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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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3 out of 5 eggs Good enough for tablets and phones, but not for 1080p+ camera 07/22/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)

Pros: speed on windows and linux via usb3 reader was 18/21 write, 71/70 sequential read. Definitely fast enough for phones, tablets, phablets, and portable file storage.

I put about 52GB of movies on this card and tested direct playback on a recent-model Samsung TV. Everything worked as expected.

I used UnetBootin to create a CyanogenMod "OS on a stick" and was able to boot a tablet directly from this card, with fairly snappy performance.

Cons: Random read speed tests produced such a wide variance of results, all bad, that I can't see this being a boot disk for a NUC or Raspberry Pi system dedicated to Openelec or Kodi.

Other Thoughts: This card is neither fast nor slow, and is priced appropriately for its performance and storage. Would I recommend it? Only for a cheap file storage media usage scenario. If I were looking for something to run in a GoPro or my wife's Nikon 4k camera, I would go with something from Samsung.

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TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Very solid hardware, decent consumer-grade firmware 07/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: When I took this out of the box and assembled the pieces, it was as if TP-Link had asked me how I would like a router to be constructed. Everything I've considered a needless annoyance is addressed in the physical design. In particular:
- The case ventilation is on all sides! No need to flip this router upside down to keep it cool.
- The AC adapter is powerful enough to support the DC requirements of a dual core chipset. No skimpy, noisy transformer in a tiny wallwart.
-antennae are positional enough to make a clamshell arrangement work. I attribute the great signal range of this router in great part to careful design here.

The router I received was v1.1 and that means I was able to put OpenWRT on it and put it through its paces with a full-featured firmware. Caveat: this voids the warranty, and ends any chance of getting hands-on support from TP-Link. To give credit properly, Paris from TP-Link did respond promptly and pointed me to a forum topic describing recovery mode/restoring firmware. So even though the warranty and support are not offered to those like me who prefer 3rd party firmware,and rightly so), Paris' quick and effective response shows me that TP-Link does indeed understand why people use 3rd-party firmware, and that they really do support their products. I was able to install and use Arokh and Lede firmwares, and to restore stock firmware on this unit.

Very midgrade performance with stock firmware, but much better performance and stability with Arokh. I went ahead and put this in the Pros because, in reality, the hardware is high performance. It is up to TP-Link to extract more of that performance, and I see that since I've obtained this router and tested a stock firmware, a new firmware is up on the support site.

SmallNetBuilder recommends this hardware, but note that in the same chipset line, there are several out-performers also recommended.

Cons: The firmware on this unit is pedestrian at best. Why no OpenVPN support? The TEW-827DRU with the same chipset supports OpenVPN. I am dinging a half-egg here.

The ability to make this router work in multi-subnet environments is somewhat crippled. It excels as a single standalone DHCP serving unit, so (with stock firmware) this router is pretty much limited to being a home-only device - no small business or complex network scenario will work without way too much effort to be worth it.

The user interface presents the admin with some dumbed down config segments that, though probably making novices more comfortable, make me scratch my head. Instead of port forwarding, there is something called Virtual Servers. In virtual servers, you configure external requests via specific TCP/UDP ports to pass through to another network client, allowing that client to virtually "serve" its service on the internet - which is port forwarding made to sound as complex as possible.

32MB NOR flash means that the lifespan of this router is less than 10 years. I doubt that matters to many folks, but I do know people who are still using 12-year old LinkSys WRT54xx models. For $7 more, TP-Link could have used NAND and pushed it up to 128MB. I am dinging a half-egg here.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend it to the typical home user? Heck yes! It is really a great piece of hardware, manufactured by a company that really, really, understands customer support.

Would I recommend buying it from NewEgg? Heck yes! If you follow TP-Link routers like I do, you'll find that the reviews on NewEgg give you 95% of the info you need to configure the router itself, and the support folk at TP-Link pay close attention to reviews and respond promptly to any questions you may have.

Over the years, I have had many TP-Link products. Only one (the first one!) has ever failed, and TP-Link replaced that one with ship-ahead. I have never ever ever EVER bricked one permanently. The quality and support are both top-notch.

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TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router
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4 out of 5 eggs A real, full-featured router 07/01/2016

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router

Pros: Unit is preconfigured with security turned on, and custom configuration is relatively novice-friendly*. On first power-up a browser pops up and displays a web config wizard that is pretty effective at presenting options, and this makes it possible for Uncle Homer to just take it and plug it in and have it securely configured in 15 minutes.

Qualcomm StreamBoost automatically prioritizes streaming clients, and manual configuration can be used to custom-tweak prioritization.

Very decent QOS in factory firmware, with a full set of tools to configure and manage more than an average number of client systems.

5Ghz band is 4-stream, using all 4 of the very large antennae for 2x dedicated rx/tx signal.

Supports OPENVPN out of the box! Finally, a small net router that gives a professional level of functionality without resorting to custom firmware. A wizard -driven config creates certificates and configures OPENVPN for you, and gives you simple instructions for setting up clients. Naturally, with a 'wizard' you are limited in options, but not many average users are willing or capable of setting up a VPN from scratch. I have tested this feature extensively over the last few weeks, and can recommend using the preconfigured .ovpn file with these changes:

persist-key <- add
;persist-tun <- comment out
;auth-nocache <- comment out

I saturated the network with 5 streaming clients, and nobody suffered. 2 Roku showing TWCtv, a local Kodi playing blu-ray rip, a Netflix instance, and an amazing other vendor video instance.

Cons: This has to do with the asterisk in the 'Pros' section.

I used the wizard on first run since I expect that the target market is going to need a wizard. After the wizard ran, I had no intranet access. My internal shares and RDP clients simply did not allow connections.

I did what a good consumer should do - I contacted Trendnet support and briefly described the issue. I received a response via email, with an 18-hour lag. Most of the help I received was along the lines of "it can't do that", specifically referring to blocking intranet connections. Of course, I know that "it can't do that" except that it did. After 4 days, I decided to do a full reset and manually configure the router from scratch. It has worked great since.

I can't really recommend Trendnet support for two reasons - the lag time in response, and the lack of actual assistance.

Other Thoughts: It's good hardware that performs well, and has a great feature set for a reasonable price. I would recommend this for anyone needing a VPN router that is simple and effective.

I would not recommend this for anyone who likes hands-on support from the manufacturer with actual diagnosis/response activity.

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