Showing Results: Most Recent
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: Simple setup
Suitable for visible placement on bookshelf or desk
2.4 ghz and 5 ghz coverage is on the higher end of the scale
Basic settings and advanced settings seperated for novice and tech savvy users.
Access control can filter certain types of traffic based on source ip or mac address, and destination ip, port, or dns name.
Basic ipv6 support.
Cons: No easy way to configure as a stand alone access point, although it is possible. The status page still complains that wan port is disconnected.
Parental control settings do nothing more than only allow internet to a list of mac addresses. No schedules, no dns filtering, etc.
If you want to use features like bandwidth control and reporting, you need to disable NAT acceleration, which has a noticeable impact on performance.
No dynamic routing, only static routes
No apparent way to turn off the blinky lights on the front. They seem quite bright in a dark bedroom at night.
No wall mount or even horizontal desk option. It has to stand on edge as pictured. The entire back of the unit is vented, so it's possible there may be heat build up issues if you orient it any other way.
Other Thoughts: From a price to performance perspective, this is a solid offering from TP-Link. I used to have 3 seperate AP's, one on each floor of the house, but this one unit replaced them all. Both bands are usable all over the house. There are about 8 devices at any given time connected to it, and it doesn't miss a beat. I have not had to powercycle it at all since it was first setup.
USB file share speed is on par for your typical wifi router, which is to say not that great. It pales in comparison to a dedicated NAS, but it's probably more than satisfactory simple file sharing or media streaming. The USB printer support requires installing a TP-Link client on each machine.
Dynamic IP providers limited to noip, dyn, and comexe
As a wifi device it is great, but the firewall part of it to me is sub-par if you want advanced features. You have to make a choice between bandwidth management or performance (nat acceleration on or off). Admittedly, this won't affect the majority of the target audience, but tinkerers and techie types may want to consider 3rd party firmware, which appears to be available based on some quick internet searching.
I currently have this acting as a wifi access point only. It works very well in this role, and I have zero complaints about function or performance. My only gripe is that I'd prefer to be able to wall mount it.
Overall I'd say it's a solid reliable wireless-AC capable router that fits good in it's price/performance window. More advanced users who need firewall features beyond the basic stuff might want to look for 3rd party firmware or another device.
Pros: Really good gaming performance for the referb price, but not sure it would stand out at full price
Really good gaming performance for the size. I think this is the biggest strength.
Heat goes out the back.
Palm rest does stay cooler than most laptops while gaming.
Full 1080p screen in a smaller package. Windows 8 compensates for the very high pixel density pretty well by default by increasing the size of scroll bars and such.
I don't think it is mentioned, but the HDD is actually a SSHDD. It has 8 GB of flash being used as a sort of cache. A bonus I guess, but I installed a real SSD anyway.
Only one ram slot populated. You could throw in a second 8 gb stick and double the capacity without wasting the existing chip. You would also gain dual-channel mode.
Integrated graphics are noting to laugh at. It seems to default to the IGP unless you specify otherwise, and for a few games I didn't even notice at first. Of course things got a lot prettier when I enabled the discreet gpu, but things were certainly playable withthe integrated gpu.
Individual programs (games) can be set to use either the integrated gpu or the more powerful gpu, and that setting can be adjusted based on if the power adapter is connected or not.
Cons: Thespacebardoesn'tworkunlessyouhititinthemiddle50%ofthebutton. Hitting it toward either side will cause the button to press, but the space is not recognized by the OS.
Palmrest stays cool, but the chassis does heat up under the keyboard. I would rather have had the option of turning up the fan speed to keep the thing cooler.
Had to take the entire bottom off to swap out RAM or HDD. The process was not obvious. It felt like I was going to break something when I was trying to pop off the bottom. Reinstalling the cover was not easy either. You have to sort of insert the back first, pull forward, and then put the rest in.
typical bloatware. clean install on a new ssd took care of that though.
Other Thoughts: This was exactly what i wanted, minus the flaws. It's a capable gaming laptop with a 1080 screen (need this for work more than gaming), yet it's small enough to fit on an airplane tray table in coach.
The first laptop I received was DOA. Windows blue-screened on first boot, and then it wouldn't turn on after that. Newegg replaced it, but it took about 2 weeks before I had the replacement in hand.
The space bar problem is really aggravating. I almost considered RMA'ing, but I wasn't about to wait another 2 weeks, and possibly get something with a different defect. I've already adjusted my typing to use the spacebar more towards the middle.
When connecting the power cable, I get a message that the cable is not good enough to let the laptop run at full speed. It then gives me a link to where I can buy a better one from Lenovo. I really hope the software is wrong. Including a power cable with a laptop that is not strong enough is a really shady practice.
Overall happy, but it still feels like I received a slightly defective product. It plays Killing Floor 2 on medium settings without a hiccup while still fitting in my small laptop backpack.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
Pros: Crazy easy setup with our without WPS
led indicators make it really easy to find a good location to place it
Signal strength is good, but nothing spectacular
The basic setup is simple, but there are more advanced settings such as setting a static lan IP address, changing the name of the SSID that is being advertised, etc.
Cons: Ethernet port is only 100mbps.
Only one radio, so in repeater mode your speed is halved
Pass-through port works well enough, but it will interfere with the adjacent plug if it is 3 prong. You couldn't have designed it just a little bit shorter?
If your outlets are upside-down (this is becomming more common, as is it safer to install the grounding pin on top) then the antennas are not going to stick up above the unit.
No option to select the exact AP to repeat. If you have multiple AP's using the same SSID, it will grab the strongest signal. It would be nice to specify
Other Thoughts: easy, easy, easy. That is the name of the game with this device. Easy to setup, easy to find the optimal location, even easy to factory reset and start over. Using the WPS option it takes all of a minute or two. If WPS is not an option, the setup is still really easy. It can be done with a desktop, laptop, or even a wifi enabled tablet or smartphone. The directions actually make sense.
wifi speed claims in general are usually way off, but in this case, there is no way it's going to come anywhere near the advertised 300mbps. If it's being used as a repeater, the speed is going to be halved because the radio needs to alternate between receiving the data, and then sending it back out again. If it is being used as a wired to wifi adapter, the wired port is only rated to 100mbps, so that's only 1/3 of the advertised speed. This seems misleading to me, but this is the standard across all competing products.
Overall, if you need to increase the wifi coverage in your home or small office and you don't really understand how all this stuff works, this is a good option to resolve that problem. Power users may find the unit lacking in advanced options.
Display Name: Edwin P.
Date Joined: 10/15/06
Some manufacturers place restrictions on how details of their products may be communicated.