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Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I experienced noticeably better wireless coverage than previous routers, even other Linksys models. It's got all the usual bells and whistles of a modern router - and the ability to run open source software is a huge plus to those looking for the most out of their router.

Speed is very good: Gigabit Ethernet and AC wireless running on some technically impressive hardware.

Cons: All cons were minor.

The apps are kind of lame. This router is also fairly chunky, and so is the power cord's plug. The built-in speed test didn't seem to work for me. I wasn't a fan of the new fancy interface, it wasn't as intuitive as previous Linksys interfaces I've used.

Other Thoughts: This is a great home router, especially for powerusers who want to install open source firmware.

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TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good + cheap 5GHz AC adaptor 07/12/2015

This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

Pros: Plug and play, it worked with the included Microsoft drivers automatically and was ready to connect immediately on Windows 8. However, the 5GHz connection wouldn't work until I installed the official TP-LINK driver. It was nice to be able to get online immediately though.

Once the official driver was installed that was it for setup and I was able to connect to 5GHz wireless. Everything worked and transfer speeds over my home network were fast, although not quite as fast as a wired connection.

I did appreciate the included USB extension cable, as there isn't a lot of room for this adapter behind my computer. Using the provided cable I was able to position it in a much better spot. Signal strength was strong, even through multiple walls.

Cons: Doesn't support USB3.0, which is probably the limiting factor in its maximum attainable speeds.

Other Thoughts: Good, especially for the price, if you need something faster you may want to look into wired connections instead.

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Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's got all the basic features of a modern router, AC wireless, dual band, etc. The user interface looks pretty and has a lot of neat animations.

Cons: First, you can't access the router by it's IP address. If you do, you get a 404 saying the page is unavailable or does not exist. Apparently you must go to "www.linksyssmartwifi.com" if you want to access it.

To access all the features you need a "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi" account. Unfortunately, the router couldn't connect to the "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi" service when I first tried it. After a firmware update it let get to the account creation page.

Unfortunately account creation is completely broken, the captchas they require are among the hardest captchas I've ever seen and consist of random gibberish in a completely unreadable font. Even when I zoomed in all the way and took my time to identify each letter it would tell me I had an invalid captcha every single time. After attempting about 100 different captchas I finally gave up and called support. They took about a half an hour to do it but they were finally able to create an account for me so I could log in.

Once you log in, you are immediately shown advertisements for Linksys's other products. Yes, ads on your router's configuration screen.

So I set up my router and decided to check out the phone app which is one of the selling points of this router, unfortunately the app offers no additional functionality (other than configuring the router which you can do in the browser anyway) and is largely an advertisement for other apps which you have to pay for in order to actually do anything useful.

To top it all off I can't even log into my router anymore because "there was an error communicating with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi services" and the option for logging in using the local account has mysteriously disappeared.

Other Thoughts: Maybe they'll fix all of these issues with their services, their app, and their router in future firmware and software updates. But as it stands today it's obviously not ready yet.

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Display Name: Nicholas T.

Date Joined: 06/19/05

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