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TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Dual band (5 + 2.4GHz)

Small form factor (sticks out from laptop an inch)

Cons: No Mac/Linux drivers

Edges of the enclosure are sharp

Other Thoughts: Apologies in advance for not doing a thorough review as I did not install the wireless "utility" software from TP-Link. Personally, I never install any "utility" software associated with a wireless adapater as the Microsoft Windows built-in 'utility' works and basically does the same thing; all you need to do is install the driver.

1) Plugged the device into a USB port on my laptop (ASUS ROG) and Windows (Windows 8.1) began installing the device however there is no native driver support for this so I HAD to install the drivers from TP-Link via included mini CD with the hardware or straight from TP-Link website; the latter being what I did.

2) Once the driver installed I clicked on the wireless tray icon on my Windows Taskbar and selected one of my AP connections. Once connected the LED activity light built into the TP-Link wireless adapater became very active blinking on-and-off.


TESTING RESULTS

Testing was done with a Buffalo AC1750 Gigabit Wireless router. The router is located in a room in the basement (server room). Speed test was done using "speedtest.net" at the closest connection node. "D" stands for download and "U" stands for upload. Speed values are represented in "Mbps".

Diningroom (directly 1 floor above room with the router)

AC band
D | U
37.73 | 4.08

G band
D | U
30.46 | 3.86


Kitchen (up 1 floor from router, 1 room away)

AC band
D | U
36.86 | 3.96


G band
D | U
29.12 | 3.90



Bathroom (up 1 floor from router, 2 rooms away)

AC band
D | U
12.39 | 4.03


G band
D | U
15.54 | 3.86



Bedroom (on second floor and is located adjacent [away] from diningroom/router)

AC band
D | U
11.47 | 4.02

G band
D | U
12.35 | 3.93



The speed 'strength', for lack of a better term, in the farthest room away from the router (the bedroom) is ~13 Mbps on "AC" and 52 Mbps on "G". These are pretty good for a wireless mini adapter. Had no issues while using this device for two weeks and highly recommend if you are looking for a USB wireless adapter and need a small form factor with reliable speeds.

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TP-LINK Archer C20i AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Guest networks

+ Great range!

+ IPv6 - common but still great to see

+ Parental controls

+ On/Off switch

+ Dual band

Cons: - No Gigabit Ethernet

- 1 USB 2.0

Other Thoughts: TESTING

The router was very easy to setup and the range of this entry level router is quite good I must say! Was able to go 50 yards from the house and still get stable signal. I have had exceptionally great experience with TP-Link routers and range (I have the TP-Link Archer C7, N750 and the AC750 and they all have excellent range).

Average bandwidth speed of 2 speed tests from speedtest.net. The router is located 1 floor below ground in a server room in the basement. Testing was done using my Samsung S5 and ASUS ROG laptop - the test averages were so close that I'm just stating my phone's averages. Measurements are in Mbps. Rated cable bandwidth is 50Mbps down, 5Mbps up.

Dining room (directly one floor above the room with the router, roughly 6' away)
Down Up
2.4GHz - 24.14 5.22
5 GHZ - 25.59 5.54


Bathroom (on first floor 2 rooms from the dining room, roughly 16' away)

2.4Ghz 26.66 5.57
5 GHz 29.52 5.72


Livingroom (on first floor 2 rooms from the dining room. 2 walls in between. Roughly 16' away)

2.4Ghz 23.61 5.60
5 GHz 24.43 5.12


Bedroom (on second floor above the livingroom. Roughly 20' away)

2.4GHz 13.77 5.31
5 GHz 14.54 5.94


Good entry level router. Yes, it lacks Gigabit ports but that is covered by the AC750 C2 (which is $20+) with 2 external antennae. Also yes is the fact that I found some wireless routers in the same price range and is "AC750" with Gigabit ports but still doesn't negate the fact that TP-Link already has this covered with the C2 so this differentiates this router from the C2.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great for heavy workloads for the $$ 10/21/2014

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: + 3 year warranty

+ Performs on-par with my OCZ Vector 256GB (firmware v2.00) in score (see testing below)

+ AES-256 encryption

+ 20GB/day endurance - more than the average user

+ Higher provisioning (12%) to offer greater performance (less available storage so could be looked at as a bad thing depending on how you look at it)

+ Great for heavy workloads

+ Very good/consistent drive for the $$

Cons: - High idle power consumption in comparison to competition - Barefoot controller still doesn't support slumber and DevSleep

Other Thoughts: TESTING

My mobo is the Asus Maximus V Formula Intel Z77 connected to the ASMedia SATA III controller



CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b x64 2000MB

Seq. Read: 370.2 MB/s
Seq. Write: 347.6 MB/s
Rand. Read 512KB: 296.7 MB/s
Rand. Write 512KB: 347.1 MB/s
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=1): 15.63 MB/s (3815.2 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=1): 46.15 MB/s (11266.9 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=32): 219.2 MB/s (53515.4 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=32): 167.5 MB/s (40905.4 IOPS)


AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088

Seq. Read: 368.59 MB/s (23.04 IOPS)
Seq. Write: 357.89 MB/s (22.37 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=1): 14.86 MB/s (3726 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=1): 40.37 MB/s (10310 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=64): 216.67 MB/s (55098 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=64): 173.03 MB/s (44130 IOPS)
Access time read: 0.085ms
Access time write: 0.091ms

Score
Read: 268
Write: 249
Overall: 659


Performs very well. In the past, pre-Toshiba ownage, OCZ released firmware after initial release that greatly improved their SSD's performance...hopefully we can expect another dramatic performance increase in a future firmware release.

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Date Joined: 01/23/08

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