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This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Pros: Combined price for a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and an AC1750 wireless router is very good
Unit was very easy to get setup on Comcast
Modem side of unit functions very, very well and is stable
Setup is very easy and straight forward, with a feature rich setup screen
Signal strength on the modem side is very strong, better than my Arris SB6141 that I am comparing it to
Signal strength on the router side is good, comparable to a TP-Link Archer C7 at close range (more on this under Cons)
Definitely will get you a few more Mbps in download speed provided your subscription is for above 50Mbps downloads. Anything below that is going to be about the same no matter what you use. On a 150Mbps connection, I was getting above 180Mbps downloads consistently.
Dual USB ports (also see cons)
Cons: Does not have the range of a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router. This would be due to the lack of external antennas, which the C7 has three of. I found a signal drop off in 2.4 Ghz band of approximately 25%, and almost 40% in the 5Ghz band compared to the C7. The C7 is a workhorse for sure, but this is an apple to apple comparison.
Not wall mountable, and takes up a lot of heighth on the desktop. This is where I prefer smaller modems, and wall mountable routers like the Archer C7.
USB ports are only 2.0. Would be nice to have USB 3.0 ports at this price.
Like others have said, Port Forwarding simply does not work. The month I have been testing this, my Diskstation NAS has been offline. Now that I've gone back to my regular Arris Modem and my trusty Archer C7, my NAS is back online and working as it should be. Things like this have to be taken into consideration when purchasing an all in one unit. I would not buy this standalone unit for just this very reason alone.
No DD-WRT support. Really?
Other Thoughts: If you needed a complete all in one Modem/Router due to space limitations, and Port Forwarding and lack of DD-WRT support are not big issues for you, then this TP-Link Archer CR700 unit would be for you.
If overall convenience, and getting the max speed and range for your money were priorities, then this unit would not fit the bill. My SB6141 and Archer C7 combination definitely had more range, and equal signal strength on the modem side though the SB6141 has less working channels. Money spent for the two separate is about the same as this single unit.
This is one of the best combined units that I have tested, but still lacks features, speed and signal strength that you can get using two separate units. It is on Comcat's list of approved units, and I had no problem testing it.
All in all, I will give the CR700 four eggs (really 3.5, but I can't give half eggs). It has some shortcomings that may not be issues for some people. It is easy to setup, and to get working, but to me without external antennas, the range issue is major. The lack of Port Forwarding is the final killer. This needs to be addressed by TP-Link ASAP.
Disclaimer: I neither work for NewEgg or TP-Link. I am simply provided a unit to review based on my abilities as a certified networking professional with over 25 years experience.
This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: Works with both 2.4Ghz band and 5 Ghz band
Can do both bands concurrently if you wish
Has one Gigabit ethernet port
Packaged very nicely
Two moveable antennas (somewhat at least), though they are not removeable
Beamforming Technology- if you are into and believe that sort of thing
Excellent range in AC mode, definitely the fastest AC band range extender that I have used or tried.
Excellent download speeds- hardly discernable from being directly connected to my wireless router
Maintains good bandwidth even with streaming. Probably the best of the range extenders I have used so far.
Cons: Large- it will take up a whole electrical outlet
No electrical passthrough
A little on the expensive side, but it is concurrent dual band with very good range
Unless you are very experienced in networking, setup can be a bit of a pain. I would gear this towards the most experienced power user.
Not the fastest N based extender that Linksys has ( the RE4000 is slightly faster in tests on regular N band)
Other Thoughts: I have been a user of the Linksys range extenders for some time, having both a RE2000 and RE4000 . I love both those range extenders because they actually work, and work well extending my 5 Ghz band throughout my home. When NewEgg offered me a chance to play with the RE6300, I jumped at it.
I was able to set the RE6300 up pretty quickly to my network on the 5Ghz AC band. I really didn't need to extend my 2.4Ghz N band, so I am only using half the extender basically. I can say this, since it does utilize the AC band, throughput is much better, signal is much better, and downloads are much faster on my 5Ghz AC band now. It definitely had increased the range and strength of that band in my home, it's as simple as that. These upper end Linksys extenders have been my go to extenders for a couple of years, and I see no reason to quit now.
The biggest cons are the size of the unit and not having a passthrough electrical connector, so it's best to use this on an extension cord if you can and it's practical. As far as price, this is about what I would expect to pay for a concurrent dual band extender.
Setup for a beginner could be frustrating, so I would suggest that they put some better instructions in the box for the average user.
All things considered, I would rate the RE6300 a good 4.5 Eggs, and a worthwhile purchase for someone wanting to get a little more range out of their wireless at home. Not too shabby.
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
Pros: Surround Sound quality itself seems very good compared to most
Solidly Built. It feels like a quality component should feel
All padding on the cans and headband is very soft and supple
Smoked plastic on the cans to look inside and see the drivers
Very nice fold away microphone
Nice LED lighting on the control box and headphones
Works well with VOIP calls without an echo
Cons: These suckers are big, and they feel big. If you have a small head, I would look elsewhere because you really won't enjoy these at all.
Heighth adjustment for proper placement on ear is non existant
You really have to tweak the equalizer settings and presets to get good sound quality, much more than I thought I would need to
Doesn't really have fine adjustments on volume. I expected more in this area given the size of the volume control box ,
Software hangs up in installing on both Win 7 64bit machines, and Windows 8.1 Machines...very glitchy
For the size of the headset, volume control, and cans, it is not as loud as I thought it would be..kind of disappointing in some respects
Other Thoughts: I can appreciate G. Skill wanting to diversify and get into other areas of computer parts besides memory. This is a good attempt at making a topline gaming headset, that just unfortunately falls a little short. Better care should have been taken to make the installation software work correctly. More care should have been taken in giving better sound drivers in the ear pieces. And for gosh sakes...they don't need to be as big as something King Kong could wear.
A truly noble effort to be sure, and with a few tweaks here and there to make the headphones more user friendly and easier to wear and adjust, they might just have something.
I rate it a solid 4 EGGS, and a good starting point that G. Skill can build on in future revisions.