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Pros: The E8350 is a very powerful wireless router with a very impressive range. The setup process was extremely easy. The router requires you to do the initial setup via-wireless. So the easiest way to do it is to insert the CD that came with the router into a PC that has wireless capabilities. The CD will then run and automatically find the router. It will then connect in and ask you what you would like the name and password to be and then it is all done.
For a comparison I put the E8350 up against the EA6700 as the two devices are very similar.
All of my tests were on Verizon FIOS internet connection at 75Mbps Download/75Mbps Upload.
Other types of tests I performed where setting up of a network shared drive using the USB 3.0 port which was extremely easy to do. What I found interesting is you can have a shared drive and give access only to specific folders on the drive to each PC on the network which I found quite interesting. To get to the drive you just need to put in a path that points directly to the default gateway.
I mentioned it earlier but want to mention it again, the range on this device is VERY impressive and outperformed the EA6700 easily when it came to range.
As a last test, I tried Netflix over a Roku 3 from the TV in my home that is farthest from my router. The picture did look better than on an EA6700 due to the increased range of the E8350 and since this device performs excellent on Downloading it performed exceptionally.
Cons: The menu system on the EA6700 is far more superior to the E8350. When looking at the menus provided on the E8350 I feel like we took a step backwards to the Cobol Mainframe era. The E8350 is supposed to be the upgraded model of the EA6700 but I feel in some ways it took a step back when it comes to the interface.
When going over the Wireless performance results you can see the E8350 has 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 Linksys needs to resolve. Till Linksys resolves that issue it is better to stick with the EA6700 unless you need a bit longer range.
Other Thoughts: The E8350 has a lot of potential and although the menus appear to be archaic it has a lot of power. Hardware wise it is an upgrade from the EA6700 and it just needs time for Linksys to work out the kinks.
The Upload problem is a serious issue that if Linksys is not able to resolve it then this device becomes a major downgrade when compared to its competitors and previous devices that it was intended to replace.
For the life of me I wish I knew why they dropped the beautiful interface that was created with the EA6700.
This review is from: 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
Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload
Main Router it is extending is a CISCO EA6700
Phone Wireless Download speed comparison
Tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3
Connected to Cisco EA6700
Connected to TP-Link TL-WA860RE
PC Wireless Desktop speed comparison
Connected to Cisco EA6700
Connected to TP-Link TL-WA860RE
At first I was getting lower speeds but I adjusted the bandwidth from AUTO to 20MHz and that gave me about a 15% boost in upload and download speeds using the extender. I also did some tests to see if I could get it to extend in other parts of my home were the signal was weak and it did work. One issue I did have was that once a device connected to the extender within the home it would not let it go if the device moved closer to the CISCO router. So what end up happening was that I would get better performance in these corners of my home due to the extender but when I got closer to the device I would have poor performance because the extender would not release the device to the router.
Cons: - There is roughly a 30% performance drop when using the extender.
- Locks the device to the extender and does not release it when it is better for it to connect to the router directly
Other Thoughts: It does that it is supposed to do but has a few issues that could cause problems if you move around your home a bit. Cell phone users would be affected by these issues more than anyone else.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Pros: The WD20PURX (Unknown RPM, 64M Cache) is designed for staying on 24/7 and is not purely based on performance but more on durability. Since it is not possible for me to test durability, I can only give you speed techs. I benchmark this drive against a Seagate ST4000DM000 (5900 RPM, 64M Cache) and a Western Digital WD1003FZEX (7200 RPM, 64M Cache). It is pretty amazing the few more RPMs have when it comes to performance. For the testing I used CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 on a Windows 8.1 x64 system.
WD20PURX (Unknown RPM, 64M Cache)
Sequential Read : 155.760 MB/s
Sequential Write : 152.498 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 49.679 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 94.084 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.571 MB/s [ 139.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.560 MB/s [ 380.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.543 MB/s [ 376.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.568 MB/s [ 382.8 IOPS]
WD1003FZEX (7200 RPM, 64M Cache)
Sequential Read : 202.486 MB/s
Sequential Write : 197.416 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 65.774 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 121.537 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.724 MB/s [ 176.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 2.096 MB/s [ 511.7 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.893 MB/s [ 462.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 2.063 MB/s [ 503.6 IOPS]
Seagate ST4000DM000 (5900 RPM, 64M Cache)
Sequential Read : 143.287 MB/s
Sequential Write : 129.919 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 35.893 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 65.565 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.365 MB/s [ 89.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.938 MB/s [ 229.0 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.870 MB/s [ 212.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.890 MB/s [ 217.3 IOPS]
What this tells me is that the drive speed is somewhere between 5400-5900 RPMs and that the IntelliPower is indeed working fairly well to get better performance (as you can see when compared to the Seagate 5900 RPM drive).
Cons: Price, there are many other 2TB drives out there about 30% cheaper that are 7200 RPMs with 64MB cache.READ FULL REVIEW
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