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NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 08/24/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: Easy setup. Attach the antennas, connect to broadband, connect to Ethernet (or WiFi), open a browser to get started. The Netgear Genie (setup wizard) starts up automatically upon first connection. The firmware update detects automatically and installs within a couple of minutes. MIMO WiFi allows for continuous simultaneous streaming between all wireless devices. I like the on/off button, this is much more preferred than having to unplug the adapter to power cycle. The admin GUI is very nicely designed. I love the bold colors and images. It makes navigating very easy and quick. Two modes, basic and advanced. The home page displays realtime statuses of every type of connection. There is pretty much nothing you can't do with this router: Connect up to two USB 3.0 storage devices and one eSATA storage device, to be shared among all devices connected to the network. Awesome parental controls can be downloaded and configured. The WiFi range is top-notch due to the amplification.

Cons: None. You get what you pay for, and you get a lot with this router.

Other Thoughts: The Nighthawk X4S router is highly recommended for home use. The range is excellent and it’s made for many devices to be connected at one time. This day and age, everything is wireless and continuous streaming is the norm. It's easy and quick to set up and configure so no one should have any problems getting it up and running. I have very high praise for the Nighthawk X4S and would recommend it to anyone who wants the best in home routers.

Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Great card for normal to heavy use. Read speeds are close to advertised spec, so no complaints there. But my interest is with the write speeds. Testing on a Windows 10 64bit Microsoft Surface Pro with five files totaling 1.2GB, I was able to copy/write the files from the 128GB SSD directly to the 32GB SD at speeds hovering around a mean of 20MB/s (after leveling off). Max write speed was 30MB/s and average was 18MB/s. This is in comparison to another class 10 32GB memory card (PNY brand) where the write speeds were consistently 15GB/s. As a result the SP outperformed.

Cons: Nothing really. Write speeds were high but inconsistent during the file transfer.

Other Thoughts: If you need a 32GB SD memory card for performances purposes, the Silicon Power SD card is definitely one to consider. There are so many variables that determine read and write speeds. For example, where the data is coming from, what it is going to and what it's going through are just a few. Direct connection from the SSD to the SD card slot is the best way to test. It performed as suspected and I am satisfied with the results.

Linksys EA4500-NP SMART Dual-Band Wireless N900 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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4 out of 5 eggs Linksys EA4500-NP SMART Wireless Router 05/23/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA4500-NP SMART Dual-Band Wireless N900 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Works very well. Since I'm a "cable cutter" I stream constantly on every computer and device and have had no issues or hiccups. The setup was very easy. The latest firmware version was downloaded and installed automatically during setup. And you can choose your SSID and passwords on a single screen. The Linksys Smart WiFi abilities are pretty cool. You can access the router from any other computer on the Internet if a Linksys account is setup and tied to the router. Streaming and content can be regulated. It can also be controlled on a smart phone app. After setup, an icon for accessing the router was automatically placed on the desktop as well as a text file with the router ID information. Not very necessary but a nice convenience.

Cons: There's no stand for propping upright. I would like to have one of those.

Other Thoughts: This is the perfect router for anyone who wants to control, regulate and monitor content on a home network from anywhere.


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