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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA750RE 150Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender
Pros: >Ethernet bridge
>WPS setup was painless
>strong signal and reception
Cons: >manual setup was somewhat convoluted
Other Thoughts: Our home theater cabinet is built into the wall, and was installed before internet became a standard service for most systems. This has meant that getting internet there was a trick (if not impossible). At the same time, something about the cabinet's location was pretty effective at blocking WiFi. Tried setting up routers to catch the house's WiFi, never with much luck; enough to connect, not really enough to stream.
Enter the 750RE, and now everything has enough bandwidth to stream and game.
Setup was a little finicky at first, WPS did not want to work (but when does it ever?). Plugged in through the Ethernet and put in the credentials that way, and everything worked. Relatively painless, anyone who has manually setup any router before will find the whole manual process simple enough. If you aren't comfortable setting up something like a router without the setup CD, and WPS may not be a reliable option, then you may have to shanghai a more networking inclined friend to help you do the setup.
Pros: >super quiet, even under load
>flat, black cables
>80+ Gold Cert
>extremely well packed, save for a lack of cellophane.
Cons: >Cables are a little short
>It really is meant to be installed fan-up
Other Thoughts: I have only heard the fan spin up once actually, and this bad boy is powering a GTX 760, 4 sticks of DDR3, 5 HDDs, 1 optical, and a 3770K OCed to 4Ghz. It takes BF3 set to Ultra across the board and a series of busy scenes to get the active cooling to engage.
Now, I admit, I do not know exactly *how* this unit engages it's active cooling. I do not know if it is looking at the load that is under, or if it approaches/surpasses a certain temperature. I have a HAF X, under Posi-pressure, so I am inclined to say that it is the unit temp that engages the fan.
As for the cables, I do have this in a HAF X, so that certainly doesn't help. But cases have only just been getting bigger. The HDD cable I wanted/had to use was just barely long enough, same for the SATA cable I ran to optical drive. The PCIe cable was also just barely long enough (it doesn't look very neat). But all of these cables would have been too short if I had installed the unit fan-down (as I initially tried to do). The HAF X has a vent for PSU fans that I like to take advantage of; give it a dedicated cold-air supply. But this simply wasn't going to work. I could buy extensions - and already use them for the 24pin and 8pin CPU - but for the expense in that, I would rather just make a set of sleeved cables for my case.
The unit was very well packed. Velvet bag, inside of closed-cell foam box, cables bagged in a reusable bag, etc. The only gripe I can offer is that the external packaging came without any kind of seal on it; cellophane or tape. You could just pop the box right open after taking it out of the Newegg shipping package. There was no sign of any sealing tape/sticker ever being on the box, so I'm guessing it's normally shrink-wrapped. This seems like it is becoming a more common occurrence with Newegg; opening a product for one reason or another. First package I've received where this had happened, but it is being mentioned more often on various forums.
Luckily, everything was there and in "new" condition. I did not feel the need to contact them about it, but I do hope they read this. If they want to open something off their shelves, that is their choice. Just don't turn around and sell it as "new".
All in all, nothing worth knocking an egg off for. It's a solid PSU, and I have no doubt that it will make it to the end of it's hefty warranty, and then some.
Pros: >strong signal strength
>simple internal software interface
Cons: >non-standard IP access number (not 192.168.1.1, like every other router)
Other Thoughts: You're going to be hard-pressed to find a better router for the price. It offers all the features you would expect for a router at this price point, as well as some of the control settings (wireless bridging) you don't normally find until you start looking at more expensive routers.
I got strong signal strength and speedy connection through my house, with the router in a central location. The 5Ghz band was the always the first to begin to drop out, but never completely cutting out (never below two bars). The 2.4Ghz band was strong though out the house, and never fell below 3 bars.
Streaming videos and TV shows was not a problem, probably more than enough for the majority of users.