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NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R6300 v2)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Buy a Spare 11/20/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R6300 v2)

Pros: Setup is Easy. You can back up the configuration of the device while it works and reload onto a new device when this one fails. You would be amazed at how many times that function has proved worthwhile.
Easy firmware updates.
Remote access works pretty good. Better in the Safari browser for some reason...?

Cons: These aren't very trustworthy routers. For no apparent reason they will completely dump their configuration, basically reset themselves back to factory new.
I support 8 locations, all of them using this router in their setup and only one of them has ever lasted more than a year and a half before getting the blinking light of death.

Other Thoughts: I could probably recommend people using these to try something else due to their poor reliability but, honestly it pays better when these device fail. And boy do these fail. I assume it's one of the reason that Netgear keeps selling them.
I've actually got one location that they paid close to $500 for a multi-hour battery backup device and it's still not proven to help one of these routers last longer.

I think if you get the blinking light of death you can send the thing back to Netgear and they can either repair it or sell it as a refurb. There seems to be a lot of these for sell as refurbs so, that must mean something.

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HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn Workgroup Up to 35 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Seems to print the 1st page very quickly and all pages after that. Tray for odd types of papers included and it duplexes well. E-Printing works great.

Cons: HP Drivers are too big, go to the HP site and download the basic drivers and skip most of the bloat they ship with these things.

Other Thoughts: We haven't had any issues printing pdf files either. They seem to print perfectly. I have in the past had issues with Acrobat crashing Windows print spooler though, only on pdf files. It was computer related though, not even a printer issue.

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DELL Inspiron iM101z-3980BK Notebook Intel Core i3 330UM (1.20GHz) 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Super nice for the cost. Upgrade-able ram and HD, very good low price ultra book with a few tweaks.

Cons: No Bluetooth and no USB 3.0, I also prefer a physical volume button but you never see those anymore.

Other Thoughts: I've owned one of the Atom powered netbooks and found them mostly useless, I get more use out of my Android tablet than that but I still prefer a laptop so for the price I gave this Dell a shot and so far It's a great deal. I upped the ram to 4gb and just now swapped out the HDD with SDD and increased the battery life by an estimated hour. From 5hrs to 6hrs which ain't bad.
It now wakes up from sleep in an instant and boots up in a 3rd of the time it did with the HDD.
I didn't want to spend a fortune on an Ultra Book so I got this system and with a few tweaks it's exactly what I wanted for a fraction of the cost. Unlike a netbook this system actually has the power to run everyday programs with power to spare.
It was a breeze to open up and swap out the drive too, something near impossible on my old netbook.
I highly recommend this system if a small, energy efficient powerful system is what you're looking for.

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Display Name: Mike G.

Date Joined: 08/12/03

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 12/05/04
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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