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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Router! 03/21/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: Sleek Looking Router. Three Antennas, decent range, response time for the user interface is pretty good.

I used this as a replacement for a different router which was having some issues on my home network.

I set this up as primary DHCP. Wireless is enabled for both bands. I leave Guest turned off as I don't use it.

Internet comes from my TW router setup as a Bridge. I get better speeds with this router than my previous, using my old router I would get about 150-160 max download from ookla no matter what I did. With this router my DL speeds are 200+ as they were supposed to be. The router functions well with all the devices on my network. I admit, I have a lot of them between cell phones, tables, desktops and Laptops both personal and business. We probably have about 15-20 at any given time.

The interface for the router is quite nice once you know where to look for all the options you want. For a basic home user it is fine for sure. For a more advanced user, I would like to see a little more functionality however I can live with it. (I have a home server I use for sharing media and files on my network and the router options do allow me to do any port forwarding I need.

There is also a SmartPhone App you can use. I have used it to check the router, look at settings etc... however I generally prefer to use a PC. You can also setup an account where you can manage the router from the Linksys website.

Parental Controls are nice and give you the ability to block internet access on certain devices at specified times.

There are a few apps from Linksys you can use/enable however I have not done so.

Media sharing works as well. There are two USB ports, a 2.0 and 3.0. It's pretty easy to manage the options including a secure folder, FTP server, Media server. You can also manage the TWONKY server settings if you want. I don't use this at the moment since I have a windows server for my media, however this gives my some nice expansion options in the future if I so choose.

Box and packaging were nice, router has two screw mount holes if you want to mount on a wall or desk. Range is overall nice and works pretty well min my 2500 SQ' two story, Though I use another router in the house on the second floor to act as a wireless access point. (Linksys upstairs and another router upstairs setup on different SSID's, and different channels.)

Cons: I did use the prioritization and enabled it for my work computer since I use MS Lync, VPN, and tools such as that from home. However I found that it greatly reduced network speeds for everything on my network and was a major issue. I may try setting specific app options but for now I just left it turned off. Leaving it off returned my network back to normal.

Other Thoughts: Overall I like the router and think it is a wise investment for someone looking for a new and fast router that can keep up with today's speeds and media needs!

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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice looking switch. Solid build that feels very sturdy. Small, and makes very good utilization of it's space. Lights all work.

Installation was easy, but you will want to follow the instructions in order to know how to connect to it with the software. -see other thoughts on install.

Connect an ethernet cable from your router or model to the switch. (this takes up one port, so if you need more than 4 ports you should get the larger switch)

The software should find your new switch. You will want to connect to it and configure the IP to one you wish to use, or one within your current gateway address.

Once you login to the switch with the default credentials you can access many features that will give you some advanced functionality. You can set this to DHCP, You can enable / disable ports, set custom configurations, Port Mirror, setup a Vlan, Port based QOS, bandwidth controls as well.

I set this up with some port based QOS and it seemed to work great. So far very happy with this switch.

Cons: The Help section does not have any information embedded, it just links to an online knowledgebase. Not a big con unless you don't have an internet connection when trying to troubleshoot.

Other Thoughts: I had to download the latest software from the TP-Link website as the software would not install on my windows 8 PC from the disc. (Not really a big Con since getting latest version is usually best anyways)

With the 5 Port switch, you really only get 4 additional ports (this is normal). The 8 port would be preferred for me (but I do a lot with PC's!)

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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs It works but not my favorite solution 02/04/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: Fairly Small, elegant looking item. I like that you can plug it into the top outlet and can still have access to the bottom one, (unless you are using the network port to hard-wire a device)

Setup was very simple, the instructions are good and it did exactly what they said.

The light signals on the device are nice, it's good to be able to go over too it and see if it's getting good connectivity. The device does look nice and doesn't look weird or anything with our decor. See cons for my experience with the performance.

Cons: It seemed to work well for a while and then after about a day or so I would have to power-cycle it. I would get strong signal, but poor quality in my connectivity. I use MS Lync as a home based employee and I found when this device was plugged in my Lync connectivity would be quite poor. unplugging this seemed to fix my issues. I tried it in a couple places in my two story house but it didn't seem to make a difference. I tried adjusting my QOS, but that did not seem to help. I also had issues when streaming movies from my server to a laptop upstairs, so it was not only my MS Lync having issues.

Other Thoughts: My wifi works fine other than the signal is not as strong in a few places in my house (2 story) I was using this device with the Same SSID and password so that I could have easy connectivity in the house if I move from one area to another. I am going to change it to it's own SSID and see if that makes a difference.

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