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ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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4 out of 5 eggs Good purchase. Fastest available at the moment. Drivers support needs improvement. 05/23/2016

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: AC1900. My d/l speed bumped up to 57mbps on the 5GHz (it says it's 351mbps in the adapter utility), up from 24mbps with my AC1200 USB (tested via speedtest.net). I can now see the 5GHz channel through two exterior walls and 80 feet of parking lot.
Low-profile adapter included.
Option to use magnetic based antenna stand or screw antennae into card.

Cons: Driver support sucks. The latest versions of the driver software don't include the handy utility, just a modification of the latest Broadcom driver. You have to install the package in a program folder and it extracts the drivers to there for all windows versions. After that, for a cleaner windows only setup, copy the drivers for your windows version to wherever you keep your drivers (user\install\drivers\asus pce-ac68), uninstall the software, go to device manager and uninstall the device and delete the drivers, reboot, and then go back to device manager and point it to your drivers folder.

If you want to use the utility program (which i do), you have to use a driver version a few versions ago. The utility program doesn't include the "beamforming" option in advanced. There is no indication whether this feature is applied automagically.

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Roku 3500R Streaming Stick - Certified Refurbished
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1 out of 5 eggs Great product - Failure rate extremely high. 02/23/2016

This review is from: Roku 3500R Streaming Stick - Certified Refurbished

Pros: easy to use. cheap.

Cons: failure rate is extremely high - read reviews.
This one was factory refurb and lasted 2 1/2 months before failure. Screen is purple and scrambled. Good thing I bought the extended warranty from a third party.

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D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 2000Mbps
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4 out of 5 eggs Howto - home network setup 10/20/2015

This review is from: D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 2000Mbps

Pros: E-Z Installation: plug in unit 1 near router. ethernet cable from router to unit 1. plug in unit 2. ethernet cable from unit 2 to device (tv, pc, 4 or 8 port switch, wi-fi router in access point mode)

Screamin' Fast: We have 78mbps down / 5 up at the router plugged into the cable-modem. Downstairs, on a different circuit in the electric panel, I get 26 down / 3.2 up with a 4ms ping to the upstairs router. Low-latency is great for gaming.

Cons: Big - It very nearly prevents me from plugging in my power-strip in the upper socket (It's in far enough to make contact).

There is no pass-through socket.

No extra ports (built-in switch) on the units.

Other Thoughts: Most homes should have three or four of these units (2 in the starter kit). Plug unit 1 near the main router. Plug additional units at each network-enabled television/game console, and at each desk where PC gaming, video watching, and downloading/file-sharing are done. Install 4-port switches at these locations with an ethernet cable hanging from them (cheap!). Plug another AC-#### Wi-Fi router in the other side or floor of the house set to access point mode to provide better signal coverage for phones and laptops on-the-move. Use Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector (free) to check signal strength and channels in your home. Manually set 2.4GHz wi-fi routers to 11,6, and 1 (don't put the same channel near another router with same channel) http://www.extremetech.com/computing/179344-how-to-boost-your-wifi-speed-by-choosing-the-right-channel
Replace old routers; AC-1750's are $75.

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Ronald W.'s Profile

Display Name: Ronald W.

Date Joined: 02/22/06

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 04/21/06
  • Last Review: 05/23/16
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