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Tenda FH1206 High Power Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Router
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2 out of 5 eggs Terrible Throughput 01/04/2015

This review is from: Tenda FH1206 High Power Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Router

Pros: I actually *like* the simple web UI, since I'm using it as an access point, and I have no need for tons and tons of extra features. The range appears to be good, too, with even 5GHz punching through a few walls and holding onto at least 50% at the edge. 2.4GHz coverage stays at 100% even at the far ends of the (admittedly not very big) house. I don't have any 802.11ac capable devices, though, so I can't say how good that works.

Cons: The throughput is rubbish. 40MHz-wide 2.4GHz channel, 100% signal strength from about 5 feet away, and I manage under 2MBps (average about 1.5) from my laptop to my file server. The old Linksys gave me over 8MBps.

5GHz n isn't much better, making it up to ~2.3MBps.

I used InSSIDer to choose the channels with the least interference, and that's the best I got. Other channels were worse.

Also, like a previous reviewer said, the "latest" firmware on their website is actually from December 2013, not November 2014 like it's labeled. So I actually ended up downgrading when I applied the firmware. Who knows? Maybe the throughput was better on the firmware I wiped out.

Other Thoughts: Well, it was only $30 when I bought it, so I guess my little experiment wasn't too costly. I'll hold onto it and hope future (properly labeled) firmware improves its performance.

HooToo HT-UH006 Compact SuperSpeed USB 3.0 7-Port Hub w/ Latest VIA VL812 Chipset, 5V/3A Power Adapter, USB 3.0 Cable
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sturdy construction, power adapter makes running multiple external 2.5" HDDs possible, plenty of ports. Nice long cable.

Cons: The blue LEDs that light up when a port is in use is kind of nice, but they don't have to be so bloody bright! On the other hand, I suppose they make a nice night light.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - White
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Spacious for a mini-ITX box (while still being reasonably compact). Bought it for its ability to hold 3 3.5" drives, which it does nicely, with the bonus ability for two of the bays to hold a 2.5" drive in addition to the 3.5", which was exactly what I was after. The steel frame is nice and sturdy, and cable management is eased by plenty of little metal loops around the edges to secure wads of cables with twisty-ties or zip ties. Accepts a full-size ATX power supply.

Plenty of fans in case you wanted to fill it with roasty components.

USB 3.0 port on the front is nice.

Cons: It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that to get the 5.25" bay cover off, the entire front panel of the case has to come off first. Would have liked the front fan to have a 3 or 4 pin PWM connector so that the motherboard could control its RPM.

Other Thoughts: It's not the smallest "shoebox" computer case, but its extra bulk means I can cram more stuff in it.


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Display Name: Walter B.

Date Joined: 07/08/03

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 08/21/08
  • Last Review: 01/04/15
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