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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Value 08/26/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: - Super easy setup
- Intuitive menu designs. Probably one of the best I've seen ever in a home router. Rivals ASUS's clean interface.
- Excellent build quality
- Pretty good speeds for home router. I was able to connect at AC speeds with an Intel 7260 2x2 adapter in my laptop and had great throughput. Copying a 6 GB file I was able to manage a consistent 27 megabytes a second which quite frankly is nothing short of fantastic.
- FINALLY no more reboots after most changes in the web interface. This was a major turn off for me with TP-Link products in the past.
- Full featured router including USB hard drive support and usb printing support
- One of the best guest modes I've seen with Speed Control, scheduling, and other settings all of which worked very well.

Cons: - No access point only mode
- No N/AC or G/N only mode. Why we still support B clients is beyond me. This isn't a problem limited to TPLink. I've seen this in really every other home router manufacturer. Annoying more than anything.

Other Thoughts: Really I have virtually nothing bad to say about this router. Aside from my two cons, I am fully satisfied with this router and would have no problem putting this on my short list for myself or to recommend to family and friends. TPLink has come a long way with their products over the past year or two and I have to say I am impressed with this one.

Another reviewer complained that it doesn't have HTTPS management and while this is annoying if you are going to manage it outside of your home via a web console, internally this really isn't needed. I'm not sure for home users it's a big deal since most won't be configuring outside of the home anyway unless it's via their app.

Thank you, TP Link, for listening to customers and for improving your products. I look forward to seeing more of what you have to offer in the future.

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Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best Extender I've Seen 07/11/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: - Solid packaging
- Easy to follow instructions
- Setup was flawless
- Speeds were excellent for an extender
- Decent amount of configurable options (see more under cons)
- Build quality is excellent
- Gigabit Ethernet port (see other thoughts)

Cons: - Having to reboot after every change is very annoying. Either that, or the saves just take WAY too long. At least 30 seconds or more for most settings. It's annoying when having to change multiple settings.
- The menus are pretty good, though I would have liked to have seen more advanced options to fine tune what I wanted this to do even more. I would really like to see a bridge only mode so that the repeater function could be turned off.
- A little on the spendy side, but it does what it does well.

Other Thoughts: - First of all I can't say enough about how grateful I am for a gigabit ethernet port. It's common for these manufacturers to limit themselves selling a product that's got fast AC speeds but then limits the ethernet port to 100 megabit. Speeds were excellent. Large file transfers were consistently near or just above 30 megabytes per second which is just phenomenal for a wireless repeater/bridge. This was with my desktop plugged into the ethernet port on the bottom of the device with the router about ten feet away.
- I readily admit that this device does a good job at what it was meant to do. Aside from the minor complaints, it really is a device you should put on your short list.
- I say this every time I review a wireless repeater and I'll say it again. If you have no other option of running a wire to another part of your house, this isn't a bad option, however just keep in mind that because you are repeating a signal on the same frequency that you are receiving/transmitting on, your speeds are reduced by half. This is just the laws of wifi and physics with regards to radio frequencies. In bridge mode, as I was trying to do with my desktop your speeds aren't halved unless you are connecting to the wifi portion of the device as well. This is because it's translating a wifi signal to a hard line and doesn't have to rebroadcast the same signal for you. Again it really depends on your usage scenarios. If you are just using it for light loads such as browsing the internet, checking email, etc. then a repeater is probably just fine. If you are wanting to transfer large amounts of data, just be aware of the physical limitations of wifi and don't blame the repeater for not performing as it should.
- All my tests were done using an ASUS AC66R router, an Areohive AC AP, and a Xirrus 620 AP. Results were similar across all product spaces.

TL;DR - If you are looking for a good repeater that gives you good speeds and is easy to use, this should make your short list.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good packaging
AC outlet
Performs as it should (was able to get around 6 megabytes a second or so) for large file transfers at a distance of about 50 feet through walls into my garage
Firmware is easy to use and navigate
Stable
Fair price

Cons: 2.4 GHz only
Design is not as elegant as others from TP-Link

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Other Thoughts: This is the second time I've had the chance to review this product so I won't bore you with the same information. However, both times I have felt the same. It's works well for being a 2.4 only device but there's nothing to write home about. After reviewing this one the first time, I reviewed their AC version and that one is not only a beautiful piece of technology but it's also dual band in a similar form factor (no AC outlet though). For the price, that's what I would go with, IMO. Still, this does have a place and it performed adequately.

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