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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: So glad to get one of these to review as my Netgear AC router had decided to die. Out of the box you get the router, 3 antenna’s to attach, power adapter, instructions and a coaster (the resource CD). Setup went really smoothly and I was online within 5 minutes. This router offers a USB 3.0 port to be used to add some network storage capabilities within your network. You also get a USB 2.0 port to add an older printer to your network to make it a wireless printer. A physical on/off switch is great for those who might want to manage when their wireless network is on. Speeds were really great on both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands as I was streaming a movie on my Chromecast connected to my TV and also watching youtube videos on my phone at the same time with no lag from either. The only issue was caused when my ISP service went down, so not the router’s fault. The range is great as I get coverage even out in my car from my second story apartment. Beam forming is a fabulous technology present in this device giving you strong signals throughout your house.
Cons: A few minor things that made this “close to perfect”. First off, attaching the middle antenna was a bit of a fight for me. I was turning and turning, but it would not catch. In the end, I had to bend the plastic a little bit through force to get it to go in. Secondly, the instructions are clear on how to setup, but not how to secure by changing the user account and password. Luckily, for those techies, you can pretty much figure it out yourself. This is another router that suffers from manual firmware updates (download from manufactures website to local machine and then upload it to router through web interface). If you are one of those that wish to wall mount this device, unfortunately it does not look like it can be done. This device does produce a good amount of heat, so make sure to give it enough room around your networking area.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great device for those looking to upgrade to AC wireless who don’t want to spend $200+ on a new router. The minor flaws on this device can be overlooked and this will provide a great user experience to anyone who uses it. TP Link provides great customer support for those who do run into issues with this device. I have not had one issue with it since I turned it on 2 weeks ago and have been loving it since.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: I was very excited to receive this product to review. I am currently using it at my work to extend our wifi upstairs from our downstairs wireless router. Setup was super easy. I just plugged it in, followed the instructions and it was up and running within less than 5 minutes. The signal strength is excellent upstairs now in our office. We have had it up and running for almost a month now and it has not lost any signal strength or dropped the signal. The brand being Linksys was a bit of a shocker to me as I have not always had the best of luck with their products in the past (especially routers), but I must say that this is the best range extender I have tried over the past couple years. One thing you don’t immediate realize is that this provides a passthrough outlet for the one it takes up, which is great for those of us that might need to use the outlet to vacuum or use it for something else. The color being white is also great as most homes have close to white colors for their walls which makes this blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. One of the neat features of this product is you can stream music to it and have speakers connect to the audio jack to play the streamed music. The spot finder feature is great to place it in the best possible position to give you the best results. The ethernet port is great if you really need a hardline faster connection to upload/download files or game.
Cons: I could not find too much at fault with this device other than an issue where the 5GHz band does not perform as well as the 2.4Ghz band during a couple tests of running speedtest on my computers.
Other Thoughts: It is a great device to get to help extend your network signal. Having the passthrough outlet is a great feature if you desperately need to have your outlets. I would recommend for those needing to extend their networks between floors, or if you want to temporarily use it to extend outside your home (it is not waterproof so bring it back inside during rain). Easy setup and easy firmware updates make this a wonderful device to work with.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB
Pros: I am reviewing the 64GB stick of the Corsair Flash Voyager Series USB 3.0 drives. Out of the package you get the USB drive itself and a saftey/warranty guide. Plugging it in suprised me with it's actual capacity the computer is showing (see cons) but through most of my tests this drive provided some decent results on reading data from it. Construction-wise, the slider to show/hide the connector is very nice and sturdy. It does not feel like it will wear down like other drives I have had.
Here are the results from my Crystal Disk Mark tests:
Computer: HP Envy Touch 15inch i5 2400M processor 8GB of RAM
Ran 3 tests over USB 2.0 port:
Sequential - 43.33 MB/s Read - 15.59 MB/s Write
512K - 39.98 MB/s Read - .529 MB/s Write
4K - 6.557 MB/s Read - .024 MB/s Write
4KQD32 - 7.001 MB/s Read - .034 MB/s Write
Computer: Custom Built i7 4770k OC'd to 4.0 GHz processor 16GB of RAM
Ran 3 tests over USB 3.0 port:
Sequential - 83.32 MB/s Read - 19.01 MB/s Write
512K - 78.19 MB/s Read - .527 MB/s Write
4K - 8.967 MB/s Read - .050 MB/s Write
4KQD32 - 9.045 MB/s Read - .022 MB/s Write
Cons: So when first plugging in the drive it suprised me that I only had 58GB of storage avalable. I am unsure why 8GB is missing from my drive. I could understand if 1-2GB wee used for some bloat-ware, but there is nothing on this drive. So, this is very strange and I am unsure if it is intended by Cosair. Next con is the writing to the drive is somewhat slow. When transferring a 2GB movie to the drive it was writing at 15-20 MB/s and took about 2 minutes on my custom built pc listed in the pros over USB 3.0. I tried it 3 different times with similar results. I have had other USB 3.0 drives that go close to 100 MB/s reads, so this one is way behind the pack.
Other Thoughts: For its price, it is a great drive to have to hold your music/movies you want to take with you on trips. I am a bit upset about the usable space being only 58GB and the write speeds being slower than most other USB 3.0 drives I have dealt with. I am giving this 4 stars as it is not perfect, but close to it.READ FULL REVIEW
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