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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.
Pros: Extremely Small: I was actually a little surprised when I pulled it out of the box; I expected a 4TB to be larger, but it was only about the size of my hand.
Fast speeds: It got an average speed of about 105MB/s while transferring a 30GB file from my SSD, however, it only got 35MB/s write and 65MB/s read when hooked up to my NAS. This is probably due to the USB ports on it.
Easy to Use: Using the drive itself is just plug 'n play and the various utilities shouldn't prove to be much more trouble.
Free 2 years of cloud storage (200GB worth)
Can backup Facebook and Flickr photos
Cons: Only one year warranty: I wouldn't consider it a dealbreaker, but you might if you're going to be lugging it around everywhere and backing up a lot of important files on it.
Other Thoughts: There's nothing particularly noteworthy about this drive, but it's a very solid buy if you're looking for a external backup drive. I can't say more much other than that you won't be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Easy to setup (cables are even already plugged in)
Cons: -Extremely low speeds
-Frequent connectivity drops on wireless devices
-UI may be too simple for advanced users
Other Thoughts: The Belkin AC1750 was extremely easy to setup. The only issue that I can see even the most technologically unsavvy person having is opening the router's homepage. However, problems were immediately apparent, especially when upon doing an internet speedtest for Intellistream (Belkin's version of QoS), my download speed was 20 mbps lower than with my other router. Our now 97mbps DL speed (from 118) was still pretty good by US standards, but you wouldn't believe it when using the Belkin router. Youtube videos would take ages to buffer at max quality when previously they wouldn't stop at all, streams had to have their quality lowered in order to even be watchable, and while downloading a game on Steam would have it's speed initially rise up to 9mb/s a second or so (still slower than before), it would quickly plummet down to less than even 1mb/s and stay there. As if the speeds weren't bad enough, the router would frequently lose connection to a smartphone that's roughly fifteen feet away.
I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it might be something wrong with my internet, but upon plugging my old Linksys router back in, every problem went away and my connection was as fast and stable as it's always been. Videos could be watched at max quality with no interruption, streams would load in with barely a moment to buffer throughout, Steam would download games at 12mb/s or more without trouble, and wireless devices would remain connected. If the router was much cheaper then it may not be a bad choice for someone without very good internet to begin with, but at this price? There are far better routers out there.