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Pros: Gigabit interfaces, separate WiFi SSID for "Guests", WiFi Scheduling, Static Routing, QoS, USB port.
Cons: Some of the features that are advertised only working partially, with weird, yet serious shortcomings. Examples:
- The "guest SSID" cannot be configured with a different schedule than the "main SSID". This is very inconvenient and up to a point defies the purpose of having the "guest" SSID.
- It is advertised to support "site blocking" (basic feature), but that only works for web sites that use http. For the increasing number of sites built using https, the blocks get bypassed and traffic goes through, no problem!
- The "Parental Control" feature is based on a third party / cloud based traffic filtering / policing service. It is an added potential bottleneck / point of failure, and it's not parents controlling their kids, it is Big Brother controlling both the parents and the kids.
- The Logs are recording access requests based on MAC addresses, not based on URLs, which renders the Logs almost useless (unless you know the MAC addresses of the servers on the websites you are visiting).
Other Thoughts: Support is nice and polite if you can get to them, but 90 days after the date of purchase they start charging for answering your call.
If you don't care about the shortcomings listed above, you may like it. I would give it 3 eggs, but one gets shadowed by the fact that after talking to their support, the manufacturer seems to be aware of the shortcomings, yet continue to advertise those features as being fully functional.
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-733GR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Pros: Works out of the box, with the default settings and allows some basic changes.
Cons: Besides the shortcomings I flagged earlier, another feature that is advertised but does not work is Static Routing. The GUI simply won't allow one to enter a route as shown in the user manual.
Calling support was, again, useless. First they promised immediate escalation and a call back in 1 hour. 4 hours later nobody had called, so I called again, spent another 30 minutes explaining the problem and answering all kind of non-related questions (like who is my ISP and who is the manufacturer of other devices in my network...). Then the "technician" said he has to escalate the issue and someone will call me within 24 to 48 hours. Here we are, 20 hours later, still no resolution and no call.
Other Thoughts: Based on my previous experience, emailing "Adrian" brings nothing other than additional wasted time; by exchanging multiple emails with people who are trained to apologize, without providing any solutions or fixes.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Channel Master CM-4221HD 4-Bay Outdoor HDTV/UHF Antenna
Pros: Reputation / Brand name (questionable when it comes to this particular product though, see comments). Relatively Compact Size (not 100% clear what that size is, see comments). Good reviews.
Cons: Poor documentation. Support is polite, yet not very helpful. Seems to be designed for the pre-2009 TV channels. Short warranty when compared to other manufacturers. Some re-sellers list it as "discontinued product"; although the manufacturer says it's current.
Other Thoughts: The manufacturer's web site shows "technical data" that is incomplete and inconsistent (even when it comes to something as simple as physical dimensions).
Called technical support and asked for radiation patterns and gain/frequency chart (basic parameters, like asking about engine horse power and fuel mileage, when talking about a car). After "checking with managers and engineering", the support rep. said that the company does not have such data. Didn't CM design this antenna, or at least do quality control testing on it? They did confirm that this antenna is more than 5 years old.
A broader web search revealed multiple "clones" that sell for half the price. Without relevant product documentation, there is no way to tell if this antenna is better, worse or the same than such a "clone".
3 eggs, because I expected an updated design and better support from a manufacturer like Channel Master.
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