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Pros: I was going to list all the great features of this router, but I would just be parroting what others are already saying, that this is a feature rich router at a good price point. However I will list a couple that I really liked seeing.
- There is a physical on/off switch for the WiFi on the back of the router. This is something I wish more routers had, I absolutely loved seeing this.
- Plenty of front panel activity LED indicator lights. I like having the Ethernet connectivity lights located on the front of the device rather than behind it. There are also two LED indicators lights on the back for the dual USB 2.0 ports.
- Simple and easy to navigate UI that lends itself nicely to both novice and experienced users.
Plus, all of the great features you come to expect from a quality router these days, as you can see listed in many of the other reviews here on Newegg.
I have a very large home network that is often put under very heavy loads. So to put this router to the test, I dropped it in as the core of my network and gave it a really good workout. This is my preferred method of testing routers and switches, stressing them as much as I can to see if they can hold up or crash.
My home network (as of this review) consists of six PC's, three of which are on 24/7. Two test bench systems used for hardware testing and benchmarking. Two laptops, one wired 24/7 and one wireless. Four tablets and two smart phones.
With such a large network, I needed to add a 5-port switch to accommodate all of the wired devices. All of the hardware will be listed in "Other thoughts".
The router's trial by fire came in the form of a 14+ hour nonstop gaming session, HD media streaming, and general web usage as part of a virtual LAN party hosted by a community I belong to. During that time, five of my six PC's were running, gaming, and/or live streaming to Twitch for the entire event. Two of our tablets and one laptop were also in use.
It performed wonderfully. At no time did I have issues with any of the PC's lagging in any of the various games they were playing. I had no problems with dropped frames streaming to Twitch, no lag or choppy video. No issues having streams being displayed on mobile devices or being moderated from a laptop.
If this router can handle the loads and demand I put on it, then it will have no problems what so ever with a vast majority of home network environments. It's difficult to express how much of a demand something like this puts on your networking hardware. This was truly a trial by fire and it survived without a singe.
Cons: Not really many cons to speak of, I was truly impressed with how well this router performed. The lack USB 3 connectivity was a bit of a disappointment, mainly because I do have a 1TB USB 3 HDD I have connected to my network for various uses, in addition to my NAS.
Other Thoughts: Wired Devices:
3 Gaming PC's
1 Streaming/Capture PC
1 Gaming HTPC
2 Test Bench Systems
1 Laptop (Sometimes wireless)
1 NAS Device
4 Tablets (2x Galaxy Tab 3 / 1x Galaxy Tab 2 / 1x ASUS Memo Pad)
2 Smart Phones (Galaxy S3 / Galaxy Note 4)
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105 Switch
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105E Easy Smart Switch
TP-Link Nano Router
All of the wired and wireless devices functioned perfectly during all of my testing, the trial by fire, and normal day to day usage.
I really can't say enough to stress how well this router did. I can see why it's getting the good reviews that it is. TP-Link has done a wonderful job delivering a quality product that seems to be able to handle a wide range of network environments and uses. If you're looking for a great performing router and a good price point, then this TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 needs to be on your list for consideration.
Pros: I have been using this switches unmanaged cousin, the TP-Link TL-SG105 since July of 2013. It has functioned wonderfully extending my rather large wired home network. I can honestly say, this "Easy Smart" version makes a great addition to my network, right alongside it's cousin.
Some of my opinions on this version directly mirror the other.
The build quality is great with an all metal housing. Internal board is securely mounted, as are the RJ45 ports, they do not flex or give. Internal "processor" is cooled by a heatsink. It's also wall mountable, a huge plus in my book. All like it's unmanaged cousin.
This is a great little switch. Same as before, I dropped it into my network and saw absolutely no performance loss what so ever, and my home network is often under heavy load, see "Other thoughts" for more details.
Online gaming, LAN gaming, local game and VOIP servers, HD streaming with tools like Open Broadcaster and XSplit, and HD media such a Netflix and Hulu, none of it was hindered being behind this switch with 4 devices connected and running simultaneously.
What makes this switch stand out is the fact it can be managed. The "Easy Smart Configuration Utility" is simple, intuitive, and lets you setup the switch to best fit your specific needs.
- Manual or DHCP.
- Individual port control, switching, and monitoring.
(Monitoring includes link status, Tx / Rx good and back packets.)
- Port Mirroring.
- Cable Testing.
- Loop Prevention.
- IGMP Snooping.
- Port Trunking
- Virtual LAN.
- Port QoS
- Port Bandwidth Control.
- Storm Control
(Protects against broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast storms)
You can save and backup your configs for different situations as well, a feature I liked seeing.
The TP-Link TL-SG105E really is a great switch. Easily integrating into most any network where more control is needed or desired than with an unmanaged switch.
Cons: None that I have found as of yet. It's working flawlessly and as designed.
Other Thoughts: To give the switch a proper testing, I put my main gaming system, dedicated streaming system, home server, and my HTPC all behind the switch. Connected to my router.
For testing, I would start tasks on each device and look for problems to creep up telling me the switch is bottlenecking or otherwise not handling the traffic I put on my network almost daily. I was not able to detect any problems what so ever.
Gaming in an FPS title, while live streaming, with the HTPC streaming an HD film via Netflix, and two other PC's on the network connected to a game server behind the switch. I even did a bit of Steam In-Home Streaming. It all worked as expected.
After all of the "artificial" testing, I simply dropped it in my network, replacing the unmanaged switch. Having the managed switch, with control over the individual ports, is something you don't realize how you lived without it until you have it. For a control freak like me, it makes managing my home network so much easier.
If you're looking for a quality managed switch at a good price, you should really be considering this TP-Link TL-SG105E. It makes a great addition to any home network!
Pros: The uses for the Raspberry Pi are nearly limitless. It has more than enough processing and graphical power to handle a very wide range of tasks. From automation to emulation, to daily computing and media.
I purchased the Model B+ as part of a retro gaming console project I have been wanting to do for a very long time now. It's the core of the console and will be used to emulate classic 8-bit and 16-bit games.
The unit is being powered by a 5.1V 2A 10400mAh portable power pack on the go, and a 5.1V 2.5A USB wall adapter for charging. The unit can also be powered or changed off most any PC with powered USB connections. With the units very low power draw, it can run for a few hours, while in use, on a quality 10400mAh power pack.
I have it running RetroPie and EmulationStation via a Team 16GB microSDHC Flash Card Model TUSDH16GUHS03, also available here on Newegg.
So far, the unit is working wonderfully. It's more than capable of handling all the emulation tasks I have thrown at it thus far. From classic 8-bit games to Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.
Audio and video quality is perfect. No noise.
Cons: Note: This does not come with a power source, SD card, or anything else. It's just the Raspberry Pi unit itself.
The unit is powered by a 5v micro USB port and can run on most any powered USB source, with 1.2A (1200mA) being more than enough for the Pi in most configurations. However, a 2.5A (2500mA) power source is recommended if you want to use all 4 USB ports on the Model B/B+ or otherwise expect to require more power.
Other Thoughts: There really are not enough nice things I can say about the Raspberry Pi. There are so many possibilities and projects the Pi would be great for, you just need to use a little imagination.
I am seriously considering a second Pi just to explore and see what I can get this amazing little computer to do. I have quite a few ideas for mobile computing that I believe it would be perfect for!
Display Name: Robert H.
Date Joined: 05/20/09
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