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Linksys MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming (EA9500)
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Pros: + 3 Year warranty and tech-support

+ tri-band 5.3 Gbps

+ 8 external antennae

+ 4x4 MU-MIMO

+ Smart Connect band steering

+ Beamforming technology

Cons: - Not wall-mountable. Big device or not, the option would still be nice.

- Not a big deal, but no Hairpin NAT translation support

Other Thoughts: This is the biggest consumer router I have ever seen!

The default network name and password are located at the bottom of the router, a typical standard. As well as on the back page of the included "Quick Start Guide".

There are 2 5Ghz bands that share an SSID, and this is where the band steering comes into play; router automatically connecting your device to whichever based on optimization. Of course, you can disable this and manually deal with the bands separately.

The range from this router in my house is really good! The router is positioned in the basement and I get great signal 2 stories up directly over the router. If I begin to walk away in the opposite direction on the second story, I lose signal. Every router I have have has this problem; there are just more floors/walls router has to deal with - perfect scenario for a repeater, no blame on any router.

This is the first Linksys router I have had that uses the current Linksys admin web UI. I have to admit, it was very easy to use and set up the router.

My original set-up includes a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter PoE level-3 router-switch and a single wireless AP Unifi Pro AC. I have over 30 connected devices at any one time, 13 wireless and 17 wired (15 VM guests on 1 VM network). The one thing that I noticed when I configured the Linksys to the same subnet (and among other things I configured) was that my guest VMs could not communicate with each other because this router doesn't support Hairpin NAT translation that I had already configured on my EdgeRouter. This wouldn't affect the majority of consumers, but was just something that I noticed right-off.

It's really nice to have a [consumer] router that sports 8 Ethernet ports. I have 6 wired devices currently that I had to branch-off to an unmanaged switch, though obviously, covered if I was using this router for my day-to-day.

The throughput for the wireless bands are quite nice, however, I only have 3x3 MIMO wireless client devices - and this router supports 4x4 MIMO. My Unifi AP only supports 3x3 MIMO so I would expect the Linksys to outperform the Unifi AP to some degree.

I transfered a 2GB file over the LAN 3 times and averaged:

84 Mbps on 2.4Ghz
281 Mbps on 5Ghz

This is quite impressive but pretty much on par with my Unifi wireless AP (however, again, I only have 3x3 MIMO clients to test with).

Very nice consumer router. Probably a little too powerful for most, but perfect if have many connected devices that are bandwidth-hungry.

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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Works great 05/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: + Capacitative touch screen for managing device settings

+ Includes 3' CAT 5e cable - sufficient upgrade from the CAT 5 TP-LINK used to ship with their routers awhile ago.

+ Typical QoS

+ Nice touchscreen - responsiveness UI

+ Easy device controls (block/unblock connected devices)

+ Easy to configure device as a router, repeater or access point.

+ Wall mountable

Cons: - Twice this device, when uplugged, takes forever to engage in repeating my Wi-Fi signal.

Other Thoughts: It's nice to see a router manufacturer integrate capacitative functionality!

I used the touch screen for testing but truthfully, I'd never physically access this device (in my case, 'repeater') settings via touch controls; web site is easiest as I can be remote. It's still a nice device feature, however. Working with the device via the touch controls is smooth and works well.

First thing I noticed when the device booted and asked to create an administrator password, is that the keyboard looks completely identical to Android's; I'm suspecting that the OS is in fact derived from Android.

Initial setup was very simple, can't get any more simple than this. Setting the device in "Repeater" mode was as easy as selecting the "Access Mode" [app] icon, selecting "Repeater" from the options. Once the device reboots, the settings available are the necessary settings for being in 'repeater' mode (each mode has different set of settings available to them). I went through the 'wireless' set-up to have this device boost my host signal; a Ubiquiti AC-Pro access point. All went well until I simply unplugged the device to move it to another outlet and the device refused to engage itself. I waited 20 minutes, still nothing, then headed to bed. By time I woke up next morning, it was working. Not sure why after 20 minutes it wouldn't work, not sure how long it actually took.

The repeater works very well and now my entire house is covered from one end to the other. While device as an uptime of 2 weeks, it has been stable and working perfectly.

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GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Good budget board with very limited features 04/07/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: + Supports Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processor, 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i3

+ 8 channel HD audio (downside is, Realtek)

Cons: - lacks included accessories - 2 SATA cables and metal port-plate, only.

- Keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports - good for freeing up 2 of the 6 total USB ports, but naturally archaic features and wasteful if you only play FPS games, such as myself.

- No ECC support for Xeon CPUs

- No integrated video support

- Limited to 2 RAM slots

Other Thoughts: This is a good, cheap, little Xeon-capable motherboard. It has decent, but limited, hardware and features. The PS/2 ports for dedicated keyboard and mouse ports free up USB slots, but if you have a keyboard/mouse made in the last decade, it will most likely have a USB male connectors and you'll need to get a USB-to-PS/2 converter to keep USB ports free.

In my humble opinion, regardless if you are planning on utilizing a Xeon CPU, check out the sister board "GA-X150M-PRO ECC" that supports ECC memory, provides 2 extra RAM slots (4), 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots, a SATA-express slot, a M.2 slot and support for 2-way Crossfile or SLI.

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