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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Pretty easy setup, includes everything you need, can be setup via disc, wireless or wired connection. Supports DD-WRT firmwares. Exceptional range on 2.4 and 5 GHz. Built in gigabit on all wired interfaces. No issues with needing to power cycle or any other stability problems. USB worked flawlessly on wired and wireless clients, no compatibility issues with any storage device I connected (both USB flash and disk-based storage up to 500GB were tested). No issues with picking up DHCP from my ISP, some other people had reported that. Bandwidth control was neat, but seems almost an afterthought and very basic - but it definitely worked well.

Cons: Kind of large for a router these days. Doesn't support wireless repeating or expanding. Finger print and dust magnet. The antennas are large, but the range of the wireless balances that con out. The stock web interface is a little basic, considering most routers have a very clean GUI web interface, I was surprised TP-Link opted for a very simple text-based menu system. Wireless speeds are heavily affected by large scale wired data transfers - moving 50GB from one machine to another over the gigabit ports caused my wireless pings on LAN to shoot up over 100ms and speed tests to the internet dropped significantly as well. Would have been really nice to see USB3 instead of 2.0.

Other Thoughts: I think this is a fine router for the money, especially if you've had success with TP-Link or have TP-Link adapters on your PC's. That said, comparing this router to a NetGear WNDR3700-100NAS, there are some pretty glaring advantages to the NetGear - the interface is better, no slow down on wireless from wired transfers (and vice versa) and I think the NetGear design is a little more intuitive and cleaner. That said, the range of the TP-Link router was far superior - but you'll get that with the 3 giant antennas on the back of it. If you're looking for the king of range for under $100 with dual band 2.4/5.0GHz, look no further. If you're willing to sacrifice some range for more diverse features, a better interface and boat loads of more "power user" features, then you may want to look elsewhere. From an ease of use, day to day reliability, and range standpoint - this router is really a winner at it's price point. Only subtracted one egg from the lack of advanced features and the fact the hardware can't seem to keep up with large data transfers.

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ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 1000 Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Very good powerline adapter, but nowhere near 1000 Mbps 01/17/2015

This review is from: ZyXEL PLA5206KIT HomePlug AV2 1000 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: Extremely easy to get up and running, no complicated setup - just plug and play, worked the first time and has been running over a week with only 1 reset needed (great for a powerline adapter), gives me ethernet in rooms wireless can't reach, very low power consumption, includes 2 ethernet cables (some adapters don't!)

Cons: It's slow, doesn't have a power outlet pass through, encryption never really worked for me, will occasionally need to be power cycled if it loses connectivity

Other Thoughts: ZyXel claims this thing is 1000 Mbps, but the only thing that's gigabit about this is the port speed - the actual transfer speeds are MUCH lower. Transferring some 50GB backup VHD's over the adapter, I was averaging 3.2MBps to 3.5MBps (this was from a gigabit dual LAN-teamed server to a gigabit adapter with only an 8 port gigabit switch between them!) - while that's decent speed for a low end wireless network, it's no where near the advertised gigabit speed. For me, though, this is a great device as it allows me to get low-latency network connections in rooms of my home where wireless signals are very low. It's really great for hard wiring security cameras or TV's or gaming systems that thrive on a low latency connection, but won't demand a ton of bandwidth. My home is under 2000 square feet, built in 2004 with all wiring to code. Overall, this is an average adapter that will certainly fit a niche, but buy it expecting gigabit speeds!

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cool design, good visuals, a ton of mounting options, fits pretty much any modern CPU, quiet fan

Cons: Installation was a little convoluted, no actual benefit from all the LED's and the "visual" pump (I don't think it's anything more than show), very average cooling for this price point, pretty high temps under load, the radiator seems to be very slow to burn off heat, times to return to idle were significantly higher than other closed-loop coolers (Corsair H60, for instance), only a single fan included (Corsair H80i includes 2 fans for push/pull at the same price point), the block isn't smooth lapped (has a bit of a rough finish), very thin radiator (about the same as a Corsair H60), METAL connector tubes between the block/pump and the radiator - unacceptable at this price point

Other Thoughts: I'm not really sure what to make of this cooler - with my Core i7 4820k I saw about 10-20% HIGHER temps at idle than with my H100i (granted, dual fan radiator vs. single) so I installed it in another machine (Core i5-4670k) and compared it against a Corsair H60 and the Corsair was consistently higher at idle, but as soon as I'd start a Prime95 run the DEEPCOOL would spike as high as 70c while the H60 was holding steady around 55-60c - all of this was with no overclock. Sure, the DEEPCOOL looked cooler with it's LED's and what not, but I think it's a lot of form over function. At this price point you're better off going with the performance of a Corsair H60 or even H80i. Swing a miss for DEEPCOOL this time around, hopefully they can focus more on performance next time and worry less about how it looks.

Minus 1 egg for the average performance and minus 1 more for the much more complicated installation vs. other similarly priced closed-loop coolers.

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Display Name: Lance W.

Date Joined: 04/20/02

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