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Pros: This is a very simple little router. Sleek styling with very non-invasive status lights. Unit supports media streaming from a USB port, which is a nice feature for a basic router. The USB storage feature actually works pretty well once you get past setting it up. The interface on the unit's dashboard is fairly thorough. The firewall features are easy to understand for a standard user. The unit appears to have been very stable so far, testing for about 3 weeks. The unit comes with a small card on the bottom that contains the unit's default password and some other information. Setup was easy and painless. Some of the included apps may seem useful to some users. The unit has a guest network option that can be used out of the box.
Cons: The unit feels a bit cheap. The ports on the unit are 10/100 not gigabit, so if you have a small network with modern computers and the internal switch on this unit is your backbone it will bottleneck your network. There could use to be some more status lights on the unit ( mostly for the network ports ). There is no option to lay the unit flat, it has to stand on the permanently affixed pedestal. The Ethernet jacks on the back of the unit re-inforce the budget construction factor by only including 4 of the 8 pins found in a normal rj-45 jack ( yes it works because you only need 4, but it seems more like it's an unnecessary cut corner ). The Ethernet cord the unit comes with is as cheap as the ports on the back of the unit. There could be more DDNS provider options, or the option to choose your own. Some things are hard to configure, such as the usb mass storage device when the unit is in AP mode. The wireless connection could be a bit stronger, it's fairly average and for most that is ok, though others may find it to be lack-luster and annoying.
Other Thoughts: I was a bit more critical of this unit, because I normally enjoy Belkin products, but this one made me feel a bit luke-warm. The lack of gigabit and cheap construction is a real turnoff for me, especially with a unit claims 300 / 433 mbps data rates. Some other reviewers knocked the unit for not having USB 3.0, however, unless the unit has a gigabit connection, there is no point in having USB 3.0 given USB 2.0 can move data at 480mbps which is FASTER than any interface on the unit. This unit is a good little starter router for someone who is looking for something that is easy to setup and just works, however a power user might find the unit rather disappointing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a pretty fast SSD ( See test speeds in Other Section ). I originally did some benchmarks on the unit and then installed it as my system disk and tested it again. I was happy with the results. After installing the unit, the time it took my system to get to the windows login screen from the time I pushed the power button went from 1 minute 25 seconds to only taking about 36 seconds. The whole system is a lot more responsive when opening programs and doing tasks, even compared to the 2 hard drives in RAID 0 that I was booting from up to the point of changing over to the SSD. The unit came with an adapter tray that allows it to be installed into a 3.5" bay. Pretty simple and straight forward to install and setup, I had no troubles with it at all. The unit just worked as expected right out of the box after doing initial setup. Average read and write speeds of almost 400MB/s while the OS was running from the drive is very nice.
Cons: There are not many cons to complain about. I would not mind seeing SSD's shipped with a decent high speed SATA cable though instead of having to dig around to find one, luckily I have a bunch, but not everyone does. The adapter tray could be made of thicker metal in my opinion. This unit was a little slower than some other SSDs I have tested, but it also sports a lower price, so it's not really much of a con.
Other Thoughts: I'm pretty happy with this SSD and have been using it for about a month so far. it has given me no troubles as of yet and has become the boot drive for my gaming rig. I benchmarked the SSD against my RAID 0 array that was booting my computer from previously. I also benchmarked the SSD with and without the operating system functioning from it, so I could get some more realistic numbers of the unit during regular usage. This was testing with a Core i7-4790K machine with an Asus Z87-Deluxe motherboard. Benchmark software was CrystalDiskMark. Benchmarks are below, and may vary from platform to platform. Overall for me it's a decent SSD, not slow by any means, but there are some that are faster as well, but they will cost more, so I cannot complain about this one at all.
SSD No Load Testing
Sequential: Read-455MB/s Write-487.9MB/s
512K: Read-373.1MB/s Write-470.4MB/s
4K: Read-26MB/s Write-103.3MB/s
4KQD32: Read-214.7MB/s Write-200.1MB/s
SSD while running OS
Sequential: Read-372.5MB/s Write-363.2MB/s
512K: Read-294.3MB/s Write-341.7MB/s
4K: Read-23.37MB/s Write-71.59MB/s
4KQD32: Read-215.9MB/s Write-186.3MB/s
Raid 0 Array while running OS ( 2 x regular hard drives )
Sequential: Read-111.8 MB/s Write-111.4 MB/s
512K: Read-43.53MB/s Write-129.5MB/s
4K : Read-0.82MB/s Write-1.75MB/s
4KQD32: Read-2.335MB/s Write-1.716MB/s
Raid 0 Array No Load ( 2 x regular hard drives )
Sequential: Read-185.1MB/s Write-110.2MB/s
512K: Read-69.91MB/s Write-137.5MB/s
4K : Read-1.127MB/s Write-1.520MB/s
4KQD32: Read-2.047MB/s Write-2.266MB/s
This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
Pros: These units are built well, internally and externally. The unit, like some other units I have seen uses an Atheros chipset, and because of that it will play well with some other units and brands (but not all of them), and it did play well with some previous units I tested. In my initial test environment, which was 2 outlets in the same room, I was seeing speeds between 70 ~ 85 mbps. In a normal scenario, I had one in my basement where my internet connect is, and one in the 2nd floor of my apartment, I was getting speeds between 15 ~ 40 mbps depending on where I had the units plugged in on the second floor (see other thoughts for explanation). These units start up very fast, and given I have worked with other types of these units before they were a breeze to setup, and I think the average computer user could probably skim the manual and set them up in minutes. The other thing I like about these units, is that the status lights tell you more things than other units do, specifically the "Pick a Plug" light that indicates signal quality and helps you find a viable outlet to use. These units also offer a security feature, which is useful, especially in a setting like mine (apartment complex). See my "Other" section as well for a short bit on the 500mbps rating.
Cons: While the units do have a more verbose set of indicators lights, there are no activity lights, just lights that indicate power, connection quality, and whether or not the ethernet port is plugged in. Personally, I like activity lights, but I cannot mark this item down for the subtle lighting it offers and the signal quality light makes up for the missing activity lights. I don't have to much to say in the way of cons otherwise save for the fact that yes, an ethernet cable would be faster than using these units, but like my case in my apartment, I cannot cut holes in the walls to run cables, so these are a good solution if you're not a fan of or have trouble with wireless or just plain don't want to run cables all over the floor.
Other Thoughts: These units, like many other units boast 500mbps bandwidth, and like other units, this is a rating of system bandwidth, and is for consideration when you have more than 2 units, the best you will get out of 2 units, at maximum is 100mpbs. These units did play well with another set I had that was also based on the Atheros chipset. My testing setup was more real world than just trying to run a benchmark. I was transferring files between 2 pc's with SSDs for hard drives and knowing a baseline for when they are plugged into each other (I get speeds reaching up to 800mbps). These units, like other units need to be plugged in at the wall, not into a plugstrip, battery backup, or any other type of power filter or conditioner to work well. They can work better or worse depending where you plug them in, as all of their signal has to go back through the breaker / fuse panel in your house then out to the other unit usually, if you are lucky it does not have to go that far depending on how your house is wired. So when you have the units in other rooms, sometimes depending on what circuit they are on in your house, you will see better or worse performance. I did open one of my units to inspect the interior, I am an electronics tech by trade and I always like to pop open my review items and inspect them, however for the home user I would not recommend this as it can be a safety hazard and void your warranty. I really enjoyed testing these units, I actually plan to put them into full on service so I can have a PC in my bedroom without having to setup a wifi network and deal with it's insecurities and interference from other networks. Thanks for reading :DREAD FULL REVIEW