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TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs All the power, half the price and size. 10/12/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Small form factor. Powerful. Cheaper than most. Lights are not overbearing. More than fast enough for Time Warner max speeds. Plug and play. Better throughput than the TWC supplied one. Faster overall speeds. Colored lights to signify if communication is happening or not (at least I think) They are green when it's working anyway.

I truly would recommend this to a friend.

Cons: No instruction manual included. Like I said, this truly was plug and play, but a little pamphlet would have been nice just to let me know if the lights did have different colors for indication or other small factors that would just be nice to know.

Yes, I really had to think for some con and this was the best I could come up with.

Other Thoughts: A simple little Docsis 3.0 cable modem that just works. I just plugged it in, hooked up the coax, plugged it into my router, activated and all was good. My technology illiterate grandmother could have done this.

I usually set my modems to pass-through so that my router sees the outside IP address and I didn't even have to worry about that. It just fell into place and worked... flawlessly.

I didn't know of an activation page coming up for ISPs, but I just called in and gave them the MAC and within 60 seconds all was working.

GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not overly impressed even for a budget build 09/18/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great look!!
Solid feel.
Dual UEFI boot worked great gaming and VM environments.
Non-techy overclocking was impressively accurate.
Audio leaves nothing to be desired for on-board.
3 Way SLI works without a hitch.

Cons: Only 4 RAM slots, but this is a budget board.
Windows 10 does not play nice with it.
No overclocking failure display.
After the looks and sound this leaves a lot to be desired.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, if I was looking to buy, I'd buy something else, but then again I have ~ $5000 tied up in my main desktop for a reason.
This is the first time I actually put to use the dual UEFI boot option, opting for an overclocked one for gaming and one not for my VM/Work needs.

This took a bit longer to review due to waiting on watercooling parts to come in. In the long run I eneded up going back to my DDR3 board, but now shopping for a DDR4 board to take it's place.

Long and short this will do very well for a budget build gaming machine. If your needs are more exotic you will know what to look for anyway.

I'll probably use this for my son's next gaming machine build.

TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs I was ready to junk it 07/11/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

Pros: Good hardware. Aesthetically, quite nice.
On DD-WRT: this thing is solid, it has great range even on the 5Ghz bands, the hardware although not the best is a good matched set with good antennas.

TRENDnet put DD-WRT right in their firmware downloads... THANK YOU

Cons: I couldn't get this to work for the life of me with the stock firmware and my MSI GT-70. I came back at this several times and I couldn't even get Google or the router page. I mean what router won't let you reach the default gateway? A standard web page gave me a DNS error and the router access gave me a connection refused.

Now I'm not the kind of person to call tech support. I'm usually the tech support person for friends and family and a system admin for work. I felt it prudent to call tech support before writing this review and their advice was to call back when I got another computer. Really!!?? Your solution is that I buy another computer before you will help me? If my help desk had that response they'd be looking for a job.

Other Thoughts: Hey once I pushed DD-WRT to it it's great. I once stated that Buffalo was a great router for hardware, but needed open source firmware to be useful. Now they use DD-WRT on all their high end routers and as far as I can see TRENDnet should follow suit.

Removable antennas would be nice.


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Display Name: Mark K.

Date Joined: 03/12/07


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