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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs A great router that might be better soon 10/17/2014

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: The best/fastest router I have ever used. Really I bought this almost more for nostalgia than anything else (I've always been a big WRT54g fan) but was really shocked at the difference it made in my home network. Suddenly devices that were working "ok" before were speedy and top notch. No longer did I have to twist a bit to one side to get my phone to work in bed, I could hold it in my lap and still get excellent signal. My Chromecast went from "occasionally disconnecting and loading videos eventually" to "Perfection".

Cons: The OpenSource claims are currently all bunk. They haven't released the code needed for developers to actually write for it yet, so there's nothing out there besides the factory firmware.

Speaking of factory firmware, if you're used to the power of Tomato or DD-WRT, get ready for disappointment. Sure, it's got the basics, and they work well, but it's pretty limited.

For example, I have a bunch of kids that all have mobile devices that they should not be using at night, so parental controls are really important to me. Apparently whoever wrote this firmware only has one kid though since each parental controlled device has to have all of the settings set individually. Right, I'm going click each box for each hour during the week that each device is/isn't supposed to be used. And then type in each website they shouldn't go to (no white-list option) for each device as well.

Also, no way to set a white-list of parent devices, you have to white-list the kid's devices, so if I miss one, they get open access any time to anywhere. I'd really prefer the other way around.

Other Thoughts: If you're the kind of person that's looking for a really great router with really great signal strength and really great speed, but you couldn't care less about what firmware it's running. Don't think twice, buy this router. My 5 egg review is for you.

If you're a wrt54g fan planning on replacing the firmware on first bootup, give it some time. Consider this a 2-star review.

Why not 1 star? It's still really freakin' amazing. I can wait a bit for the features to come. Either through firmware updates or from open-source eventually. And honestly, if they never come, I'll still be happy.

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Dell M115HD WXGA 1280x800 HDMI USB Inputs w/ 1GB Internal Memory 450 ANSI Lumens Mobile LED Projector
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tiny, feature packed, easy to use, surprisingly bright, amazing.

My biggest concern before I bought it was the brightness, but in practical use it's plenty. I was showing it off and was able to project a photo onto a wall 20' away with all the lights on, it was dim, but easily doable. Projecting a 5' tall image in a normally lit room is quite pleasant.

Cons: Doesn't have an option for flipping the display even though it is perfect for mounting on the ceiling. I was able to flip the display via Windows though, so it wasn't a major issue for me.

Other Thoughts: Besides the obvious oversight in the firmware, this thing is amazing, and I think I've sold quite a few more to people that have seen it in use.

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D-Link DUB-E100 Network Adapter 10/ 100Mbps USB 1 x RJ45
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Doesn't work on Windows 8 11/26/2012

This review is from: D-Link DUB-E100 Network Adapter 10/ 100Mbps USB 1 x RJ45

Pros: Nice and compact. Loved the look and size.

Cons: Didn't work at all in Windows 8. And before you try, take it from me, I already tried installing the Win7 drivers, disabling driver signing, everything. I got it all the way to sending packets, but it could not receive, and then on a reboot it didn't even light up anymore.

I emailed tech support and got back a "DUB-E100 is not compatible with Win 8" generic message.

I've returned it with no hassle (Thanks NewEgg) and bought a N82E16833328025 and it's working perfectly.

Other Thoughts: Unless you never plan on having Windows 8 or you're reading this in the future and DLink has released a driver, don't buy.

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Erik J.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik J.

Date Joined: 02/05/04

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 06/07/06
  • Last Review: 10/17/14
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