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Pros: Sleek design large antennas that should give adequate signal. I set it up to use with wireless laptop no problems. Did not use the simple setup wizard just used standard method with windows 7pro 64bit.The access to router is in the quick setup paperwork that comes with the router giving the address to put into browser to access it and password which of course when new is admin and MUST be change for security Changed it to something more secure so others can’t access it. Very easy to the handle the changes I wanted to make. There is plenty of signal strength in the house and got good speeds with internet and also good results with the NAS HDD. Acer laptop: It took about 14 minutes connected WIFI to NAS HDD connected to the router’s USB2 port to transfer 3.09GB ISO file using 5 GHz band, and 15 minutes for same file using the 2.4GHz band so not much difference in transfer and that can be blamed on my not timing with stop watch The antennas are a standard screw on type that are easy to replace if your Eggie award trophy falls on it from its shelf or like many people bowling trophy. Has a switch on the backside of router to disable the wireless portion of router if you’re not needing that at the time so can restrict unwanted users that way. It comes with a decent Ethernet cable to connect to the modem or a switch depending on your particular environment. It uses a standard 12 volt power adapter that is easy to replace if something should happen to it. Then with a different laptop used the setup disc and went through the simple steps and connected in no time. Just make sure you have the password off bottom of router when setting up wireless connection and change the name of the router to something you recognize as yours in the environment of 20 or more wireless signals out there in an apartment complex. Make it your nickname 5GHz or nickname 2.4GHz so can tell which one is yours or something else that uniquely yours (apartment # or something). In our neighborhood we have about 15 signals that we can see on laptops and with WIFI sniffer can find even more that have too weak a signal to use. I recommend initial setup be done with a wired connection, with the wireless signal turned off, then after satisfied with the naming of new router turn on the wireless signal and setup all your wireless devices to it. It appears to be quite adequate for the basic home environment but would look elsewhere if you plan to use wireless devices out in backyard or get a WIFI extender setup
Cons: : tried to change router WIFI password and apparently it doesn’t want you to change that. I do not want password on bottom of router where unknown person from Cable Company can just lift it up and copy down the password. After testing inside and doing all the setup steps took the laptop for a walk with it connected to the internet, I only got about 30’ away from the house before lost my connection that is through 2 exterior walls, had to return to indoors to re-establish the connection.
Other Thoughts: For price consideration this is most definitely an acceptable routerREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Pros: Got package and it all packed properly in box no shrink wrap to remove or anything just pull the box out and look at what you have. Box contains the Router, Power Adapter (which is a standard 12V AC to DC adapter) with standard connector so easy to replace if it goes bad also the Power adapter uses a standard Computer Power Cord instead of a proprietary cord that is hard to find if your cat manages to chew too many holes in it. A 5’ Cat 5 Ethernet cable with metal housing on the ends instead of plastic so they won’t break as easily, and a quick start guide and a small booklet all in English all simple straight forward easy to follow instructions for setup. Connected primary computer to it via Ethernet cable and ran the setup, that was simple enough got router SSID changed and new password, then using the router to search for updates for firmware, which instructions tell you needs to be done. The check showed no new firmware so I did not have to update that and then started connecting all the other computers and the play station. 4 PCs connected Ethernet and 4 Laptops, a Printer and Play station wirelessly. No problem with any of the devices, probably the easiest setup I have ever worked with.
Acer laptop: It took about 7 minutes connected wireless to NAS HDD connected to the router’s USB3 port to transfer 3.09GB ISO file using 5 GHz band,
then tested same file transfer from my desktop (wired) to the laptop (wireless) and it took approximately 6 minutes, then on an older Toshiba using 2.4 GHz band, it took approximately 31 min. The highest I got with my setup was approximately 75Mbps transfer rate. Now transferring 4082 MP3 files 11.7GB total from NAS drive to Acer (wireless), took about 25 minutes. Again around 75Mbps so it appears to be consistent on speed. Then I took the Acer for a walk outside with 2 exterior walls between the router and laptop. Had solid signal to 125’ range then it dropped off quickly and transfer rates dropped. At 125’ I was still getting 28Mbps download speed test from internet but once I got to about 150 feet the speed dropped to about 5Mbps.
Cons: : It is much larger than the average Wireless router and the antennas are not the screw on type that is easy to replace. I checked with Netgear and they promise they are covered under the warranty and they have plenty spare parts on hand
Other Thoughts: Primary desktop: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
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
Laptops used: Acer Aspire V5 1.7GHZ CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Win 7 pro 64 bit
Toshiba: 1.86 GHz, 2GB RAM, Linux Debian
NAS drive: Western Digital 1TB My Passport
Pros: Not much larger than my wallet. The power supply cable is about 6’ long so should be plenty of reach for majority of applications. 5 ports so with modem/router attached can still connect an additional 4 devices or it can be used to connect up to 5 computers in a small non-internet office environment. Very good price factor for basic switch. If you need a PoE this is not the switch for you, make sure you get the right one as this is a basic switch no frills unit. It uses a very common transformer that if it dies it can be replaced with one that is readily available just about anywhere. Has power light and activity lights for each connection, not too bright so as to disturb anyone. After about 45 minutes of operation the power supply was just slightly warm to the touch less than many if not all the transformers I have had in the past. The manufacture says that the unit auto detects cable length and adjusts power supplied accordingly so you’re not wasting power when using a 3’ patch cable vs. a 100’ run to upstairs. Did not notice any loss of bandwidth speed or ping times all about the same with this unit compared to another switch of same brand. Due to the smallish size it is very lightweight so can sit on just about any surface you have.
Cons: The power transformer plug is oriented wrong for the power strips and surge protectors that have the larger sections for transformers. Because of this it needs to be placed at the end of a power strip so it sticks over the end or it will block the next outlet. It does not include a short Ethernet cable so you have to buy one separate. Fortunately I have plenty of spare cables sitting around in a box. It does not include rubber feet to prevent sliding around on smooth surface, so I supplied my own. It moves with any cable movement due to it being so lightweight. Another option is using Velcro on the bottom and attaching it to a surface that wayREAD FULL REVIEW