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TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router, 450Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps on 5Ghz, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Excellent wireless range and wireless capability. Both 2.4 and 5 Ghz ranges were completely acceptable for the environment.

The firmware is excellent and while not 100% intuitive, if you know what you are doing, it is quite powerful.

Firmware is also open-source according to TP-Link. This is a plus in my opinion because it can be modified by a community of users rather than the manufacturer. I will be investigating this later.

Cons: My laptop doesn't have 5 Ghz.

The router does not have an "AP Mode" option to work as an access point. This is not a major con from my standpoint.

Other Thoughts: Also, a really minor con for me, is that every time you make a change in the router's firmware, it requires a reboot. This is a double-sided sword though. So it's both a pro and a con.

+ Not waiting for pages to refresh when making changes to DHCP addresses, WAN types, etc.
+ Don't interrupt any currently connected devices until you are completely ready to effect the changes.
- Unable to see if your changes improved your network (such as Wireless channel changes) until after a reboot.
- This can slow down or hamper diagnostics of a power user.

PNY CS1100 SSD7CS1111-480-RB (CS1111) 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent drive... With a few reservations 08/23/2015

This review is from: PNY CS1100 SSD7CS1111-480-RB (CS1111) 2.5" 480GB SATA-III (6 Gb/s) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast drive. Excellent boot-up time and while I don't believe in synthetic benchmarks, file transfers happen almost instantly. Excellent load times in games. I previously got a PNY 240GB version and love it as well.

Cons: Unlike the 240 GB drive I got, this one had a LOT of dead cells that Windows had to clean up initially. I would have large amounts of areas that closed themselves off, and after about three days it cleared up when I reinstalled Windows 10 again. I had installed Windows 7 and upgraded to WIndows 10.

There were issues, so I figured it was the actual upgrade. So I clean-installed Windows 10. Still had a lot of issues with the hard drive connection having to be reset every so often, the computer would hang.

Third time was the charm. Clean installed Windows 10 one more time, completely formatted the drive, and it's working perfectly. This particular drive had a few start-up issues that went away as time went on, unlike the previous drive I still have.

Other Thoughts: This drive is being used in a laptop, I didn't want just 240 GB in my mobile machine so I opted for the 480. The 240 is going into a desktop machine I'm building where I can add more storage.

ASUS USB-AC55 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Adapter 08/21/2015

This review is from: ASUS USB-AC55 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter

Pros: Very fast wireless connection (2.4 Ghz). ASUS drivers from the website loaded without issue.

I got 150 Mbps download speed over the 2.4 Ghz band using this adapter on a USB 3.0 connection. I literally cannot ask for more. It connects to the access point at a rate of 300 Mbps, and literally 50% is download speed. I also got around 80 - 90 Mbps upload speed.

Cons: I don't have a 5 Ghz access point to test the other band with at this time.

Other Thoughts: - The ASUS utility is garbage. Please don't install it.
- For all the users that complain that this adapter isn't working, I really don't see it. I've been testing this adapter relentlessly and cannot find a hiccup. I am using it at work where I have access to a truly high speed data connection and excellent wireless routing equipment to remove as many variables as possible.


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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 12/31/10

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 09/06/11
  • Last Review: 08/26/15
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