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TRENDnet TEW-812DRU V2 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router - 4 Gigabit port, DD-WRT Open Source support
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Won't allow a LAN; worthless support 02/15/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-812DRU V2 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router - 4 Gigabit port, DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: + 1300 AC
+ 2.4GHz + 5GHz support with multiple SSIDs for each
+ Guest network support
+ DD-WRT support (if you want to void your warranty)

Cons: - Does not allow more than ping between wired LAN clients (no HTTP, no SMB/CIFS, no AFP). Only wifi LAN clients can connect to wired LAN clients. You must use a separate switch for wired LAN connections.

- Throughput is better with 802.11n on 2.4GHz than either 11n or 11ac on 5GHz, even when using TRENDnet's own TEW-805UB AC1200 USB 3.0 network adapter. This renders useless the whole 5GHz band (which was supposed to be faster and less crowded).

- Limited number of firewall ports can be opened, and TCP and UDP must be opened separately (there's no BOTH option, requiring 2 rules to open both TCP and UDP).

Other Thoughts: When using a network switch plugged into one port on the router, all wired clients on my LAN can communicate over any protocol. When I remove the switch and use the switched LAN ports on the back of the router, none of the Ethernet clients can communicate with each other using common protocols. The most they can do is ping each other.

If you're going to run a web server over HTTP, use Windows file sharing over SMB/CIFS, or Apple file sharing over AFP, then the only way you can get to those services is from wifi clients over the WLAN to the wired LAN clients. None of the wired LAN ports allow connections between each other.

This renders the router useless as a switch for running a LAN, which completely defeats the purpose as a home/office router.

When I called tech support to troubleshoot, I was informed that TREDNnet company policy is that they can only help connecting clients to the Internet (LAN to WAN connections). They would not help in any way to support communication over the LAN, including file sharing or web servers.

The product does not work as advertised, and the support is worthless if it won't help you get the product to work as advertised.

New For HP D4000 Media Center Universal Remote Control MCE WIN7 P/N: 5189-3685
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * Programmable to control WMC with remote code 5018 or 5020.
* 4 programmable devices, in addition to the HP MediaSmart Connect, any of which can be configured for WMC.
* Buttons cover most WMC functions.
* Good button design and layout.
* Buttons require only a light touch.
* Audio controls can be programmed to control an A/V receiver.
* Plug 'n' play - no 3rd-party drivers required.
* Backlit when buttons are pressed.
* Sturdy, substantial design.

Cons: * Missing WMC buttons for Pictures, Videos, Music, Radio, Zoom, Angle, Audio, and Subtitle functions.
* Non-functional buttons for WMC: Source, CC, Aspect, SAP, Sleep, Search, Media, Favorites.
* No IR receiver included.

Other Thoughts: The remote works well with the RC6-compatible "eHome" IR receiver included with the Rosewill RRC-126 remote.

The remote is programmable for 4 devices in addition to the HP MediaSmart Connect device (which cannot be reprogrammed). While programmed for a video device, the audio controls can be programmed to control an A/V receiver, so you don't have to switch devices to control video and audio.

To program the remote for use with WMC, select any of the 4 available devices, hold the Device button for 5 secs, enter code 5018 or 5020. Both codes seem to offer the same functions.

Even though the color-coded buttons at the top of the remote are colored and labeled similarly to the WMC functions, the CC, Aspect, SAP, and Sleep buttons don't work for the Subtitles, Angle, Audio, and Zoom functions.

Rosewill RRC-126 - Windows Vista / 7  / 8 MCE Infrared Remote Control with Netflix Function
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Small, flimsy, difficult buttons 05/18/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RRC-126 - Windows Vista / 7 / 8 MCE Infrared Remote Control with Netflix Function

Pros: * Buttons for basically all WMC functions.
* Plug 'n' play - no 3rd-party drivers, no config required.

Cons: * Small, flimsy buttons are difficult to press and hard on the fingers.
* Buttons wear out quickly, requiring harder and harder presses.
* The playback controls are at the top of the remote, but the contour of the bottom of the remote fits best in the hand. The playback controls should be in the middle of the remote.


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Date Joined: 08/31/03

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