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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
Pros: Cost is well within reason
Range that it will pick up signal from router is very, very good
Has pass-thru 15 amp outlet that allows you not to loose an outlet when in use
Housing with two antennas that does not block the outlet above it
Works well in 2.4 Ghz band
Has switches on side to turn off when needed
Extremely easy to set up
Ethernet port with included cable to allow hardwire connection to a device
Easy open package without a blister pack to annoy arthritic hands and fingers
Setup disc (if needed) and ethernet cable included
Cons: Works in 2.4 Ghz band only. Would love to also see one in 5Ghz band.
As per most companies, the 300Mbps connection speed is the total between the extender and device connected to it
Other Thoughts: The TP-Link WA860RE has been a long time coming from plug in adapter makers. This one works nicely on the 2.4 Ghz band, and has a nice pass through plug so you don't loose the use of the outlet. The LED's are not overly bright, and there are just enough to let you know it is working correctly. I have mine about 40 feet from the router, and it really wants to be further away according to the LED and intuitive firmware built into it, but it works great for extending my signal out the patio door down to the bottom floor in the grassy area outside my condo.
WPS connection works if you want to use it, but I used my wireless laptop to set it up and it works great. I test several adapters in several areas of my home to extend the signal as far as I can on all bands, and this is one of the best.
Hopefully, if this one sells well, and there is no reason it should not, TP-Link will consider a comparable model as compact with the same features in the 5 Ghz band.
All in all, with only minor shortcomings, I give this adapter a 5 Egg rating. I like it. It works. It has not dropped off my network, and does not drop signal in the 2.4 Ghz band which I use for a couple of my lower cost tablets and my Chromecasts.
This review is from: TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: Two 5Ghz bands capable of using separate channels
One very strongf 2.4 Ghz band
Despite it's size, it is wall mountable, which to me is a big plus because of it's size
Dual core main processor, with a separate processor for each of the three bands
Very easy to set up with a quick and easy user interface. Advanced user interface gives many more options
Customizable QOS actually works if you need it
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
Full two year warranty and the great TP-Link support to go with it
Better thruput with the NitroQAM technology-you won't believe how well everything streams with this router
MU-MIMO capable with future update by software download when the technology becomes available
Smart Connect is a nice feature if your devices support it, some will not
Range and signal strength are the best of any router I have ever tested for NewEgg as an EggXpert reviewer
Cons: Price, though not really a con. It is better than most in this uber router category considering you get not one, but two 5Ghz bands
The channels available in the 5Ghz bands was limited to five or six at most. Fortunately on the second 5Ghz band, the one that I was using with my old Archer C7 was there so it was a seamless fit for my other devices.
Mu-MIMO capable, just no software yet.
Smart Connect is not for everyone. Old time guys like me who have some older tablets will want to use separate channels for everything. Only the most newer devices can use this technology correctly, so be advised.
Other Thoughts: I have got to say, that with all the high end wireless routers I have reviewed in the last year and a half, this is the best one ever, and the only one that is now capable of replacing my trusty Archer C7 AC1750. I have tested many from other vendors that advertised this and that, and this has been the only one that has delivered on the goods with signal strength, bandwidth and streaming capabilities. After setting up the 2.4 Ghz band as a standard band, and setting one 5Ghz band to channel 48, and one 5Ghz band to channel 149, I can place my daughters streaming devices on one 5Ghz band, and mine on the other, and we both can stream with no lag, buffering or any such item.
I even went as far to test the router with every wireless device we have, which is a lot, on all the bands, 2.4ghz and 5 Ghz, and nothing stuttered or faltered. It was something that I never had been able to accomplish with any other router, not even my C7, which did better than any other up to this point. It is that good people.
I won't bore you with statistics. Ping times were fantastic, downloads were fast and consistent, transmission range is fantastic even without using signal boosters. I live in a second floor unit, and this thing can get the 2.4 Ghz signal halfway to the pool, which is several hundred feet. 5Ghz signal strength on either 5Ghz channel is 25% better than the C7, which is no small feat.
One one problem arose. When I received the first Archer C5400, both 5Ghz channels died within the first 15 minutes for some reason. The router said they were transmitting, but there was no output signal, which I verified with several devices. I quickly got in contact with NewEgg and they directed me to TP-Link support, and in a couple of days I had a brand new C5400 to start my testing.
As with any electronic device, these things will happen at any time no matter what kind of device it is, or who the company is. I will say that TP-Link customer support is the best I have encountered at getting the issue fixed quickly. I use TP-Link adapters, range extenders, and routers almost exclusively because of this. They WORK, period. And if they don't, TP-Link will fix it for you.
I sit and type this review while I have an online game going in the background, I am streaming a movie through Hulu, and my daughter is on the TV in the living room watching a program on Netflix and a friend plays a game on a tablet. No fuss...no lag....just works. I had a $300 from another company I was reviewing that just couldn't come close to that.
I give the Archer C5400 Tri-Band AC5400 router a solid 5 eggs. This is a definite must have for serious gaming, streaming, or just everyday use and not having to worry what you will need in a year. When the Mu-MIMO flash software becomes available, that will be just the icing on the cake.
Disclaimer: I am neither paid by NewEgg nor TP-Link to do this review. I am simply provided the item to review to the best of my ability. As the builder of custom computers and custom home and business networks, I put by experience to use in testing all these items rigorously and fairly.
This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
Pros: Modem is smaller than comparable other brands
Works well with plans that are well under 100Mbps
Does work with Comcast
Cons: Generates way too much heat. You have to be sure it has very good airflow around it. Since it is smaller and more compact, the components that generate the heat are closer to the casing.
Not really any better than the class standard Arris/Motorola modems which are widely accepted by all internet providers
Other Thoughts: I tested this briefly on my Comcast internet system connected to a TP Link router. Performance was good, but I did have some dropouts in signal that I didn't have with my Arris modem I put it in place of. This would be an acceptable router to use in most basic situations, but it would not be my first choice as a Docsis 3.0 modem. The small size may be a plus to some, but the fact that you really have to give space around it for airflow negates the small size gain. The signal dropouts I had with it, made me test it less than a week and I just couldn't put up with it. It didn't seem to work well in my situation. When it did stay connected, the signal was good, but no where near my Arris.
I will give this Linksys modem 3 eggs, and that is being generous. It needs to have a bigger case with more airflow internally, and for the price, there are just better options out there.