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EnGenius ECB300 High Transmit RF (up to 29 dBm) Wireless-N AP/CB/WDS w/ AP Management Software
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Detachable antennas, adjustable TX power, DHCP server, AP mode. Solid feature set and east to use web GUI.

The range and throughput were excellent vs. my old Cisco E4500 (about 50% gain in throughput at the same range), that is while the unit worked anyhow (see below).

Cons: After 3 days of use and running just a few speed tests the unit suddenly slowed to the crawl. Connection speeds were still showing 150Mbit or higher but I could not get data to move faster than 1.5Mbit at the fastest. I did a full reset multiple times with no improvement. Plugged my old wireless router back in and it worked fine. So it lasted roughly 72 hours before becoming unusable.

This unit comes configured with a static IP, so that is a minor pain vs. other brands that are set to grab a DHCP address out of the box.

Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Initially I installed the drive in my desktop PC to perform some benchmarks. I was very impressed with the performance for a 5900RPM drive. My sequential performance was a hair over 160MB/sec read and write on average. Access times were 15.4ms but that is to be expected from a 5900RPM unit.

Next I installed in the drive in Synology NAS running their survailance/DVR app monitoring a DLink Camera 24/7 and the drive performed wonderfully. It stayed a few degrees cooler than the WD drive it replaced over the week that I was testing and monitoring it and performance was slightly faster (10-15%) for read and write operations to the NAS using SMB.

Cons: None that I have found.

Other Thoughts: Use GPT in Windows to have the full capacity in a single partition. EXT4 on th Synology NAS handled the full capacity without issue.

Linksys EA6500 Dual Band AC1750 Gigabit Wireless Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent wireless throughput, but only at very short range (Under 30ft) even with older wireless adapters.

The GUI is very easy to use and navigate and well laid out.

Unfortunately that's about it for pros.

Cons: Even with the latest firmware (Which is a year old, this device appears to be abandoned by the manufacturer) I had many problems. Firstly the GUI would simply stop working at times. I'd be using it just fine and then it would suddenly just stop responding and if I'd try to refresh it wouldn't reappear. Sometimes I'd have to power cycle it, other times it would come back a few minutes later.

Wireless would drop at around 30 ft for me. Hard drop on multiple devices and then neither the 2.4 or 5 network would be seen until I went back under 30 ft and refreshed whatever device I was using (Android phones, Ipod Touch, Lenovo Laptop). I had far longer range (no dropoffs within my house or in my garden) with my old E4500.

I could not get inbound VPN working even with ports forwarded and VPN passthrough enabled. Switching back to my old E4500 with the same settings worked fine again.

Other Thoughts: Based on the number of similar and negative reviews for this product there is something inherently wrong with this router. I have the V2 hardware and it seems as bad or worse than the V1.


Trevor V.'s Profile

Display Name: Trevor V.

Date Joined: 03/07/01

  • Reviews: 53
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  • First Review: 06/25/05
  • Last Review: 06/29/14
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