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Linksys WUMC710 Wi-Fi Wireless AC1300 5GHz Universal Media Connector Bridge Adapter 802.11ac with 4-Port Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price. Looks nice in my living room. Great when it works.

Cons: It worked great at first, but now it keeps disconnecting every few hours and will not automatically reconnect. I have to power cycle it to get it to reconnect to my ASUS RT-AC68U router.

Other Thoughts: Why can't they just charge more and make reliable hardware? My time is valuable. I'd rather spend money up front to avoid having to waste hours of my life fighting with tempermental wireless gear.

ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is currently the flagship ASUS router. It supports a/b/g/n/ac and has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios. It has more features than most people will ever need or use, but it's comforting to know that they're there if you do. Hopefully, this is the last router I'll need to buy for a long time.

Cons: My router shipped with firmware version which, seems to have a performance problem, at least with 2.4GHz "n" clients. With my old ASUS RT-N16, I could get a solid 15Mbps download speed when running online bandwidth speed tests (my broadband connection tops out at 15Mbps). However, with the new RT-AC68U, I could only get 1.5Mbps at best. When I flashed the firmware to Asuswrt-Merlin 374.40 alpha 4 (the latest stable build for the RT-AC68U). The performance problem is totally gone. Asuswrt-Merlin is a modified version of the stock ASUS firmware, so it has the same UI and all the features of stock firmware, except with less bugs.

Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is one of the most compact desktop cases you can get that will fit full-height cards and a full sized ATX power supply. It has a fantastic layout and cable management is a joy. The anti-vibration mounting for hard drives is well done with plenty of space for proper ventilation between drives.

Cons: These are all minor but I figured I'd mention them just in case. Some aftermarket CPU heatsink/fan units will not fit due to the low case height. The exhaust fan blows out the side, which may be a problem for some people. The anti-vibration hard drive mounting is a little tricky for getting drives in and out, so this case isn't optimal for people who are swapping drives in and out with any frequency.

Other Thoughts: If you want a similar micro-ATX case in a mini-tower format, take a look at the Antec NSK 3480, which is equally compact and well designed.


William K.'s Profile

Display Name: William K.

Date Joined: 10/05/03

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/21/09
  • Last Review: 02/17/15
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