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This review is from: Super Power Supply® 3 x 9dBi 2.4GHz 5GHz Dual Band WiFi RP-SMA Antenna for Routers Asus RT-AC66U RT-N66U RT-N16 RT-AC68R RT-AC68U R700 Linksys EA6900 Netgear Nighthawk R7000 TP-Link
Pros: Nothing I can find.
Cons: Length is a major pain in both my locations.
Other Thoughts: Bought 2 sets for a pair of Netgear R7000's, main wireless router/access point and media bridge. During configuration in the same room the bridge originally reported 1,100+Mb/s link rate. In the working locations; about 40ft distance, up ½ a floor, through 3 walls, one behind kitchen cabinets it reports 702Mb/s max. I was trying to see if this could be improved any (as if it was bad to begin with)! If anything it was worse with the aftermarket antennas. And a Chromebook & tablet reported identical signal strengths back to the wireless router. With considerable antenna manipulation (tilting the main disk patterns at each other) I did get it back to same as stock antennas only, and that was very touchy. Just not worth the effort & additional cost. It "seems" the replacements should help but they don't and I'm out of ideas?
This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
Pros: Works well for the intended purposes, main wireless router and 802.11ac connected media bridge. Obviously faster in all respects than the last generation dual band wireless n.
Cons: Firmware (user interface at least) is a work in progress. Very basic with several nuances, but usable. Haven't gotten used to the Size yet!
Other Thoughts: My units came with firmware V22.214.171.124 which worked OK. I found this: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/24105/~/what-is-bridge-mode-and-how-do-i-set-it-up-on-my-nighthawk-r7000-router%3F
Which prevented me updating to the then latest V126.96.36.199, which seems to be all the recent problems? I did upgrade both to the recommended V188.8.131.52 which also is working well with none of the dropout problems mentioned.
I'd spent 3 days getting a pair of the "other" top rated ac routers working in Bridge Mode (long story related here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320174) to then find the USB 3.0 had problems and din't recognize my USB 3.0 connected NAS, and had apparently abandoned Windows XP already in Network Discovery? Unfortunate because the Dark Knight did all this well. Thanks to Newegg for taking back the first pair when they didn't have too and making this move possible. Netgear may be my new favorite router(s). And Netgear Support will actually answer questions too!
Pros: (Copied this over from the RT-AC68R page as these are physically identical and it will get more exposure here).
Seemed to be a decent router. But I bought a pair of these specifically to establish a Media Bridge. Which did eventually work. But other problems I'm not willing to wait out the solutions of forced abandonment.
Cons: The manual directions leave out the most critical thing. It took 2 days to discover the LAN IP of the bridge device must be manually changed to something other than default and the DHCP server disabled on the bridge device. Even putting the device in Bridge mode in Administration (which isn't mentioned in the manual's Bridging directions) and connecting to the Wireless Router leaves the bridge on the same LAN IP. After finally establishing the bridge, neither unit would recognize my Orinco 2595US3 enclosure connected to the USB 3.0 port, but would connected to the USB 2.0 port? Even my lowly Chromebook has no problems with this enclosure. And neither the NAS or my XP computer were presented in Network Discovery. Windows 7 shares could be manually added in XP's Network Places but Windows 7 couldn't find the XP shares or the NAS?
Other Thoughts: The forced initial setup won't accept manually entered DNS Server IP's. You must allow it to go Auto to get by that and then manually change the WAN settings after the fact. It's just generally dumb! After many trial and error attempts I finally determined the way to do it was to setup the bridge device first without the wireless router on to prevent it entangling with the router. Then setup the wireless router with the bridge device off. Then turning the bridge back on, if you've got it all right it will work! For how long I didn't bother to find out. The apparent abandonment of Windows XP in network discovery was enough to look elsewhere.READ FULL REVIEW