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TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Combined 3200Mbps Wi-Fi speed over one 2.4GHz (600Mbps) and two 5GHz (1300Mbps each) bands
Well Ventilated
Looks Cool
Excellent WEB GUI
USB 3.0 Port with good transfer speeds on attached USB 3
Beamforming (look it up)
Parental Controls
Long distance usable range on 2.4 band +100 ft (see other thoughts).
Front Panel switch to turn off MOST LEDS (important if sleeping in room)
Internet ftp feature works for those with non-static IP address
Printer sharing via software from TP Link and USB port ( works well )
TP-Link has an extensive forum

Cons: Only one:

The quickstart guide does not indicate what the buttons on the front of the AC3200 are for. What is with that?

Other Thoughts: The 3200 should used on a high traffic network with multiple users. There are only two people in our house yet we have, on the wi-fi:
2 tablets, 1 smartphone, 1 kindle, 1 Fire and 4 computers. Imagine the device numbers possible for a modern connected family of four or five.
The bandwidth required could be astronomical. This router is designed for large demand family use.

The range on the 2.4 band is excellent. In my unattached garage I had been hitting of a range extender placed halfway between a TP-Link TLWN-722N 150 Mbps USB wireless antenna and the base station. Using the 3200 I achieve the full 150 Mbps(allowed by the range extender). The signal travels through five walls and nearly 100 ft. This is fine for non-demanding garage browsing such as looking up parts or downloading manuals.

There are, in my mind, two ways to test routers. Benchmarks and real world subjective usage. I prefer subjective usage but for this review I also did some loosely defined bench marking. In the wireless settings I changed the default 2.4 channel width from auto to 40 MHz then transferred a 1 TB file. There was 15 MB/sec increase in transfer speed. That is significant. I did the same on the 5 Ghz channel and there was a further increase in transfer speed. What this translates to is one can increase throughput by adjusting settings to suit your environment. Do some reading and utilize this router to it's fullest.

The TP-Link website has an extensive FAQ on How To.

The Pro reviews are all about numbers. I can see why they do that because most buyers are all about numbers i.e. this vidcard makes 2 more fps on a certain game. They also have labs and an expense account. My lab is a 1800 sq foot house on two acres in the woods and swamp. That means I benchmark using available materials.
I took my budget Acer laptop which was streaming a movie from my main computer and walked to the rear of my property. At about 200 ft the signal fell to 6 Mbps and the streaming stopped. At that distance, with that signal I could still browse the internet. I then set up 4 wireless computers and a tablet to stream a movie to all devices at the same time. While that was going on I transferred a 14 gig file from one laptop to another and downloaded a 100 MB file to another of the laptops.
While I was not able to continue the stream on the tablet or laptop when I walked out the door within the house no matter where I was there were no problems.

I couldn't ask anything more in the way of performance from the 3200.

I also like to read manuals. There is usually a wealth of information in them. There is a 75 page downloadable PDF from TP-Link that explains most nearly every facet of the WEB GUI. Read it and check the FAQ.

Ultimately the only benchmark that matters is if it does what you want when you want. In the month I have been testing the 3200 I have had no problems with it and since it has no moving parts I expect many years of service. Good Job TP-Link.

OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price......$73-$80
Slim 7mm form factor
OCZ is now a Toshiba Company
OCZ supported forum visited by OCZ

Cons: No in the box cloning software.
OCZ is a brand name that needs resurrecting
True, the Trion 100 sits where it cannot be seen but the design on case is dull

Other Thoughts: I have never owned any OCZ branded item until the Trion 100. Years ago I considered the company for purchase of a PSU and memory but eventually went with a different vendor. OCZ ultimately floundered and was bought buy Toshiba ( a brand I trust and have purchased several times ).

What appears to be of critical importance to any SSD is the flash controller. OCZ's is labeled as Toshiba controller technology.
An internet search reveals very little beyond that but drilling down I found that it appears that the controller is in actuality
a Phison. Phison has been in the market for over 11 years and supply other SSD manufacturers

I installed the Trion 100 in my 3 year old budget Acer laptop which came with a 5400 RPM 340GB HD. I don't like doing clean installs of an OS. I decided to clone my drive. Since there was no cloning software included I went to the OCZ website
and found a download of Acronis True Image Cloning Software available for customers. I chose to use other software to clone the drive. I did download SSD Guru OCZ's software which allows the user a drive overview as well as the ability to Tune and Maintain the Trion 100. The user can check for firmware upgrades
or secure erase the drive from within SSD Guru...basic essential tasks.

My WEI disk data transfer rate score was boosted from 5.9 to 7.9. I didn't need to run any other benchmark
to know the Trion 100 qualifies as a major speed upgrade. I did run ATTO though too see if OCZ's speed claims were
accurate and they are. OCZ claims a Max Sequential Read of Up to 550 MBps and a Max Sequential Write of Up to 520 MBps.
ATTO confirms that close enough for me not to quibble.

The cost of the drive per GB is about .34 cents.

Some guys won't give the Trion 100 a fair shake IMO because it isn't one of the sexy brands available

As long as the Trion 100 doesn't fail (I can think of no reason why it should) and it is used for the purpose I believe it was designed, namely, replacing a mechanical HD I recommend the Trion 100 with no reservations

TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Attractive shiny white plastic with blue LED's
Toll Free Support - Guy that answered spoke and understood English
Connection to the TL-WA85RE V1.2 is via established router password.

Cons: Does not stay connected for more then 1 minute to my TP Link AC 1200 router ( a great router BTW)

The address given in the QIG (Quick Install Guide)for setup using web browser could redirect to a spam site...very dangerous. I tried the address in Chrome, IE (in Win 7) and Firefox in Linux Mint. Every time I was redirected. What is important to know is the adding www to the address is a no no.

ALSO....IF I AM NOT CONNECTED VIA THE TL-WA85RE V1.2 and the correct URL is typed in I get redirected to SPAM site as well. THAT NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend the TL-WA85RE V1.2

I have used and setup with complete success 4 range extenders before I was asked to evaluate the TL-WA85RE V1.2 which means to me there is something wrong with this model or just my particular unit. Since I was having no success with connection on my own following the QIG (Quick Install Guide) I called TP Links toll free support line and quickly got through to a tech guy that spoke and understood English.

I explained what I had done and how the process had failed. He had me reset the device (which I had done on several occasions) then in my browser type
192.XXX.X.XXX which brought me to the web browser TL-WA85RE V1.2 configuration page. The QIG should supply this number rather then the URL for safety sake.

I had been on this page previously during my solo attempts at setting up the TL-WA85RE V1.2. I followed the prompts and reached the endpoint successfully.

Tech support had me move the TL-WA85RE V1.2 to where I wanted it permanently placed. I had set it up next to my AC 1200. I did this and it was only seconds before connectivity was lost indicated by the setup URL going blank and the flashing blue LED's on the TL-WA85RE V1.2.

On or before connection to TP-LINK_XXX, which is how it appears on the list of available wireless connections TP-LINK_XXX disappears from the list. I advised tech support of this and was told that's OK. I asked how do I know I am connected to the TL-WA85RE V1.2 and not directly to the router? Tech replied that I could tell by signal strength. I said no that isn't correct at which point tech did not want to discuss it further. He told me I have a bad unit and should return it. I mentioned I was reviewing the item for Newegg Eggxpert and he indicated that was nice. The conversation ended before I had a chance to tell him the QIG instructs that I can keep the TL-WA85RE V1.2 named as the default TP-LINK_XXX or "be customized to a new one (TP-LINK_XXX_EXT). Oh Well.

What good tech would have done is tell me to return the unit to them at their expense and they would ship me a new unit. This tech did not.

One last item needs mentioning. The direction PDF reads ( not the QIG) that if the problem I seem to be having persists then reset the router...ho ho ha ha...I ain't gonna do that cause it takes time and effort (physical and mental) to then reset everything up like I want it. I could use a config file to restore router config but there would be no assurance that would not break the connection

At this point, though I can't recommend the TL-WA85RE V1.2 I cannot write "it is a piece of doo doo." I think I have a faulty unit. As written I have setup several range extenders and found them to be valuable products. I have also been happy with almost every TP Link product prior to this.


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