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This review is from: TP-LINK TG-3269 Gigabit Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
Pros: Easy install and inexpensive GB card
Cons: none so far, but the mini-cd disk might be hard to install from with a verticle CD/DVD drive
Other Thoughts: hard to beat for the price. I haven't ran any speed tests on them, but they show a GB connection and seem faster than 10/100 cardsREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: great price, good speed, dual video support
Cons: cooling fan failed after 7 1/2 months
Other Thoughts: For the price, this was hard to beat for a dual video card. It has DVI, hdma and VGA. To use the VGA port does require taking up an extra slot for the connector thoughREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button
Pros: Great price, good signal strength, easy configuration. Since this 300Mbps dual-antenna model is only $5 more than the single-antenna 150Mbps speed TP-Link model, it's a great deal. Have used 25+ of these and so far no failures or DOA units.
Cons: Signal strength and speed ARE little less than some of the more expensive models I've used, but for the price it's hard to beat.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind it's only $25 when you buy it and don't expect the top-of-line performance you would get from a $300 high-end wireless router. I've been an IT tech for 25 years and have used just about everything from Linksys, Cisco (real Cisco-not Linksys!), D-Link, NetGear and others. To be fair the high end models do offer features and performance better than this one... but you pay for it.
If all you need is a simple wireless setup to surf the Internet, this one is hard to beat. Even if you buy 2 of them for different areas to get the coverage you need, that's still cheaper than a high-end router.
I've seen a lot of complaints about tech support, but honestly I've never had to use it so I can't comment on that.
But, if you're wanting a complicated setup, you shouldn't expect free training from tech support though - that's not their job. Call a local computer tech to help instead of expecting tech support to train you and do it for you for free. For a product in this price range, it's geared for a simple home user; not a business setting... and tech support is probably trained for that type of user - so don't blame them it they aren't able to help with high-end setups for a low-price product.
I've been Cisco certified for years and if I have a problem and call their tech support, they are geared for business support because their products are very expensive. I don't expect the same level of support for a $25 router that I would get from a $1,000 router.