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TRENDnet TEW-751DR N600 Dual Band Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Dual-band, works pretty much as expected (except see Cons below), setup not really difficult, customer support exists

Cons: I found the range to be inadequate - upstairs signal even on 2.4 ghz not powerful enough to be stable or even provide a connection. Could get a connection in rooms closer to the router, but it was disappointingly weak. Customer service *did* respond, and tried over the phone to use Insiider software to minimize interference, and, supposedly, correct the weak signal broadcasting problem. No dice - regardless of channel used, signal not acceptable over any range. Certainly not gaming-grade by far, if that's you're streaming aim. So, if you want a dual band (think it also has a guest signal - nice touch), you're going to have to rely on it only for devices in the same room.

Other Thoughts: I really used this product for a pretty short time. Found a deal on a TP Link AC1750 that provided both good range and somewhat future-proof speeds. Never looked back at this item, which sites on a shelf now. But, for $20, you probably get a little bit more than what you pay for.

PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 280 AXR9 280 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price (at time of sale) No problems so far with minor overclocked CPU. Upgrade that will be way useful in a future build. Newegg service great as usual

Cons: At current price, still at the bottom rung of other mfgs., but PowerColor isn't a tried-and-trusted name. Powercolor drivers seem not be have active updates - going to Radeon stock drivers may or may not keep OC'd setting of card.

Other Thoughts: I bought this over the holidays at a fantastic price. Newegg rep gave me an even nicer break, altho it took a call or two to get it implemented. But at net in the low $100's, how could I not buy this? Ironically, even though it is three 'tiers' (see Tom's hardware) above my former card (Radeon 7770), I'm not seeing much improvement in frame rates - probably a testament to how old and bottlenecked my system is. But I'm planning a future build, and I think it'll hold its price well enough and provide the power for at least a mid-level gaming rig to match the other components. No problems with card so far - says it's OC'd out of the box - not sure it stays that way if you adopt Radeon's latest Catalyst (now 14.12) drivers that add features so that it's not close to a par with Nvidia's offerings. The lack of active PowerColor support to drivers is the only thing I've not been thrilled about, so far.

TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router, 450Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps on 5Ghz, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Much better in speed and range than my last 2 routers

Cons: Short time of experience

Other Thoughts: I've only had this for a day, so my review may change as time goes on. Also, altho I'm pretty tech savvy, networks are something I just haven't bothered with much - usually used wired connections, but now with a wifi cell phone, kindle HDX fire, and a gaming extender, that will change. I'm fairly tech savvy, but not to the degree that the tech geeks here are.
That said, in the day I've used it it has (so far) lived up to basic expectations: Both the 2.4 and 5ghz bands are higher than previously routers (ancient but reliable Netgear 300 range max, Trendnet N600 dual-band (avoid that one if you can), which is what was advertised and what it has delivered. It doesn't quite live up to the speed claims of 1.3 mbps (IIRC) and (is it 450?mbpz), even when I'm sitting next to the router, but speeds are liveable. (For instance, my cell phone on the 5ghz band , within 5 feet of the router right now, is showing 433 mbps - not what was advertised, but more than good enough bandwidth for streaming.)

Set-up could've been simpler - when I wanted to change some of the parameters, it didn't work out so well, but I'm not a big fan of reading owner's manuals, so I probably need to go back and do that, to work out the kinks. Wired speeds are just what you want - 1.0gbps going through a gigabit switch - probably the same as any other gigabit router, but it's nice to see this works, no problem.
May come back with more comments as I get more experience - of course, that's often when the problems appear.


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Display Name: James K.

Date Joined: 09/17/07

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 10/18/07
  • Last Review: 02/12/15
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