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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast throughput across all interfaces +1 egg
Intuitive web based controls +1 egg
Pretty darn good range and the automatic directional beamforming seems to work well +1 egg
Separate SSIDs (optional) for 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios +1 egg
USB 3.0/eSATA connections for fast and easy SMB +1 egg

Cons: Signup with centralized service required to realize all features. This shouldn't be required when managing a simple SOHO router -1 egg

Devices sometimes won't connect, requires reboot weekly or so -1 egg

Bought the same router for our BYOD network at work. Continually reset itself to factory defaults after 12 hours. 5GHz radio died shortly thereafter. Had to RMA. -1 egg

Other Thoughts: Having a WRT1900AC at home that needs to be rebooted about once a week or so and the same model at work failing after 12 hours of use... these seem dubious at best. Hopefully a future firmware update will make my home router more stable and the replacement for work will function normally.

VLAN implementation is there, but it seems pretty rudimentary. I need to investigate further.

I would have tried DD-WRT firmware, but this model is not currently supported.

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EVGA Z97 FTW (142-HR-E977-KR) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Z97 chipset! Supports the latest LGA 1150 CPUs out of the box. Native Intel SATA 3 and USB 3.0 controllers. BIOS is highly configurable and easy to use. EVGA Quality!

Intel i217 ethernet adapter. All the features that you would come to expect from an Intel network adapter are configurable from the driver property pages. Looks like there is native support for NIC Teaming (motherboard only has one NIC, you'd have to install a second one) and VLAN tagging although I haven't used either yet.

This current promotion can't be beat: just under $150 after rebate!

Cons: None yet noted.

Other Thoughts: This is my fourth EVGA motherboard over the last several years and they've all worked flawlessly. Mine shipped with 1.01 BIOS; as of this writing, EVGA has 1.04 available for download from their website. Easy update while the OS is running.

Also has a Marvell SATA 3 controller for two additional ports. I'm hanging my optical drives off of this one.

With overnight shipping, the box was in my home city within ten hours of ordering and at my door in less than 18. Thanks Newegg and FedEx!

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CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M4A1866C9
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These look great and perform even better. The lighting is a nice touch. Went right in my EVGA X79 Classified motherboard with no problems. Selected the XMP profile, done.

Cons: None that I am aware of.

Other Thoughts: I've probably bought a terabyte of memory over the last ten or twelve years from Corsair. I've never had a problem with any of their memory. It just works. I just retired my first Corsair set (the extreme low latency DDR 400, 2-2-2-5, lol) after a flawless decade or more of service. They have a customer for life.

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Display Name: William R.

Date Joined: 10/01/04

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 02/08/08
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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