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TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Travel Ready and Convenient 08/22/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: First of all, the device works almost immediately from powering it on; its startup time is relatively quick. Connecting after entering access credentials was also fast.

The power plugs can be swapped with the push of a button on the underside, below where the plug snaps in. The device comes with US, EU, and UK standard plugs.
On the side of the device, the portable router has WPS (wifi protected sertup) and Reset buttons.

There are indicator LEDS on the front that glow through the plastic. It diffuses well into the plastic to be bright enough to see it when looking at the device but not annoying at night.

The TEW-817DTR AC750 supports most hotel networks / WDS, has support for IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP VPN pass-through connectivity, and has the ability to have its own network.

Other features include access control through firewalling. There are parental filters,

Cons: 300Mbps and 433 Mbps is mostly theoretical. Also, the 10/100Mbps Ethernet port (patch cable included) will be a hindrance if you are relying on it. That said, hotels generally don't reach anywhere near that limit, which is what you'll be using the port for.

Other Thoughts: It's a decent router that's compact and made to be convenient rather than a performance beast. Not recommended for use as a home router as the range and performance will disappoint. But definitely recommended as a portal/travel router; the trade-offs are worth it.

The power plug ejection is not spring-assisted ejection, so you press down the button with your thumb to unhinge the lock and pull outward toward the top of the router to slide the plug out.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This network interface card has no trouble connecting to my wireless networks. The signal range is excellent on 2GHz, and about expected for 5GHz. I've used it for a month now and haven't seen any drops or loss/stutter issues, which is a great sign of reliability for this card.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Includes a low profile bracket to fit in HTPC-sized cases.

Be sure to use the 3 antennas provided; powering network interface cards without connected antennas is generally bad, causing heat to build up since no antennas are radiating the signal out. The card has a heat sink to mitigate this, but it is still highly recommended to install the antennas.

OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The included mounting bracket (black paint finish) and screw kit is nice to have, allowing me to install into a normal HDD slot/bay straight away. Performance is very respectable and appears to just about meet the advertised speeds. The barefoot controller paired with the new nand seems promising.

Cons: The activation key for Acronis 2013 did not work for me. This seems to be a common problem for keys issued for this drive that is easily resolved by contacting OCZ support.

Other Thoughts: The included installation manual is pretty straightforward, albeit without any instructional images.

Also, keep in mind that no SATA cable is included. This was expected as motherboards usually come with the number of cables that can be connected to it.


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Date Joined: 02/14/07

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  • Last Review: 08/22/15
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