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D-Link  DCH-M225  Wi-Fi Audio Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Concept good, but just short 07/23/2014

This review is from: D-Link DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender

Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload

Compared to Linksys EA6700 (Wireless portion only 300Mbps)

Menu Options were extremely simplified and easy. With roughly 5 or less options per screen and there is only 4 to 5 screens.

For my speed tests, I tested on two devices the Samsung Galaxy S3 and a DELL Latitude Laptop. My first set of tests was with the DCH-M225 about 10 feet away from the EA6700 (it was connecting to that device for its internet). What I was expecting was to see no difference and when it was only 10 feet away it worked just the same as the EA6700 wireless. When things got interesting is when I put about 50 feet of distance between the DCH-M225 and the EA6700 so I can extend the network out. Below are the results.

Galaxy S3
-Connected to EA6700
-Download 20.51
-Upload 23.48

-Connected to the DCH-M225
-Download 10.13
-Upload 12.66

I then performed this same test on my DELL Latitude Laptop and got similar results

Dell Latitude Laptop
-Connected to EA6700
-Download 32.39
-Upload 35.15

-Connected to the DCH-M225
-Download 20.86
-Upload 25.85

What this tells us is that even though the device can be used as an extender for an existing network its ability to do so is very limited up to the point that it is better to connect to your router directly with 2 strength bars vs a 5 bar strength to the DCH-M225 which is only 50 feet away from the router.

Now the main portion of this device which is to play music through the plug in jack worked flawlessly and effortlessly. The only think I had to do, which was not covered in the instructions, was to go to google play and download an app that worked with AirPlay and DLNA.

Cons: Even if you have strong signal from the DCH-M225 if the device is more than 10 to 20 feet from your main wireless router there is severe performance degradation to your upload and download speeds. Due to the performance drop this makes the wireless extender virtually useless as the antennas in the device do not have a strong power signal.

Other Thoughts: For what the device does and how much it cost I believe there are better options out there. The $50 price tag is very extensive when you can get a wireless router that has a stronger signal and there are other devices to allow the carrying of music for a much lower price.

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EnGenius ENS200 Long Range Wireless 11N Outdoor AP
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Concept good, delivery needs work 06/19/2014

This review is from: EnGenius ENS200 Long Range Wireless 11N Outdoor AP

Pros: The EnGenius ENS200 is a very interesting device. It took me a while to figure out the menus and how to set it up as there are no instruction manuals that come with it and I could not find anything on the internet either. There is a tiny pamphlet that comes in the box that helps you do the initial setup which works flawlessly. The first thing you will need to do is what are you going to use the device for and to do that you need to select “Operational Mode” on the left hand menu and then choose which mode you want. After you do that and Apply the changes give the device about two minutes and then refresh your browser as the menu options will change.

Here are some things that I got work

Access Point: I was able to get this device to work as an access point for my network. I did increase the power of the antenna as well but I could not see any range difference between this device and my existing wireless router (Linksys EA6700). They both had the same range which was surprising! The Access Point did work flawlessly but requires an actual network connection into the device.

WDS Access Point: I was able to get this working, what it did was connect (wirelessly) to the EA6700 and expanded my network via its built in RJ45 connector. I was hoping it would also act as a wireless extender but that did not work.

Cons: I kept trying to find a way to extend the network further out and I could not get it to work. I also tried using other WDS settings but for some reason the Wireless Link back to the EA6700 would not connect even though I entered all the proper information.

No instructions at all available, you have to figure it all on your own. It took me 2 days just to realize that changes I was making are not saved until I choose the first menu option on the left hand side and once that is open you need to choose “Save & Apply”.

All of these great features but no way to extend an existing wireless network. Why (makes no sense)?

Other Thoughts: There is now way for me to test all the neat things this device can do in just a few days. It has a bunch of potential and I was only able to get about 30% of what it is supposed to do working. If their instruction manual existed and covered some of the most common “How To” setups it would have saved me several days’ worth of headaches and would have made this from a bad experience to a great experience! Despite the Cons I mentioned it is a good device once you get comfortable with the menus and I know it is capable of doing much more than what I have done with it so far.

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TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good wifi router for the price range 05/14/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload

Compared to Linksys EA6700

Menu options are relatively simple with a menu that comes down the left hand side. The menus are not as advanced and clean as the EA6700 but the two wireless routers are in slightly difference classes with over a $70 price difference between the two.
Phone Wireless Download speed comparison
Tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3

Cisco EA6700
Download 43.67
Upload 30.84

TP-Link AC1750
Download 39.22
Upload 30.59

As you can see when comparing the two models there is a slight difference in upload and download speeds. I believe this has to do with the fact the EA6700 has a special technology that lets signals bend to its targeted device rather than a straight line. Few things to note here is that the EA1750 at 2.4GHz has a very long range when there are no structures in between the router and the device. Inside the home the EA6700 performed better on longer ranges and was able to keep a stronger signal strength (but the difference was very little).

PC Wireless Test (both units tested with the same PC using a wireless connection).

EA6700 (2.4GHz)
Download 84.08
Upload 38.96

TP-Link AC1750 (2.4GHz)
Download 83.7
Upload 39.00

TP-Link AC1750 (RJ45)
Download 83.49
Upload 38.79

So there is no difference in performance when comparing the two models wirelessly and when using the RJ45 connector you can see there is no difference in performance with the wireless.

Cons: The AC1750 is a great unit and the only two differences I can see between it and the EA6700 was the menu system is better on the EA6700 and the performance inside the home going through the walls is better on the EA6700 BUT the AC1750 has a much longer range with 2.4GHz. The USB ports are 2.0 while the EA6700 has one 2.0 and one 3.0. The speed performance is huge when using an external sharable drive so you would want USB 3.0 if you do that and the AC1750 DOES NOT have a USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: The AC1750 is about $70 cheaper than the EA6700. If you don’t have the money but can afford a wireless router in the $100 range this is definitely a good buy. It really matches well against the EA6700.

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