at the back of the Asus. Both devices’ power ON/OFF switches and reset buttons sit at the back. Both routers have four Ethernet ports in the back to hardwire internet devices. All in all I prefer the Netgear design as far as shape, form, and where buttons are placed. This is a personal preference, the only noticeable drawback on the Asus is the antennas that tend to loses itself if you change the angle of the antenna whereas the Netgear’s antennas are fixed to the body of the router and folds flat.
Features and Functions:
Both have the two 5Ghz and one 2.4 Ghz channel making it part of the latest generation of Tri-band AC wireless routers. Going into each routers functionality line by line comparing it will make this a very long review so in short they both have a slew of functions that will allow you to customize your network setting up guest access, changing the router to an Access point or set as bridge, etc etc.
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