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Pros: No issues booting NVME (Windows 10) even on my older Z97 based motherboard (With a required BIOS update. Thank you MSI for supporting NVME even on older devices.)
Crazy fast. Bottle-necked SATA3 copying data off of my old SATA SSDs.
Great value if you want a new, fast NVME M.2 drive.
Cons: Synthetic benches show it's slower than the 950 pro, but this is intended to be a lower cost device than the 950pro anyway.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A lot of very useful features. Like a network swiss army knife.
Independent dual bands (2.4ghz and 5ghz) can be separately configured or enabled/disabled
Easy to setup. Good, secure defaults.
Web interface is fast and clean. Configuration is quick. Changes that require a reboot happen fast and gracefully.
USB fileserver is flexible and easy to setup SMB and FTP up and running in seconds
Good wireless range with nice long dual aerials. Did not lose power range going upstairs.
Routing was fast and without lag. Lots of options for port forwards. UPNP port forwards worked well too.
Physical hardware switches for wireless on/off and system power (Seems trivial, but this is a really nice touch)
Cons: Only 100mbit ports
Shiny plastic surface really shows the dust
USB fileserver, while flexible and stable and responsive, is not very fast. (Topped out about 2.5 megabytes/sec for all of the various devices I tried)
Some features are not well documented, though the web based configuration interface itself is clear and doesn’t hide things from you.
Other Thoughts: I dropped this device in to my network and have not looked back. I’m pretty hard on routers. Lots of gaming (Often myself and four or five friends at once!), lots of streaming, lots of downloads, lots of wireless devices. I even run a minecraft server for my friends. Usually I expect to have to reboot a small consumer hardware router at least once a week, but this device has exceeded my expectations in that department. Rock solid. No lag, no slowdowns. No reboots needed so far.
Hardware switches for power and wireless are a nice touch. Makes rebooting the router a snap though, almost ironically, I never need to do it.
Wireless performance was very good. What I mean by good, is that all of my various wireless devices connected without issue and didn’t drop out and didn’t experience a lot of lag or jitter with internet services. Normal internet use like downloading apps, downloading games on steam, streaming video and audio, browsing, printing, skype (including video chat) all worked as you’d expect. Things used include two laptops, iphones, ipads, android tablets, a wireless laser printer, android smartphones, an xbox, a wiiu, and a ps3. In all, a mix of b and n devices in both frequency ranges. I usually don’t bother measuring bulk file transfer speed in wireless because it’s always disappointing compared to even simple 100mbit Ethernet, regardless of hardware or configuration.
The web interface is snappy and never lags. Total control of every detail from wireless settings to firewall to port forwards. I had no issues with games, and the ones that do need port forwards I had no issues dealing with. It really is a good no nonsense device for those that know what you’re doing. Easy setup? Not a clue. I put the CD back in the box and never touched it. I don’t trust those setup programs/wizards/whatever. Better just to let it assign your computer an IP, then put the device’s IP in your browser and go from there. (Hint, look at the default gateway address that was handed out via DHCP)
A small disappointment the lack of gigabit ports. I understand this is to reach a certain price point, and for most applications this is a non issue. (Or if you primarily use wireless) It just makes the device’s built in switch a little less useful. (I ended up hooking it up to a gigabit switch, which everything else is plugged in to ) I’ve only got 30megabit cable internet at the moment and it handles that just fine, but the router is probably not what you want if you’ve got superfast 100mbit+service.
I did give the USB port some use. I fully understand that a small wireless router with a usb 2.0 port is not going to be a substitute for a real fileserver, but at the same time it did not feel very fast. Topped out about 2.5 megabytes/sec regardless of the device I used. (Tried a couple of good flash drives, and two hard disks. All USB 2.0) On the plus side it was very easy to setup and worked without a hitch on all computers I tried. SMB (windows filesha
This review is from: GWC HU3140 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 4-Port Hub with 4 Amp External Power Supply
Pros: Works with all the 2.0 and 3.0 devices I've thrown at it.
Good for breaking out the measly one or two 3.0 ports your computer comes with.
Includes a power brick and a 3.0 A->B cable, which is everything you need
Lights indicating when a port is plugged in is a nice touch
Cons: Cords for power brick and included usb 3.0 cable are a little on the short side.
Ports are a little stiff when inserting or removing devices, but I get the idea that all usb 3.0 ports are like that.
Other Thoughts: Used this alongside a usb 3.0 card to give my dad an upgrade. He loves it. Uses it for his camera, flash drives, and to charge his various bike accessories. (GPS, lights, whatnot)READ FULL REVIEW