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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND V1 Wireless N300 Gigabit Router-Certified Refurbished
Pros: - I'm using dd-wrt build 23204 date 12/24/13. Other builds may cause problems
- I run one gateway and 2 bridge units. They only go down on power outages and when I take them down.
- I have sustained rates of 7.5mbps for file transfers between gateway and a bridge router. That's 25gig an hour.
- The lan ports are gigabyte ports. I've never measured the transfer between 2 machines connected by wire, but it is amazing.
- USB port. I've used it to share flash drives and hard drives. Format must be FAT or Linux EXT3. Other builds or stock firmware may support other formats.
- Any dropouts are not because of the router, but the equipment dropping the connection. I was having problems with a laptop dropping the connection. I've learned Windows has a device power saving setting that turns the wifi off. PITA, check under properties for the device and turn power saving off!
Cons: - I did have issues with the occasional bog down with file transfers with a previous dd-wrt build. I add heat sinks to the routers, which eased the problem and completely disappeared with build 23204. The slowdown only required a brief 5-10 second pause to restore full speed. So, watching a high-definition show you might have to pause it for a few seconds manually, if you mbox goes into pause mode.
Other Thoughts: - A single radio 'N' can only achieve 150mbps, to get to 450mbps you need a bridge router, so that you have 3 radios on either end. (150mbps*3).
- Most wifi adapters perform at a pathetic 65mbps. Don't blame the router, blame the adapter.
- The TP-Link tl-wn8222n usb adapter has 2 radios and performs at 130mbps. I recommend it, it's inexpensive and works well.
Pros: Quiet, speedy, more energy efficient than mechanical, longer battery life for a laptop. I didn't run any speed tests, don't care that it's not the fastest. It's fast enough.
Comes with a handy 3.5" mounting bracket and a stick on spacer to make it the same thickness as a mechanical drive. Although, you could epoxy on some popsicle sticks.
Cons: All plastic case. That will deter heat dissipation. Time will tell. I've 120mm fans cooling all my drives. Can't go wrong cooling a drive, whether it's SSD or mechanical.
Other Thoughts: I followed the manufactures installation procedure. Which was essentially to power off the computer first. However I didn't unplug it. I instead used the switch to disconnect the power supply. This leaves the ground wire connected, to avoid static. You're good as long as you touch the case before touching the drive. Connecting an anti-static wrist strap to a case that isn't grounded is pointless.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Gigabyte ports - work as advertised. I never quantified the actually transfer rate, but it's excellent.
Good signal thru entire house. Albeit the house isn't that big.
DD-WRT firmware is available, I have it loaded.
Cons: Windows is slow to connect to usb storage devices. The storage transfer rates are reasonable, once windows finds it. But you'll have time to make coffee waiting for windows to find it.
Other Thoughts: I've got the older white rectangular model. I'm glad, the newer black model looks silly to me. But you don't care.READ FULL REVIEW