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Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The Linksys WRT1200AC is an extremely nice router when compared to other ones in its targeted market. I put it up against an EA6700 and an E8350 as they both have comparable specifications and cost.

At no point did I ever need the CD to do the setup (it came with one). The second I turned the router on (had my PC already plugged in) the browser came up straight to the administrative screen and I was able to set it up immediately. The menu system being used is the new (open source) design which the EA6700 had but the E8350 did not have. I found it easy to do everything I did with the other two routers but more enjoyable and easier due to the more advanced interface.

Once setup was done I put it up for raw speed test against the two models and I found that it was running better at uploading against the other two models and about the same at downloading when compared to the other two models. The EA6700 which also uses the open source firmware was performing in the same way (however range was shorter) but the E8350 which uses the Linksys old design was having major issues with uploading but working fine with downloading.

I started using the WRT1200AC in real life situations and noticed that the raw speed comparison was a bit deceiving. When using it with Netflix (or other streaming services) it was loading much faster than the other models and the picture quality was staying at 1080 and not dropping down to 720. The Tablo Quad device, I use for streaming my local channels, was also showing a vast improvement when compared to the E8350.

I was using a TP-Link extender for my 2.4Ghz Network with the E8350 which got me about 100 feet around my home. With the WRT1200AC I no longer needed the extender and in fact it was interfering with it. The WRT1200AC was a huge range increase on both the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands when compared to both the E8350 and the EA6700 which was surprising considering both of these models came with 4 antennas (E8350 all external and EA6700 2 internal and 2 external) while the WRT1200AC came with only 2 antennas.

EA6700 (5Ghz)
Download 83.37
Upload 59.10

EA6700 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.63
Upload 50.74

E8350 (5Ghz)
Download 84.13
Upload 28.08

E8350 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.49
Upload 15.79

E8350 (LAN)
Download 84.19
Upload 84.36

WRT1200AC (2.4Ghz)
Download 50.59
Upload 30.23

WRT1200AC (5Ghz)
Download 83.36
Upload 77.99

WRT1200AC (LAN)
Download 80.10
Upload 79.17

All of my tests were on Verizon FIOS internet connection at 75Mbps Download/75Mbps Upload.

It supports USB 3.0/2.0 & E-Sata connections to be used as an File server, FTP server or a media server which works great with a Roku.

Cons: When enabling the priority for devices on network traffic it actually slows down your upload and download speeds drastically. It is better to keep this feature turned off.

Other Thoughts: For the price market this router is in its most definitely worth it when other routers, that have a higher cost, have lower performance. The open firmware interface makes it a bonus and extremely user friendly. By far this is one of the most impressive routers I have used in a while.

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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 day to 1 week

Pros: The TL-WDR4300 is a nice/small router when compared to other ones in its targeted market. The range is a bit shorter than the EA6700 and especially shorter against an E8350. However despite its range being a bit shorter for your average home it is perfect.

When trying to setup the unit I could not get the CD to software to connect to the wireless router (as per the instructions). To connect to the device I used my browser and entered the IP Address of my default gateway so that I could then login and setup the device.

The menu system is extremely easy to use which a Quick Setup guide for novice users. Since I am not a novice user I just went directly to the Wireless settings and setup WPA2 and put the other settings on Auto.

Below is a cross comparison of three different routers. The EA6700 and the E8350 are both priced higher than this router. As you can see by the results the speeds are very close to each other.

EA6700 (5Ghz)
Download 83.37
Upload 59.10

EA6700 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.63
Upload 50.74

E8350 (5Ghz)
Download 84.13
Upload 28.08

E8350 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.49
Upload 15.79

E8350 (LAN)
Download 84.19
Upload 84.36

TL-WDR4300 (5Ghz)
Download 83.30
Upload 34.37

TL-WDR4300 (2.4Ghz)
Download 67.95
Upload 16.61

TL-WDR4300 (LAN)
Download 83.37
Upload 88.36

All of my tests were on Verizon FIOS internet connection at 75Mbps Download/75Mbps Upload.

The USB section is very interesting and has some very nice settings such as an FTP server so you can punch a hole in your firewall and grant people access to your USB drive. It also supports a media server and the new one I have never seen was a Print Server (but there are no settings so I could not figure out how to use this one).

Cons: When compared to the other two devices the range of the TL-WDR4300 is significantly less. However as I mentioned in the pros section for your average home this is not an issue unless you want to have access from the outside of your home.

When going over the Wireless performance results you can see that both the E8350 and TL-WDR4300 have a very serious problem with uploading. I tried changing several settings, (Channel and Width) but it would only slightly help performance. This leads me to believe this is a Firmware issue that needs to resolve. The EA6700 does not have this problem.

Other Thoughts: For the price range this device is very good and very competitive. The simplicity of the menus makes it easy for anyone who has just a little bit of experience in routers/networking able to setup the device efficiently. For anyone who has a small budget I highly recommend this router.

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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic product for the price range 02/20/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: Tested Equipment
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Desktop PC
Samsung Galaxy S3
Linksys E8350 Router

When I first looked at the device I thought it was just a regular extender. I set the entire device up and turned on both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz and just did the normal setup. I got the typical results of an extender which was a degraded signal and speeds that were not up to par with connecting to the router wirelessly directly.

As I was going over the menus I noticed a feature called “High Speed”. This was something I had never seen before in an extender or router and it caught my attention. The concept of this feature is for the extender to only extend one wireless band instead of two and then it uses the other to connect back to the router. For example if you want to extend your 2.4 GHz network you can tell the extender to push that out but then connect to the router at 5Hz so that the incoming and outgoing data do not interfere with each other.

When I turned on the High Speed feature I saw immediate results (look at Other section for details). What I found to be the most optimal approach was to tell the extender to connect to the router at 5Ghz but to extend the 2.4 Ghz wireless out. My 2.4Ghz band was now working almost as fast as the 5Ghz band. It was working so well that I ended up shutting down the 2.4Ghz on my wireless router and leting the extender handle it in the home because it was achieving higher speeds than if you connected to my router directly at 2.4GHz. This was most definitely a very nice surprise and really makes this product shine.

Cons: I wish you could either replace the antennas to make it more powerful in range or that the internal antennas had a larger range. Although still good but I feel for the price range it should go further out.

Other Thoughts: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75/75MB

Main Router it is extending is a Linksys E8350
2.4Ghz (Samsung Galaxy Note 8)
18.92 Download
31.07 Upload

5Ghz (Samsung Galaxy Note 8)
42.56 Download
45.48 Upload

5Ghz (Desktop PC)
84.06 Download
32.12 Upload

2.4Ghz Ext (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , Signal Strength 100%)
16.31 Download
11.66 Upload

5Ghz Ext (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , Signal Strength 82%)
25.92 Download
35.90 Upload

5Ghz Ext (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , Signal Strength 100%)
35.04 Download
36.16 Upload


These where done with the HIGH Speed setting. The first n GHz is the connection from the extender to the router. The second is the speed from the extender to the device.

2.4Ghz/5Ghz High Speed Ext (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , Signal Strength 82%)
37.02 Download
20.84 Upload

5Ghz/2.4Ghz High Speed Ext (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , Signal Strength 82%)
37.33 Download
31.61 Upload


5Ghz/2.4Ghz (Desktop PC, Signal Strength 100%)
81.36 Download
36.32 Upload

2.4Ghz/5Ghz (Desktop PC, Signal Strength 100%)
49.12 Download
23.81 Upload

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