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Pros: Our local Cox cable company has been upgrading our Internet speeds, advertising twice the speed at no additional cost. A friend asked me to help him replace his aging Linksys WRT54G wireless router so he could take advantage of the additional speed. The Linksys had provided about 15 Mbit/sec down (connected by Ethernet) which was already respectable.
The TP-LINK dual channel AC750 router quadrupled his Internet speed for both wired and wireless computers.
The dual channel worked nicely with streaming video. It was nice to be able to devote the 5 GHz to streaming, leaving the 2.4 GHz open for everything else.
I have always had good luck with TP-LINK wireless routers; after the initial set up they just seem to work without problems. I realize that the chipsets for consumer routers are made by the same company (Atheros), so in theory wireless routers with similar specs can be expected to perform about the same.
I’ve installed dozens of wireless routers, and I’ve found them all to be similar in performance, within a given protocol and speed rating.
So when I go router shopping I look mostly at the price, chipset, and features. Most recently, all of my router shopping has been for dual band AC protocol routers.
The 802.11ac standard was ratified by the IEEE although the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013 and products with the 802.11ac protocol have been on the market for well over a year.
Now that the price of the latest protocol (AC) routers has dropped south of a C-note, there is very little reason to buy an older protocol N router unless saving money is your priority.
Although your networked devices probably support only the N protocol, they will transfer data 2 – 4 times faster using an AC router. Like all past protocols, AC is backward compatible with the older N protocol.
The TP-LINK dual channel AC750 is a sleek looking shiny black wireless router that provides the next-generation protocol (AC) at a reasonable price.
The two detachable antennae are large and help put out a powerful signal. There are 5 faint blue slits of light on the front of the unit reflecting use of the 5 Ethernet (4 out) router ports.
The 2.4 GHz band is rated at 300 Mbit and the 5 GHz channel is 430 Mbit.
Setup with the included mini-CD was effortless. I liked the setup wizard taking me straight to a window that allowed me to accept the provided SSID (network name) and password or provide my own simply by editing the fields. It took some searching to find the tab that allowed me to reset the admin password.
The AC750 included some features that are not found on entry level routers.
The router has its own power switch, and an on/off switch for the wireless broadcast.
The USB 2.0 port would be good for networking a printer or optical drive, but a little slow for connecting storage.
Cons: The unit is very light, and the weight of the Ethernet cable was almost enough to make it slide off my desk. Some rubbery feet would have been a nice feature.
The unit seems to be more designed for wall mounting (who does that?).
A 3.0 USB port would have been nice.
Other Thoughts: Although installation of the router went perfectly, and a strong secure wired and wireless network was established, the connection to the Internet was lost.
Modem and router resets appeared to be working but after 3 tries no Internet. I had to call the cable company, Cox in this area, and a reset from their end fixed the Internet issue.
I don’t know if I can blame the AC750 for this little problem; it has been a couple of years since I have had to contact Cox customer service for anything other than a new modem installation.
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
Pros: This is a massive amount of external storage that moves data at USB 3.0 speed.
Cons: Over several weeks this drive irregularly disappeared from my system.
On bad days this drive locked up my systems.
Sometimes unplugging this drive would fix the problem, sometimes it took a cold boot.
Occasionally I would get a message that the drive needed to be formatted.
Other Thoughts: I tested this drive on both Win8 and Win8 systems-same bad result.
I reformatted several times, using Windows and Seatools, with no lasting good results.
When I think about making backups of my data, which is how this drive would be used by most, I want dependability. So it would be illogical to use or recommend this drive, based on my experience.
Pros: small so it will not take up too much room in the trash.
Pretty Blinking Blue light on the receiver?
Cons: Advertised as Plug & Play. This was not my experience.
I never got the receiver to communicate with and of my TVs using know good HDMI cables.
Tech support was as useless as the product. That's a frustrating hour of my life i'll never get back.
All tech support told me to do was just what the online manual says. This might be valuable for illiterate users, but worthless as far as getting any problem solved.
I wasted several hours of my life trying to make this work, and I am a computer geek who does not give up easily, but this beat me.
Other Thoughts: This device is supposed to let you stream a high quality video signal from a device, such as a computer, to your TV.
Maybe this was an interesting concept that just does not work. Even if it worked it is only advertised as being useable if you have direct sight less than 30 feet.
The receiver (that connects to an HDMI port on your TV) never was able to send a signal that any of my 3 TVs saw. My oldest TV is 2 years old and my HDMI cables are good, so I'm pretty sure the device was faulty.
Extremely poor quality and customer service. This was not an inexpensive item, so it would have been nice if their quality control could have caught this dud.