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Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming
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Pros: - This device simply doesn't stop.
- For most consumers, this is the WiFi router that they’ll want (or need) to have.
- Bandwidth across numerous devices and then some. Impression is that you have endless bandwidth (locally). Upstream performance appears to be relatively good as well.
- 8 gigabit ports provide ample expansion for most users.
- While this won’t “increase range”, it helps to reduce the negative effects of distance and walls.
- Excellent warranty.
- 4x4 MU-MIMO, for compatible devices this increases performance.
- For standard devices, the performance still appears to be stellar.
- Running it across a period of time, the firmware appears to be sound. No notable performance drops or [apparent] memory leaks over time.

Cons: - Extremely large.
- As result of size (and hardware), this unit is particularly heavy.
- Cannot be wall mounted.
- In order to make this an effective centralized unit, it will likely not be something that goes unnoticed.
- Expensive (although given how well this performs - the cost is well worth it)
- Given price and specs, should be able to more granularly control certain aspects.
- When used in AP only mode, many configurations are not available. For prosumers, this is a significant ding against the unit. Various configurations (for WiFi) that are available in standard mode and should be available in AP mode, cannot be configured. Extremely disappointing.

Other Thoughts: - A "no-frills" version that can be wall mounted as an "AP only" would be very nice. Powered via POE would make it just that much better.
- One of the few things that might be considered “missing” is PoE support for some of the 8 gigabit ports.
- Reducing by one egg due to significant loss of WiFi configuration options when in AP mode. This should absolutely *not* be the case, especially at this price point. Cannot recommend as an "AP Only", due to feature loss. Would highly recommend in other modes. If LinkSys resolves this issue, would recommend as "AP Only", too.

TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Viable solution 06/01/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: - Good range and reception
- Touchscreen is a nice addition
- Performance is generally good
- Firmware appears to be *very* consistent.
- Purpose built, doesn't include all sorts of widgets/features/functions that distract from the main reason to purchase (wireless connectivity).
- Lightweight (see cons).
- Switching performance (wired) is very reasonable at price point.

Cons: - Tends to run a bit 'warm' (compared to preference).
- Pulls more power than some units (eg: to run touchscreen)
- Requires additional cooling/ventilation compared to other units.
- Lacks some of the WiFi controls and settings that would be highly preferred. A little too 'simplified' - in my opinion.
- Despite being lightweight, is a bit large. If you're looking to wall mount, this requires some wall real estate.

Other Thoughts: - If this unit were designed to be 'non-touchscreen' with a smaller form factor (base) and had built-in POE, it would be just about perfect for anyone looking to deploy WiFi around their house. Smaller form factor and lack of screen would likely remove some excess power consumption.
- The touchscreen was initially concerning, thought it might be 'gimmicky' but in this case - it works well without sacrificing purpose (WiFi service).
- Apple Laptops appear to regularly end up with a transmit rate of <900 and an occasional >1000. Suspect that it's an "Apple thing" as other devices are maintaining a higher transmit rate (even at longer distances).
- Would like to see an option for the screen to 'wake up' or periodically display performance statistics for WiFi. Such as min/max/average connected speed, throughput, etc.

GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: - Supports Xeon E3 CPUs
- Handles up to 32GB, a reasonable quantity for most workstation needs.
- Relatively inexpensive for Xeon + Micro ATX form factor
- Continues the Gigabyte tradition of being a solid motherboard with good features and reliability
- Hardware monitoring works well
- Performed very well with UNIX OS

Cons: - Lacks ECC support (Xeon, but no ECC????)
- As another reviewer points out, difficult to determine what type of consumer this board "targets". Suspect those looking for a small gaming rig with Xeon CPU, but given small step to "Pro" version - difficult to determine. Especially with the additions in the Pro.

Other Thoughts: - PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports seem 'wasteful' vs. additional USB3 ports.
- Layout seems 'tight', granted it's Micro ATX, but...
- The addition of ECC memory and one could see using this board for a myriad of purposes (expectation is Xeon CPU)
- Stepping up to the "Pro" version of this board makes absolute sense.
- Based on the look of assembly and how it operates, would expect this motherboard to perform very well over a long period of time.


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