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This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
-Open vents on top for great airflow and heat dissipation but with this increases the possibility of dust being collected over time (Keep that router clean) but overall this is worth the trade off.
-Ability to switch LEDs ON or OFF
-Unit comes in a matte black finish (I like that this finish reduces the look of finger prints, dust, and scratches)
-Having all ports on the rear is a plus as it makes wall mounting setup/cable management easier to deal with
-High throughput and fast speeds throughout whether downloading/streaming from the internet or streaming a local network share/usb drive from your network
-Wifi load balancing across the 5GHz radios works well and is seamless (though not dynamic)
-Strong 5GHz range (when comparing my older WNDR3700)
-Fast wireless transfer speeds to USB drive connected on USB3 port (I averaged 80-90mbps with an attached 3TB Toshiba External using the 5GHz band)
-USB Storage sharing works great in conjuction with DDNS. Easy setup to access/share files from anywhere on the net.
-Router has a large foot print
-The antennas when extended do feel delicate and the design is such that the antennas on this unit aren't user replaceable. Same if the unit is wall mounted and you have the antennas projected outward. (Be careful!) This isn't an issue if the unit is set in area out of the way.
-When wall mounting the text on the router is upside down but this is a minor quip
-Little to no tactile response when pressing the buttons on top of the router
-Slow router setup/interface. When making changes/applying settings the router will (for the most part) usually require a reboot. When applying settings this can take about 15sec to apply and most times internet/wireless connectivity is interrupted in the process.
-Lacking advanced QOS features (however this may be added in later firmwares)
I heavily use 3rd party firmware such as DD-WRT or OpenWRT and one strong feature of it,(at least for the most part) is that a user can configure many aspects of router settings, then save settings in one section and move on and configure the next section and so on. Then when the user is ready to commit the changes, they can select to apply the changes and have the settings be applied and router reset if necessary in one go round.
Doing this would greatly speed up the router setup and reduce the many router/connection resets that currently occurs in the setup of the current firmware.
Other Thoughts: Let me get the disclaimer out of the way in saying that this review is based on a beta version that I received through a beta program. With that said do keep in mind that some things may differ from the final retail product but for the most part part things should generally be the same.
Ill do my best to keep this straight to the point. Also keep in mind that my previous highest router was a Netgear WNDR3700 running third party firmware Gargoyle. To make a comparison to this router isn't really fair but its also my only point of reference.
As mentioned before this is a beast of a router! This router is hella fast and the wireless experience, no question is greatly improved from my old router. I have since re-purposed my old WNDR3700 routers as wireless bridges to the R8000 and everything is working great!
This review is from: PNY Polaroid 32GB microSDHC Flash Card Model P-SDU32G10-EFPOL
Pros: I've had this card for about a year and a half and it was a great card when it worked. Fast write and read speeds.
Cons: Died after a year and a half of moderate use. I have other cards in use going on 4+ years without issue. As seen by other reviews this card isn't reliable.
Other Thoughts: A couple months prior to this the card need to be formatted. Fortunate for me I have excellent data recovery software saving me and my wife some frustration. I bought this to save some bucks as the price was great at the time however I think I'll stay away from this brand and stick to SanDisk. Time to start my RMA.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy installation, has front power button, led status light and an internal fan.
Cons: Not really a con but max speed is Sata II, and I didnt buy more.
Other Thoughts: This works great to make swapping drives a breeze and Ive been using this primarily for backup purposes; saving and restoring system images to and from this drive and to quickly test and recover data from other hard drives.READ FULL REVIEW