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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed very easily in no time it is a bit heavy because of the heat-sink but that is a minor issue installed the software form included CD and connected to the internet with no difficulties, it sees all of our wireless equipment (printer, routers, modem, Xbox) both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz .It also detected the neighbors modem and the neighborhood wireless signal, the desktop unit is about 20’ from the modem. The antennas use a standard connection instead of proprietary one so it is easy to replace them if you break one; I have several from an older adapter. Good if you need to free up Ethernet connections on modem, router or switch or just want to get rid of cables strung across the room or going up the stairs. Download speeds show 28.98Mbps compared to 28-31 for Ethernet so is well in the range of speed ping from eastern Illinois to Dallas Texas 46ms again that is close to average with Ethernet cable attached so very stable speeds

Cons: Checked on TP-Link site for card and it shows a driver download but it is a dead link right now so was unable to download. The utility software cannot be installed in the win 10 Technical Preview.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts: Data transfer speeds from desktop to laptop:
1627 JPEG files 5.34GB took approximately 6½ minutes
4082 MP3 files with clipart 11.7GB took approximately 15 minutes

System
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX-6100
GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB 2x8GB
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Antec 550W PSU
Lite-on Blu-ray Burner
Koutech USB 3 card reader
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-RX GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Bottom)
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Top)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD OS
Windows 10 64bit build 9926

Acer Aspire V5-571
1.7GHZ CPU
8GB RAM
128GB SSD
Win 7 pro 64 bit

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Arrives with sealed plastic over package so if you’re in a cold climate and UPS delivers it later in the day make sure you leave it unopened for at least a couple hours to bring up to room temperature to avoid condensation from getting into the unit. Everything in package looks to be in good condition and well packed to protect it from bad drivers. Comes with a decent Ethernet cable about 4’ long, an installation CD and the quick install guide. The 3 antennas are of standard connection so easy to replace if get broken or somehow gets lost when moving, power supply is a standard adapter providing 12v so easy to replace if it goes bad. I have several from old electronics that have long since died that I can use without having to go buy new one. Don’t throw away your power adapters unless you know they are bad they can be used on other devices normally. Wireless password is printed on the bottom label and the 2 band identifiers are printed there as well. Once you have the unit connected and access the routers software (192.168.0.1) there are many setup options. I changed the access from admin/admin to my own preference so it is not open to the public with basic knowledge. It is easy to change the routers IP address as well as channel it operates on if you’re crowded in your area on a particular channel (use a network sniffer). Sleek nice looking unit that has key slots on bottom so easy to mount on wall with antennas either up or down or leave it sit on tabletop. Easy setup simple straight forward. Can setup NAS with password access or without password can individually password protect partitions or leave open

Cons: like another reviewer said it is fingerprint magnet, but if you take a little emery cloth and rough it up then that no longer an issue.

Other Thoughts: Setup NAS and transfer of 4300 JPEG files 104GB took approximately 19 minutes wired and approximately 24 minutes wirelessly for same folder.
Using wireless for laptop I was able to get signal about 100 feet from the router to backyard through 2 exterior walls. Used an older laptop that only 2.4GHZ and it worked very well then used a newer laptop with 5GHZ and it also worked well with it

System Wired desktop
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX-6100
GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB 2x8GB
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

Antec 550W PSU
Lite-on Blu-ray Burner
Koutech USB 3 card reader
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-RX GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Bottom)
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Top)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD OS WD 500GB DATA Drive
Windows 10 build 9841 64 bit

wireless
Acer Aspire V5-571
1.7GHZ CPU
8GB RAM
128GB SSD
Win 7 pro 64 bit

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It is larger than I expected for sitting on desktop but not so big as to be an issue. It comes with a 4’ Ethernet cable. The power pack is a standard 12 volt 1.5A adapter so easy to replace if cats eat the cable or you trip over it and break it. The power cord is a heavier wire than most power packs offer so should stand up to normal use better than most. The 3 antennas are a standard base so easy to replace if need to or if you want to go to a higher gain antenna. The included resource CD includes a 143 page guide for setting up the router 37 page manual for setting up a shared printer and an 18 page manual for setting up the NAS. Very well written but lengthy nobody in their right mind will read the entire manuals. The router setup with or without the CD setup is simple to do can change the router name and password very easily to what you want, then if forget it you can always reset the router to factory defaults of admin/admin.

Cons: Have to use an URL to access the NAS \\192.168.0.1 default but can change to one of the other options and set your own URL it does not show up on the network like other routers (but that also means the hackers don’t see it either).

Other Thoughts: DATA transfer speed:
HDD connected to USB3 port on Router to primary computer:
1613 JPEG files 5.22GB in 5½ minutes
4082 MP3 files with clipart 11.7GB approximately 13 minutes
Range: 5Ghz through 2 exterior walls and 150’ from house still had a reliable connection so a very good range
Range 2.4Ghz same conditions about 125’ from house before lost reliability

Primary computer:
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX-6100
GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB 2x8GB
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Antec 550W PSU
Lite-on Blu-ray Burner
Koutech USB 3 card reader
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-RX GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Bottom)
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Top)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD OS WD 500GB DATA Drive
Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Laptop Computer ACER Aspire V5-571
1.7GHZ CPU
8GB RAM
128GB SSD
Win 7 pro 64 bit

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Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 09/15/06

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