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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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Pros: Easy to install
Range, speed, and reliability are all excellent.
You can use it as an access point.

Cons: Driver installation from the CD was almost painfully slow. It reminds me of the HP printer drivers. I ultimately went with the website drivers, as I usually do, but for people who have to install from the CD: Be patient.

The price is a little high, but for what it does, it’s worth it.

Other Thoughts: I set this up on a testbed and moved it around the house a bit. Upstairs or down, it connected to my AC1900 router without issue. The speed wasn’t quite as fast as my wired connection, but in everyday use I would never notice the difference. I was able to stream and transfer files without issue.
At first I laughed a little at the heatsink, but the card does get fairly hot for a NIC. The downside to this is that in some small form factor cases, you rely on having an ultra-thin wireless card just to get everything to fit. I put it in my HTPC just to see how well it fit, and it actually did touch the video card. This could be considered a flaw in the case rather than the wireless card, but it’s something to consider since most NICs lack a heatsink.

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TRENDnet TV-IP311PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Port Outdoor Vandal Resistant 3 MP HD Dome Day/Night IP Camera
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Pros: This camera is designed to be a Power Over Ethernet device, or POE. What this means is your routing device should be compatible. For devices not POE ready, an external power connection will be required. Since the additional power supply is considered an option, it is not included in the box. Remember to purchase the correct power supply when you order your camera if your router is not POE equipped.

The camera itself is pretty standard, and puts out a bit better than average picture. The housing is rugged and has been “weather rated” for outdoor installs. There is even a water resistant connector to protect the Ethernet-to-camera connection.

Cons: Setup wasn’t exactly smooth. The software had a difficult time locating the camera, but to be fair that could have been a router issue on my end. There was no Ethernet cable included in the box. Trendnet must have assumed everyone has a cable or three laying around and decided to save the unnecessary cost. If you don’t have an Ethernet cable laying about be sure to pick one up for the install.

Before placing your order, I would suggest asking yourself if tilt, pan, or zoom are important for your system since this dome cam does not have those specific features.

Other Thoughts: I couldn't get it to record to either of my Seagate NAS or my Netgear NAS. It has to write to the root directory, so it was pretty much worthless for recording purposes.

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Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Open Source ready, eSATA / USB 3.0 Ports
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Pros: Immediately upon receiving a package from UPS, I opened the box, knowing my new Linksys router had arrived. The packaging was excellent, not simply the box Newegg shipped the device in, but the retail packaging of the router itself. Plenty of product protection surrounded the router, if it was to be damaged in shipping, it would mean someone deliberately wished to damage the product. In fact, the retail packaging may have been a bit over the top, but that’s fine, it just means the device will arrive in pristine condition! A thin layer of foam glued to the top flap protected the top of the router and the rest encased in pre-cut foam, surrounding the router in safety.

The design of the router is classic Linksys. Some designs showing up in the market have you wondering just who is designing routers and what they’re trying to make them look like. The design of the WRT1900ACS is stylish and practical. Plenty of breathability with the numerous vent holes. Little worry of this device overheating unless you purposely cover it up! There’s even an included template if you wish to mount the router on a wall or other vertical surface!

Installation was a breeze. Simply attach the four antennae, which, relative to many other routers, Linksys included, are much sturdier and actually stay exactly where you position them. Connect the Ethernet cable to your modem and computing devices, plug in the power and you’re just about ready to go. Type linksyssmartwifi.com in your browser and follow the instructions. Could not be easier!

There’s also plenty of customization for those wanting more control than what you get out of the box. Everything you would expect to customize in a router, it’s there. It’s even developed for OpenWRT! One nice feature is the Network Map, where you can monitor all connected devices and their bandwidth usage! Now you can easily pinpoint which one of the kids is hogging all the bandwidth! From there, you can adjust how much bandwidth you wish each device should be limited to, if you so desire.

Speed. This thing is fast. My advertised cable network speed is 105Mb/s. My son and I experienced consistent 135Mb/s download speeds on Steam at any given time of day or night (either solo or combined, not both of us at the same time, of course!). We’re able to stream HD video from Youtube, while downloading games on Steam, and also stream from any or all of our 3 NASes to any of 4 desktop computers, SmartTV, multiple smartphones (I stream from my NAS away from home on my android device), Playstation 3 and 4, as well as 2-4 laptops at times.

This is, hands down, the fastest router I’ve owned. However…

Cons: In less than 2 weeks’ time, one of the lan ports died. I went to use my computer and noticed I didn’t have internet or network connection. I thought maybe someone had unplugged either a power cable or network cable. No, the port my Gigabit switch was connected to was dead on the Linksys router. I’m sure it’s covered under warranty, and it may be an isolated incident. For the record, I’ve never had a network port fail on any router or switch I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned many since they were first introduced decades ago. Regardless, this is extremely disappointing. It makes me wonder just how well this device will perform a year or two down the road.

I’ve re-installed my older Linksys EA6900 AC1900 router for now, as I’m submitting this router for warranty repair. We’ll see just how well Linksys warranty service is. I’ve never had the misfortune of needing to send a Linksys product in until now. Hopefully their service is as good as their products. I say that because this is the first Linksys product I’ve had fail, so overall, my experience with their products has been very satisfying.

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