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Pros: It works
Cons: The Included stock cooler is garbage.
PCB is too thin and bends under pressure.
Other Thoughts: First off, the included stock cooler is a piece of junk and should be an embarrassment for Intel to even included this thing with their processor. Very small, no copper core, small noisy fan. Same junk they've been using for years.
To make it all worse, I am literally afraid to install a large cooler on top of this CPU, because of the thin PCB that bends under pressure, as widely reported online.
This review is from: D-Link DGS-1008G Gigabit Desktop Switch - Retail
Pros: - Works as expected.
- Nice design, looks good on a desk or any visible locations.
- Top LED's let you know the ports used, activity and connection speed.
Cons: - Glossy finish is a dust and fingerprints magnet.
- Newer units come with a USB power connector inconveniently located on the side of the unit instead of at the back with the Ethernet cables.
Other Thoughts: As previously mentioned, new units (HW v.C) come with a USB power connector. While that might be a good idea so that you can use any USB power adapter to supply the switch, the connector is strangely placed on one side of the switch instead of being at the back where you would expect.
If you want the ones with the normal power connector, look for HW v.B
You might still be able to find those in stock at local retailers. (The HW version is printed on the white label on the bottom of the box, along with the Model Number, Serial Number and UPC Barcode.)
Pros: - Fast enough.
- Blue LED shows activity.
- Still has the Cisco logo!
- You can download and install the driver only, no cr@pware utilities here.
Cons: - Kind of expensive, for what it is.
- USB 2.0
- Occasionally it is not recognized by the PC at startup, so Windows does not load the driver. It will show in Device Manager as Unknown USB Device.
If you plug it out, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in, it is identified correctly as Linksys AE6000, Win loads the driver and everything works well. This problem occurs with 2 different AE6000 adapters and two separate laptops, so it's not an issue of defective unit or some mobo USB controller problem.
This issue occurs ON AVERAGE about 1 in 5 startups.
Other Thoughts: I have two of these, for two laptops. I have them setup to connect to my RT-AC68U on the 5GHz band only. Connection speed is shown as 433Mb/s, both in router and in Windows. In real life, I managed to get an average as high as 138Mb/s when copying a 6GB DVD folder from my NAS.
Driver installation is nice and easy the old fashioned way - plug it in, point Windows to the folder where you downloaded the driver, and everything installs fast and easy. (BTW, to avoid any conflicts, disable your built-in WiFi adapter first from Device Manager and restart the computer, to make sure that driver is unloaded. Then plug in the AE6000 and install the driver.)
This little device is a nice upgrade for an older laptop. It's dual band, and it's fast. In my apartment building, everyone is on 2.4GHz networks, mine is the only one on 5, so I get absolutely no interference on the 5GHz band. So I just moved all my toys on 5GHz, where the air is clear. Thanks to these adapters I could get these two older laptops to connect on the 5GHz band also.
As I mentioned previously, the only problem I have with these is the disconnects at startup. I don't know if it's a hardware problem, but the fact that it requires the adapter to be physically disconnected and reconnected in order to get it to be recognized properly again, kind of points towards a hardware issue with the device. For that and for the price I'll deduct 2 stars.