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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Good packaging
- Good ventilation on the router. Doesn't get too hot.
- Not sure why some reviewers on other sites say that there are no lights to indicate the router is on. They are simply on the back which I don't mind. Keeps it clean and simple and unobtrusive if it sits on a desk.
- 4x4 Wireless AC
- Uses the "old school" non EA router firmware. IMO it's nice and clean this way.
- Supports VLANS! (I can't tell you how LONG I've waited for a consumer router that had this built in)
- Gigabit ports including the WAN
- USB2, USB3, ESATA

Cons: - 4x4 Wireless AC Adapters are expensive and are not mainstream, yet. Something to keep in mind.
- Average AC speeds with a 3x3 adapter
- 5 Gig band options do not provide option for AC only mode or N/AC only mode. Nor does it allow for a 80 mhz width option. Everything is either 20, 20/40, or 20/40/80. Again not the end of the world, but I wonder if the compatibility that they are trying to go with actually hurts speeds. I get that out of the box you want to be the most compatible, but for power users Linksys seems to never give the option to have more control of the radios.
- Expensive

Other Thoughts: All in all I like the router. I think the price is way too high for what you get, given that for the same price or less others perform better or just as good but with more features. That said, it's still a good piece of hardware. Not sure why the others who commented here were having issues but I didn't have any, to be honest.

My 2.4 gig speeds at 20 mhz widths were about what you would expect from any router now a days on that bad. Speeds were consistent between my main floor and the upstairs (router located on my desk upstairs). My basement is where things started to slow down but they were still decent for normal web browsing. My wireless adapter of choice for these tests were with an Intel 7260 AC adapter.

My 5 gig speeds were fantastic when close to the router. I was pushing 750 Megabit with my card (real speeds around 250-300). Again, I don't have a 4x4 card to test with but this router performed just as good as some others I have. Moving away from the router speeds were still good on the main floor but in my basement were downright awful. If distance is what you are going for you may need two of these if you have a big house, or perhaps locate the router on the main floor. Unfortunately in my setup this was not possible.

The NAS speeds via USB 3 were actually quite good. I was surprised to see it pushing around 70-80 megabytes a second via file transfers. USB 2 performance was so so, only getting around 20-25 megs a second. I did not try the eSATA port.

I really didn't have a lot of negatives to say about this router in particular more than just I don't like the fact that I can't be more granular with Linksys. That said, that's a choice they've made. I'll just hope that the DD-WRT team can come up with firmware for this thing since that would give you much more control over the router than the stock firmware. I DO have to give Linksys props for adding VLAN support with native firmware. Now keep it up and keep adding more advanced features for power users.

Speaking of firmware I was on version 1.0.1 as of this writing.

All in all it's good, but not great and the price makes it hard to swallow. Should still make your short list, but IMO there are better options at this price point.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 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 week to 1 month

Pros: - Good wireless throughput (See other thoughts)
- Packaging was top notch. Really felt like TP-Link cared.
- Device itself doesn't feel overly cheap
- Adjustable antennas.
- Comes with a plug so you don't have to give up an outlet.
- Very easy to use and understand GUI
- WPS Button for ease of setup (This is also a con, when it comes to security, see below)
- Status page is very helpful.(See other thoughts)
- Built in ethernet port. This is extremely helpful if you have a computer on the other side of the house. This can give you not only the hard line for that desktop but also extend your wireless range. And honestly at $50 it's a great deal.

Cons: - WPS button. This isn't tplink's fault but rather the nature of a horridly written protocol meant to help people quickly and easily setup their wireless devices, but what it does is create moments where you are extremely easy to hack. I am by no means an expert hacker or even a beginner for that matter. But I've been to a few security conferences in my profession and even I could hack the WPS protocol without even breaking a sweat. Just something to be aware of. I'm sure you can google more. Again, it's not the end of the world. It's not like we all have state secrets on our computers, but it's good information that I think you should be aware of.

- Wireless throughput is halved on wireless extenders. Again this isn't TP-Link's fault but rather just how the technology works. Because a signal is repeated, you lose half the bandwidth just right there. Again for regular home use it shouldn't be a problem. Power users may want to steer clear though and just by another access point and hook that up directly to a hard line.

- The last con that I have is really about the fact that this is not dual band. Why we still live in an age where we rely only on the heavily congested 2.4 band is beyond me. At my house there are TONS of 2.4 GHz signals from my neighbors. If I jump on the 5 ghz, I am the only one utilizing ANY of the channels and there are sure a lot more of them plus I'm able to actually utilize a 5 GHz 40 MHz wide wireless N frequency (that's where the 300 megabit comes in - channel bonding). A dual band device would raise the cost a little, sure but also it's value. Even if the 5 GHz band was used as the bridge to the main router and then the 2.4 GHz radio could be used at max speeds to broadcast on a separate channel thus eliminating co channel interference and half the bandwidth lost would be a non-issue. Just one guy's opinion. :)

Other Thoughts: Overall I really liked this device. It was one of my favorite wireless extenders I've ever used. I love the fact that it can be used to bridge the wifi to a standard ethernet port. Another reviewer complained or mentioned rather that the ethernet port isn't gigabit. First of all on the 2.4 you'll NEVER get past 100 megabit actual throughput and even then when you consider that most 2.4 signals are broadcast at a 20 mhz width, you're halving a 150 (of which you'll get about 75 megabit of real world speeds) megabit connection anyway and that's at a perfect signal, then because you're having that 75 megabit down again to 37.5 megabit it would be a waste to put a gigabit (1000 megabit) port on this device.

My throughput was acceptable for everything from streaming video to normal internet usage. I wouldn't transfer large amounts of data or anything like that over it, but for the average, standard user, it was stable and never dropped, and the speeds were acceptable for regular internet use.

The web gui is easy to follow and understand. I really do like how they laid things out. I love the status page which quickly shows me my signal quality (at 70% clear across the house) and my rate to my main router is at 130 megabit. Pretty awesome.

My last point and thought is that I wish this had the option to be a wireless to ethernet bridge only without the repeater. It would be nice to be able to just use it in that mode in my case since I have plenty of wifi coverage through out my house. The only two options are Universal mode and Bridge Mode. Again, not a deal breaker but something I would like to see added and could be added with a simple firmware update.

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WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs For the price and for the right reason, should be on your short list 10/25/2014

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: Designed for 24/7/365 use for camera systems, but still usable in other scenarios.
Good price.
Good warranty.
Performance for usage scenario is good.

Cons: Warranty not as long as black and enterprise drives, again these aren't designed to be in that segment.
Slower overall speed even when compared to standard 7200 RPM drives, though these are designed this way on purpose.

Other Thoughts: I was actually quite impressed with the performance of this drive. On my Z97 platform I was able to get over 100 Megabytes a second transfers going when the drive was empty. Not bad for a drive that isn't really designed for speed. Bursts were over 300 megabytes a second for an empty drive.

In my Synology Cloudstation I was able to record 5 different cameras without any stutter from the drive. Even when reviewing the recorded video the playback was smooth even while recording in the background. I can't say for sure on a system with more than this that there wouldn't be stutter, but for my needs it was good.

Overall I've had nothing but good success with WD drives. I've only ever had 1 be DOA (dead on arrival) but was easily replaced by WD's support group.

I definitely prefer these over the WD Green Drives. Those are nothing but super slow and honestly have had a higher failure rate from what I've read than any other WD drive I've ever seen.

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