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ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I would like to let others know just how amazing this router really is. First thing is it needs some sort of active cooling. A simple 80mm PC fan hooked up to an old power supply from a dead electronic device will do the trick if it is 9-15 volts. Closer to 9 volts will make the fan quite and for most that is helpful to know. Also remember PC fans will only operate in positive a connection, reverse wires if fan fails to spin.

Now on to what I do to my device and how I know it will work for you if you place a fan on it.

I have had this router since it first came out from another site. I bought an added warranty for next day replacement since it was so new when I got it that I figured it would have some sort of issue. For me I am very happy with it and I have never needed the warranty. I have been running it for months in my server room in the basement without ever needing to reboot the device. I have currently 63 devices connected to it ( Most are servers running off my vShere 5.5 Cluster the total is 39 virtual servers ). The other 24 are 2 printers, 5 android devices, 4 permanent desktops, 3 laptops, 2 servers (1 Data Center 2008r2 with 32TBs of storage & 1 that controls vCenter on Sever 2008r2), (2 areca ARC-1882IX-24-4GNC controllers (one in the Data Center 2008r2, one in my personal workstation)), one remote system that controls devices in the house, one Onkio receiver (Home Audio), one ChromeCast, one xBox, one Wii, and one Blu-Ray Sony player. I have all in house current devices set to Manually Assigned IP around the DHCP list thanks to newest firmware.

I am an IT consultant and I bring systems in daily to work on for in house repairs and I use DHCP on a guest SSID that has restricted access to my Intranet for systems. All devices work perfectly and I have never had an issue with the router with all the many connected devices.

Cons: None that I can think of. The latest firmware is pretty much awesome, they have added up to 64 static addresses for the DHCP server.

I do use my domain servers as the DNS server for local Intranet traffic and the router for all internet based address lookups.

Other Thoughts: History on why I think I am lucky on this. My server room is a constant 65 degrees year round, I had issues with other routers so I have learned it is better to place active cooling on devices that do not have them. I placed a 80mm system fan on the bottom of my router. When I had my RT-N66U it lived on my desk, my fan had failed and within days it would shut down my network. This leads me to believe these need active cooling. I have never had the AC in an uncontrolled environment but I do know that once I moved the RT-N66U to the server room I never had a single issue with it even when the fan loses power of fails.

I have since moved my RT-N66U to the living room where I wanted a wired connection at my couch and it performs perfectly there with a fan on it. We have a stove in the living room and sometimes we have it 85 in the winter months depending on our mood and it works flawlessly even in those temps.

In the end this has been the best router for the money. I use a Racked 48 port Cisco T1000 switch in the server room and 4 Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switches for the upstairs rooms, All routes use teamed ports for higher data rates to the Data Center, the VMware vShere servers and the desktops. I never thought a home router would do the trick for me with my needs. Before the RT series, I was using pfSense and I really love how well the Asus RT routers keep up with the demands of my network without the needed extra system in the rack for pfSense.

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Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 Support CompactFlash, CF Type I, CF Type II, SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I, SDXC, SDXC UHS-I, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick/M2, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Sti
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I have some Wintec Professional CF cards rated at 90MB/s read rates and this thing transfers the images from my Canon 7D at 94MB/s. THis card reader is the ONLY way to go for professional photographers. I can transfer 15GBs of RAW images in less than 2 minutes.

Cons: NONE, this thing is better than my Sandisk reader by 100 folds.

Other Thoughts: I have a sandisk pro CF reader and it transferrs data at a max of 56MB/s with video files and normally it was at 32-38 with my RAW images.

Best card read I have ever owned. I am now getting the read speed the CF card says it can do. Writes are faster by a lot too so it improved everything.

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ASUS Transformer Pad 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I had 3 of these tablets and two broke in a 48 hour period. My personal one, I have had since they came out about 6-7 months ago and it has been awesome in every way and it is still like new to date. My wife's tablet was only 2-3 months old and it was closed in a car door. She kept it in between the seat and the door and she got out and closed the door and some how broke the screen. The other was only 10 days old and it was covered by a sweatshirt and the kid sat down on it and destroyed the screen and bent the frame. Both were covered buy an ADH warranty for 2 years and both were totaled and refunds were given in the form of a newegg gift card from myserviceplan.com for the full paid amount. Total lost on these tablets was $220 but I would have lost 800 had I not bought the warranty. This time I am buying a 1 year on this tablet as they are so easy to break that I doubt it will last another year. Both 2 year warranties were used up in a matter of days so a one year ADH is fine.

Cons: I re bought one of the TF300 and we will have 2 TF300s and one TF700. I am getting the TF700 with a 2 year ADH cause it will be my new tablet and I will be giving my wife my TF300 that has a 3 year ADH plan on it.

I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH TO BUY THE WARRANT ADH ON THESE.

I never buy warranties but tablets are so thin and will break, it is at least worth it to buy the one year. Even though I wasted 4 years for the two it saved me when they did break.

I worked for a company where we used a lot of iPads and 30% of them were dropped in the first year and these were from users that loved the tablet and got to take them home as if they were theirs. Stuff happens and these seem to be even more of an issue on breaking. It is WELL worth the 45 bucks for the ADH plan Newegg offers on this item.

This was the first time my wife has ever broken something, she is very careful and it still broke on her.

I have mine with the keyboard dock and I think that might be the reason I haven't cr

Other Thoughts: Great Tablet, EASY to crack the screen so buy a ADH plan for this. . . .you might just be thankful you did.

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