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This review is from: TurboTax Deluxe Federal & State 2014 For Windows - Download
Pros: Worked the same for me as in years past (great), and because I needed deductions for my home business and used deluxe last year, I was upgraded for free (within the program) to Home and Business. This version gets you Federal, Federal E-File, and State, but you will have to pay extra to e-file the state. If you don't want to do that, you can still print your state return and mail it yourself. This is no different than in previous years.
The Newegg download process was easy. I received the email link shortly after my card was charged and the download took only seconds (approx. 116MB). I plan on buying it this way again next year.
Cons: Didn't make my income 100% tax-free.
Other Thoughts: With all of the scandal regarding the hidden price increases, I was tempted to switch to their leading competitor. But thanks to the scandal, which led to free in-program upgrades (if you used deluxe last year and needed a higher version this year), and a Newegg markdown and e-blast code, it ended up costing me half of what it cost me last year, which was a no-brainer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: + Exceptional range
+ Easy setup
+ Responsive interface
+ Pages seem to load faster
+ Two USB ports
+ Open source firmware is available from DD-WRT and OPEN-WRT
+ Physical on/off switch for both the wifi radios and the unit itself
This is for the V2 unit. Firmware version I am using and that shipped with it is 3.13.34 Build 131217 Rel.60903n
I have had a TP-Link 5 port gigabit switch (TL-SG105) up and running for 18 months, 24-7, and never had a problem, and I have also been using an Archer T2U wifi adapter for over 6 months without issue, so I was anxious to receive the Archer C7. I was a little pessimistic though because of all of the negative reviews. I noticed that many of the negative reviews were for V1 of this unit, so the first thing I did was check to see which version I had. Luckily it is V2.
Because I already had another router and wanted to minimize downtime on my LAN, my goal was to just connect this router directly to one of my PCs, configure it to match my existing router’s configuration (SSIDs, security, port forwarding, etc.), and then do a quick swap of the routers. I unplugged my PC from my LAN and connected it to LAN port 1 on the router and fired it up. The quick start guide instructed me to use a URL to access the router, but that didn’t work (not surprised since I wasn’t hooked into the WAN). Instead, I used the default IP address of the unit (192.168.0.1), and I got right in. From there I was able to breeze through changing the router’s LAN IP address, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz SSIDs, and security settings to match my existing router’s settings. As soon as I finished I shut down the router and swapped it with my existing router. I powered it on, and once it finished booting up, all of my LAN devices automatically had immediate connectivity again. The whole setup process, start to finish, took about 15 minutes. It was very easy.
The range of the Archer C7 is fantastic. I live in a 2500 sq. ft. private house and the router is at one of the far ends of the house (not ideal router placement I know, but that’s just how it is because of the cable modem). I was able to walk my cell phone all the way to the opposite end of the house and still have full connectivity (all bars). Also at the same opposite end of the house is a Linksys WUMC710 5GHz Wireless bridge that connects to the Archer C7. I logged into that interface and it reported a 99% signal. That is at least 40 feet away through multiple walls. I am very impressed with the range.
Throughput seems great too. I have a media server that streams 1080p family videos. I was able to stream both wirelessly and on the wired LAN without any problems. All of our paid streaming services work great too. I have not seen any stuttering at all. I have 100Mbps (down) cable, and speed testing confirmed the router had no problem hitting my paid-for speeds.
Cons: - USB is only 2.0
- Manual firmware updates
- Longevity / reliability questions but so far so good
Other Thoughts: A few last notes:
Windows Server Anywhere Access (2012 R2) was not able to configure the router automatically for remote access, but I had that issue with multiple routers and forwarding the one port to my server took about 5 seconds. No issues since.
My USB printer and external HD were successfully shared on USB ports without any problems. I do wish one of the two ports were USB 3.0. The Archer C8 and above seem to address this issue at a slightly higher cost.
The stock firmware has all of the basics you need, but the unit is also supported by DD-WRT (beta as of this review) and Open-WRT if you like to use custom firmware. I used DD-WRT on my old trusty WRT54-GL, so I am anxious to try it out on this router at some point. For now, I am sticking with stock because I have had no issues and I don’t want to rock the boat. One minor negative is that you will need to search for and download any updates manually. Also, if you want more advanced functionality such as VLANs, you should read up on whether this stock and/or custom firmware will meet your needs. But for most consumers, the out of the box firmware should be fine.
This router replaces a competing brand’s flagship router, which costs more than double the price of this one. Speed-wise, this holds its own and then some. I could be wrong, but my browser seems more responsive on the C7. I also like the sleek look of this router.
I am fully aware of the negative reviews on this router, and most trouble seems to come after a week or so of uptime, and many of those relate to the V1 hardware. So far I have had this V2 unit on for several days, and there are no problems. For now, the Archer C7 seems like a tremendous value and I have no plans to roll back to my original router. If a problem does arise, I will come back, write an updated review, and take back my eggs!
Pros: + Nice looking ram. No insane heat spreaders
+ Recognized immediately by BIOS (ASUS X99 Deluxe)
+ Prime 95 stable for 24+ hours at stock
+ XMP profiles for overclocking
+ Low voltage (1.2V)
+ Corsair quality – lifetime warranty
+ Among the least expensive 16GB DDR4 kits at current prices
Other Thoughts: Booted on first try in an Asus X99 Deluxe with an Intel 5820K. Ran Prime 95 all night on all cores (24+ hours) with no issues. Windows 8.1 Pro runs extremely smooth, as do all games with no stutters (using a Zotac GTX 770 4GB). Coming from an x79 2011 setup with 16GB of DDR3, I wasn’t really expecting any real-world mind-blowing speed increases in games, but I did notice slightly better performance in FSX, which is very RAM and CPU dependent. But since I was coming from a fairly modern setup (X79), that wasn’t what I was looking for when testing the RAM. I was looking for stability, and this RAM has that at a modest price.
I can’t comment on this RAM’s use in HTPC cases because I am using an Antec 1200, but to my naked eye there should be no reason these wouldn’t work based on their height. They also don’t get overly warm.
I am a long-time Corsair fan. Most of my platforms over the years dating all the way back to the Pentium II featured Corsair RAM. I have never once had to RMA a single stick of RAM. But even if you’re a little worried, their lifetime warranty proves they stand behind their product. The fact that these are among the cheapest DDR4 16GB kits make this a no-brainer to me. I would not hesitate to buy.
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