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TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Powering up and setting up:
Super easy to install… just like any other PCI / PCI-E card.

My system is running Windows 7 x64… and did not have the drivers required for this card when I started it up for the first time. Point Windows 7 device installer to the included Resource CD and the card was installed within a minute or two.

Use:
File transfers, while not at wired speeds, were still speedy. There was a considerable difference between transfers on 802.11N vs. 802.11AC (AC being the faster of the two).

Steam In-Home streaming was much more smooth and had no hiccups at 720p on 802.11AC (I experience stutters on 802.11N). Obviously, a wired-network connection would be preferred… but if your physical layout / network configuration has you streaming on wifi… don’t worry about 802.11AC with this adapter… it’s smooth as butter!

Cons: (this is really just a super-nit-pick)

First impressions (before powering up and setting up):
This card is physically longer (4.5 × 4.8 × 0.8 in.) than the previous TP-LINK PCI-E wifi card I had (TL-WDN4800) by about an inch / inch and a half. I’m not pressed for space in the case I’m working with… but someone that has a dedicated GPU or a bunch of other PCI / PCI-E cards and what-else-not OR a tiny case may have to check the size(s) before ordering.

Other Thoughts: Packaging and Un-boxing:
Comes in a small cardboard box. The wifi card is in an anti-static bag. Included are the following:
TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter
3x antennas
low-profile bracket
Resource CD
Quick Installation guide
Support info


Other:
It is worth noting that I did not install the TP-LINK utility that was included on the Resource CD… sometimes those things can get a little “wacky”, so I just installed the driver and let Windows handle the network-er-ing.

Also, I based this testing with my 802.11AC router currently in our basement; not ideal, but it’s necessary as our home office is currently under renovation. My advice, which goes without saying: have your router on the same level as the bulk of your wireless clients and you will have better connections and better speeds.

Wrap-Up:
While this wireless adapter is definitely up there in price (and not the MOST expensive either), it is a solid choice if you have the need to connect a workstation to your network. Two-thumbs-up on this one.

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Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great travel hard drive at a great price! 04/23/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive STEA500400

Pros: - Easy to use. Step one - plug the USB cable into the drive. Step two - plug the cable into your computer. Done. Upon plugging the drive into my workstation, Windows 7 x64, didn’t even need to go out and look for drives. By the time I sat down again, my device was ready to use. That’s cool!… instead of waiting around all day for Windows to go fetch drivers.

- Quick speeds.
HD Tune: Seagate Expansion Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 55.0 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 116.6 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 91.1 MB/sec
Access Time : 18.9 ms
Burst Rate : 202.2 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

HD Tune: WDC WD2500AAKX-00ERMA0 Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 56.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 119.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 97.3 MB/sec
Access Time : 15.6 ms
Burst Rate : 204.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

HD Tune: SanDisk SDSSDHP064G Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 349.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 439.0 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 416.5 MB/sec
Access Time : 0.1 ms
Burst Rate : 84.2 MB/sec
CPU Usage : -1.0%

I know… I know… why did I even bother posting the numbers for my Sandisk SSD on here. For science and comparison’s sake... I guess. We didn’t go into this thinking this hard drive was going to be as fast as our SSD system drive. However, I was pleased to see that it at least keeps pace with my SATA mass-storage drive.

Cons: (super nit-picks)
- At this price point, one can’t expect Seagate to provide some sort of soft case / travel case for the drive and it’s USB cable.

- The USB 3.0 cable isn’t the shortest one I’ve ever seen provided with an external drive, but definitely not the longest either.

- The outer case of the hard drive has a cool “blocky” design… but alas, it is made out of the cheapest, most hollow, most breakable plastic one could imagine. I’m not so sure this is a “toss-in-a-bag-and-go” type hard drive. All the plastic does make it super-light-weight though.

Other Thoughts: - I actually decided to give the Quick Start Guide a glance, just to see what it might explain about an external hard drive. One picture on page 1 with two steps. Step one - plug the USB cable into the drive. Step two - plug the cable into your computer. Done.

- Why did Seagate feel the need to include the warranty info in a PDF and a registration app. pre-installed on the hard drive? I guess it’s better to receive that kind of stuff rather than bloatware. Still feel free to delete that stuff though.

- The drive comes pre-formatted as an NTFS drive, just an FYI.

- I tried looking around for an LED indicator before plugging the hard drive in and for the life of me, I couldn’t find one. BUT, once plugged in, there is a bright blue “slash” of an LED indicator light that illuminates in one of the corners.

- Comes in a small cardboard box. The hard drive (wrapped in plastic-wrap) itself is protected in a plastic clam-shell with the USB 3.0 cable tucked neatly underneath it. Included in the box:
- Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 drive
- USB 3.0 cable
- Quick Start Guide

- Find a nice soft / hard travel case for this hard drive and it’s USB cable (treat it nice and take care of it as well!) and you’ve got one super-affordable external drive that’s ready for travel. In fact, for the price… why not get the 1TB or 2TB version???

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Powering up and setting up:
Follow the guide and you can’t go wrong… turn your modem off. Connect all of your cables. Turn the modem on (and wait 2-5 minutes for it to fully boot). Turn the Archer C8 on and “Robert is your mother’s brother”. It’s that easy.

Did not need a firmware update. Router had the “current” firmware 3.16.27 Build 20140903 Rel. 75232.

Use:
Router reboot time is around 38 seconds… that’s pretty fast. Most changes to the router don’t require a reboot… things like enabling / disabling IPv6 required a reboot.

Wireless file transfer speeds:
(wired client to wireless client - 100MB file - 16MB/s)
(wireless client to wired client - 100MB file - 12MB/s)
(wired client to wireless client - 1GB of assorted files - 13MB/s)
(wireless client to wired client - 1GB of assorted files - 10MB/s)
(wired client to wireless client - 1GB file - 19MB/s)
(wireless client to wired client - 1GB file - 11MB/s)
So at very least it’s quick and consistent.

The web UI is clean and neat. There’s three main tabs… Quick Setup / Basic / Advanced. Quick setup will get you up and running in no time. Basic is the normal landing page when you log into the router. With Basic, you get very mild settings… Internet, Wireless, USB settings, and Guest Network. With Advanced… you get EVERYTHING! Network, Dual Band Selection, Wireless 2.4Ghz, Wireless 5Ghz, Guest Network, DHCP, USB settings, NAT Boost, Forwarding, Security, Parental Control… you get the idea.

Steam In-Home Streaming was as smooth as glass on the 5Ghz AC signal! This could probably be the largest selling point… In-Home Streaming to my Lenovo laptop was smooth as could be… no hiccups what-so-ever!

I appreciate the fact that you can choose what 802.11 protocol you would like to utilize on either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz band (I setup 2.4Ghz to use 802.11n and 5Ghz to use 802.11ac). I don’t have any 802.11a /b/g devices… so why broadcast it?

Cons: (these are only super critical nit-picks)

It’s white. TP-LINK says it has a “modern and elegant appearance”. Why does everything “modern and elegant” have to look like an Apple product? Not a huge deal, but I would have prefered the same router in black.

It’s a desktop only router… no wall mounting to be had here. I guess it could very well go on a shelf... after all, it has a “modern and elegant appearance”!

Powering up and setting up:
I tried changing the router login to a password that contained punctuation and it wouldn’t allow that… got an error that said the password contained unsupported characters. That’s fine… but maybe that page should specify WHICH characters it does allow.

Other Thoughts: Packaging and Un-boxing:
Comes in a regular cardboard box. The router itself comes wrapped in protective plastic. Everything within the box is housed in a tray. The box contains:
Archer C8 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
3x Antennas
1x RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

First impressions (before powering up and setting up):
Some assembly required: you have to attach the antennas… not a huge deal, but just thought it was worth the mention

Wrap Up:
All-in-all, this is a very good, solid router. It's UI is clean, there's tons of features, it's easy to setup, it has good transfer speeds, it reboots fast (when you actually change settings that may require it, most don't), and Steam In-Home Streaming was amazing on the 5Ghz AC signal. Other than the "like-Apple product" appearance and the fact that you can't wall mount it, I'd get this one and be happy!

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