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Tenda W1801R Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Access Point, WDS Mode
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has 3 external dual band antennas to provide up to 450 Mbps N, 1350 Mbps AC wifi. Supports channel bonding. Excellent 2.4GHz signal, good 5.0 GHz signal (as expected). Gigabit LAN. Open source firmware compatible. Price, price, price. Newegg deal was 59.99 + 10.00 MIR. So 50 bucks for an AC1750 wifi router with gigabit lan. The Asus AC66U is 'comparable' at 3x the price.

Cons: White with a big Tenda logo on it. The AC wall wart is fairly large.

Other Thoughts: Ran it with the stock Tenda firmware for 24 hours or so just to test the hardware, then I updated the firmware to Tomato by Shibby. Installing Tomato firmware does not void the W1801R hardware warranty. The router was functional with the stock firmware, but it has a better signal running Tomato, especially at distance. Regarding wifi performance, my chromebook with an intel 7260 adapter has a AC connection of ~320 Mbps on the 5GHz channel (I've seen speeds of ~825Mbps, verifying channel bonding works). My laptop, phone, and tablet are all wireless N and have a connection of ~130 Mbps in the same room, and around 65 Mbps in my living room (across the house). My Roku and HTPC currently run off an access point connected to the W1801R by an ethernet cable. Also, I'm using an Obi100 VOIP adapter connected to the W1801R via ethernet, and the calls are clear. As far as heat, it gets warm, but not hot, and I'm running couple of wired and a few wireless connections through it all day. The WLAN (internet port) connection to my cable modem delivers full download/upload speeds to all my client pcs tablets etc. I can't comment about the USB ports, I have them disabled in the firmware and don't plan on using them. I've been running for two weeks without issues or reboots. No degradation in WAN or Wifi speed.

sysinfo - cpu BCM5300 rev 1 pkg 0, eth0 BCM47XX, eth1 BCM4360, eth2 BCM4331, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB Flash

Overall I'm pretty satisfied. Plenty of horsepower for a home or home office router.

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This drive is fast! The rebate processed quickly, and after rebate the price was right. An 840 EVO with120GB was more than I paid for this 240GB drive.

Cons: Where to begin? It's a luck of the draw as far as the controller and NAND type you will get. My firmware version is N0530A, so I'm pretty sure I got a Silicon Motion controller with MLC NAND. But no way to tell without opening the drive. No SSD tools on the PNY website, and the smart data is limited. There is no wear indicator (no E9 in the smart data), but there are the F1 (total LBAs written) and F2 (total LBAs read) indicators. Also, the website to register the drive for the 3yr warranty was broken for days, I had to call the tech support line to register.

Other Thoughts: Like I stated, the drive I received is really fast. I'm pretty sure I got lucky and didn't get the Sandforce controller version. Time will tell if this drive holds up, but in the couple of months I've had it, performance hasn't degraded at all. I'm right at about 1TB total reads and 1TB total writes (pretty heavy use), and it's still as fast as it was when new.

Intel 730 Series 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Enterprise class controller and MLC-HET NAND. Intel 5yr warranty. Got it on Black Friday for 98 clams at my local Fries (sic) B&M. Also the Intel SSD Toolbox is available on the Intel web site.

Cons: Not the fastest SSD on the market. Read speeds great - 475 Mbps, write speeds are unremarkable - 295 Mbps. Slower write speeds are due to the lack of interleaving between the 8 channel controller and the 8 NAND chips. 1 to 1 ratio.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 SSDs, but notably I have the PNY Optima 240 GB (in a laptop), which benchmarks faster than the Intel 730 240GB (in a desktop). The PNY is really fast, but in real world use, I don't notice the difference. Hopefully the Intel 730's endurance will be better than the PNY's. The 730 is replacing a Corsair Force 3, that drives performance degraded pretty quickly due to Sandforce trim issues. I had to do several secure erases and OS re-installs on that drive over the past 2 years. I did a clean install of Win 8.1 on the 730, hopefully I'm good for a long time :)


Gordon I.'s Profile

Display Name: Gordon I.

Date Joined: 03/01/04

  • Reviews: 43
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  • First Review: 03/31/06
  • Last Review: 09/12/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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