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BELKIN F9K1116 AC 750 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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1 out of 5 eggs Move along, there are much better and less expensive options 12/19/2015

This review is from: BELKIN F9K1116 AC 750 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Setup was simple, and this has a pre-configured guest network. Making changes in the router’s main page was fairly intuitive, though some more advanced functions like port forwarding were a little difficult. The speeds within the operating range were also as advertised.

Cons: There aren’t many reviews where I start by writing about the cons… Everything about this device screams “cheap,” and “we’re trying to get rid of as many old parts as we can.” From how flimsy and fragile the chassis feels, to how flimsy the included ethernet cable feels (note, I didn’t specify “cat5” cable). The chassis has two “fins” which extend about an inch behind it to protect/hide the ports, but it felt as if I would not need to apply much pressure at all to make those fins break or the entire side of the chassis pop off.

The signal strength also left much to be desired. There were a decent amount of low strength / dead spots for a single family home. This device would likely be much better suited for a 2 or maybe 3 bedroom apartment.

Other Thoughts: Let’s do a quick exercise: Go get an ethernet cable from *any other device* which included one and compare it to the one included with the F9K1116; I’m sure it feels different. Also, if you look at the wire sheeting of the real cat5 cable, you’ll see a bunch of words/letters/numbers/alphanumeric coding. You’ll see somewhere on the wire sheeting you’ll see something like “CAT5” or “CAT.5”, indicating that said cable is, indeed, a category 5 cable. Now, look at the wire sheeting for the cable that came with the F9K1116. You’ll see “cable to be used only with wireless router. Now, compare the actual jacks at the ends of the cables. You’ll see that the cat5 cable has 8 wires using all 8 slots in the RJ45 port, and that the other cable only has 4. Now, the product advertises that the RJ45 ports are base 10/100, and only 4 wires are necessary to get the theoretical maximum speed of 100 mb/s, but this still strikes me as an effort to get rid of aging parts. This mindset is reinforced by the fact that this router is being advertised as a wireless router, trying to draw as much attention away from the 10/100 ports as possible, and focusing it on the 2.4 and 5.0 ghz capabilities, claiming to be “next generation” in “wi-fi technologies”.

Seriously, there are 2.4 / 5.0 ghz options out there that are both less expensive and generally better. I can’t recommend this product for any application.

TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Good choice for a personal modem 12/19/2015

This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router

Pros: A DOCSIS 3.0 Cable modem that works with Comcast. For all you comcast customers whom are being forced into “renting” a modem from them, this is an excellent replacement which will save you money if you’re a long term customer with them. Comcast has also been phasing out DOCSIS 2.0 in some markets, making older cable modems incompatible, so that gives this even more appeal.

Getting it activated to use on Comcast’s network was pretty simple (thankfully). After everything is set up and plugged in, all it took was going to their activation page, logging in, and activating the modem.

The biggest thing I was impressed with, was the network map and its detailed listing of all devices connected to the router, both wired and wireless. The router’s main setup page is very well put together and easy to use, with good descriptions of what each function is for. Includes parental controls for specific connected devices, and the option of setting up a guest network so friends/family can easily connect without needing a password to your secured network.

The wireless signal is very strong, too, on both the 2.4 and 5.0 ghz bands. I had it set up in the basement of a single family home and was able to get stable and fast speeds when in the back yard; makes for a nice setup to have a tablet outside streaming music during a cookout.

Cons: DD-WRT support is non-existent. This is particularly infuriating given recent FCC rulings stating the end consumer is allowed to flash their devices with DD-WRT.

Other Thoughts: All in all, a very user friendly cable modem / wireless router that offers a lot of good features. An excellent choice for those wishing to purchase a modem to get rid of the rental fee.

Note, this device will NOT work with Verizon’s FiOS. They use something completely different from DOCSYS 3.0, so don’t expect this to work with them.

OCZ Vertex 460A 2.5
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Pros: Very first thing I noticed when opening up the packaging; this thing comes with it’s own bracket to fit in standard HDD slots inside a computer case, so you won’t need to worry about making an additional purchase. I didn’t need it, though, because I tested this in a laptop that’s 5 or 6 years old to see if this could breathe some new life into it. It did not disappoint.

The read/write speeds are excellent, and every program which requires a lot of read/write activity is going to run very well. These programs are typically also the ones which are heavy on the CPU, so don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re buying this as an upgrade to a legacy system. There will be noticeable performance gains, but don’t expect to get the max read/write speeds.

The aluminum casing feels sturdy and durable, and I imagine it also serves as a heat spreader for the device. That kind of intrinsic thermal management is what made me feel it would be a good fit in a laptop, getting rid of an old 5400 rpm drive and still be pretty cool.

Plug’n’play ability, no issues with using on a legacy system that I got when Windows 7 first started becoming regularly available. It also came with an activation key for Acronis True Image, making it very easy to clone your existing drive; very smooth transition to making this your primary OS drive.

Cons: This is a pretty specific con, but I’ll mention it, none-the-less. The Aluminum casing was just barely bulky enough to make fitting it into my laptop difficult.

Other Thoughts: On the legacy laptop, my sequential read/write speeds were capping at about 300Mb/s. On my main desktop, they were capping at about 450Mb/s.

This thing is a really solid buy


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Date Joined: 07/19/07

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