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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Let’s start by saying there are a lot of routers out there and there is a wide variety of applications for this technology; that being said I believe that this router can fit almost any need. Let’s dive right into this review because I have lots of things to point out. There is a nice on/off button that is easy to get to and is located next to the power cord. The next button that I really loved on this router is the Wi-Fi on/off switch that is located next to the power button. TP Link was smart enough to put both the button and the switch next to the power cord so you don’t need to fully move the router to locate these, it’s my favorite part of this router. I can’t tell you how upset I get when a company won’t spend the 30 cents to include a software disk or paper instructions; you don’t have to worry about that with this router. It comes with easy to use paper instructions as well as a software disk that point out how to use and setup this router. I can’t stress how few companies do this anymore so it was so refreshing to see this included. Let’s keep on the topic of buttons one last time: here with the easy to access WPS/Reset button I can only say it’s about time that someone has come up with this idea. The router has easy on the eyes green lights, not that piercing blue that can drive you nuts. The only issue that I have with the lights is covered in my cons but I have to say it was a small con. Let’s shift gears to the GUI, “graphic user interface” - the interface was easy to navigate and search, one of my big pluses for this device is that the interface will show you red X’s next to items that are not functioning properly. This will make any kind of trouble shooting much easier and faster. At a quick glance you can see what is and is not working and start your steps to fixing. This router also includes dull USB inputs for easy settings storage and multiple setup configuration file locations, you can’t ask for more than that. There are also system tools included with the onboard software that make trouble shooting a breeze. The last tool I will mention here is the backup and restore radio button. I really don’t need to go into detail about this – it’s what it’s called. You can create a restore point and store it on your USB drives just that easy. The last thing I am going to talk about here is the helpful hits search panel that is on the right hand side of the screen in the GUI. It makes it easy to be a wireless expert when you have a resource like this at your fingertips.

Cons: I really wish that the router manufacturer would make a router that had a setting to turn the connection lights off and on which is my biggest grip.

Other Thoughts: The look is a bit dated. I understand that it’s not how it looks but how it works matters but if you’re going to be using this in your home and are limited to where you can deploy this device then a nice modern look would make it fit into a living space with less of a tech footprint.
Dull USB inputs are nice but not sure are a must.

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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good Router 03/05/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: Out of the box the set up was supper easy. It seems that Linksys makes more and more products where they take the best parts of pervious device and integrate it into the design. The three antennas that come off the router don't make it super ugly so having the router in plain view will be no issue. The GUI is very well set up for the most part. The media prioritization is a nice radio button that is very clearly labeled so setting up the streaming settings was very easy. The background colors were very easy on my eyes - that is a huge bonus for me if you look in my cons you will see that I spend lots and lots of time in the router menu and the fact that it's not yellow on white is so refreshing plus it's a soft version of Cisco The device set up is also a nice feature that allows you to add a pin to a Wi-Fi device that you add to the network. Simple Tap was not flawless with my phone, it had a bit of lag and I just did not like it but I kept it as a pro because the router has it and most don't. USB storage is a good way to back up your settings. The device list is the easy to see host routing table. The seven major radio buttons will cover the average user and I personally believe that if you're not looking for a professional switch that you can't go wrong with this nice router. It's easily mounted to the back of my desk and is slim. It does have a lit logo on top of the router. . This router has a built in speed test that works well for me. I think that will vary from location to location but I would start there if you're having speed issues. The wireless set up was ok, I really liked that I can see both the 2.4 and 5 GHz network information in one location without having to scroll down or look in separate locations. Over all I am very happy with this router and would recommend it to a friend or a client. I really like the power button they added on the rear of the router. It is easy to locate and operate.

Cons: I really wish that they would have shown the host routing table in the MAC filtering section of the setup menu. As it is now you have to switch between two locations in the menu to see the routing table to and the MAC filters so if you're going to be monitoring traffic you have to have your MAC addresses written down so you know what is what. I also did not find any way to just select an address from the routing table to monitor the traffic. In the MAC filtering section of the Wi-Fi I really disliked the fact that I was unable to name the connections. I can see if you only have three connections its not a big deal but I am trying to manage over thirty and it's a big pain in my booty some times to keep tract of that many devices in the table. The media prioritization should have also had a host routing table in it as well and it did not. One thing that really bugged me is that the troubleshooting radio button did not drop down so I could see the solutions; I have to open the menu to see the options. My Biggest gripe is the Smart WiFi log in app. I have tried to use this app over the past 6 months on my other Linksys router and this one and neither of them worked flawlessly in fact neither of them work well I will even go as far as saying that the app was just above useless. you have to sign in with your email address and a password that you created when you logged into your router for the first time. not huge fan of this wifi log in and they really need to rethink this Smart WiFi log in. The price point is a big down fall for me in general I think that routers are becoming over priced as a whole

Other Thoughts: I never do any kind of speed test of any routers that I review just because the speed that I get will always be different than the speed you get and it makes the review subjective and I would rather give you an honest overview then lie to you.
The Firewall and DMZ setup could be a bit better I wish they would have combined the two intro one screen.

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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: There are many, many things that I really like about this range extender, the most of which is the look. I don’t have to see a giant eye sore every time I wake up and look at the wall on my way to the closet to get ready for work every day and cringe. The TP Link is rather elegant looking and the lights don’t have that piercing intensity about them, they are more of a soft glow, so having this in your bedroom will not be a big deal, it will definitely not be a night light like some of your other device. All I had to do to set this range extender up was plug it in, open my Wi-Fi on laptop and connect using the link that was easily found in the provided literature. I found my internal network connected to it and entered my SSID password AKA your Wi-Fi password, it took about three minutes total and I was up and surfing the net in my brick and steal framed home where no Wi-Fi had gone before. The user interface that TP Link uses is very easy to understand and intuitive so there should be no issues if you’re not an uber geek like some of us, this device is not overwhelming in the least so if you’re a person who feels intimidated by technology you won’t with this device. TP Link did a great job including easy to read and understand instructions in the box and if any of you have read any of my other reviews you will know that I am more than happy to take an egg for poorly written instructions and more than happy to take two eggs for just giving me a link to look up because the manufacturer was too cheap to include a two cent piece of paper. I am so happy with this range extender that I am more than likely going to buy one more to give me back yard coverage that I am lacking now. They do offer a standard RJ45 jack on the bottom of the device and TP Link was kind enough to even include a small path cable so if for any reason you need to directly connect to the range extender out of the box you have everything you need.

Cons: This will be one in many that I don’t have anything negative to say about this device, it was easy to setup and even easier to use.

Other Thoughts: Plugging this range extender in will take up an outlet, not a big deal but be aware. I do wish there was a switch on the range extender that would kill the lights but just something I would like not a must.

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Date Joined: 03/22/08

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