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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Comes with proper Ethernet ports (gigabit). This has been a requirement for plug-n-play families for years.

The wireless actually works. Unfortunately, there are a lot of wireless routers where the wireless feature was an afterthought. This is NOT one of them.

This is one of the very few routers that provides a REAL solution to wireless security. With this router, it is impossible to turn on/off wireless features remotely. If you do not want to use wireless, simply flip the physical switch. I wish more companies were honest about wireless security.

Fairly simple for initial setup. This is HUGE for families who want products to just work. If a product doesn't just work, that product is useless.

This product provides the ability for you to plug in custom DNS servers. This is huge in this day in age of corrupt ISPs who inject advertisements while you are surfing the net.

Cons: The box came with the router, 3 antenna, a mini disc, and a plugin. Missing is the Ethernet cable, and user guide. On the back of the router is a warning to run CD before connecting cables..... Umm, it did not come with a CD, it came with a minidisc. There is a huge difference between the two. There have not been any minidisc players for over a decade. Sony simply stopped making them.

The user manual is missing! It can only be found online at http://www.tp-link.com/lk/products/details/?model=TL-WDR4300#down

All reputable electronics come with a 5 year warranty. All, including most appliances. This ensures the company stands behind their products. If the electronic does not come with a proper warranty, states with modern lemon laws covers the rest. However, that is a HUGE red flag...

Like the other model I reviewed (Item#: N82E16833704177), this one is missing the media server. TP-Link still claims it comes with one, see their replies to the other product reviews. Evidently, the media server does NOT exist. Anyone with experience with media servers know they are for streaming + transcoding so target devices can play the videos, music, and pictures. This will not transcode. Unfortunately, that is not possible with this model either ... BUYER BEWARE. This is a 100% false advertising.

WPS feature AKA major security hole. It is perplexing why TP-Link included a major wireless security hole with the router ... makes no sense at all. WPS is easily defeated with-in an hour via brute force attack. Adding this security hole into the router means you are giving a finger to all your users. Bad ... very bad.

Does not come with any meaningful statistics. As with the referenced model, these are just packet counting, not statistics ... please have your firmware developers’ lookup statistics in Wikipedia or at the bare minimum, the tomato firmware.

Newest firmware does NOT provide missing features. Meaning this model and other of their routers have been abandoned. Yes, for those of you who are knew to electronics, if a product does not have current firmware, which means the product has been abandoned by its company. Be very careful.

Other Thoughts: As part of my day job, I work as a Network Administrator. At night, I am a programmer. It is always interesting reviewing certain routers....

The firmware is basically the same one used by all of TP-LINK's routers. While there are some nice colorful/glossy security features. They are a bit moot until basic quality control is implemented for the firmware.

I know this is the extreme low end model of the higher end model (#N82E16833704177). However, if you are to advertise features, you must make sure you actually provide those features...

A long talk with Management and Quality Control should fix ALL of the issues with this model.

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MTX  StreetAudio iX1  On-Ear Acoustic Monitor Headphones - Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Headset just works! 01/23/2014

This review is from: MTX StreetAudio iX1 On-Ear Acoustic Monitor Headphones - Red

Pros: This is not a bad headset at all. The bass is rich, and does not drown out the other instruments. This is a huge plus as most "bass" headsets are not properly implemented. That is not the case here. You want to hear some good Bass? Try a few double bass songs. A nice side effect of this headset is that it dampens outside noise. This headset has been tested on phones, tablets, and computers with no complaints.

Cons: None found.

Other Thoughts: The headset comes with the set and two wires. One has it's own volume control, the other one does not.

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D-Link GO-SW-8GE Smart 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Metal Desktop Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good, bad warranty 12/06/2013

This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8GE Smart 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Metal Desktop Switch

Pros: 1. Plug and Play.
2. Come with normal speed ports as expected since 2009+ (Gigabit ports)
3. This is a REAL gigabit switch, not a fake one (like most others). In other words, you can use 1 gigabit up AND 1 gigabit down with no constraint.

Cons: 1. The wall mount holes on the back isn't in the standard spacing. Not worth taking a star off though...
2. Missing the standard electronic warranty of 5 years. There are a lot of companies doing this these days. 5 years is minimum if a company stand by their products. Read into that as you will. (-1 egg)

Other Thoughts: When I accepted the offer to review this product, I was a little leery at first. DLink has a long history of providing alpha quality hardware at the expense of its users. I can happily say.... Not this time! I am able to upload AND download between computers on the network just fine. If you have a NAS and a media box for transcoding, you need at least 65mb/s per 1080P stream. You can at least stream to 6 network devices with this.

On a side note ... the box comes with the switch, a flyer, and the power block. This is a great switch if you mount vertically, as it has the plugin on the side ... If you are space conscious, you will be mounting your electronics on the wall anyways ... this power cord reflects that.

This product contains "green" technology. In other words, ports not being used (such as not plugged in, or device isn't on) will have its electricity turned off. Now ... this is great in places where electricity is overpriced, such as here in Alaska, or outside the US. However, if you use your computer for work from home, etc. This is not a good feature.

There needs to be a place to turn off this feature.

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