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TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Easy Peasy 07/06/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender

Pros: Works
Super Easy to setup, especially if your router supports WPS, and what routers these days dont?
The device works with in the best way possible in that it's transparent and you don't even realize or bother to notice it's presence after it's been installed, yet it's boosting signal range from it's location.
I was still able to perform any media streaming after this device was in place.

Cons: Wireless speed is cut in half for anything connect to it as opposed to those connected directly to the router.

Other Thoughts: This was a bit tricky to test as once the device is installed, it doesn't appear as a second network or anything, so you don't exactly know that you are connecting to it or the router very easily when you are in range of both. In some of my tests I had to lower the transmit power of the router and go past the direction of the extender from the router to ensure that I was indeed connected to the extender and that the range was indeed being extended.

Setup is a breeze. I literally took it out of the box, didn't read any instructions, plugged it in, pressed the WPS buttons on the router and the extender, watched the light turn green and it was setup. I then relocated it to a more strategic position and walked away.

I waited for my wife to notice, and she did that she now had more bars of connectivity from her laptop when she uses it in the bedroom, a location typically affected by lower connectivity due to it being the farthest location in my house from the wireless router.

Other than that though, I never bothered to notice this device's existence, which is what I like about when things just work. All of the wireless devices in my home continued to work the same or slightly better.

In the end though I'm undecided if I'll continue to use it. Truthfully my router can cover the whole house adequately on it's own and despite the extender working as advertised without issue, I still like to minimize the complexity and possibility for issue by using less devices.

Is it worth the price? For some I'd say sure. For others, those having real issues with connectivity I'd still advise if possible to extend your network with wire to wireless access points. However this is surely more costly. Any of the workarounds such as power-line adapters and wireless extenders are cost saving tactics that often deliver less than desirable results.

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Acer XB270HU bprz Black 27'' 144Hz WQHD G-SYNC Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 350 cd/m2 1,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Zero dead pixels, very little light bleed from the lower left corner. Colors are great after calibrating. Everything I play now is utterly butter smooth. G-Sync works great.

Cons: Cost. I'd like to have 3 of these (2 more), but at $800 I don't see that happening.

Other Thoughts: Wish I didn't have to pick sides, G-Sync vs Free Sync and all. It's nice to pick a GPU from either camp as I see fit.

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BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs After 2 Months, Still a good router 05/10/2015

This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: Very elegant in appearance. I've owned a lot of network gear in the past and most of it is kind of "meh" in appearance. I don't own any Apple products, but if I did, this is thing looks good enough to sit parked right next to some "form before function" MAC.

I love the little side door that pops off to list the default configured settings (username, password, SSID) as well as the wall mounting location.

This thing has great range also. I normally run a Asus RT-AC68U, which covers my house decently. This however did better. Every device that displays signal strength is showing higher connection quality over the Asus.

I'm a fan of the default firmware/UI also. It's attractive and also easy to use. It covers most bases in terms of what you can do. Port forwarding, QOS, Web Filtering (parental protection), USB 2.0/3.0 storage, media server, VPN and much more. For WiFi you can setup multiple configured SSIDs on 2.4GHz and 5GHz. There is also guest account support. For USB storage, File Sharing, Bit Torrent and DLNA are all built in.

It was stable for me the entire time also. I didn't have to at any point reboot or anything of the like to keep it running. This was serving 13 different WiFi devices/machines (one of them a 5GHz bridge) and 5 LAN machines (via multiple switches). Nothing tripped it up the entire time.

Cons: When using the web interface, sometimes it would have to restart for a setting to take place. However the web interface itself would never refresh. Instead of a while of waiting I'd have to refresh the browser manually and re-enter the user/pw. This isn't really that big of deal, but most of the routers I've used in the past few years were able to run scripts to keep checking until the router became available again after the reboot, which makes it easier to know when the router was ready again without having to pay attention to the physical device.

I wish I could say more on the cons side of things. However many of the features now found in today's high end routers I simply don't make use of. Things like attached storage and media servers are unnecessary to me because I run a home server on my network. So if there were negatives in some of the other features, I didn't find them in the short time I took to test if they worked.

Other Thoughts: Newegg has sent me a number of routers to review. Honestly I often dread testing routers. Most are a dramatic decline compared to my Asus RT-AC68U. I'll often swapped them and run the router for a few days testing as much as possible before the rest of my family starts to complain about network issues forcing me to switch back. This was the first one where after connecting it and testing some of features I simply left it connected for 2 months nearly completely forgetting that I had another router in place. For what I use a router for in my home, it works every bit as good as my Asus. No one complained the entire 2 month time.

For basic use I got some longer term validation supporting close to 20 devices/machines simultaneously. For some of the advanced features, I tried them out just to make sure they work working.

USB 3.0 worked fine. I could setup shares and access them from multiple other machines. I tested the media server functionality also. My PS4 and other Sony Blu-ray players had no issues interfacing with it and served content.

QOS is easy enough to play with on this router. Like most routers though, I wouldn't say I noticed anything substantial in terms of having it on or off or to which devices were given higher preference.

I was pleasantly surprised at the range and signal quality as that was probably the biggest improvement over my higher costing Asus router.

In the end it was easy to recommend this router, it's simply good. I almost forgot to come back and write this review because it was never in the back of my mind that I had a alternate router in place. I had simply forgotten because it worked every bit as good.

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