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This review is from: ZyXEL NBG6815 AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router
Pros: When initially loading up the router (for the first time) it takes you to the basic menu system. If you are familiar with routers make sure you selected advanced options which is a link on the middle right hand side.
The advanced section is laid out very well and has a variety of options. I was very surprised considering I am not familiar with ZyXEL brand how much thought was placed into the menu designed.
Performance was well when using a PC based WIFI card or a LAN connection.
Compact size and the way it stands up makes it easy to find a spot for it in tight areas.
When performing benchmarks I put it up against the TP-LINK AC1900 Archer C9 router.
Archer C9 (5Ghz)
Archer C9 (2.4Ghz)
Archer C9 (LAN)
ZyXEL NBG6815 (2.4Ghz)
ZyXEL NBG6815 (5Ghz)
ZyXEL NBG6815 (LAN)
All of my tests were on Verizon FIOS internet connection at 75Mbps Download/75Mbps Upload.
It supports 2 USB 2.0 ports Media Server, File server and FTP server.
Cons: The WIFI is a lot slower using my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5). My download and Uploads never broke 11Mps.
There are no USB 3.0 ports on the device. For the price range the unit is coming in I would have expected at least one USB 3.0 port.
Other Thoughts: If the USB 3.0 port is not that important to you and having super fast speeds on your cell phone is not a big deal then this router is a fantastic unit all the way around. I suspect the phone WiFi issues can be resolved by a firmware update (when/if they fix it).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EnGenius EGS5110P 8-Port Gigabit PoE+ (802.3af/at) Smart Switch with 2 SFP Ports
Pros: The EnGenius EGS5110P works just as well as any other hub device. The menu system is nicely laid out with the traditional left hand menu (GUI Web Interface).
Contrary to other comments the fan noise is very low. When reviewing items such as these one has to take into account this will be in an air conditioned server room. The fan noise can barely be heard when you are 4 feet away and when up close it is still extremely low.
When extending a network through it the performance was just as good and no degradation could be detected.
One feature I thought that was interesting is you can control the amount of watts the unit will use.
Cons: This is more of a concern (that may be unfounded) than a con, but everything on the unit is using IP4 and there appears to be no supposed to IP6. This would mean its own internal setup will not support it but I suspect if you have a server on your network using IP6 it will still work fine as it would assign the addresses.
Other Thoughts: The unit is very small and compact, if you have a small network and need a hub for a small rack this is definitely what you are looking for.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge
Pros: The ASUS RP-AC52 is a nice device for the price and what it is supposed to do. I tested this with my cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S5) and also tested it using a PC that has a wireless adapter. There was always a small performance drop (which is to be expected) but overall it held up rather well. It always works well as a Media extension.
I also did some tests having it send data to the router at 5 GHz and receive calls at 2.4 GHz (and tested with this in reverse). I did not see any performance difference when doing this.
Setup and Installation was extremely easy and smooth. The menu system seems a little short on options but what is there works.
Samsung Galaxy S5
5Hz (3 Feet Away from Router)
2.4Ghz (3 Feet Away from Router)
5Ghz (100 Feet Away from Router & 100 feet away for RP-AC52)
2.4Ghz (100 Feet Away from Router & 100 feet away for RP-AC52)
2.4Ghz (with a 5Ghz bridge)
Cons: Performance is the only thing, if it could compete more with having a direct Wi-Fi connection to the router it would be a big bonus as a range extender.
Other Thoughts: For the price range and what it is supposed to do it is not a bad device. The range is a little shorter than other range extenders due to the antennas being internal to the device and small. However overall it does what it is supposed to do.READ FULL REVIEW