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D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router, 2x 5dBi Antennas (DIR-816L)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Simple, effective 05/30/2014

This review is from: D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router, 2x 5dBi Antennas (DIR-816L)

Pros: Had this router for 5 months. Good wireless range, no dropped connections.

I have two gamer sons who tend to push a router and expose weaknesses. This one has stood up quite well - at least while gaming on Ethernet connections.

No issues streaming HD video over wireless.

I upgraded firmware to version 2.03B03 which I got from DLink's web site. Seems soild with this firmware.

Has Guest access which allows a guest to access the internet over your network, but not access any other network resource such as a printer, or file server.

Has QOS to prioritize certain types of access like VoIP.

Cons: Manual configuration of this router's firmware can be a pain. When considering looking at and considering what is a myriad of options on some of the pages, the router can suddenly timeout and log you off. When this happens, your unsaved changes are lost and you have to start all over again.

The timeout is a good feature for security, but is a bit too quick.

No option to allow the router to reboot itself according to a schedule.

Permanently attached antennas that cannot be replaced.

No option to lock wireless users out of configuration pages.

You can assign a static ip-addresses to a device by MAC address, but those static addresses must be selected from within the configured DHCP range. We have MANY devices and I tend to use various ip ranges to help identify devices who are logged into the network.

I would like a QOS feature that would allow me limit certain users overall bandwidth so that someone cannot grab it all while downloading a torrent, playing a game or whatever. Basically, to limit bandwidth by ip address, not service by type.

Router's physical weight is VERY light. I keep the router centrally located in my home, placed high on a shelf. I run several ethernet cables and the power cord from the router, behind the shelf and down towards the floor. The weight of those cable is enough to pull this lightweight router off a table or shelf.

Other Thoughts: To be fair, most "home" router have the similar faults.

I tend to prefer routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, but this is not an option for this router, at least at this time.

I also tend to stay away from routers with Atheros chip sets because I had some bad experiences in the past. But this router was very inexpensive, and I was in need of an inexpensive router at the time. But I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance.

I would buy again.

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HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I have a PC with a little older motherboard which does not have USB 3.0, only USB 2.0. The PC's case is newer and hose both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 front panel ports.

I wanted a card that added USB 3.0 along with the 19-pin header so I could access USB 3.0 from the front panel ports on this PC.

Cons: none to speak of

Other Thoughts: Cheap but very effective solution to my problem.

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HooToo HT-WR01 Wireless N 300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Signal Repeater / Range Extender (White)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Operates as expected. Very easy to set up. The wizard makes it a breeze. Signal strength is about as expected.

Cons: The product seems fine, the packaging and manual is cheap and reflect poorly on the product quality.

The manual is physically TOO small. The entire thing is in extremely fine print and is so difficult to read it becomes useless.

Firmware is buggy. A couple of times the unit failed to allow a PC to connect and I've had to reset it to get it working.

I checked the Hootoo web site for the manual in PDF format. don't exists. Actually nothing exists for this repeater except for an general information page. No downloads, no firmware update, nothing. Although you can download manuals and firmware for all other HooToo products.

Other Thoughts: Could be better supported.

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