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Pros: I've definitely had some seat time with this router over the past few months. Sorry NewEgg and Linksys for the slow review.....Life got in the way for a few months.
Anyway, I've had the opportunity to test drive the EA6350 over the past few months and don't really have anything to complain about. Setup is a snap and requires nothing other than the user manual that contains the unique password and SSID.
I reviewed the EA6500 a few years ago so do have some familiarity with the Linksys EA line. Let's start with the physical characteristics of the device. Thankfully Linksys has decided to shrink the power adapter from the boat anchor it was on the EA500. They also added external antenna on the EA6350, which is definitely a plus.
The device itself is of nice design and will look good sitting on your desk because you couldn't mount it on the wall even if you wanted to. Really? You can't punch a few holes in the bottom and throw in $0.08 worth of screws?
I wall mount all my networking components, so can anyone guess which one won't be used in my house?
This is the second time I've encountered the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi interface and I definitely like it more than I did the first time. They have made some nice changes since the EA6500. Things are more consolidated and much easier to find. The 6500 felt incomplete, where the 6350 feels much more polished.
I've put this little bugger through it's paces over the last few months and don't have any complaints about its performance. Everything from port forwarding, QoS, streaming HD to multiple devices, etc. To date, I've encountered no issues.
Cons: The two big cons I have are the lack of a wall mounting solution and the terrible DDNS options. When I last checked there was really only one option, DynDNS. There were two listed DynDNS & TZO.com, but DynDNS bought TZO.com a few years ago.
Unfortunately they don't offer a free hostname like they used to and now charge $25/year for the service. There are plenty of free Dynamic DNS providers out there, but Linksys chooses not to include them as options.
Both of these issues are easily resolved with a simple firmware update that I hope Linksys considers.
Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm very happy with this device. If it was wall mountable, it would be replacing my TP-Liink.
It's a device I would definitely recommend.
This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
Pros: I've had the opportunity to test a few AC USB adapters and have never been very impressed. With that said, this is the best performing one I've tested to date. The adapter comes with a USB extension cable if you don't want it sticking out the side of your laptop. For testing, I married this adapter with a Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ I tested a few months ago.
I used a file transfer from one of my servers to test the speeds and was very impressed. I was able to transfer large files at around 38 - 42MB/s between my laptop and my server. The test file was ~27GB. Transfer speeds were obviously slower with small files <1MB, but even they were moving at around 13 - 15MB/s. Not bad for a wireless adapter.
As for style, it's actually a nice device. Even though it's still big by today's standards, it's significantly smaller than other AC USB adapters I have laying around. It feels sturdy enough to throw in a pocket with your keys and even comes with a cap.
Cons: As others have pointed out, I'm very disappointed with the way TP-Link is marketing this product and I find it deceitful. I've reviewed quite a few of their products and unfortunately they overstate bandwidth on most of them.
I'm knocking off an Egg for the overstated bandwidth.
I'm not quite sure how they expect to get 600Mbps out of the device when you're running it through a USB 2.0 port with a max theoretical bandwidth of 480Mbps. TP-Link might want to check their math on that one.
Migration to USB 3.0 would be nice.
Other Thoughts: The device performs well, but nowhere near where TP-Link advertise.
I would recommend this to someone that has an AC router, but doesn't have an AC NIC in their computer. For the price, you really can't beat it.
This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
Pros: The device was packaged well and even includes a flat Ethernet cable. The power adapter isn't too big, but I always prefer they come off to the side as opposed to the bottom which blocks ports on UPSs and surge protectors. The device is really nice looking with three large antenna on top and a nice solid base. The front has status lights and one USB 3.0 port. The back has your WAP port, 4 gigabit ports, an On/Off switch, power port and a USB 2.0 port. It also has an eject button for device removal, which I found to be a nice touch.
I've had this router for about two months and I've decided it's going to replace my current TRENDnet. Don't get me wrong, I love the TRENDnet, but this thing is just a monster. They have to be breaking some kind of law with this much transmit power. When they say Extreme and High Power, they mean it. I was shocked at the range of this bad boy!
I really liked the firmware which seems to be modeled after the newer EA line of routers from Linksys. Things are divided into tiles as opposed to tabs. You can drill down through the tiles to find what you need. Unlike the Linksys routers I've tested, things were organized well. I found the Linksys to be clunky by comparison.
It included all the normal features, but had some additional "bells and whistles". The parental controls and web filtering were easy to use and worked well. I don't have children, but I know this is an important feature for parents.
I tested QoS with my Xbox One and didn't experience any lagging at all. My XBox One is typically wired, but I always try to test QoS on all the routers I review.
The GUI was easy to navigate and the "tips" you find on the right side of each page were informative and provided links to additional setup information. I found that to be a really nice touch.
Wireless speeds were slightly slower than the EA Linksys I tested a few months ago, but just by a little bit. It had a greater range, so when moving away from the router the Buffalo held its speed while the Linksys drops off due to the lack of signal strength.
One of my absolute favorite features of the Buffalo was the switch on the bottom allowing you to cycle through Router, Bridge or WAP. This saves a ton of time when setting it up as just an AP. This should be a mandatory feature on all routers. It's all too common for ISPs to lock you into using their router, which typically has terrible wireless performance.
This thing is a beast and does everything Buffalo advertises.
Cons: I'm not really sure I can complain about anything. I've been using it for a few months now (sorry newegg for the late review) and have definitely put it through its paces. I think by this point, I would have encountered issues if there were any to find.
Other Thoughts: This router is worth every penny of its price tag. It might look on the expensive side, but it's on par with most of the other AC classes of routers. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an upgrade.
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